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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction 8 Week Courses

Learn Mindfulness Live Online!

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New to Mindfulness? Preparing for your Mindfulness Teacher Training course? Want to deepen your own practice? Take the 8 week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course Live Online in the comfort of your own home with Senior International MBSR Teacher and Trainer Kathy Ward. For more information click here 

Group price €350 p.p. or Private 1- 1 from just €450

Group course starting 6th January - sign up now!

UK Accredited Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training Courses

Learn to teach Mindfulness MBSR - Foundation TTR1 & Advanced TTR2 Courses

Aug 2017 MBSR Foundation Course Graduates for website

10 Day non residential course just €1495. For dates see opposite.

11 nights accommodation in a TWIN room from €320 and SINGLE room from €449!

For more details click here or contact Kathy Ward, DIrector of Training on +44 1225 294483 

UK Accredited Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training Courses

Professional training in a 4 star venue!

MBSR Foundation Course Level 1 28th November - 8th December click here - Be quick last few spaces!

MBSR Advanced Course Level 2 4 - 13th March  2018 click here - filling up quickly

MBSR Foundation Course Level 1 16th - 25th April 2018 click here - now taking bookings

Other 2018 dates coming soon!

Apply now! Foundation Application Form  OR Advanced Application form

UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers
Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses

These guiding principles have been developed to promote good practice in teaching mindfulness-based courses. Mindfulness courses are intended to teach people practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life challenges. The main approaches used in the UK are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and the Breathworks Mindfulness Based approaches to Pain and Illness (MBPI), all of which are normally taught over eight 2-3 hour sessions.

MBSR is a group-based programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) for populations with a wide range of physical and mental health problems (

MBCT is an integration of MBSR with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( It was initially developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale to help recovered recurrently depressed participants and has been recommended by NICE for this group. MBCT is evolving to be taught to a broader range of people based on psychological understandings of what causes human distress and in a range of settings (e.g., health service, schools, forensic settings).

The Breathworks MBPI course is a development of MBSR, specifically for people with chronic pain and / or other long-term (physical) health conditions ( Developed by Vidyamala Burch, it combines key elements of MBSR and MBCT with particular approaches to mindfulness in daily life and mindful movement that are suitable to this population. It also includes compassion meditation as a core component.

A teacher of mindfulness-based approaches should have the following:

A. Mindfulness Based Teacher Training -

1. Familiarity through personal participation with the mindfulness-based course curriculum that they will be learning to teach, with particular in-depth personal experience of all the core meditation practices of this mindfulness-based programme.

2. Completion of an in-depth, rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training programme or supervised pathway over a minimum duration of 12 months.

B. Training or background required in addition to mindfulness-based teacher training -

1. A professional qualification in mental or physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience, recognized by the organization or context within which the teaching will take place.

2. Knowledge and experience of the populations that the mindfulness-based course will be delivered to, including experience of teaching, therapeutic or other care provision with groups and/or individuals, unless such knowledge and experience is provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness-based teacher training itself. An exception to this can be when teaching with the help of a colleague who knows well the population to whom the course will be delivered and has a relevant qualification. They would also need to have an understanding of mindfulness-based approaches.

3. If delivering MBCT, knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice, unless these are provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness teacher training programme.

4. If delivering MBCT or other mindfulness-based course with a clinical population, an appropriate professional clinical training

C. Ongoing Good Practice Requirements -

1. Commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through
−    daily formal and informal practice
−    participation in annual residential teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats

2. Engagement in processes which continue to develop mindfulness-based teaching practice:
−    ongoing contacts with other mindfulness practitioners and teachers, built and maintained as a means to share experiences and learn collaboratively and
−    regular supervision with an experienced mindfulness-based teacher including:
i. Opportunity to reflect on/inquire into personal process in relation to personalmindfulness practice and mindfulness-based teaching practice
ii. Receiving periodic feedback on teaching through video recordings, supervisor sitting in on teaching sessions or co-teaching with reciprocal feedback.

3. A commitment to ongoing development as a teacher through further training, keeping up to date with the evidence base, recording and reflecting on teaching sessions, participation in webs forums etc.

4. Adherence to the ethical framework appropriate to the teacher’s professional background and working context.

What graduates are saying about our courses

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Mindful Academy March 2017 graduates

Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Graduates March 2017

I can strongly recommend the MBSR Teacher Training Course by Mindful Academy. I have learned all that I hoped for and even more. Kathy and Bodhin truly embody the essence of mindfulness. In addition I am very grateful for the extensive paperwork that I can take home from the course, i.e. manual, participants handbook, lesson plan and scripts. It is an invaluable “toolbox”. Birgitte from Denmark

"A hands on, in depth teacher training course taught by 2 competent, dedicated and experienced teachers. Highly recommended for those seeking to teach MBSR courses.” Randall - M.D. working in a Holistic Clinic in Norway

Mindful Yin Yoga USA 2016

Mindful Yin Yoga graduates Trillium Yoga Studio, Milwaukee, USA Spring 2016

Since participating in this training, I have noticed how mindful and aware I am of myself in my practice and when I teach. I also have noticed that I’m more mindful in my everyday activites/life.

Thank you so much for coming to Milwaukee and sharing this amazing practice with us and helping to create a more mindful, kind community! I'm completely grateful for you and your passion for this practice!

March 2017 Mindful Yin Yoga Graduates in studio

        Mindful Yin Yoga graduates Albir Playa Hotel & Spa, Spain 2017 

Being already a yoga teacher I took this training as a CPD and I can honestly say that it was a truly excellent training! It combined a great deal of knowledge of both yin yoga and mindfulness and Kathy Ward is a great teacher and a wonderful person. Krystyna, November 2016

This has been one of the best experiences of a training programme I have attended. Kathy is extremely knowledgably and teaches in a very easy digestible wayPaula March 2014.

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200hr Mindful Yoga Teacher Training Graduates

I have been a trainer for many years attending lots of different courses.  However, the Mindful Yoga teaching training has to be the best one I have ever attended. Kathy delivered the course in a very clear, professional and caring manner. I highly recommend this course; it has been an amazing journey for me personally and professionally. Thank you Kathy!

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UK Accredited 200hr Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR Teacher Training -

10 day TTR1 Level 1 Foundation Course - Can be taken as CPD/CEU

28th November - 7th December MBSR Mindfulness Meditation Foundation Teacher Training Course TTR1 Level 1 - BE QUICK LAST FEW SPACES!

16th - 25th April 2018 MBSR Mindfulness Meditation Foundation Teacher Training Course TTR1 Level 1 - spaces

Other 2018 dates coming soon!

10 day TTR2 Level 2 Advanced Course - 

4th - 13th March 2018 MBSR Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Advanced Course TTR2 Level 2 - spaces

Other 2018 dates coming soon! 

Live Online 8 Week MBSR Mindfulness Group or 1-1 courses -

Private 1-1 Live Online Mindfulness MBSR 8 Week course, dates and times to be agreed, please contact me

9th September - 28th October Live Online Mindfulness MBSR 8 Week Group course - sorry fully booked

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