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. 

A professional and accredited Teacher Training Course, in English. Facilitated by Bodhin Phillip Woodward and Mindful Academy Solterreno Team

In response to the global context of COVID-19 that is asking us to stay at home and reduce physical contact with others, we have adapted our teachings to be delivered online without a break in services ensuring all those on the training pathway with us are able to continue as planned. We have introduced a new fully online teacher training programme and are providing Masterclasses and Continuing Education Online sessions for our more than 300 trained teachers to support them to adapt to online teaching. 

TT1 ONLINE VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE

see events calendar for upcoming options

Please note that the Online courses will follow the same curriculum, evaluation, assessments and certification as the in-person course. Our intentions remain the same.

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Our accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training course

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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. 

The course offers all the contents of the MBSR both experientially as a student and from the teacher´s perspective as well as extensive training on delivering the MBSR core practices. 

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

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Our professional and accredited MBSR 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learning outcomes: 

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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, intimate apprenticeship process

MBSR teaching practice in small groups
 MBSR teaching practice in small groups

We aim to 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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Any questions to submissions@mbsr.website

What can I teach?

The Teacher Training Pathway

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

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Latest News & Announcements

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10:29

Meditation-related challenges

Reading the Academic Report: Progress or Pathology? from Lindahl et al 2020

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Friday, July 31, 2020 - 09:00

Making Mindfulness Safe and Effective for People Who’ve Experienced Trauma

The Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Podcast:

A monthly podcast hosted by David Treleaven featuring a variety of guests speaking about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and trauma.

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  • Analayo - Satipatthana path to realization
  • Analayo - Satipatthana Meditation a practical guide
  • Living with Awareness - Sangharakshita
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 19:31

Testimonials

Overall feedback

I loved every single aspect and moment of the course. It offered in depth training on all the core practices of the MBSR, the full experience of MBSR as a student and as a teacher, unique and essential insights that can only be offered by the most experienced mindfulness…

TT1 online August 2020 

As with TT1, it was amazing to observe the week unfold. The experience was multidimensional, allowing for my personal growth by looking inward and outward with the others in the group. I was impressed with the sense of connection and community that was co-created during week, especially as it…

From the TT2 Online in July 2020

It was such a rich and very well structured program. I was a little concerned about a week-long Online program however it met my expectations far better.

I really appreciated the way Bodhin our teacher approaches participants, very respectful and intimate also. And the way he…

TT1 Online, June 2020

I have been teaching mindfulness-based practices for 20 years, and have been running teacher training courses in Italy. I found that Bodhin and the staff at Solterreno are highly prepared and competent. I participated in TT1 and it was a really superb experience and I highly recommend it to…

TT1 Online, June 2020

MBSR TT1 has been the most experiential and active learning course for me. I feel this programme includes ancient wisdom in scientific format and highly recommend to anyone looking to teach MBSR. Bodhin is a very dedicated teacher and his presence was felt throughout.

TT1 Online, June 2020

The course was substantial on multiple levels. The instructors were excellent and performed in an exemplary way. Even if I decided not to teach, what I took from this course will benefit me and others for the rest of my life. However, this course has inspired me to continue the pursuit of…

Testimonial from the ONLINE TT1 course

Testimonial

The Retreat was a really unique combination of being within and without. I feel it like a wonderful co-journey and also like the opportunity to stop, turn inward, tune in, work with interest and enjoy a lot. The guidance of professional teachers provides…

from the ONLINE Silent retreat

Overall feedback

Overall really positive experience, especially considering the initial hesitation about doing it online.

Testimonial

Online Silent Retreat May 2020

Latest News & Announcements

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10:29

Meditation-related challenges

Reading the Academic Report: Progress or Pathology? from Lindahl et al 2020

Read more
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 09:00

Making Mindfulness Safe and Effective for People Who’ve Experienced Trauma

The Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Podcast:

A monthly podcast hosted by David Treleaven featuring a variety of guests speaking about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and trauma.

Read more
Satipatthana books , Satipatthana books , Satipatthana books
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 12:35

Here are my recommendations for further reading about the Satipatthana Sutta, in order of relevance:-

  • Analayo - Satipatthana path to realization
  • Analayo - Satipatthana Meditation a practical guide
  • Living with Awareness - Sangharakshita
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 19:31

Bodhins videos

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