Prerequisites for Teach .b Foundations Training

1. Completion of a Teacher Training Level 1 course as a teacher of mindfulness to adults with continued adherence to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based teachers Good Practice Guidelines

You must have trained to teach mindfulness to adults with one of the following organisations, Aberdeen University, Bangor University, Breathworks, Exeter University, Mindfulness Association Limited, Oxford University – Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Scottish NHS Mindfulness Network or the Sussex Mindfulness Centre before training to teach .b Foundations to teachers and school staff. Please contact us at enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org if you have any questions on this prerequisite.

You must have taught one or more of the following courses at least twice before training in .b Foundations. The following courses are accepted: MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Breathworks or Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC).

.b Foundations is not designed to develop the skills needed to teach mindfulness to adults per se. This 3-day training has been designed to support adult mindfulness teachers in the development of particular skills necessary for teaching mindfulness to adults in a professional, educational setting.

If, due to exceptional circumstances, you would like us to consider an alternative training pathway, please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org. Please note that we are unable to hold places until an application form is received.

2. A well-established formal practice of at least 20-30 consecutive minutes, on 6 out of 7 days a week

The .b Foundations curriculum is underpinned by knowledge and personal experience of the formal mindfulness practices common to secular mindfulness courses such as MBCT and MBSR. It is therefore assumed that those who attend our 3-day Teach .b Foundations training courses have a well-embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved.

3. Ongoing commitment as a Teach .b Foundations teacher

If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is vital that the highest standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are maintained. We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching and learning mindfulness.

Personal Mindfulness Practice

Having an established personal mindfulness practice allows you to:

  • Teach mindfully
  • Embody mindfulness
  • Model mindfulness to other teachers and school staff
  • Guide practices with awareness and compassion
  • Skilfully respond in enquiry appropriate to a professional setting

Teaching Mindfulness to teachers and school staff

  • Ability to facilitate interest and engagement within a professional setting
  • Holding of an open, safe and professionally appropriate learning environment for teachers and school staff
  • Good communication skills
  • Skilful management of group dynamics