Teaching Methods for Mindfulness in the Workplace

Course details

Course Leaders

Michael Chaskalson and Chris Tamdjidi

How long is the Masterclass?

One Day 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Who is the Masterclass for?

Mindfulness Teachers

Where is the Masterclass?

St Hugh's College

How many people on each Masterclass

Up to 60

How much does the Masterclass cost?

£130 (including Lunch)

Available courses:

27th Apr 2018

Waiting List

What is the Masterclass about?

At present, most people who have learned to teach the secular mindfulness-based approaches have done so in contexts that focus on the clinical and therapeutic uses of mindfulness. The workplace environment differs significantly from these.

Both Chris and Michael have significant experience in teaching mindfulness in workplace contexts and, in this masterclass, they will share what they have found useful – as well as what they have found to be unhelpful.

  • Understanding the context – Drawing on his earlier experience in training teachers to use clinically focussed mindfulness at the CMRP at Bangor, and in helping to draw up Good Practice Guidelines for Workplace Mindfulness Teachers, Michael will discuss the what is similar and what is different in the areas in question.
  • Working with group dynamics: Understanding the importance of groups in the mindfulness process, and the specific challenges of workplace groups. Encouraging dialogue.  Small groups, large groups.  Working with mindfulness to improve trust and collaboration: mindfulness in low trust environment or in very high pressure environments
  • Didactic methods in adult learning: Adults only learn if they are motivated. Understanding basic elements of adult learning and how to present materials and lead a group in a didactic learning process.
  • Presentation skills: Developing the pacing, energy and language appropriate for business environments.

 Who is it for?

This day is part of a series of Workplace Masterclasses being introduced by Oxford and Bangor Mindfulness Centres.  Open to all individuals with an interest in how mindfulness can support and enhance personal and organisational wellbeing; these Workplace Masterclasses are particularly informative for practioners delivering mindfulness based training in the workplace.

Who are Michael Chaskalson and Chris Tamdjidi

Michael is one of the pioneers of the application of mindfulness in leadership and in the workplace.  He is the author of the agenda-setting book The Mindful Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and the bestselling Mindfulness in Eight Weeks (Harper Thorsons, 2014).

Based on his 40 years of mindfulness practice, Michael now shares his insights and research with audiences worldwide as a keynote speaker, coach, consultant, and teacher. He is founder and CEO of Mindfulness Works Ltd. and a Professor of Practice at Ashridge Business School.

Chris Tamdjidi is Director of the Kalapa Academy.  His work with the Kalapa Academy is on bringing about leadership and cultural transformation in the workplace with mindfulness.

Chris has lead on of the largest projects looking at the impact of mindfulness on the workplace. Working with a number of research partners including University of Nijmegen, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Munich and a number of companies, including the European Space Agency, Bosch, Jaguar and Beiersdorf, the Kalapa Academy has assessed the impact of mindfulness on a number of dimensions of workplace wellbeing, attentional control, performance and collaboration. The Kalapa Academy is also the winner of the European 2016/2017 Training award for best Corporate training.


Core Days for the Mindfulness in the Workplace Programme

  1. Nurturing Work Cultures for People and Performance – 24th March 2017 or 26 January 2018
  2. Positioning Mindfulness in the Workplace – 25th May 2017 or 23 March 2018
  3. Teaching Methods for Mindfulness in the Workplace –  27th June 2017 or 27 April 2018
  4. Embedding Mindfulness in the Workplace – 21st July 2017 or 29 June 2018
  5. OptimisingSocial, Environmental and Cultural Change – 27th October 2017 or 28th September 2018
  6. The Role of TheoryScience and Research – 24th November 2017 or 26th October 2018