Foundational Training in teaching MBCT

Course details

How long is the course?

22 days over one academic year

Who is the course for?

People who meet the prerequisites and are interested in learning to teach MBCT

Where is the course?

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE

How many people on the course?


How much does the course cost?


Course Leader


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 the prerequisites 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.

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.

The course consists of 22.5 days held across three terms from October until July. The following elements are included:

  • A four-day experiential MBCT course for all participants with the intention of developing a shared understanding of mindfulness meditation as taught in MBCT and in order to strengthen / deepen personal practice
  • 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
  • Teaching practice with peers – 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
  • Formal MBI-TAC Assessment within 3 years of course completion

To complete the Foundations Course in Teaching MBCT 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

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2018 – 2019.

2019-2020 Course

Applications open: 15th October 2018

Applications close: 31st January 2019

Interviews: March 2019

Offers accepted: 30th April 2019

Payment Due: 31st July 2019

Applications will only be taken by completion of an online application form. Please find attached a Practice Application Form 2018-19

Please read our Terms and Conditions, including cancellation policy.