Step 3 – Teach Mindfulness

Once you have developed a regular mindfulness meditation practice and experienced it yourself ‘from the inside’, you are ready to train to teach either dots (for 3-6 year olds), Paws b (for 7-11 year olds) or .b (for 11 to 18 year olds).

Teach dots prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the dots mindfulness curriculum in schools, pre-schools or other educational or youth-related organisations to children aged 3 – 6 years olds. Teach dots is a three-day online course.

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Teach Paws b prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the Paws b mindfulness curriculum in schools or other educational settings to children aged 7 – 11 years olds. Teach Paws b is a four-day online course (usually 10.00-15.00 each day).

“Brilliant teachers giving lots of time for questions… enthusiasm and love for the work they do was contagious and inspiring!”

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The Teach .b course prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the 10-lesson .b curriculum in schools or other educational settings to young people aged 11 – 18 years old. Teach .b is a four-day online course (usually 10.00-15.00 each day).

“It was amazing training from beginning to end facilitated by knowledgeable and authentic people that brought the work to life.”

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Frequently asked questions

Why do I need training?

Our 3 day (Paws b) and 4 day (.b) trainings thoroughly resource you for the teaching of mindfulness to pupils in schools. You will gain not only a far greater understanding of mindfulness itself, but also outstanding resources to bring it to life in the classroom.

How do I apply and how much will it cost?

Visit our Course Schedule page to find the course you’d like to attend. Click on the ‘Apply’ button and the corresponding page will provide you with information about the course, the cost and an application form which you can submit online.

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Why do I have to meet the ‘prerequisites’ before I train to teach mindfulness to pupils?

In order to be a swimming instructor you need to have spent plenty of time in the pool. Similarly, in order to teach mindfulness you need to have repeatedly experienced it yourself over a period of time and understood its paradoxes and complexities. It needs to make sense to you in practise as well as in theory so that you can bring it to life for inquisitive and often cynical young people (not to mention colleagues!).

What are the prerequisites for training to Teach .b or Paws b?

You must have completed in person an 8-week secular mindfulness course and have been practising mindfulness for at least 6 months from the start of your 8-week course and the start of the Teach .b training. The following courses are accepted: .b Foundations, MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Breathworks, Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC).

Can I find an independent trained .b or Paws b teacher to deliver the lessons to pupils?

If you would like to get started and introduce mindfulness to pupils before training staff, you can use our trained teacher maps to engage an independent .b or Paws b teacher to deliver the .b or Paws b curriculum.

The .b or Paws b teacher will be self-employed, so we are not in a position to instruct them on what to charge. Of course, it will vary from region to region and according to the size of group, type of school, travel time and experience of the teacher etc, all we ask is that the fee they charge is reasonable and affordable for all schools. This is key to the integrity of the work we do, and our aim to increase the accessibility and sustainability of mindfulness provision within schools.

Please make sure you speak with the teacher first, ideally in person! Read our advice on how to find the right teacher for you. It is better to wait for the right teacher than rush ahead with one that doesn’t give you confidence.