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Mindfulness teacher training

Deepening your mindfulness skills

Has mindfulness transformed your life in a positive way and are you looking for ways to deepen your practice or pass it on to others?

Mindfulness training programmes have attained solid ground in many areas of life: personal development, work, health, education, leadership, parenting, childbirth and others.

As mindfulness is becoming more mainstream, there is a growing need for professionalism. While more people are starting to share mindfulness, there is an increasing need for teachers with a solid background and certified training skills.

Brussels Mindfulness offers a 1,5-year in person Mindfulness Teacher Training programme according to international certification standards. Our 5th  cohort will start in Feburary 2025. Early bird fee is available until 30 June 2024. 

Successful completion of all parts of the programme leads to a Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR).

Enjoy getting away on long weekends in a beautiful retreat location and learn about mindfulness with like minded others, supported by a team of international teachers.

Why become a mindfulness teacher?

Here are some reasons why this teacher training can be something for you. You may want to:

  • Deepen your practice and understanding of Mindfulness
  • Invest in your wellbeing
  • Boost your personal growth
  • Make new friends with an interest in meditation
  • Prepare a career) change in your life
  • Share mindfulness in a skilful way with others
  • Figure out what it is that you have to offer the world
  • Make an investment in your personal future
  • Be kinder to and take better care of yourself
  •  Look for new ways to earn additional income
  •  Increase your self awareness and decrease reactivity
  •  Improve your concentration and focus

Listen why Lorinda recommends our teacher training.  

Relaxation retreat
Lunch retreat Dongelberg

What does the training look like?

This training is organised in a 15-month programme comprising mostly residential weekend modules of 20 days in total, and a 1-day retreat. There will be a total of 21 full training days. 

This course offers you the unique opportunity to deepen your journey into mindfulness together with a group of like-minded people and guided by excellent international teachers. Throughout the programme, you will be practising in small groups and be encouraged to follow your progress by journaling.

The Brussels Mindfulness Teacher Training has been developed in line with the UK Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisation’s Good Practice Guidance for teachers and the international Mindfulness-Based Interventions-Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). Completion of all parts leads to the award of a Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches.

This programme is an opportunity to understand and embody all the elements of the mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) course and develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to deliver elements of a mindfulness training, guide basic meditations or teach an 8-week mindfulness course with supervision. We will be focussing on the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme, developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, as a core programme so that at the end of our time together you are familiar with all of its elements and practices.

NEW: the programme comprises the MBSR curriculum aswell as the curriculum of the Frantic world programme. 

The training experiences are designed to help you develop your personal mindfulness practice, to become familiar with teaching the curriculum and acquire teaching skills. It is a journey from mindfulness practitioner to becoming a teacher of mindfulness-based courses.  

Don't wait too long to secure your spot in this transformative programme. You can sign up via this link. 

During the course of the programme, we will be focusing on the following elements:

  • Deepening your personal mindfulness practice and experientially exploring mindfulness as an embodied practice.
  • Understanding the background, theory, and structure of the following two programmes:  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme and the "Finding Peace in a Frantic world Programme
  • Understanding the underpinning rationales/intentions, background, theory, cognitive science, evidence base, ethical framework, structure and sequence of these two curricula.
  • Learn how to guide meditations and yoga in MBSR aswell as shorter meditations applicable for the "frantic world Programme".
  • Practice how to give feedback in a safe and supportive way.
  • Learn how to guide inquiry (debriefing on the meditation practices)
  • Understanding and managing group dynamics and responding wisely to difficult behaviour
  • Educational themes of the training; their rationale and how to present them
  • Developing competency in taking care of the group (while taking care of yourself)
  • The Buddhist roots of mindfulness
  • Counter-indications, secondary effects, dealing with difficulties, clinical applications and non-clinical applications of mindfulness
  • Developing sensitivity towards meditation-related challenges and the impact of trauma on mindfulness practice
  • Practical organisation of a mindfulness course (syllabus document, organisation, intake, marketing etc.)

All  overnight in-person modules take place in a beautiful location, la Maison du Chemin des Roches in Dongelberg, Wallonia, some 50 min from Brussels.

The non residential modules take place in our location in Brussels "Timesmore" with its beautiful garden. 

Features of our programme

  • Strong internationally recognized programme in English
  • Small group to deepen the experience and direct exchange with the trainers
  • International team of senior trainers (more than 15 years teaching experience)
  • Possibility to exchange and work in small peer groups during the duration of the programme
  • 8 weekend modules over the course of 15 months in a retreat-like structure and one 5-day retreat
  • Inperson course in our beautiful locations with exclusive use
  • Delicious teas and snacks 
  • Delicious organic food during residential modules
  • An online platform with all material in one spot (summaries, meditations, planning etc)
  • Four supervision sessions with one of the trainers and one personal tutorial with the head trainer
Supervised pilot course

Supervised pilot course

Towards the end of this programme, you will be expected to organise a pilot course and work with a supervisor to reflect on your readiness for teaching and on your unfolding skills and experience. Once you have completed the teacher training and fulfilled all the required tasks you can apply for the assessment procedure. The certificate of competency to teach the full MBSR course will be subject to an assessment based on the 6 criteria of the MBI TAC (mindfulness based interventions teaching assessment criteria, see article 7 of our terms and conditions). 

This certificate will enable you to teach the 8-week curriculum to open groups and companies, as well as apply for membership at a professional mindfulness association. 

Our next full teacher training cycle will start in March 2025 (dates to be published soon).

You can also download our brochure for more information.

(In the photo, newly graduated mindfulness teachers Lorinda and Lyuba jump for joy after receiving their diploma!)

Who can participate?

The mindfulness teacher training is open to anyone who wants to be a mindfulness teacher or engage in a deep and life-transforming journey with like-minded people. You should meet the following requirements:

  • You have followed an 8-week mindfulness training as a participant
  • You would like to combine your passion for mindfulness with professional trainer skills and attitudes
  • You have completed some form of higher education (at least a Bachelor’s degree)
  • You have a daily meditation practice since a few months
  • You have attended one silent retreat of at least 2 nights (this can still be followed during the training)
Who can participate?
Lead teachers Beate and Lot

Meet our team of international teachers

Check out our brochure to find out everything about the programme or contact us to ask all the questions you might have.

About us

We believe that mindfulness skills can make this world a better place, not only because it helps to improve individual wellbeing, but also because it leads to wiser choices and more kindness in this world. Our team of international certified mindfulness and yoga teachers has extensive experience at the work place and can train in English, Dutch, German and French. 

Learn more about our vision, meet our team and check out our beautiful locations.

  • Beate Trück
  • Lot Heijke
  • Lorinda Brinton
  • Alena Reisinger
  • Steve Savels
  • Berenice Boxler
  • Kirsten Victor
  • Lyuba Byessonova
  • Yvonne Tuinte
  • Sandrine Rauter
  • Katrien Maes
  • Peter Paanakker
  • Isabelle Hoberg
  • Heather Gorham
  • Viannou  Coëme