Mindfulness teacher training

Why become a mindfulness teacher?

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

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

  • Deepen your practice and understanding of mindfulness
  • Make new friends with an interest in meditation
  • Look for a (career) change in your life
  • Increase your wellbeing and boost your mental growth
  • 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
  • Invest in your wellbeing
  • Look for new ways to earn additional income

Our next full teacher training cycle starts in October 2023. Find all the details here.

Relaxation retreat
Lunch retreat Dongelberg

What does the training look like?

This training is organised in a 1,5-year programme comprising residential weekend modules of 20 days in total, and a 1-day retreat.

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.

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.

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 mindfulness-based approaches, concentrating mainly on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme.
  • Understanding the underpinning rationales/intentions, background, theory, cognitive science, evidence base, ethical framework, structure and sequence of the MBSR curriculum.
  • Learn how to guide meditations and yoga in MBSR.
  • 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 in-person modules take place in a beautiful location, la Maison du Chemin des Roches in Dongelberg, Wallonia, some 50 min from Brussels.

The one-day modules take place in our location in Brussels, MM81 at Ave. de Tervueren 81.

Assessment period with supervision and certification

Assessment period with supervision and certification

To obtain the certificate of mindfulness teacher, it is required to attend at least 90% of the programme to pass the assessment. This 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. 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.

Our next full teacher training cycle starts in October 2023. Find all the details here.

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

Meet our team of international teachers

Lead teachers Beate and Lot

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
  • Heather Gorham
  • Lorinda Brinton
  • Alena Reisinger
  • Steve Savels
  • Silke Lalvani
  • Sien Monbailliu
  • Berenice Boxler
  • Evelyn Rodtmann
  • Yvonne Tuinte
  • Sandrine Rauter
  • Jake Dartington
  • Katrien Maes
  • Kirsten Victor
  • Lyuba Byessonova
  • Isabelle Hoberg