OMC Workshops and Masterclasses

Masterclasses and Foundational Workshops at the OMC are provided by leaders in mindfulness training, teaching and research.

Foundational Workshops are a required elements of Step 1 (Foundational Training) of the OMC’s MBCT teacher training pathway and are also open to mindfulness teachers and trainers wishing to expand their knowledge and skills. Masterclasses offer continuing professional development in teaching MBCT and in specialist areas of applying mindfulness training. Some are open only to mindfulness teachers and teachers in training, whereas others are open to anyone wishing to find our more about recent developments in their field of interest.

A full list of all our workshops and masterclasses follows.


Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Life (York – UK)

7th and 8th January 2020

Alison Yiangou and Paul Bernard

MBCT for Life [MBCT-L] is intended as a universal taught face-to-face programme, applicable to the general population.  As a recent adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression [Teasdale, Segal, & Williams, 2013), MBCT-L offers mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in ways that are intended to be accessible to all. It guides participants in how to apply this learning in everyday life both to manage what is painful and difficult but also to cultivate qualities such as compassion and equanimity.  It offers a different way of living that supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering, but also to savour life and to flourish.

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Introduction to Buddhist Psychology Workshop – Foundational Training (Oxford, UK)

23rd January 2020

Chris Cullen

This workshop will provide an introduction to the key relevant components of Buddhist psychology that can inform, enrich and deepen the work of Mindfulness teachers. We will examine the nature of human distress, to which Mindfulness is directed, and the aetiology of this distress together with a close examination of the self as a process rather than as something fixed, and why this important to understanding MBCT in the contemporary world.

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Mindfulness: Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life: Beyond the 8 Week Course

13th & 14th February 2020

Willem Kuyken and Alison Yiangou

“It changed me in just about every way possible; but what do I do next to next?”

The quote is not untypical of what people say following an 8-week Mindfulness-based Programme (Allen, Bromley, Kuyken, & Sonnenberg, 2009; Hopkins & Kuyken, 2012). What does happen next? What sustains people beyond the 8-week programmes? How can we help people maintain their mindfulness practice? How can we support people to live with greater wisdom, balance and responsiveness in the myriad different moments of their real lives? Many people graduating an 8-week programme would like to continue the transformational journey they have started and would like some additional guidance and support in this journey.

Join our 2 day Workshop with Willem Kuyken and Alison Yaingou where they introduce a new OMC curriculum that is intended for graduates of 8-week programmes.

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Assessment, Orientation, & Ethics Workshop – Foundational Training (Oxford, UK)

19th March 2020

Ruth Baer and Marie Johansson

This is a two-part masterclass. The morning session cultivates skills that mindfulness teachers need before a course begins: orienting potential participants to MBCT and gathering essential information about them. The afternoon session covers important ethical issues in the mindfulness field.

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Mindfulness in Higher Education

Mindfulness in Higher Education

21st March 2020

Dr Ruth Collins and Oli Bazin

The importance of mental health and wellbeing is widely acknowledged in the Higher Education setting where student life can bring a host of personal and emotional challenges alongside academic demands. This has led to a number of Universities in the UK introducing programmes to enhance and promote the well-being of their students.

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being and flourishing. Research into the benefits of mindfulness for students demonstrate positive outcome for participants, psychologically and emotionally, and also in terms of facilitating better cognitive and academic performance.


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Research and Evaluation Workshop – Foundational Training (Oxford, UK)

2nd April 2020

Ruth Baer

MBCT is an evidence-based program. Effective teachers need an understanding of the evidence base in order to communicate effectively with potential participants and other interested parties about what the evidence shows and the limitations of current knowledge. Effective teachers also adopt an empirical mind-set. Rather than assuming that their courses must be effective because the literature says MBCT is helpful, they collect data to find out how their participants are responding to the course.

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Group Skills for MBCT Workshop – Foundational Training (Oxford, UK)

16th April 2020

Ruth Baer and Marie Johansson

This workshop offers trainee MBCT teachers, and established teachers, the opportunity to develop their skills in creating a warm, supportive, safe group environment. It will help you to reflect upon how a group develops and ends and develop your skills in managing challenges, processes and patterns/dynamics within the group.

The workshop has an experiential basis allowing the group to learn from their own experience of being a group within the workshop and from the innovative teaching method of forum theatre, through which participants will have the opportunity to have fun together trying out new skills and ideas. The workshop aims to grow teacher’s confidence in leaning into group challenges/processes/patterns/dynamics, enabling us to open to these as our own teachers so that we become curious about them rather than closed and/or fearful.

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