Research has shown that mindfulness meditation offers powerful health and wellbeing benefits. Qualified teachers can be in high demand, teaching 1-to-1, group classes and courses, leading and supporting retreats, and within organisational settings.
The UK College of Mindfulness Meditation- Mindfulness Now Certified Teacher Training Programme, is approved by The British Psychological Society and includes specialist tuition in mindfulness approaches, integrating key elements of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Both are evidence based and the latter is recommended by NICE, the National Instituted for Health and Care Excellence.
All mindfulness teacher training courses delivered by Rachel Ashcroft take place in Manchester City Centre at Ziferblat, Edge Street.
If the courses listed are full and you would like to join our waiting list so you are the first to know when new dates are advertised, please contact us.mindfulness teacher training
Become an Accredited Mindfulness Now Teacher
Full details of the Midfulness Teacher training can be found below. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Mindfulness Now programme was developed by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and Rachel Ashcroft is a member of the Official UK College of Mindfulness Meditation Trainer Team, operating the Mindfulness Now Teacher Training Programme.
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The Mindfulness Now programme offers an integrated approach to mindfulness teacher teaching and aims to equip teachers to work with individuals and groups with many requirements including physical and emotional pain, stress and anxiety, as well as building emotional resilience.
After completion of the course, successful graduates are awarded the Mindfulness Now Certificate and offered the opportunity to join the national network of Mindfulness Now licensed and accredited teachers. The Mindfulness Now teacher training programme is contained in an intensive 5 day course which is experiential in nature.
Although distance courses in mindfulness exist we believe that for a vocational qualification it is vital that teachers learn through a ‘hands on’ practical approach with plenty of discussion and the learning dynamic which can only come out of working in a mutually supportive group.
The programme is designed to guide students, over 5 consecutive days, through a combination of practical ‘hands on’ learning along with the teaching of underpinning theoretical knowledge.
Students receive a comprehensive training manual, provided electronically, to enable them to tailor teaching to specific needs. Additional handouts are provided as needed. Similarly, PowerPoint slides used within some parts of the training are also supplied to students for them to use or modify for use, where appropriate in their future teaching.
There is plenty of time built in to ask questions, to get to know other participants and to learn at a pace that is focused yet unhurried.
Teacher training includes the unique Mindfulness Now programme which offers an integrated approach to using mindfulness techniques to help clients deal with: pain, rheumatic conditions, stress, anxiety and serious physical and emotional trauma, as well as building emotional resilience. Meditation sessions are conducted daily as part of the teacher training and all participants engage in some facilitated teaching practice.
The delivery of the course is flexible, responding to the needs and interests of participants, and includes the following:
Client/learner assessment protocols
Cautions, safeguards and contra-indications
Session recording and evaluation
History of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation
How to conduct mindfulness meditation sessions – seated, lying and movement based
Attitudinal Basis (7 +2 Attitudes – Kabat-Zinn)
3 stage breathing space (hourglass)
Mindfulness of the body, in stillness and in movement
Mindfulness of sounds, thoughts and feelings
Mindfulness in wellbeing
Mindfulness teaching techniques and methodologies
Therapeutic interventions with mindfulness
Developing the teacher’s own mindfulness practice
Conducting individual/group sessions
The Mindfulness Now 8 week programme
Stress Reduction – the MBSR approaches
Cognitive behavioural approaches – using MBCT
Integration of mindfulness with other therapeutic modalities
Corporate applications of mindfulness
Mindfulness Now participants are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Assessment and preparation of clients/learners
The following assessment methods are used:
Observational assessment during the 5-day training course
Post-course written assignment that includes a question paper and submission of a completed case study
Please note that the inclusive training fees cover assessment and certification, along with all teaching materials provided electronically.
As a graduate of the Mindfulness Now programme, you are eligible to use the Mindfulness Now logo on your website, publicity and training materials.
Mindfulness Now is not a business franchise and there is nothing to purchase beyond the course fees. Following successful assessment, you are granted an annual license, renewable on the basis of evidence of continuing professional development.
As a graduate of the Mindfulness Now teacher training programme, we are committed to continuing to support you in your professional development and your practice as a mindfulness teacher.
We do this by working collaboratively with the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation in order to provide you with:
A programme of continuing professional development opportunities
Individual and group supervision to support you in your practice
A listing in the Mindfulness Teachers Register
'Breathing Space', the learning and development journal for mindfulness teachers and therapists
The Mindfulness Teachers Register was launched by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation in 2019 and has quickly become the largest professional register of mindfulness teachers in the UK. By being listed on the Register, your opportunities for obtaining work are much increased.
The Register is free to join and is made up of a community of accredited teachers of mindfulness. It is open to all teachers of mindfulness who have a recognised, externally accredited training and qualification in mindfulness teaching.
All members of the register agree to the following conditions:
To follow a strict code of ethical practice
To be supervised and undertake continuing professional development (CPD)
To maintain adequate professional insurance
The course is led by Rachel Ashcroft. Rachel is a member of the Official UK College of Mindfulness Meditation Trainer Team.
Rachel is also an accredited NLP coach and supports clients within the workplace though Mindfulness practices. Rachel travels up and down the country delivering mindfulness sessions to school teachers and runs workshops for children and teenagers to support them on their wellbeing journey.
Rachel Ashcroft is supported on this course by Tony O’Shea-Poon.
Tony is also a member of the Official UK College of Mindfulness Meditation Trainer Team, a therapist, coach, peace activist and mindfulness teacher. He has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. He qualified as a mindfulness teacher with the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and is trained to deliver Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy courses. Tony is also a workplace coach and clinical hypnotherapist, supporting individuals with a wide range of conditions and disorders using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches. He is a practitioner of mindfulness in the Plum Village style, a tradition taught by Buddhist Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn.course
There are no prerequisites for this course - only a strong interest in meditation and mindfulness practice. You do not have to be a Buddhist or hold any other belief for that matter. The structure of the course is such that you will be able to communicate and start to teach mindfulness by the end of the week. Like learning any new skill, you will become more proficient the more that you practice it and you will be required to demonstrate evidence of CPD as part of the ongoing license agreement.
When you register, we will send you a short form to complete to tell us about your experience of mindfulness to date. This is not a test. It allows us to ensure we provide training that is responsive to your needs and current level of understanding.
To register, simply choose the course dates you are interested in and complete the online booking process.
Future courses are listed below. If the courses are full or you are unable to make particular dates, please contact us to join a waiting list and you will be the first to know when new dates are released.
The course fee is £800, which is inclusive of the provision of training, electronic materials, refreshments, assessment, certification, listing on the Register upon satisfactory completion of assessment, the 'Breathing Space' journal and information about CPD and supervision opportunities.course dates