To view and book available training events, visit our CALENDAR. Please read our FAQs before you book to find out more about teacher training.

The Mindfulness Network offers a comprehensive programme of teacher training that is suited to those wanting to learn foundational skills in delivering mindfulness within their professional context, those wanting to embark upon an internationally renowned Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) in Mindfulness-based Approaches and, for those already trained, that want to hone their skills through continued professional development. 

Our teacher training programme is delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University (BU), established in 2001. Our trainers are senior teachers and trainers within CMRP and Bangor University continues to be the issuing body for certificates of competency. Bangor University and the Mindfulness Network work closely together in the ongoing development and quality assurance of our teacher training events.  

If you are interested in training to become a Mindfulness Teacher, there are three training routes to consider:

Individual Training Events

Whether you are interested in learning foundational skills in teaching mindfulness to enable you to integrate these within an existing professional context, or, in building and developing your skills over time, without formally enrolling on a training programme, our Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Teacher Training and CPD events can all be attended as individual workshops, courses and residential training retreats.  

If you later decide to enrol on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP), these events would count retrospectively towards your portfolio. 

Visit the CALENDAR to see our full list of events.

The Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) 

The Mindfulness Network and Bangor University – as part of a collaborative venture – are proud to offer the long-established, internationally recognised Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) in Mindfulness-based Approaches.  

The Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) involves building a portfolio of training events, retreats and supervised teaching. The Pathway is flexible, can take account of existing experience and can be completed in a time frame that suits you. There are three levels of accreditation on the TTP including Practising and ‘Trained’ and ‘Competency-assessed’ Teacher‘. All three levels of certification are recognised and enable you to be listed with the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). Certification as Trained Teacher means you are eligible to submit videos of your teaching for  competency assessment with the Mindfulness Based Intervention –Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC).  Successful assessment results in certification as a Competency-assessed Teacher in Mindfulness-based Approaches – the highest standard of a certification  available. 

Although the TTP is largely self-directed there are many systems of support to guide you along the way. By registering for the TTP you become a part of a community of trainees, supporting one another by connecting online and at various training events as you build your portfolio, your skills and your experience. 

Mentoring 

A one to one orientation session and subsequent quarterly group mentoring sessions will provide experienced guidance and advice on navigating the TTP journey. 

Supervision 

When you start to teach, you will connect with a supervisor from The Mindfulness Network who will work with you to support and develop your teaching and practice. 

Peer partnerships 

On registration you can opt to be partnered with a TTP peer to share in the joys and challenges as you both progress. 

TTP Forum and Facebook Group 

The TTP forum is a place to bring thoughts, questions, concerns and to share them with peers, trainers, mentors and others involved in organising and delivering the TTP.  

To find out more about the TTP in detail (including costs, eligibility and application process) please visit our FAQs.

Masters in Mindfulness programme

Bangor University’s Centre for Research and Practice (CMRP) offers a Masters in Mindfulness programme. This programme will enable you to train to teach MBSR/MBCT and gain an MA or MSC degree at the same time. Because it is part-time, it is designed to fit in alongside your work commitments. You will come to Bangor for five weekends a year and can study from home the rest of the year. It takes four to five years to complete the Master in Mindfulness.

To find out more, please visit the CMRP website.

 

Commission training with the Mindfulness Network / CMRP

We also offer commissioned training courses and work with partner organisations – both in the UK and abroad – to offer either the full Teacher Training Pathway or individual training events. Our commissioned trainings are all delivered by the core CMRP training team. If you would like to discuss commissioned CMRP teacher training through the Mindfulness Network, please contact our Business Director, Ruth McDonald: ruth@mindfulness-network.org.

Come and meet the training team at one of CMRP’s free online sessions (via Zoom)

This is an opportunity to simply log on and connect with one of our CMRP team to have a short mindfulness practice and, if you wanted to stay on, to find out more about the three training routes outlined above and to ask any questions you may have. If you just fancy joining us for the online mindfulness lunchtime practice, you are most welcome. The times and dates of these session are listed in our PRACTICE page.