Frequently Asked Questions

General

I am interested in learning about mindfulness. What is the first step?

The best way to learn about mindfulness is to experience it for yourself by doing an 8 Week MBSR course, which is the basic course in mindfulness training. Our 8-week courses are detailed on this page.

There are also lots of good books out there to find out more, or you could try a mindfulness practice for yourself by downloading a free mindfulness track!

What is the difference between doing a Masters in Mindfulness and following the Teaching Pathway route?

This table highlights the main differences between the two routes. Please note that The Mindfulness Network now deliver the Teacher Training Pathway in collaboration with Bangor, please click here to go to the Mindfulness Network website and for all non-Masters queries.

We get many queries from people wondering what the best route is for them, and the best way for you to work out the best route for you is to read the information pages on the Masters and the Teacher Training Pathway and work out which one suits your learning needs and lifestyle more.

Train to Teach Mindfulness

I would like to teach Mindfulness. What do I need to do in order to qualify as a mindfulness teacher?

Please see the Train to Teach section to find options for training to teach mindfulness. With us, you can gain the Certificate of Competence in teaching MBSR and MBCT which is the highest mindfulness teaching award in the UK

Currently there is no Awarding Body regulating mindfulness teaching / training, however we recommend all practioners follow the UK Good Practice Guidance.

Can I teach mindfulness after completing the 8 week course?

We recommend that to teach mindfulness you should have completed an in-depth, rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training programme or supervised pathway over a minimum duration of 12 months. Please see both Train to Teach and UK Good Practice Guidance for further information.

Certification

Will I have a recognised teaching certificate if I follow the CPPD or Teacher Training Pathway route?

There is a ‘Training Pathway’ route that can lead to a certificate of competence in teaching MBSR and MBCT, see here for details