Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, but feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t find the information you’re looking for.
Do I have to be registered on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) to sign up for one of your training events?
Absolutely not. All of our teacher training events can be taken as stand-alone courses. You do not have to on the TTP. However, if you decide to register for the TTP at a later date (or if you are on the waiting list to join the TTP), then any courses you take with us will be applied retrospectively to your training portfolio.
How can I figure out if the TTP or the Master’s in Mindfulness is the right training route for me?
We have a lot of information on our teacher training website to help you decide. We highly recommend that you read our Which Training Route is Best for Me page on our website that tells you all you need to know about the TTP, Master’s in Mindfulness (offered by CMRP at Bangor University) and stand-alone courses. Dr Gemma Griffiths (Director of Bangor University’s Master’s in Mindfulness programme) and Dr Sophie Sansom (Lead for Teacher Training Pathway at The Mindfulness Network) have also done a helpful YouTube video explaining the similarities and differences between the training routes.
How do I apply to join the TTP?
The application form for new applicants (and for those who need to re-register) can be found at www.teach-mindfulness.org/ttp-new.
At what point on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) will I meet the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching MBSR / MBCT on the UK Listings
You don’t have to wait until you are certified as a ‘Trained Teacher’ to apply for the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) Listing. Once you have completed the training, retreat and supervised teaching needed for certification as a ‘Practising Teacher’ you can register with . To find out more about points of certification in the Pathway visit https://www.teach-mindfulness.org/teacher-training-pathway-ttp/
Are there any specific retreats that meet the ‘five-day annual retreat attendance’ requirements of the TTP and if so, which ones are they?
The retreat requirement for the TTP is to engage in annual mindfulness meditation retreats of a minimum of five days. This is in line with Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. While on the TTP, we recommend you sit the Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat and the Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness at some point as these have been specifically designed for mindfulness teachers in training. These would count towards your annual retreat requirement. For more information on retreats, please visit https://www.mindfulness-secular-retreats.org.uk/calendar/.
Which specialisms are offered in the Teacher Training?
It is currently possible to specialise in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca). We are exploring the possibility of broadening our specialisms, so please email us at email@example.com if you would like more information.
What is the total cost of training on the TTP?
The overall cost of your Pathway will depend on your experience so far as some previous training will count retrospectively towards your portfolio. You can see a breakdown of costs for those registered on the Pathway. Each individual event listed on the calendar has full details of the cost of training and accommodation (if residential).
Do I need a Bangor University accredited Supervisor for teaching my eight-week course? And can this supervision be done remotely, or will my supervisor need to be present at my course?
Bangor University have a partnership arrangement with the Mindfulness Network for the provision of mindfulness supervision for TTP trainees. The supervisors within this group are senior teachers, have taken mindfulness supervision training and have been carefully selected to join this team. The Mindfulness Network website has a list of recommended supervisors and their availability. There is a particular section that lists supervisors specialising in supervising those on training programs mindfulness-supervision.org.uk/population-students-on-training-programmes/.
If you already have an experienced mindfulness teacher as a supervisor and wish to continue working with them, please discuss this with your mentor. We will contact the supervisor you would like to work with to ask for information and let them know what is required before agreeing that they can work as your supervisor.
Supervision is typically arranged on Skype, Zoom or telephone. Your supervisor does not need to attend your courses but will at some point watch videos of your teaching.
Is there a group I can join for support in my Teacher Training journey?
On registering for the TTP, you become part of a community of trainees that come together to practice, support one another and share in the joys and challenges of the TTP, including via:
- TTP Members Forum. There is now a forum available to members of the TTP so that the community can connect, share learning and experiences and field questions and concerns. TTP Lead and Coordinator, trainers and mentors will be available on the Forum to offer ongoing advice and support. Trainees will be given log in details in their TTP Welcome Pack on registration.
- Monthly Zoom meet ups with the TTP Community. Monthly zoom sessions provide a space for trainees on the TTP to connect, practise together and share in the joys and challenges of being on the TTP. Dates, times and Zoom links will be sent out via email to all those registered on the TTP.
- TTP Peer Partnering. Registering for the TTP gives you an option to be partnered with a peer who is also embarking on their journey in mindfulness teacher training. Peer support and connection can be invaluable in maintaining motivation and commitment. This option will be given to trainees on registration to the TTP.