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 Paws b (for 7-11 year olds) or .b (for 11 to 18 year olds).

Teach Paws b is a three-day teaching course that 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.

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

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The Teach .b course is a four-day teacher-training course that 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.

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

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Upcoming courses

19th Feb 2019 - 21st Feb 2019
London
13th Mar 2019 - 15th Mar 2019
London
1st Apr 2019 - 3rd Apr 2019
Cardiff
15th Apr 2019 - 17th Apr 2019
London
23rd Apr 2019 - 25th Apr 2019
Birmingham
21st May 2019 - 23rd May 2019
London
11th Jun 2019 - 13th Jun 2019
Leeds
24th Jun 2019 - 26th Jun 2019
London
29th Jul 2019 - 31st Jul 2019
Manchester

Please click here for the Overseas Partner Course Schedule

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.

When is the next course?

To register your interest in the next course please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org

Learn more about the Paws b curriculum

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Learn more about the .b curriculum

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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.