tickDo you want to become a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher and teach the “Gold Standard” world-wide recognised and NHS approved course, empowering others to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing?

tickDo you want to take part in a groundbreaking training programme that is backed by over 40 years of modern clinical and scientific research as well as ancient reflective Buddhist practice?

tickDo you want to relax while training, in the comfort of your home, using our live, online & interactive platform?



Join our new Live, Online, Teacher-Led MBSR Teacher Training Course with a real mindfulness teacher trainer, real time, with a real group of people, delivered in a safe and nourishing online Zoom environment.

This innovative approved 12 months Qualified MBSR Teacher Training is directed by Robert Gebka a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, a former Zen Buddhist monk, NHS mental health worker and author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies and is co-presented by our Dr Julia Forster, educational psychologist, Dr Xun He, a Bournemouth University neuroscientist and Dr Shantha Perera, a Wolverhampton University medical lecturer.

Our new and innovative Mindfulness for Life MBSR Teacher Training follows the University of Massachusetts Medical School “gold standard” curriculum as created by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The training is CF (Compassion Focused) and TS (Trauma Sensitive) in orientation, incorporating cutting edge discoveries in neuroscience as well as Mindfulness Based Self-compassion and Compassion Based Approaches giving each student the most up to date training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as well within its broader context of Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs). Our unique training provides skills to teach MBSR both face to face as well as via the online Zoom platform. Our training graduates are eligible to register with the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (formerly known as the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations). Please watch the short 8 minute video below.



Our training journey in the current times

This is our fifth year of running our professional mindfulness training programme, having completed eight training cohorts with over 100 graduates. This training was always delivered live and face to face as opposed to online. With the current world wide health situation the safety and wellbeing of our course students, as well as our trainers is top priority. We adhere to the UK Government guidance and intend to recommence our live face to face training when we are informed that it is safe to do so. In the meanwhile we have decided to offer our professional training online via a live and interactive method. We have completed numerous live, online programmes and feel extremely confident that the training quality remains excellent with fantastic student/trainer interaction and support.




Our MBSR Teacher Training will empower you to:

Teach the evidence based and NHS approved 8-Week MBSR course to a population and audience of your choice, including the NHS, education, social work, business, Human Resources, mental health, coaching and other related professions.

Teach the MBSR programme both face to face and via the online via Zoom method.
Utilise Compassion Based Approaches and Self-compassion regulation skills with people suffering from physical and emotional difficulties and pain as well as complex health needs.

Support course participants in their understanding of mindfulness and wellbeing by implementing, in a practical way, latest cutting edge research in mindfulness based psychology and neuroscience.

Understand what a “trauma informed” and “trauma sensitive” MBSR approach is and be able to confidently apply it in a “low dose and low intensity” manner with clients living with complex health needs.

Develop your mindfulness teaching skills with advanced training in mindful inquiry, mindful communication, mindful movement and group dynamics.


Certification and membership of professional bodies

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, 2 & 3 (minimum 12 months Teacher Training Pathway, extensions are available) you will receive the Certificate of Competence in Teaching MBSR courses, leading to a Qualified MBSR Teacher Status. You will also be eligible to gain professional Indemnity Insurance. You may also wish to consider applying for registration with British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA

This mindfulness teacher training has been excellent. It offered me an opportunity to embody mindfulness both in my personal life as well as my professional work as a psychiatrist more fully. I also found the training group very engaging and have learned many valuable mindfulness based skills. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to learn how to teach mindfulness to others, thank you”Dr Jerson Pereira, Consultant Psychiatrist


Why train with us?

tickWe are committed to you and your unique and personal journey of growth, healing and empowerment and are there to support you every step of the way.

tickWe are the largest mindfulness organisation in Dorset teaching MBSR and have taught mindfulness to over 3500 individuals in the last 6 years.

tickWe are winners of both the Runner Up NHS Award for Innovation for our contribution to NHS staff wellbeing as well as finalists at the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants awards.

We support evidence based research

Dorset Mindfulness Centre is actively involved in research with University of Wolverhampton and Exeter University. The research projects are investigating the effects of several meditation techniques taught at the Dorset Mindfulness Centre on chronic sleep problems, anxiety and depression as well as markers of inflammation, cortisol, physiological variables such as blood pressure.

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University of Wolverhampton

I have really enjoyed taking the professional mindfulness training with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. The structure of the course was solid and rigorous with lots of room to grow.  I fully trusted the process of the training and felt that it was very rich in group wisdom. I now feel confident teaching mindfulness in my area of specialty and would highly recommend this training to other professionals who wish to learn how to teach mindfulness.”Marianne Fiore, School teacher & Educator



What does the MBSR Mindfulness Teacher Training include?

6-monthly weekend (once a month) live, online, interactive Zoom training retreats.
A 200+ hour MBSR Teacher Training programme divided into 3 integrated phases, providing an optimum space for supported learning and professional development.
Unique set of skills enabling you to teach MBSR both face to face and via the Online Zoom platform.
An in-depth, step by step, rigorous exploration of the traditional MBSR curriculum and all relevant subjects to Mindfulness Based Approaches.
A 5-day (divided into two 2.5 day retreats) teacher-led live, online, Zoom interactive meditation mindfulness retreat. Our retreat meets the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) for Mindfulness Based Teachers.
Telephone supervision, mentoring and support every step of the way as well as when you begin teaching your two 8-Week MBSR courses in phase 2 of the training.
A set of online meditation practice CDs, training workbook, suggested reading and online resources.
A CPD (Continuing Professional Development) support programme with regular group meetings as well as specialist masterclasses and MBSR supervision once you have completed your training.
An opportunity to connect with and learn alongside a community of aspiring MBSR mindfulness teachers in a safe, nourishing and growth promoting space.
Support with your application should you wish to apply for BAMBA membership – British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (formerly known as the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations).


