Training Pathway in Brief

Learning Intentions

The program will encourage trainees to engage with and explore the following learning intentions:

  • Working towards embodiment of mindfulness in terms of aliveness, sensitivity to self and others, empathic attunement, groundedness, equanimity, authenticity, curiosity and non-identification
  • Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the structure and methods of mindfulness interventions 
  • Investigating and appreciating the different kinds of mindfulness meditation practices and their rationales
  • Cultivating teaching skills in the areas of didactic presentations, leading practices, inquiry and group process
  • Developing analytical and critical skills in evaluating applications of mindfulness in different contexts from both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Applying knowledge to new situations and thinking critically and independently in the provision of courses (including ethical decision-making, boundaries, and the teacher's role)
  • Developing self-reflective capacities about personal teaching skills and knowledge including clarity about emerging levels of proficiency

The training pathway may be undertaken with some flexibility by students within their own time frame. The training is divided into two stages

LEVEL I: Mindfulness Foundations and Development

This program offers an experiential and theoretical grounding in mindfulness for those who are working in the helping professions and are interested in incorporating mindfulness in their work as coaches, teachers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, researchers and group facilitators. It will provide a solid base on which to bring secular mindfulness practice into these contexts in a way which is skillful, ethical and relevant. (It will also provide a strong base for those wishing to go on to Level II of the program).  

Some of the prerequisites for the Level I training are:  

  • Attending an eight week mindfulness course (MBSR or MBCT) 
  • Having a regular formal mindfulness meditation practice
  • Having a professional background in a relevant profession
  • Having a regular body based practice, including hatha yoga
  • Group relational skills
  • Attending a (5 - 7 day) silent, teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreat (providing opportunity for deeper understanding of the practice). This pre-requisite is required prior to attending the Level I Intensive. Feel free to speak to the Admissions Advisor about your timing.
The Level I training consists of:  

  • Completing the Study Module (providing a strong conceptual framework)
  • Attending the 8 day Intensive (a residential training for cultivating embodiment, skills practice, feedback, personal and professional integration and building community)

Read more about the Level I training here.

  • To register your interest or inquire about any aspect of the pathway in Australia contact Mary McIntyre:  

  • To register your interest or inquire about any aspect of the pathway in New Zeland contact Dianne May: 

LEVEL II: MBI Teaching, Supervision and Certification
This program is for those who have completed the Level I training and who wish to specifically teach MBSR and MBCT. It involves a deeper immersion into the development of a professional teaching practice including emphasis on context, assessment, curriculum, inquiry, group process, embodiment and authenticity.

  • Beginning to teach MBSR or MBCT eight week courses (with supervision)
  • Supervision of teaching work (using process notes, audio and video) 
  • Attending ongoing silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreat (6 - 10 days)
  • Asssessment of teaching skills (using the Mindfulness Based Interventions Teacher Assessment of Competence (MBI-TAC)
  • Certification and registration as a qualifed MBP teacher on the MTIA website.  

Read more about the Level II training here.


Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate.
Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon.
Keep going towards the horizon.

Sit down and have a rest every now and again,

But keep on going, just keep on with it.

Keep on going as far as you can.

That's how you get there.

- Michael Leunig

Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia & New Zealand (MTI)