Mindfulness Teacher Training
MBSR Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training course with Mindful Academy Solterreno, at Solterreno Retreat Centre, a mountain Retreat Centre located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
Our accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training course
focuses primarily on the teaching process and curriculum of the group based 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR Course, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and also in the UK by the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research CMRP where our Senior International Trainer Bodhin Phillip Woodward trained in MBSR, Mindfulness Inquiry and Supervision.
This intensive, mindfulness-based teacher training has been developed, refined and delivered since 2012 and teachers from all over the world choose to attend this programme, so it is highly international.
As a professional Teacher Training School, we support the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses and we assess students using the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC).
"The Mindful Academy Solterreno institution gave me outstanding Teacher Training, with all the materials and supervision to teach the MBSR program. After teaching my first MBSR program in Switzerland, I was able to become a member of the Swiss MBSR Association which implies that my MBSR courses can be covered by some complementary insurances and it’s a sign of quality. I can highly recommend Mindful Academy Solterreno’s teacher training to everyone interested in teaching Mindfulness." Adriana Orellana more Testimonials
The MBSR Teacher Training course
Our professional and accredited Residential Teacher Training courses are run in an 8-day / 7-night retreat format, in English, with two primary modules referred to as TT1 and TT2. Then as an experienced MBSR Teacher, you have access to further development with TT3 and a Certified Pathway.
Each of the modules is residential with over 65 contact hours, which along with the pre and post-course materials bring the total hours of preparation to more than 300 hours. We believe that the best way to train teachers is by allowing them to gain initial practical experience of teaching Mindfulness in a safe space supported by peers and experienced course leaders. Our courses have been set out to exceed the industry Good Practice Guidelines and Teacher Training Pathway requirements and will offer you more experiential teaching practice than many other Mindfulness Teacher Training courses.
The aims and objectives of the TT1, Foundation Level 1 course are to support your teaching development to teach the core meditation practices and develop and practice the skill of facilitating Inquiry - a key part of the group learning process. There will also be in-depth discussion and exploration of the Official UMass CFM MBSR Curriculum of the 8-week course including group exercises contained in the course and reflection on how to teach them plus Mindful Movement, and pre/post course support, all included in the price. The practices, foundational skills and approaches you will learn are common to both MBSR and MBCT.
The aims and objectives of the TT2, Advanced Level 2 course are to both deepen your own practice and learn specifically how to teach all elements of the 8-week MBSR course and experience in-depth workshops on the deeper intentions of the teaching and experiential learning, explore who you are as a teacher and cultivate the embodiment of a spacious open-hearted awareness and a sense of 'co-journeying' with a spirit of adventure that is core to this learning style.
The aims and objectives of the TT3, Graduate Level 3 course are designed to support experienced MBSR teachers on their teaching pathway. In light of recent and evolving developments in the wider field with regard to program integrity, fidelity and standards, this intensive retreat offers the opportunity to explore current professional and ethical issues of concern to MBSR teachers.
The Teaching Staff
The courses are taught by Bodhin Phillip Woodward, Director of Training, Senior and Certified International Mindfulness MBSR and MBCT Teacher, Breathworks Meditation Teacher and Senior 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. He has been practising mindfulness since 1985 and since 2005 has taught the classic 8-week course over 100 times. And has trained more than 250 Mindfulness Teachers from 46 countries.
To assist Bodhin on the course we have put together a dedicated team of experienced International Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Teachers - all of whom have graduated from the Mindful Academy - to support your Mindfulness teacher training.
On successful completion of the training, trainees should be able to:
- Understand the theoretical foundations of MBSR and the evidence in support of its effectiveness
- Describe the MBSR curriculum and understand the reasons for the inclusion of its different elements
- Conduct thorough MBSR pre-course assessments and orientation sessions
- Have the necessary skills to lead mindfulness meditation practices and support participants in learning and developing their own practice
- Be able to teach all aspects of the MBSR 8 week course and support participants to develop their own learning journey
- Teach MBSR within a diverse range of cultural settings
- Be knowledgeable about safeguarding and potential risk issues and be able to manage these issues as they come up in their own experience of teaching the course
- Be cognisant of and adherent to the ethical framework of MBSR teaching
- Sustain a regular personal practice and use their experience of this practice to inform their teaching and their embodiment of the Attitudes of Mindfulness
- Reflect on their own learning and development needs, self-evaluate, engage regularly with supervision and set goals for ongoing Continuous Professional Development
Our Teacher Training starts from the premise that as teachers we need to embody mindfulness-based practice in our own lives before we can attempt to teach it to others. The programme facilitates an opportunity for sustained inner work through practice and learning alongside your peers. It is designed to be a collaborative and participatory learning experience.
The training primarily focuses on the teaching process and curriculum of the group-based, eight-week mindfulness-based programme (MBSR). However, the underpinning experience and understanding is also valuable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into individual therapeutic work or teach mindfulness in a different form.
Small groups with a maximum of 12 students
provide for a safe learning environment and individual attention, we specialise in training small groups, preferring a small intimate apprenticeship process. The MBSR Teacher Training courses are 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 primary residential retreat modules and on graduation of the course, you will 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. The foundation course can also be taken as a stand-alone Continued Professional Development (CPD) also known as Continued Education Units (CEU) You do not need to make any decisions at the time of booking as the courses are booked and paid for separately.
"Since training at Solterreno I have begun teaching the MBSR course in my local area and I have been accepted onto the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. This shows that my training at Solterreno and ongoing supervision meets the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers." Alex more Testimonials
The Mindful Academy Solterreno course is also registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. This ensures that you are taking a quality course that has been checked and accredited by an outside training organisation. So we are an Accredited Training Provider with the Internationally accepted Yoga Alliance Professionals, and the MBSR course is an Accredited Course.
Application forms and booking -
If you would like to apply you can do so by filling in the online application form.
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Here is a 5min video of 3 of our graduates talking about their experience of the Training:-
And here is an interview with Bodhin, Director of Training, at the International Summit for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work, Madrid 2018