Train to become a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher and teach the “Gold Standard” world-wide recognised MBSR mindfulness course, empowering others to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our centre is located five minutes walk from the sandy beaches in Bournemouth, Dorset on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast. You can also participate in the training from the comfort of your home, live online via Zoom.

This new and innovative 12 months Qualified MBSR Teacher Training is directed by Robert Gebka a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher who trained with the University of California San Diego Centers for Integrative Health, a former Zen Buddhist monk, NHS mental health worker and author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies

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 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 MBSR Mindfulness 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.

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 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.



I have really enjoyed taking part in the MBSR Teacher Training with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. The structure of the training was wonderful and the trainers were simply fantastic. I look forward to start teaching MBSR in my community.”Imelda Marcos – Retired interior designer



We support evidence based research

Dorset Mindfulness Centre is actively involved in research with University of Wolverhampton and Exeter University. The research projects investigated 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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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.

What does the MBSR Mindfulness Teacher Training include?

6-monthly weekend (once a month) in-person face to face training retreats or join in via Zoom.
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 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/experienced MBSR mindfulness teachers in a safe, nourishing and growth promoting space.


Your training team & advisory consultants


The training is delivered by Robert Gebka a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Centers for Integrative Health, a NHS mental health worker and author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. He is a former Zen 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 more than 20 years and taught over 30 MBSR 8-Week courses. He is also an accredited counsellor specialising in anxiety and depression recovery. 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.

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





Our visiting trainers are: Dr Julia Forster an Educational Psychologist and MBSR Teacher, Dr Xun He, a neuroscientist from Bournemouth University and Caroline Rice-Varian an NHS Cognitive Analytical Therapist & MBSR Teacher.

Our advisory consultants for the Centre are Susan Woods (1st picture), Dr Christopher Germer (2nd picture),  Dr Steven Hickman (3rd picture), Dr James Doty (4th picture)  Click here to view our advisory consultant profiles


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.


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




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.


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 26 AUGUST 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.


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