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Train to teach mindfulness and mindful self-compassion

Sussex Mindfulness Centre has been offering mindfulness teacher training since 2011. We have 60 members of staff trained in mindfulness-based approaches and a thriving team  researching various mindfulness interventions. We are also embedded in a large national network of teachers, trainers and researchers and it is with the collaboration of our partners that we can provide much of this training. Sussex Mindfulness Centre is a member of the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) – formerly the UK Network of Teacher Training Organisations, which recognises training programmes that meet agreed national minimum standards.

Training programme in adapted mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs)

2022 Training

Adapted Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI) Training from SMC on Vimeo.


An ever growing number of people are drawing on mindfulness in their work and using adapted mindfulness based approaches. This training course is for people who wish to train to deliver mindfulness based interventions that are not eight-week programmes such as MBCT or MBSR. It is intended for those who don't need to complete the extensive training required to deliver MBCT/MBSR but who wish to be equipped to use adapted mindfulness based approaches safely and effectively.

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Applications for the course that starts in February 2022 will open soon. If you would like to be notified when they do, please email

The 2022 handbook will also be available soon. In the meantime, the 2021 handbook provides an overview of the course:

2021 Course handbook

Foundation training in mindfulness-based approaches (MBCT/MBSR)

2022 Training

Foundation training in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBCTMBSR) from SMC on Vimeo.


This course is designed for people wishing to teach the eight-week MBCT/MBSR programmes. The training uses an apprenticeship approach with a strong emphasis on supervised group facilitation, resting on a firm foundation of theory, regular feedback on teaching practice and daily personal mindfulness practice.  Graduates of the training, who have taught two groups of the same curriculum of MBCT or MBSR, are eligible to apply for the national register of teachers.

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Applications for the course that starts in February 2022 will open soon. If you would like to be notified when they do, please email

The 2022 handbook will also be available soon. In the meantime, the 2021 handbook provides an overview of the course:

Train to teach Mindful Self-compassion (MSC) 

Delivered by the Center for Mindful-Self-Compassion on behalf of Sussex Mindfulness Centre

Face to Face: Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training 21st - 27th November 2022, led by Ali Lambie and Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher at Ammerdown Retreat Centre, near Bath, UK

and Teacher Training Practicum (TTP) in Jan to March or April to July 2023.

See the flyer for the Teacher Training and Teacher Training Practicum here

See the supporting information and Teacher Training and the Teacher Training Practicum here

Download the application form here

See more about the MSC training pathway here

Please take a look at a film, recorded by Center for MSC Executive Director, Steve Hickman, for people who have signed up for teacher training to prepare for what to expect both during and after the residential teacher training.

If you have further enquiries please contact us at:

UK Mindfulness Centres Collaboration Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher Training for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services

We are delighted to announce another fantastic training opportunity for staff in improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services to train as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teachers. The training is being delivered in multiple sites across England from March 2021 up to the end of March 2022 by a collaboration of UK Mindfulness Centres. The teaching and supervision are funded by Health Education England and are provided free of charge to IAPT staff, who, on successful completion of the training, will be able to deliver this NICE approved evidence-based therapeutic approach for people with recurrent depression within IAPT services.

This training is for High Intensity CBT therapists with at least one year’s post-qualification experience, working in IAPT Services. We are enriched by people's diversity on our training and would particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background. IAPT services are invited to apply to a training course in their assigned locality. IAPT services should work with interested staff to identify their preferred applicants for the training. Closing date: Friday 20th November 2020. For more information, see the training information or contact your lead for your area:

  • Paul Bernard ( for the North (North East and North West, including Cheshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and further north).
  • Tim Sweeney ( for Central England (Midlands and East of England, including Stafford, Derby, Notts and Lincolnshire and as far south as, and including, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northants, Essex, East Anglia and Hertfordshire).
  • Nicole Jamani ( for the South and South-West (including Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and further south-west).
  • Robert Marx ( for the South East (covering Greater London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Isle of Wight).

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For further information about  training, please contact or call our Sussex Mindfulness Centre Administrator on 0300 304 2057.