Teacher Training Pathway in Russia

teacher training pathway in RussiaWe are proud to announce that Mindful Academy Solterreno has partnered with Mindup Meditation Center and started the very first MBSR 8-week courses and teacher training pathway in Russia.  

Mindfulness and awareness practises have gained more popularity in Russia in recent years but the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme has not been available to Russian people locally. Irina Jugai, the founder of MindUp Meditation Center, based in Moscow herself, saw the growing interest towards the MBSR program and wanted to find a partner to launch it in Russia. 

MindUp Meditation Center was founded by Irina Jugai in 2017 in Moscow, Russia. 

In 2018, the centre started collaborating with Zhassulan Abishev and Tuire Schoonen - graduates from Mindful Academy Solterreno and experienced MBSR teacher trainers. 

In 2020, the first qualified mindfulness teachers in Russia graduate from the MBSR program by MindUp Meditation Center and Mindful Academy Solterreno. They complete a full MBSR program of two modules, a mindfulness retreat, an essay and running their first 8-week mindfulness course under supervision. 

The program is translated into Russian providing a full variety of materials to students in their native language.

Please see the list of qualified mindfulness teachers graduating in Russia https://www.mindup.center/mbsr/graduates


Mindful Awareness Project MAP is an international association of qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teachers.

Mindful Awareness Project MAP is an international association established to bring awareness to the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in former CIS countries and to create a network between MBSR teachers and people interested in its benefits. 

Our main mission is to educate and unite our former CIS countries graduates into one association as qualified MBSR teachers for them to work towards popularizing and bringing mindfulness into various areas of society.

Our team

Tuire Schoonen, Netherlands, http://mindfulap.org/en#rec187147149

Jazz Abishev, Kazakhstan, http://mindfulap.org/en#rec187147149

Irina Jugai, Russia, www.mindup.center/irinayu


More information for trainings in Ukraine can be found on http://mindfulap.org/mbsr


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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…

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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.


Online Silent Retreat May 2020

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