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Level I Training 20/21 - Australia

Level1 Training - Online - 2020/21

New Level I Training Structure – 2020/21

In response the the COVID challenge


In the light of the uncertainty of the safety of travel internationally and also interstate within Australia, the MTI Board have taken the decision to offer the Level I training live online over the next 9 months, with hopefully a shorter residential planned for May of 2021. Over this time, we will engage you in a thorough and rich investigation of the all the areas of skilful mindfulness teaching to build your competencies in the following domains of learning:

  1. Coverage, pacing and organisation of session curriculum
  2. Relational skills - cultivating potency, confidence, warmth, engagement and containment
  3. Embodiment of mindfulness - including presence, vitality and calmness, acceptance and present moment responsiveness
  4. Guiding mindfulness practices - skills in leading the body scan, awareness of breath, sounds, thoughts and feeling, open awareness, kindness and compassion, approaching the difficult, movement practice
  5. Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching - inquiry skills including empathy, investigation, reflection, bringing salience and responding to the person's context
  6. Management of group learning environment

In the live online program we will use a range of didactic, experiential and small group work. It will provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading with supervision from the instructors. A strong emphasis in the training is on the development and integration of personal and professional qualities which support authentic mindfulness teaching and learning. It offers a challenging and deepening process of exploration and engagement with self and others, using the ground of practice as our base. You will explore the rationale for how mindfulness works for a range of mental and physical health conditions including pain, stress, anxiety, depression and trauma.


Module 1: Reflective essay

Writing task | to be completed in your own time


This module provides an opportunity for you to integrate your personal experience and understanding of the practices of MBSR/CT with the 
rationale which informs and supports the delivery of mindfulness programs.    


This module has three main elements: 
  • Reflect on your own immersion in the MBP mindfulness practices 
  • Complete reading of main texts. 
  • Submit an essay (2000- 3500 words) 

Module 2: Guiding Mindfulness Practices

16 hours - teacher led | 9 hours student dyads | Eva Papadopoulo 

JAN - APR 2021:  5 sessions of 2.5 hours each and 1 session of 3.5 hours plus students meeting in dyads to lead practice and receive feedback.


This module will provide you with rationale, instruction and practise in the domain of Guiding Mindfulness Practices and Embodiment of Mindfulness so that your led practice is offered  in a clear, alive and engaging way for participants.


This module has three main elements:

  • Attend a fortnightly teacher-led session to explore the intention, language and structure of each practice (2.5 hours a fortnight)
  • Meet in dyads between sessions fortnightly to lead and receive each practice and to give each other feedback.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*


Date   Time (AEST)
30 January 2021   10 am - 1:30 pm
13 February 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
27 February 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
13 March 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
27 March 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
03 April 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm

Module 3: Four foundations – theory and practice 

17 hours teacher led | TimotheaGoddard 

OCT 2020 - three days


This module will provide you with a theoretical and experiential understanding of the 4 foundations of mindfulness in order to enhance empathy, clarity and effectiveness in your teaching particularly in domain 5 - Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching.  We will systematically explore the four foundations of mindfulness (body, hedonic tone, mind states and phenomena) to provide rationale for the 
didactic and experiential aspects of the programs. This learning will empower you to be clear and potent in attending to the problems that people 
bring to the course including anxiety, stress,
 depression, pain and trauma. 


This module has three main elements:

  • Attend three days of training. Each session will involve some didactic, experiential and discussion elements.
  • Some reading over the fortnight.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*


Date   Time (AEST)   Seminar  
09 October - Friday   9am – 4pm   Intro and four foundations: body   
11 October - Sunday   9am – 4pm      Four foundations: hedonic tone
Four foundations: mind-states 
13 October - Tuesday   9am – 4pm     Four foundations: phenomena 
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness


Module 4: Inquiry and teaching moments

14 hours | teacher led small groups | Eva Papadopoulo and Timothea Goddard

 OCT/DEC: 4 sessions, group split into two groups, with each group having time with each of the teachers.


This module will provide an opportunity for you to engage in live inquiry and teaching in a small group setting, and to practice and discuss salient responses to participants’ experiences and questions. The emphasis will be on the domains of Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teachings well as Relational Skills and Embodiment of Mindfulness.It will build a familiarity with the unfolding emphases in practice over the eight weeks, and how your responding can be skilfully informed by the underpinnings in MBPs from science and Buddhist psychology. You will also learn about your own habits of relating, leading to more flexibility and aliveness in your responding in the classes.


