Continuing Professional Development

The Mindfulness Association offers regular continuing professional development (CPD) weekends for Mindfulness Teachers. Our Level 2: Responding with Compassion, Level 3: Seeing Deeply and Level 4: Mindfulness for Life, also meet the CPD requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines.

Or, if you are a member of our Teacher Membership, you can meet your CPD needs through our monthly online CPD sessions at no extra cost. If you are not a member and would like to join, make sure to visit our membership page for more information.

You can click on an event title below to get more information about a particular event.

Upcoming CPD Weekends:

2019 London  CPD Weekend: An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Inclusivity Training (MyBIT)

This course (28-29 September 2019) will be an introduction to the MBIT programme that aims to nurture the tools to recognise, accept, celebrate and thrive on our differences rather than be threatened or troubled by them.

During this CPD weekend we will explore the skills and qualities we all have within us to be in society in ways that benefit humanity, the earth and all life. We hope that as more of us cultivate individual inner peace and wisdom, we can collectively feel better resourced to do ‘our bit’ to co-create a more peaceful, inclusive and harmonious world.

The weekend will offer the opportunity to become more aware of the habitual patterns and perceptions we use to navigate the world we find ourselves in. Patterns which can also obscure the reality of our deep kinship, common ground and interconnectedness. It could be said that the job of a Mindfulness teacher is to facilitate an ‘inner revolution’. However, attention to diversity, inclusion and difference can help empower oneself and others to contribute more fully to a peaceful revolution of kindness and tolerance externally too.

The MBIT programme is being developed in London by The Urban Mindfulness Foundation in collaboration with the Mindfulness Association. This CPD weekend will be co facilitated by Fay Adams lead Teacher-trainer with the Mindfulness Association and Dean and Aesha Francis of the Urban Mindfulness Foundation.

This weekend is for anyone who has completed at least the first weekend of the Teaching Level One: Introduction to Teaching Skills course or who have begun teacher training on another pathway.

Saturday 28th- Sunday 29th September 2019 (10.00am till £17.00pm on both days)

The cost of the weekend is £150.00 and to book your place please contact info@mindfulnessassociation.net for the booking link.

Location: London Samye Dzong, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA. For more details please click here.


2020 Purelands (at Samye Ling) CPD weekend: Developing Enquiry Skills for Teaching Compassion

This weekend (14-16 February 2020) is now a pre-requisite for those who wish to train to teach the Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) by attending our Level 3 CBLC teaching skills retreat. It is also available as a stand alone CPD weekend for those who are already teaching the CBLC. The weekend is also suitable for MBLC teachers who wish to develop their enquiry skills for when course participants experience emotional difficulties.

One key focus of the weekend is ‘doing’ less and ‘being’ more in our enquiry practice. We will do this by exploring how to hold the space for a participant to explore their experience of a practice without imposing our interpretation on their experience. If a participant is able to come to their own understanding about their experience of a practice, the learning is deeper and the participant is more empowered. This requires us to let go of being the expert, listen deeply and teach through our embodied presence and way of being, rather than through intellectual concepts.

Another key focus is the additional holding of our participant’s difficulty required when teaching compassion. Can we really be there, open and curious, in the mud with our participants, without trying to ‘fix’ their experience. We will do this by prioritising the first psychology of compassion of turning towards and ‘being’ with the difficulty with courage in our enquiry practice. We will be learning to trust that our holding presence is enough. At the same time we can learn to be sensitive to when we need to bring in the second psychology of ‘doing’ something to build our participants’ capacity to be with the difficulty, but without ‘fixing’. The weekend will be facilitated by Heather Regan-Addis and Jan Mayor.

Friday 14th- Sunday 16th February 2020 ( the weekend begins at 7pm (evening meal at 6pm) on the Friday evening, between 8am and 8pm on Saturday and will run between 8am and 3.30pm on Sunday)

The cost of this CPD weekend is £180.00 and to book your place please contact info@mindfulnessassociation.net for the booking link. Please ensure you book your accommodation and meals for Purelands not Samye Ling.