This was a very powerful and deep training. I signed up for the mindfulness teacher training because I wanted to deepen my own connection to mindfulness and because I wanted to be able to teach it effectively to my students. I found the training very interactive and stimulating. It was run over the weekend which made it possible for me to attend. We covered numerous subjects related to mindfulness and had lots of opportunity to put the theory into practice. I can definitely recommend this training and honestly say that this training will change your life.
Dr. Tim McClellan, University lecturer


Our training team & advisory board


The training is delivered by Robert Gebka and Dr Julia Forster. Robert is a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA. He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. He is also a psychological counsellor and the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK and is a registered member of the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). Julia is an Educational Psychologist and MBSR Teacher with a Ph.D. in psychology. She started her career in mental health nursing during which time she became very interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an empowering tool for those with anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Moving on to teach nurses and then into further education and teacher training. Julia’s interest in CBT extended to consider how such approaches could be adapted to support professionals in managing the emotional complexities of their roles. Julia is a former director of training at Bournemouth and Poole College and has extensive experience in delivering training in the education and psychology sectors.

Members of:

NCS AccredUSA Cogntive Association
Jonathan-Stock-753x1024The training is co-delivered by our visiting trainers
Dr Xun He, a neuroscientist from Bournemouth University,  Dr Shantha Perera, a lecturer in medicine and Mindfulness teacher, Jonathan Stock, Mindfulness Based Counsellor & Caroline Rice- Varian a MBSR Teacher and NHS Psychological & Trauma Therapist. Click here to view our team profiles.

Our advisory board consultants for the Centre are Dr Christopher Germer (1st picture), a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Chris is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr Steven Hickman (2nd picture) Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Dr James Doty (3rd picture) Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. Click here to view our advisory board profiles


The quality of the professional mindfulness training was superb. I loved the fact that the Dorset Mindfulness Centre is associated with two universities as it meant that it was a credible organisation. The way the training was designed, presented and executed enabled a deep and clear integration of all that was learned. I felt that the experience offered me the wonderful opportunity to gain the confidence to teach mindfulness to others. “Sue Bourne, Corporate Coach & Trainer


Entry requirements:

tickA strong interest in self-development and personal growth as well as a passion for learning how you could use MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to support people on their life journey.


Completion of a live 8-Week MBSR course as a participant. Online MBSR courses will be considered under certain circumstances at the discretion of the director of training.

tickRegular formal mindfulness meditation practice of minimum of six months.


Relevant training, professional qualification, work, life or voluntary experience of the population you wish to teach MBSR to.




3 Phases of training

Our training philosophy is based on a “step by step, in-depth, rigorous and supported” approach. The training is comprised of three phases: Phase 1, 2 & 3. These progressive stages are integrated into each other making it possible to not only gain the necessary MBSR teaching skills, but also making it possible to truly begin to “grow into” and embody the role of a MBSR Mindfulness teacher. Click here to read more about our MBSR training phases or see the diagram below.


Our flexible approach to training: 3 Training Pathways

At the Dorset Mindfulness Centre we celebrate learning equality and diversity. Wherever possible we give credit to prior professional learning as well as catering to students with no previous professional mindfulness training. There are three training pathways through which a prospective delegate student can train with us, namely: Pathway A, B & C. Phase 1 of the training can be completed either via Pathway A, B or C. The remainder of the training phases are the same for all pathways.


Your commitment, assessment & assignments

In addition to the live, online classroom training hours, you will be required to spend between 3 – 5 hours on independent study per week in your own time. Students will be engaging in continuous self-assessment and self-reflection. Our assessment process is informed by the MBI TAC (The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness based teaching. Full support will be offered throughout the training to help students meet this commitment.

Click on the icon below to view our shorter 6 months Certified Mindfulness Practitioner training.



I work as an registered Social Worker with Children and Families. I found the professional mindfulness training to be very informative and deeply enjoyable. The training offered me many opportunities to practice guiding mindfulness meditations in a supportive and safe group environment. I gained so much from the training, not only a solid foundation of practical knowledge but also the scientific and psychological research related to mindfulness. This has given me the confidence to use mindfulness both with children as well as adults, supporting them to regulate their emotions during stressful times. I would highly recommend this training to anyone working with others. Tracy Blake, Registered Social Worker


Training cost & fees

The cost of training programme depends on your chosen Training Pathway. Full earlybird special as well as deposit option followed by monthly payment plan option is also available. Please click here for details of the cost breakdown.

Training cost: £1350 – £1595 depending on your chosen Pathway.

Training curriculum and dates


Application process

Places are strictly limited. The number of students on this course is restricted to approximately 15.
Please email us to request an application form. Closing date for applications is 15 July 2021. Once we have received your completed application form we will review it and if necessary invite you to an informal telephone interview to discuss your application further.


For more information please contact Clare Clements

Hello, my name is Clare and I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be delighted to be of support.

Feel free to email me on info@dorset-mindfulness.co.uk or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


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Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
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