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MTI offers a flexible and rigorous process of training to become a certified MBSR and MBCT teacher. Equip yourself to offer high-integrity, evidence based mindfulness programs.

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Level 1

Apply Now - Level 1 Training - AU & NZ

The Level 1 program offers a transformative and thorough training in all the domains of learning that will equip you as a certified mindfulness teacher. In this strongly experiential course there is an emphasis on the development and integration of personal qualities and professional capacities which support authentic mindfulness teaching. It offers a challenging and supportive process of exploration into yourself and the human predicament, and how to meet suffering with courage, clarity and compassion.

We would love to speak to you about your interest in the pathway.

Flexible training over two years
Garden Pond 450

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat - Bowral, December 2023

Bowral | 9 - 15 December 2023

This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. These teachings and practices will emphasise connecting to embodied experience, quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and insight in order to explore and release suffering.

7 days
mindfulness retreat healesville

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat - Healesville, Vic 2024

Healesville | April 13 - 19, 2023

This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. The retreat will emphasise quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. This may be especially of interest to those teaching or aspiring to teach mindfulness - but all are welcome.

7 days

Find out more about this inspiring, rigorous deep-dive into mindfulness teaching

Click here to contact Mary McIntyre

Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia and New Zealand

The Mindfulness Training Institute is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing excellent and sustainable professional training in mindfulness-based approaches in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 2014 by Dr Maura Kenny (MBCT lead), Timothea Goddard (MBSR lead) and Eva Papadopoulo (senior trainer).

The Institute has an Educational Advisory Committee consisting of senior national and international teachers, researchers and academics to ensure that the direction of the institute is in touch with world-wide best practice as well as having the ability to respond to local needs and conditions.   

Why establish an Australasian institute for professional training?

Over the past 30 years there has been an explosion of interest in the use of mindfulness programs in the fields of health, education, business and community development.  There are dangers and possibilities inherent in this rapid spread of mindfulness-based interventions into a wide variety of secular settings.   The benefits include the possibility of people in mainstream settings getting access to a tradition of practice that invites an understanding of one's interior world, to train one's minds in a useful direction, and to thereby radically transform one's relationship to oneself, one's problems and life - in ways which are liberating.  The dangers lie in the dilution of the tradition, so that it loses its integrity and power. The intervention will only be as good as the teacher who delivers it, and their grasp and embodiment of the practice in their own lives and teaching practice.   

Out of this awareness, we have been motivated to develop a high quality, transformative and rigorous training experience for those wishing to develop these skills and knowledge locally.  We have developed a training pathway which maintains strong connections with the contemplative traditions out of which MBPs have developed, and with the contemporary scientific exploration of mindfulness.  In this way, we hope that the mindfulness programs offered in the region are efficacious, contextually relevant, ethical and evidence-based. 

We hope that the  training will offer a grounding in the relational, cognitive, emotional and body-based personal and professional development work necessary for good teaching.    

A research study on intensive practice

MTI is currently supporting a University of Melbourne research study on the effect of meditation on the brain. A research team from the Melbourne School of Psychological Science is conducting a study investigating the characteristics of individuals who are engaging in intensive contemplative practice. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, before and after you go into a silent retreat. If you would like to learn more about the study, contact Dr Nicholas Van Dam.

Contact Dr Nicholas Van Dam