There are many routes into learning mindfulness.
A number of factors will influence which you choose: whether you suffer from recurrent depression, stress and anxiety, or if you just want to improve your general well-being or if your long-term intention is to be able to teach MBCT. And of course, it will also depend on where you live.
The NHS Course
At the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, we provide programmes specifically designed for people with depression and/or anxiety disorders who are referred by their doctor. For more about these programmes read on…
Our Public Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting Programme
We also run a programme for the public where couples can learn mindfulness in an antenatal class. If you would like to know more about this read on…
We have also trained a large number of MBCT teachers, who teach in various settings around the UK, to competency. They have received the OMC ‘Certificates of Competence to teach MBCT’.
Many other teachers around the UK offer Mindfulness courses. If someone has trained at the OMC they should either show their ‘Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT’ or if they have done only a workshop or shorter training this should be clearly indicated.
Not able to get to us?
We recommend that you seek an 8-week programme locally. In the UK the Mental Health Foundation website www.bemindful.co.uk has an interactive map of courses throughout the UK. Be sure that your mindfulness teacher subscribes to the Good Practice Guidelines.
Mindfulness in other contexts
We support projects to bring mindfulness to schools, to expectant parents preparing for the birth of their baby, and offer a training programme for those wishing to learn mindfulness in the workplace.