This module has four main elements:

  • Attend a weekly teacher-led session to practice and explore inquiry and teaching moments in relation to practice and life, with fellow participants.
  • Daily practise of the relevant practice over the seven weeks
  • Some reading over the week.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*


Date   Times (AEST)      
25 Oct  - Sun    11am – 3pm  
Intro to the module and raisin 
Inquiry into the Body Scan 
7 or 14 Nov - Sat     11am – 3pm  
Inquiry into Awareness of Breath, Body, Sounds 
Inquiry into Movement Practice 
21 Nov - Sat   11am – 3pm  
Inquiry into Open Awareness 
Inquiry into Kindness/Compassion practice 
06 Dec - Sun   10am  – 1pm
2pm - 4pm 
Didactic teaching presentations in small groups 
Reflections on didactic with teacher 
Completion of module 


Module 5: Practicum Curriculum Training

18 hours teacher led | 20 hours video watching | Mary McIntyre (MBSR) | $495 

MBSR PRACTICUM FEB/MARCH 2021: 9 sessions of 2 hours weekly plus watching a recording of the 8 week course 


This module will provide you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the week-by-week curriculum elements of the course/s, in readiness for teaching your first class under supervision. The focus will be on domain 1 - Coverage, pacing and organization of session curriculums well as domain 5 - Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching, and domain 6 - Management of group learning environment. It will be an opportunity to integrate your learning from the previous modules as you critically reflect on the teaching in the videos of each class.


 The Practicum has three main elements:

  • Viewing a weekly MBSR or MBCT course, over the eight weeks (2.5 hours a week)
  • Reading material each week (1 hour or more, variable)
  • Attending a live online seminar for discussion and exploration (2 hours a week). During this seminar, some material will be presented by the teacher and then we will explore your responses and insights from the observed class.
    • Keep a journal of your learning*

Dates (depending on numbers)

2021 MBSR dates 

FEB/MAR 2021 - Monday's from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (AEST)
MAY/JUNE 2021 - Monday's from 4 - 6 pm (AEST) / 6 - 8 pm (NZST)

Dates and Times

FEB/MAR 2021 - Monday's from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (AEST)
FEB/MAR 2021 - Saturday's from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (AEST)
*27 March will be from 11:00 am - 1 pm

Session    FEB/MAR Monday 2021   FEB/MAR Saturday 2021
Session 1   01 February 2021   06 February 2021
Session 2   08 February 2021   13 February 2021
Session 3   15 February 2021   20 February 2021
Session 4   22 February 2021   27 February 2021
Session 5   01 March 2021   06 March 2021
Session 6   08 March 2021   13 March 2021
Session 7   15 March 2021   20 March 2021
Session 8   22 March 2021   27 March 2021*
Session 9   29 March 2021    03 April 2021


Module 6: Residential Weekend
16 - 19 May 2021 | Eva Papadopoulo and Timothea Goddard


This module will provide integration across all the domains of teaching and the satisfaction of all practicing and engaging in teaching activities together in the same room.  There will be a particular emphasis on Embodiment of Mindfulness, Group Process and Relational Skills as well as social and contextual issues in the teaching of mindfulness.


Participation will involve attending the residential in person at Hartzer Park in New South Wales – in which we will practice, reflect and explore your journey and the next steps to move into teaching.

Dates  and Times:    

16 - 19 May 2021
Sunday 16th May (arrive from 1:30pm for a 3:00pm start) until Wednesday 19th May (finish at 12:30pm)   


Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Rd, Pymble NSW 2073

By Air and then Bus: MTIA organises a bus to pick up interstate/international people from Sydney airport and return them to Sydney airport on the last day of Residential. Please book flights to be available to catch the bus at 12.30 pm on Sunday 16th May 2021. On Wednesday 19th May, 2021, the bus will leave Peter Canisius House at 12:30 pm and arrive at the airport by 1:30 pm, so please book return flights from 2.30 pm (4.00 pm for international flights). Please check with your airline to make sure you have enough time to board.

Lead Teachers

Timothea Goddard

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, Yoga teacher (YA200H)

Timothea Goddard 20Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing MBSR to Australia over the past 14 years being the first in Australia to complete the training and be accredited as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center, USA; she maintains strong professional links there. Timothea has worked in private practice for 30 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy as well as comprehensive training in MiCBT, and basic training in ACT, Breathworks, .B, and Mindful Schools. Since 2007, she has been offering MBSR training and supervision for health professionals and others.

She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the Insight tradition. She is the Director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related programs. She is a founding director of MTI and is currently the Director of Training. She is very interested in the interface of biology and psychology and how mindfulness practice can facilitate the integration between what we experience as "body" and "mind".

Eva Papadopoulo

Cert.Couns., Grad Dip. Psychotherapy, Mem., A.A.S.P. Member PACFA Register

Eva Papadopoulo - mindfulness teacher trainerEva is a psychotherapist and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a founding director of MTIA. She has also designed and teaches the Living with Compassion workshop. Eva trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations with the Somatic Institute of Australia in 2000 and trained with Openground and attended the Teacher Development Intensive offered by the CFM with Bob Stahl and Florence Meleo-Meyer in 2012. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.


Practicum Curriculum Training Teachers

Mary McIntyre - MBSR Training

Mary McIntyre 018B.A (Bus) Dip. Couns, MACA II , Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Cert. Expressive Therapies, Cert IV Arch., Circle of Security Educator
Mary is delighted to bring her care and attention to assisting MTIA students as they make their way through pre and post Level 1 Training. Her personal meditation practice comes from the Insight tradition. She spent much of her adult life in France and then seven years in Sri Lanka before settling in Australia in 2004. Mary is passionate about teaching meditation and also about human change, growth and healing through development of our inner resources. She isbased in Brisbane in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist and has a particular interest in somatic psychotherapy.