The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre
World-renowned Mindfulness research, teaching and training

The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre teacher training programme takes course participants on a comprehensive training journey providing the opportunity to train with a cohort of peers, personal mentors and dedicated technical support over a period of  approximately 12 months.

The first block of training introduces mindfulness exercises and opportunities to practice teaching in pairs. The retreat element provides an opportunity to deepen one’s personal mindfulness practice and to explore the origins of Mindfulness which have profoundly influenced and shaped contemporary Mindfulness-Based programmes. The final teaching block provides advanced teacher training including teaching an evidence-based MBCT curriculum and groupwork skills. In addition to the block teaching there are workshop days and mentoring sessions to support the trainee teacher journey.

  • Origins of Mindfulness
  • Orientation & Assessment, and Ethics
  • Inquiry in MBCT
  • Working with Groups in Mindfulness-based Interventions
  • Research and Evaluation

OMC Teacher Training Format

Teacher Training is offered in two formats:

  • 12-Month Cohort
  • Master’s degree (not discussed in detail here – please visit here for further information)

12-Month Cohort

Once you have completed teacher training via our cohort route, you will have been trained to teach two or three MBCT curricula.

All will be trained to teach Mindfulness for Life (sometimes referred to as MBCT-L).

Those teaching in a setting such as workplaces, education, criminal justice, arts and with the general public will also be trained in Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

Healthcare professionals working in a clinical setting will also be trained to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.

Healthcare professionals will have the option to train in Finding Peace in a Frantic World for a small fee. Non clinicians will have the option to train in MBCT for Depression for a small fee (with the understanding they are not qualified to teach in a clinical setting).








JOIN IN APRIL 2021 – Spanish Speaking 12-Month Cohort – COST FROM £3550

Fridays 07:00 – 15:00 (Colombia Time – COT) weekly in blocks over 12 months. Apply here


JOIN IN SEPTEMBER 2021 – English 12-Month Cohort – COST FROM £3550

Fridays 09:00 – 17:00 (UK time) weekly in blocks over 12 months. Apply here

Further Details and Entry Requirements

The aim of this training programme is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional competencies required to teach MBCT with supervision. Our training provides a solid platform for developing your teaching and is suitable for those who have completed the prerequisites for the course and are willing to work within the OMC’s Ethical Guidelines for MBCT Teachers. This training also would enable you to register with the international register – ACCESSMBCT.

The training is suitable for those aiming to teach in a range of setting e.g, workplaces, education, criminal justice, arts, general public etc and for healthcare professionals working in a clinical context.

Applicants must be willing to commit to continuing professional development and adherence to professional ethical standards after training.

All those who wish to join must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Have a regular personal mindfulness practice ideally for at least one year
  • Completed a Mindfulness for Life course, either in-person or online, within the last year
  • Knowledge and experience of the population and context where you would like to teach MBCT; for example, workplace, education, criminal justice, physical or mental healthcare, or general population
  • Skills for working with individuals and groups

For the online training elements, applicants must have access to suitable technology, space, privacy and the technical ability to join an online training programme via Zoom.

Where we have more applications than spaces, applications will be prioritised from those who have access to a population and setting where they are actively involved and will be able to introduce MBCT. Specifically we will prioritise applications where there is the potential to engage with marginalised or underrepresented communities and where we might be able to support the implementation of MBCT into non-English speaking communities through training bi-lingual teachers.

The OMC aims to remain engaged with, and support teachers beyond completion of their training, we endeavor to offer more than a standard training programme but a lifelong relationship of support and mutual engagement. Therefore, it is important for the OMC that there be some alignment to OMC vision and our trainee cohort aspirations.

To enable appropriate consideration of applications and allocations to the training, the application form will ask you to addresses the following:

  • A clear statement of why you would like to teach MBCT
  • Reference as to why you would like to teach MBCT rather than any other mindfulness programme
  • Details of the population and setting where you would like to introduce MBCT
  • Details of your background and access of your chosen population and setting

Application Form for Modular and 12-Month Cohort Training

Please do not email this form to the OMC team.  The application form needs to be downloaded, completed and then submitted as an attachment to a teacher training course application, course dates and application forms can be found here.

English application form for teacher training can be downloaded here

Spanish application form for teacher training can be downloaded here

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