tickDo you want to become a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher and teach the “Gold Standard” world-wide recognised mindfulness 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?


Our new and innovative 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 .The training is supported by visiting trainers such as Dr Julia Forster, educational psychologist, Dr Xun He, a Bournemouth University neuroscientist and Caroline Rice-Varian an NHS EMDR Therapist and MBSR Teacher

This 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 journey in the current times

This is our fifth year of running our professional Mindfulness Based Interventions training programmes and we are excited to offer our new and innovative MBSR Teacher Training. We have so far completed nine training cohorts of our Certified Mindfulness Practitioner training with nearly 100 graduates. In order to cater to our wider international community we offer this training both live, online, via Zoom as well as in person. This means that you have a choice whether you wish to attend the training face to face or online.




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, depending on your preference.
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 training in mindful inquiry, mindful communication, mindful movement and group dynamics.


The mindfulness 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, Graduate: Core Skills Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions


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 3700 individuals in the last 10 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 – Graduate: Core Skills Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions



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.
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 as well as an opportunity to connect with and learn alongside a community of aspiring/expereinced MBSR mindfulness teachers in a safe, nourishing and growth promoting space.


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: Graduate: Core Skills Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions


Your training team & advisory board


The course is delivered by Robert Gebka and Caroline Rice-Varian. Robert is a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA and the lead teacher of this course. He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It was during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. Robert has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years and taught over 30 MBSR 8-Week courses. He is also an accredited counsellor and the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK. He also currently works in mental health for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust supporting staff wellbeing. He is CRB checked and fully insured. Caroline is an NHS occupational therapist (OT) and works as a psychological therapist in a NHS pain management service providing one to one pain psychology interventions to people with persistent pain problems. She completed her MBSR Teacher Training with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness as well as her Certified Mindfulness Practitioner training with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. She is also a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and practices Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR) for people recovering from trauma. Caroline has a deep interest in self-compassion as a way of supporting people’s life journey and wellbeing and has co-facilitated self-compassion and Loving Kindness courses. Read about Robert’s and Caroline’s profiles HERE.

Listen to Caroline’s self-compassion meditation on soundcloud below.

Robert is a member of: National Counselling Society, British Neuroscience Association, Association of Contextual Behavioural Science and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies




The training is supported by our visiting trainers: Dr Xun He, a neuroscientist from Bournemouth University,  Dr Shantha Perera, a lecturer in medicine and Mindfulness teacher, Jonathan Stock, Independent Mindfulness Based Counsellor & Dr Julia Forster an Educational Psychologist and MBSR Teacher Click here to view our team profiles.

Our advisory board consultants for the Centre are Susan Woods (1st picture), a senior faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada and co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice. Dr Christopher Germer (2nd 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 (3rd picture) Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Dr James Doty (4th 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. Our advisory board consultants for the Centre are not actively involved with this training but are available in an advisory capacity if needed. 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: Graduate: Core Skills Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions


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.

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.


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.

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I work as an registered Social Worker with Children and Families. I found the professional mindfulness training to be very informative and deeply enjoyable. 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: Graduate: Graduate: Core Skills Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions


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.

Training cost: £1350 – £1595 depending on your chosen Pathway. Click here for details of the cost breakdown.


Training curriculum and dates


Application process

Places are strictly limited. The number of students on this course is restricted to approximately 10.
Please email us to request an application form. Closing date for applications is 20 JULY 2022. 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 us

Email us on info@dorset-mindfulness.co.uk or give us a call on

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