Foundational Training in teaching MBCT and MBCP

Course details

How long is the course?

11 months

How often do we meet?

28 days (over 11 months)

Who is the course for?

Preparing practitioners to teach MBCT and MBCP

Where is the course?

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

How many people on the course?


How much does the course cost?


Course Leader

Dr Maret Dymond

Is the course for me?

The aim of the course is to provide a solid platform for developing your teaching further. The course is suitable for those who have completed Step 1 of the Training Pathway and who are able and willing to work towards the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations Good Practice Guidelines. The training is suitable for both clinicians and for those aiming to teach in a non-clinical setting.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

Applicants for the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) pathway should also be prepared to work towards the attached Guidelines.




What will I learn?

The Foundational training course synergises our research and knowledge of the evidence base, with our ability to innovate clinically and our training expertise, to provide a unique and high-quality training in how to begin to teach MBCT or MBCP.

Foundational Training in Teaching 2017-18 Course Details

The course consists of 28 days held across three terms from September until July. The following elements are included:

  • A five-day experiential MBCT course for all participants with the intention of developing a shared understanding of mindfulness meditation as taught in MBCT and MBCP and in order to strengthen / deepen personal practice
  • Seven expert-led teaching days focusing upon core areas such as facilitating enquiry, leading practices, Buddhist Psychology etc
  • Termly one-to-one mentoring sessions
  • Discussion, reflection and contemplation practice
  • A four-day silent retreat
  • 8 days of teaching practice – first in pairs, then in groups
  • Experiential exploration of working with group dynamics using a forum-theatre approach
  • A formative assessment of competency using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC)to provide individual feedback on teaching strengths and areas for skill development

To complete the Foundations Course in Teaching MBCT/MBCP you will need to:

  • attend a minimum of 80% of the teaching days
  • commit to continuing a daily formal and informal mindfulness meditation practice
  • complete a daily reflective journal of your experiences of personal mindfulness practice

OMC Foundational Training in Teaching 2017-18 Term Details

How do I apply?

Prepare for your application using this Practice Application form 2017. Once you have decided how you would like complete each section, you need to complete the on-line application form.

Please read our Terms and Conditions, including cancellation policy

Course application dates 2017 Entry

Applications open:                                    23 January 2017

Applications close:                                    13 March 2017

Interviews:                                                   2 May 2017

Offers made:                                              19 May 2017

Accept place and payment in full:            3 July 2017

Course dates MBCT:

Term 1            4, 5, 19 September; 3, 17, 31 October; 14, 28 November; 12 December 2017

Term 2            9 January; 6, 20 February; 6, 13, 27 March 2018

External residential retreat 25-28 January 2018

Term 3            17, 24 April; 1, 15, 22 May; 5, 19 June; 3, 10 July 2018


Course dates MBCP:

Term 1            4, 5, 19 September; 3, 17, 31 October; 21, 28 November; 12 December 2017

Term 2            9 January; 6, 27 February; 6, 20, 27 March 2018

External residential retreat 25-28 January 2018

Term 3            17, 23 April; 1, 8, 14, 22 May; 12, 26 June; 2, 10 July 2018