Becoming a MBSR Teacher with Mindful Academy
At Solterreno Retreat Centre, a mountain Retreat Centre in Spain.
A professional and accredited Residential Teacher Training Retreat in 2 modules, in English.
Facilitated by Bodhin Phillip Woodward and Kathy Ward
Our Approach –
Our accredited MBSR Teacher Training course is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s highly acclaimed Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) developed in the UK and Canada by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal and Mindfulness Based Pain Management (MBPM) by Breathworks UK. As a professional Teacher Training School we also support the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses.
The MBSR Teacher Training course is taught by Bodhin Phillip Woodward a MBSR/MBCT Teacher, Breathworks Meditation Teacher and Mindful Yoga Teacher who meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-based Teachers published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Trainers and Kathy Ward, Director of Training, MBSR/MBCT Teacher, Mindful Yoga Teacher, MBSR Yoga Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Coach with CBT.
Our course has been set out to exceed the industry Good Practice Guidelines and Teacher Training Pathway requirements. Each module has 100hrs of contact with Kathy Ward or Bodhin, senior MBSR Teacher Trainers and our aim and objective with the TTR1 MBSR Foundation course is to support your teaching development so that you have the skills and confidence to teach the foundation MBSR practices, to gain an understanding of the history of MBSR as well as many different subjects including research and changes to the brain due to a meditation practice. This journey will also deepen your own practice.
The MBSR Teacher Training course is ideal for Meditation practitioners, Yoga and Meditation Teachers, Nurses, Teachers, Therapists, Doctors and other professionals with a mind-body focus who wish to incorporate mindfulness into their professions.
The MBSR Teacher Training course is taken in 2 modules and on graduation of the full 200hr course you will be have the skills and confidence to teach Mindfulness based Stress Reduction MBSR classes, MBSR 8 week Stress Reduction courses and private MBSR classes that empower people to make a real difference to their lives. As an Accredited Teaching Provider (ATP) you will also be eligable (at your own cost) to register with the UK Yoga Alliance as a 200hr Registered Teacher should you wish.
Ongoing Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses are available including MBSR Retreats, Mindfulness approaches to Pain and Illness and Mindfulness for Depression. There is also an optional Mentoring and Internship programme in your home community to support your teaching.
Chris Hecimovich, Toronto, Canada
I have attended many training sessions in both my professional and personal life – ranging from business training courses to self-development courses and I’ve also attained multiple certificates in the world of Restorative and Hatha Yoga. I can, without a doubt, and with complete integrity, say that the TTR1 100 hour Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course at Mindful Academy has been my favourite – it is very intensive yet completely enjoyable.
The way that the MBSR foundation is taught with an accompanying handbook with all the lecture notes helps to really get deep and be present in what Bodhin and Kathy are teaching us. The way the hands on practice is integrated with the theory and supporting science is perfect. Bodhin and Kathy are very genuine and knowledgeable in their approach to the practice.
The setting for the training and the way our entire group “connected as a whole” over the retreat really helped to solidify the power of this practice. I will be returning for TTR2 to take the foundation to the next level as soon as I am able. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting to do this. I felt very humbled by the entire experience, and I’m grateful for it.
This course was enormously helpful for me professionally and personally. Bodhin and Kathy are very compassionate, knowledgeable and professional instructors. They create a very safe, nurturing atmosphere in which to learn and grow. They provide developmental feedback in a very caring , yet direct and matter-of-fact way. I highly recommend this course to any aspiring Mindfulness Instructor.
Testimonial from Randell S
M.D. at a Holistic Clinic in Norway
This course is highly recommended to anyone wishing to both deepen their own practice and prepare to teach others Mindfulness. The knowledge and teaching experience of the teachers is highly inspiring and enriching. The course fuses clear and structured teaching with informal group dialogue and ample opportunity for practice. I really appreciated the obvious preparation put into the course by the teachers and the beautiful setting at Solterreno Retreat Centre. My stay was a personal inspiration and renewal.
Testimonial from Christine
I liked the pace of the course. It is well organised with logical sequencing and developing progress. The right amount of time for discussion and questions. Availability of teachers for help or queries was on offer whenever needed. I really felt the teachers were fresh as if we were their first ever students even though they have taught this many times before. I felt inspired and supported. Both are patient with a good sense of humour.