Mindfulness Teacher Training (Based in the United Kingdom)

U.K. Mindfulness Teacher Training 2017-06-27T03:04:05+00:00

Update: The 2017-2018 UK Mindfulness Teacher Training is almost full, but we are still accepting applications. If you would like to apply, please do so as soon as possible by clicking here.


This unique, yearlong, professional mindfulness teacher training transforms your own mindfulness practice and develops mindfulness teaching skills that will enable you to teach mindfulness programs with confidence and clarity. With this training, you will receive skilled, guided direction and personalized instruction that will allow you to flourish as a mindfulness facilitator. Our yearlong mindfulness teacher trainings utilize in-person teaching intensives, online learning, individualized guidance from the teachers and learning mentors, and peer group support from a community of like-minded individuals.

Who is this course for?

People already working with mindfulness in their professional lives, or anybody wishing to do so—be it through teaching formal mindfulness courses or bringing mindfulness into other roles including in private practice, healthcare, business, education, etc.

Mindfulness Teacher Training Outcomes

  • Develop and refine your own practice of embodied mindfulness;
  • Enhance your capacity for applying mindfulness in your personal and professional life;
  • Understand the historical context of contemporary mindfulness approaches;
  • Utilize latest research on the effects of mindfulness;
  • Study with renowned mindfulness teachers Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward with over 30 years of combined mindfulness teaching experience.

Residential Teaching Module Dates for U.K. Mindfulness Teacher Training 2017/8:

Module 1: 28 September - 1 October, 2017

Module 2: 4-7 January, 2018

Module 3: 12-15 April, 2018

Module 4: 12-15 July, 2018

Our yearlong teacher trainings make use of online learning, teacher meetings and peer group support, with in-person teaching intensives/modules in Devon, UK.

The residential training intensives are held at the Sharpham Trust, a beautiful country estate and educational charity in the heart of the English countryside. Set near Totes, Devon, there is easy train access from London and the trust is close to both the Exeter and Bristol airports. Since the ethos of Sharpham Trust is to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally-sustainable world, Sharpham is perfectly suited to supporting a mindful environment.



Click on the + signs below to learn more about each of these parts of the curriculum.

    • Mindfulness of breath and body – cultivate awareness of sensations, posture, walking, standing and other activities and learn how to work with physical pain.
    • Mindfulness of emotions – develop Emotional Intelligence through learning how to work skillfully with emotional states like fear, anxiety, and shame. Cultivate ‘response flexibility’.
    • Mindfulness of the mind and mental processes – working with negative thoughts, beliefs and the Inner Critic to see how they interfere with focus and well-being.
    • Mindful communication – developing mindful speaking and listening skills that support effective communication
    • Mindful inquiry - a practice for sustained investigation of one’s personal experience
    • Explore the Science of Mindfulness – study contemporary neuroscience research on the practice and applications of mindfulness. Understand how mindfulness affects the brain and cognitive processes.
    • Understanding the historical (Buddhist) and contemporary context of mindfulness.
    • The 4 Pillars of Training: Practice, Presence, Pedagogy and Protocols for teaching mindfulness.
    • Learning how to teach in the following formats:
        • 6 week SIT (introductory)  mindfulness course
        • Daylong courses
    • Mindfulness teaching components:
        • Class / course design
        • Creating an ideal learning environment
            • Setting up the container
            • Trust issues
            • Understanding confidentiality / group safety
        • Using group process as a vehicle for teaching mindfulness
        • Understanding diversity issues and multi-cultural sensitivity
        • Practicing teaching key elements in pairs / small groups and practicing giving and receiving feedback about teaching
    • Teaching issues – Learning to work with:
        • Money issues
        • Power issues
        • Transference / projection
        • Difficult class/student scenarios
    • Understanding how to teach different populations
    • Diversity - developing awareness and sensitivity about race, gender,class, sexual orientation and physical ability issues and dynamics
    • Working with people individually
        • How to integrate mindfulness into one-on-one sessions in therapy / coaching / bodywork
    • Working with trauma - how to use mindfulness as a skilful resource
    • Utilizing contemporary mindfulness research and neuroscience findings on mindfulness
    • Marketing mindfulness courses
Before the last module of the training, you will be required to complete a practicum, involving the design and delivery of our SIT Mindfulness course (Six-week Introductory Training in Mindfulness).

Monthly online group tutorials are held between in-person modules, led by the course trainers, Mark and Martin.

Participants will be expected to complete  papers that explore both your own understanding of mindfulness practices and the practice of teaching mindfulness in your chosen field. Participants will also submit two video recordings of their mindfulness teaching.

Participants will be given a reading list to support your understanding of the course material and the theoretical background of mindfulness practice.

Trainees’ personal mindfulness meditation practice is the cornerstone of being able to teach well. All participants will be expected to maintain and deepen their practice throughout the course and beyond as well as continue attending mindfulness classes, courses and retreats during the year.

Graduates will be equipped to:

  1. Teach mindfulness classes, courses and one-day mindfulness events.
  2. Teach mindfulness to groups in a variety of settings including in health care, business, non-profits, education and a host of other settings.
  3. Bring mindfulness techniques into individual work including psychotherapy, coaching, chaplaincy and social work.
  4. Give mindfulness lectures.

This training does not qualify participants to teach multi-day / residential mindfulness retreats, which requires further training.


Cost - GBP £3250

This cost includes all course materials, and teachings, at the four 4-day residential training weeks, online individual meetings with the teachers, and online group tutorials.

Accommodation at Sharpham is paid for separately, at a rate of £64 per night based on sharing a double room. Single occupancy is available for a supplement of £50 per retreat. However, there are a limited number of single rooms and preference is given to those with health or mobility issues.

Payments and Deposit  - £500 non-refundable deposit to secure your place after successful entry into program, as well as the remaining balance (£2750).

If you cancel before the course begins, you will be refunded half of any payments made beyond the deposit.

Payment plans are available upon request.

Mindfulness Teacher Training Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

1. A minimum of three years of regular Mindfulness meditation practice
2. Attended at least two silent Mindfulness retreats of a minimum of five days each
3. Attended a Mindfulness course like MBSR or similar

Exceptions concerning these guidelines are at the discretion of the faculty.

Accreditation is dependent on successful completion of the course and coursework, subject to Martin and Mark’s approval.

*The curriculum is subject to continuing evolution and modification.

More Questions?

Visit our FAQ page. Or contact Leslie at Leslie@mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com.

In addition, we teach this mindfulness teacher training every other year in the U.S. To learn more, click here.

Or if you wish to apply to the 2017-2018 U.K. mindfulness teacher training . . .

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