Summer School Bursaries

We offered 5 places at the OMC Summer School 2017 through a competitive application, review and selection process, to people who have demonstrated that they will use the Summer School experience to widen access and participation in MBCT.

Our 2017 bursary holders were:

José Godoy, self-employed clinical psychologist and Mindfulness practitioner in Asuncion, Paraguay, who works with parents of children living with disabilities: “My main motivation to attend is to get more formal training in the field of MBCT as there are not training programs available in my country at the moment.” Read full story

Azizë Stirling, independent Mindfulness teacher in Oxford, UK, who is researching the case for devising a mindfulness course aimed at people with Parkinson’s Disease: “I’m hoping that the Summer School will be an opportunity to explore many other matters that touch on the work I’m doing now – as a researcher, course developer and teacher.” Read full story

Paula Martin, GP and mindfulness practitioner in the west of Ireland: “I am keen to receive inspiration, guidance and support on how I may expand current mindfulness interventions to those who are vulnerable to depression.” Read full story

Cecilia Shefflin, Mindfulness teacher and facilitator in the south of Ireland: “The bursary will strengthen my ability to provide the MBCT programme to those affected by cancer.” Read full story

Susan Hargreaves, Mindfulness counsellor in Hong Kong. “The key motivation for attending is to deepen my understanding and personal practice so I can better serve my community.” Read full story

All applications were evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Can demonstrate commitment to widening access to MBCT, ideally evidenced with a track record.
  2. Is in a position to offer MBCT to populations and in contexts where there are barriers to access. E.g. in areas of deprivation or specialist groups with limited funding.
  3. Has suitable training for working with and experience of this population/context.
  4. Does not have funding from their employer, a grant or elsewhere and would otherwise be self-funding.
  5. Is able to meet the Good Practice Guidelines to be listed as an MBCT teacher, or are eligible to be listed, and are considering applying. For international applicants this is for MBCT teachers who meet either their country’s good practice guidelines or, within the MBCT Training Pathway, have completed foundational and intermediate training.
  6. Is willing to make a commitment to working with the OMC post-Summer School on widening access and working with diverse and/or vulnerable populations. This could include communicating through OMC media/social media about the work as an exemplar of good practice in this area.

More information about the Summer School.

Read about the experiences of bursary holders at the Summer School 2016.