tickDo you want to teach mindfulness and help others improve their wellbeing and happiness by becoming an Accredited and Certified Mindfulness Practitioner?

tickAre you a nurse, business person, counsellor, HR manager, allied health professional, social worker, doctor, Yoga teacher, coach or simply someone who wants to enhance their personal and professional skills?

tickDo you want to take part in a groundbreaking training programme that is backed by modern Neuroscience and ancient Buddhist practice as well as drawing upon your inner potential as a creative human being?

This innovative National Counselling Society approved six months core skills training in Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) is directed by Robert Gebka – a Qualified Mindfulness 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. Embark on a life changing journey and become a Dorset Mindfulness Centre Accredited and Certified Mindfulness Practitioner. Please watch the 10 minute video below.


Our training is externally Validated, Approved & Quality Checked


Our training has been assessed and quality checked by the NCS (National Counselling Society) and was awarded their Quality Approved Status. The training also meets the requirements of NCS Advanced Specialist Training status for individuals who complete the course. Click on the logo for details.


Our six months groundbreaking certification training will empower you to:

tickBring mindfulness into the emerging modern 21st century culture.

tickTransform your own life in a way that is deeply nourishing, positive and sustainable.

tickUnderstand the neuroscience, psychology as well as ancient Buddhist roots of mindfulness.

tickTeach Mindfulness one-to-one and in groups, in a broad range of settings such as education, social work, business, Human Resources, medicine, mental health, coaching, psychotherapy and other related professions.

tickDevelop and refine your own practice of embodied mindfulness and connect with the compassion aspect of the practice.

tickUnderstand the modern aspects of mindfulness such as MBSR, MBCT, CBT, DBT, ACT and how this might relate to your area of professional work.




The training was simply fantastic and I really enjoyed it. There were many opportunities to guide practices on each other and to share our experiences. The weekend sessions were delivered in a very safe and warm environment with a balanced mix of theory and practice. I found it fun and would recommend this to anyone who wants to grow personally as well as professionally. Deborah Howard, former Joint Head of Mental Health Services at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group & Somerset County Council.


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 and have taught mindfulness to over 3500 individuals in the last 5 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 2015 awards.



We support evidence based research


University of Wolverhampton

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Dorset Mindfulness Centre is actively involved in research with University of Derby, 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.


As a teacher with many years of experience in secondary education, I play a critical role in nurturing children and young adult’s social-emotional well-being. This very informative and enjoyable training provided many opportunities to practise guiding mindfulness meditation in a supportive and safe group environment and gave me a range of practical mindfulness strategies to bring kind awareness back to the classroom, helping young people to manage their life challenges in non-reactive ways. I would highly recommend this training to fellow professionals.Caroline Kurtulan, Teacher


What does the certification training include?

tick6 monthly training weekend retreats, each consisting of 1 ½ days: Saturday 3pm to 6pm & Sunday 9am to 6pm.

tickA half hour mentoring session with one of our trainers every second month (3, half hour sessions in total).

tickA One-day teacher led silent meditation retreat.

tickIn depth theoretical coverage of a range of subjects relevant to mindfulness.

tickAn opportunity to practise your mindfulness facilitation skills, receiving feedback from the trainers and fellow course students.

tickLots of personalised support, detailed feedback and mentoring at every stage of the training.

tickA set of online meditation practice CDs, training workbook, suggested reading and online resources.

tickInformation and advice on further professional development and setting yourself up as a practitioner.

This was a very powerful and deep training. I signed up for the professional 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 MBSR Teacher Training is led by Robert Gebka, the Executive Director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. Robert is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA having taught over 30 live group MBSR courses. 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 is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also 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 (formerly UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations). He abides by their Good Practice Standards for teaching mindfulness-based courses. Read about Robert’s mindfulness journey and qualifications HERE. Robert is a member of:

NCS AccredUSA Cogntive AssociationMABNAFENS
Robert worked in mental health for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and is CRB checked and fully insured.


The training is co-delivered with our visiting trainers Dr Xun He, Ph.D., a neuroscientist from Bournemouth University, Dr Julia Forster, Ph.D, our Educational Psychologist, Dr Shantha Perera, M.D., Ph.D, a medical doctor and and Helena Edwards a Self-compassion teacher. 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




What documents will I receive once I qualify?

