Course Information

Nine-week Teacher Training Course (Level 1)

When: 6 Feb 2020 – 9 Apr 2020
Where: Greencoat Place, London
Tutor: Bridgette O’Neill

About the training:

This Teacher Training Course Level One (TTC1) will introduce you to the core skills and teaching practices of MBSR/MBCT. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) shares all the core practices and intentions with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and the teaching skills you will learn are essential and common to both MBSR and MBCT. In addition to the in-depth preparation required to teach MBSR, trainees need knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice. These are vital components for teaching MBCT within the UK Good Practice Guidelines.

TTC1 will take place one day a week for nine weeks. It is the equivalent to the Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 and shares the same curriculum. However, because the TTC1 takes place over nine weeks, it allows participants to more fully experience the unfolding of the eight-week course structure and to embed the learning in their own practice.

TTC1 offers a rich and unusual opportunity to immerse yourself deeply into the direct experience of the eight-week mindfulness course as a participant while also engaging in a teacher training programme to explore the themes, structure, rationale, background and practices of the eight-week course. You will be part of an actual eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. After each weekly session, you will then come together to reflect on the course learning process as it relates to your own learning, and as it relates to teaching skills. We will also have ample opportunity to practise guiding and inquiry in the formal and informal mindfulness practices.

Please note that the first week is an orientation session, followed by eight weeks of practice and learning. 

This intensive experiential training course will provide you with the opportunity:

  • to engage in personal and group processes designed to deepen your mindfulness practice
  • to develop your skills in teaching mindfulness-based approaches
  • for learning, inspiration and nourishment

Practice commitment and preparation:

You must commit to completing the full training.

Your commitment to doing home practice for up to one hour per day for six days each week is a vital ingredient in this rich learning process.

Before you start TTC1, it is important that you are familiar with the four main guided practices that are taught in mindfulness-based programmes, including the body scan, sitting meditation, mindful movement and breathing space practices. Part of the training will be to guide these practices in your peer groups during the course. It is good to listen to the practices taught by different teachers. Free audio downloads of these practices are available on the CMRP website at


You are strongly encouraged to keep a personal journal throughout the training. This offers you an important opportunity to reflect more deeply on your own practice and capture your own developing understanding of the core qualities of the mindfulness process. After each afternoon class session, you are encouraged to spend some time journaling (to capture your impressions, questions, learning, challenges) about anything that fires your curiosity from the class itself and from your practice during the week. You will be asked to bring your journal with you to the teacher training session the next week

This course is primarily offered to those who are at an early stage in developing their use of mindfulness-based approaches in their work context. It is also appropriate for those who wish to support their ongoing development in this field, but who have not previously participated in a Teacher Training Retreat Level 1.

Learning outcomes:

One of our priorities is to establish high standards for teacher training and development. This programme is designed to respond to the growing demand for in-depth development training for those beginning to teach or apply mindfulness-based approaches in their work.

The programme is designed for those who are willing to engage in the intense nature of this training and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life, before attempting to teach it to others. Participants explore in detail the core elements and themes within mindfulness-based programmes. At the same time, the programme encourages sustained inner work that then enables an integration of the results of this into the work setting. The course is a highly interactive, collaborative and participatory learning experience. The intention is to create a group process that feels safe and trustworthy, and an open, spacious learning environment that will encourage spontaneity and creativity.

The training primarily focuses on the teaching process and curriculum of the group based eight-week mindfulness programme. However, the underpinning experience and understanding is also suitable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into individual therapeutic work or teach in a different form.

By the end of the training participants will have:

  • developed a grounded understanding of mindfulness as an approach cultivated through ongoing personal awareness, in both formal and informal practices, in silence and in dialogue
  • an awareness of the wide potential that mindfulness practice offers us all
  • engagement as a participant and witnessing the process
  • the opportunity to lead practices and investigate co-participants’ experiences of these in an accepting and safe space. Detailed instructor and peer feedback will be offered to support this learning.
  • explored mindful approaches to difficulty, stress, pain, depression and anxiety within ourselves and in others
  • had the opportunity to understand the origins and context of mindfulness – and within this to have explored he importance of:
    • delivering mindfulness in a way that is universal, secular and is not connected to any specific tradition
    • teaching mindfulness out of one’s own practice. This involves a personal commitment to a sustained path of development and practice.
  • developed an understanding of the ways of learning and teaching within mindfulness, which include:
    • learning out of one’s own direct experience
    • investigation/exploration/inquiry/curiosity
    • trusting the unfolding of the process – avoiding the urge to fix, or retreat into an over reliance on didactic methods of teaching
    • the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness throughout the process
  • developed a grounded knowledge and understanding of the practicalities of delivering mindfulness as an intervention, which includes:
    • knowledge and experience of the curriculum and themes of MBSR, and some consideration of the difference between MBSR and MBCT
    • cautions to be aware of in encouraging the development of awareness and openness in others
    • aspects to consider when assessing / orientating clients to the approach
    • ethical considerations for mindfulness teachers
    • ways of supporting ourselves in this work, and the place of supervision
  • experienced the teaching process through:
    • developing an understanding of group process and dynamics within the context of mindfulness teaching, drawn from the experience of being part of the training group
    • experiencing being part of a community of professionals with a sense of common purpose and journey.

Pre-requisites for attending:

  • Completion of either a group-based, eight-week MBCT/MBSR course or a nine-week CMRP distance learning MBSR programme
  • Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices.

About the trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us. The name of the specific trainer(s) for this event is at the top of this page. Just click on the trainer name to find out more about him/her.

About the venue:

Greencoat Place is an ‘oasis in the heart of the city’ five-minute walk from Victoria rail and underground station. For more information on the venue please visit


The course will run on the following dates: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th February; 5th, 19th and 26th March; 2nd and 9th April.

Please note that there will be no training on 12th March so the course will run over 10 weeks with a two-week break between weeks 5 and 6.

Arrival / Departure:

Please arrive for a 9.30am start each day, the course will end at 4.30pm on each day.

What to bring/wear:

Please bring your own equipment (e.g. mats, cushions and blankets) if required. It is advisable to wear loose fitting clothing.

Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras and include deposit (£200.00)

Standard rate – £875

TTP & CMRP Master’s discount rate – £788

Standard Rate – The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a CMRP teacher training pathway

TTP & CMRP Master’s discount rate – 10% reduction of the training cost, excluding accommodation, for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme.

Please let us know in the notes section of the application form if you would like to pay a £200 deposit and choose the applicable rate in the drop-down list in the application form.

Application and payment process:

Our application and payment process involve the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either a £200.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the event starts.
  5. If the full rate for SINGLE accommodation is paid, but we cannot meet your request for a single room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund the difference in cost, to you or your employer.

We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

Other information:

Please also see the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.

Certificate of Attendance. Please note that we give a Bangor University Certificate of Attendance that details the nature of the course and the hours involved. However, this does not constitute an authorisation to teach mindfulness-based approaches. The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are therefore becoming more structured. Within the UK, though, there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity and our intentions, as well as the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.



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