Upon successful completion of the 6 months professional training you will receive a Dorset Mindfulness Centre Accredited Certified Mindfulness Practitioner Qualification signed by the our director certifying your completion of 210 hours of training in Mindfulness Based Interventions. All 6 training retreats plus other set requirements have to be completed in order to qualify for the certificate.


This training has been deeply transformative for me and has helped me to live a more mindful life. It has been a wonderful experience, in particular the neuroscience module which provided me with great insight into the science behind mindfulness and how this links to research behind mindfulness and young children. I now feel even more empowered to support the emotional and mental wellbeing needs of the children I care for. Gaby Chalmers – Deputy Manager Children’s Nursery (age 2 to 5)


Certification and membership of professional bodies

Upon completion of the training you may consider registering with one or more of the following professional organisations:


Association for Psychological Therapies

USA Cogntive Association
You will also be able to obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance with Westminster Insurance, allowing you to practice.

This professional training  offers a complete and solid foundation in order to begin to teach small groups and incorporate mindfulness into your professional work with others. Please note however that qualification is not intended to equip you to design, develop or teach MBSR, MBCT or other 8-Week Mindfulness Based courses. You will be able to teach the 8-Week Mindfulness Based courses once you have completed our advanced Mindfulness for Life MBSR Teacher Training which we offer once a year programme.





Entry requirements:

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

tickAlthough this is not a prerequisite we prefer if you have established regular mindfulness meditation practice.

tickRelevant training, professional qualification and or work or voluntary experience of the population you wish to teach mindfulness to.


Your commitment, assessment & assignments

In addition to the stated number of teaching hours on the course, you will be required to spend at least 3 hours on independent study per week in your own time. Assessment will take the form of a mid-course and end-of-course review in addition to written assignments and a mindfulness meditation recording. Our assessment process is informed by an adapted version of 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.


I work as an registered Social Worker with Children and Families. I found the 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


Cost & Self-investment

The cost of training programme includes tuition, 6 weekend training retreats, course handouts and support (please refer to “WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE?” section to see all inclusions. The 1-day Silent retreat is at an additional payment of £65 per day. Accommodation is available on a B&B basis for an additional charge. Please contact us for a list of B&Bs and/or hotels in the area.
tickTotal cost for the 6 months Certified Mindfulness Practitioner Training is £1595 all inclusive.

tickPayment option 1: Early Bird Special of £1495 if paid in full by 1 JANUARY 2019.

tickPayment option 2: Payment of £594 on acceptance onto the course, followed by 6 monthly installments of £167 commencing on 1 APRIL 2020. (Please note the deposit can be split into two payments of £297)

Payments can be made via bank transfer.


Training curriculum and dates

The first 1 ½ day training retreat is on Saturday, 7 (3 – 6pm) and Sunday, 8 (9am – 6pm) MARCH 2020.

Click here to view dates, times and details of curriculum


Application closing date

Applications close on 1 MARCH 2020. Please note that no late applications can be accepted.

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. 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.



Course location – near the beach in Bournemouth


Dorset is world renowned as the Jurassic Coast and is definisit. The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world dating back over 185 million years.
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Durley Dean HotelThe course is delivered at the Durley Dean Hotel, 28 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5HE Dorset. The venue is 2 minutes from the sandy beaches of the magnificent Jurasic coast.


Cancellation policy & terms

Notification of cancellation at least 21 days before the start of the course entitles a full refund, minus an administrative fee of £30. Notification of cancellation between 7 – 14 days before the start of the course entitles a 50% refund, minus an administrative fee of £30. Notification of cancellation less than 7 days before the start of the course, no refund will be given. The Dorset Mindfulness Centre reserve the right to cancel courses if insufficient bookings are received. 14 days’ notice will be given. Dates of training retreats as well as training module content might change in which case we will take the greatest care to inform you of any such potential changes. If you book overnight accommodation please make sure that you have accommodation insurance that will enable to to change booked hotel accommodation dates at no extra fee.
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For more information or an application form 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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NHS-OSCARSWe are the winners of both the Runner Up CEO Award for Innovation at the 2013 NHS OSCARS for our contribution to NHS staff wellbeing and finalists at the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants, 2015 awards ceremony in London.



Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
– M. Scott Peck