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Level 1 Training 2021

Australia and New Zealand

Welcome to the Level I Training - 2021


The Level 1 program offers a rich and thorough training in all the domains of learning that will equip you as a certified mindfulness teacher or to support the integration of mindfulness skills into your mindfulness-informed therapy.  You will develop skills and knowledge in the following domains of teaching:

  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

We will draw on a range of didactic, experiential and small group work.  A strong emphasis in the training is on the development and integration of personal qualities and professional capacities 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: Exploring your practice

Writing task | Submission date: 1 month or earlier, prior to commencing Module 2


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 over 6 sessions | 9 hours student dyads | Eva Papadopoulo | 6 sessions over 2 months - April-June

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 so that your led practice is offered in a clear, alive and engaging way for participants. You will have lots of time to practice language skills, to develop your own style, to explore your questions with the teacher and learn how to give and receive feedback in a direct and clear way.  You will meet with the teacher for 6 sessions and in a practice dyad with another student each fortnight.


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)
17 April 2021   10 am - 1:30 pm
24 April 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
08 May 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
22 May 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
05 June 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
19 June 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm

Module 3: Understanding the Four Foundations of Mindfulness 

Saturdays | 8.30 – 3.30 AEST / 10.30 - 5.30 NZST | Dianne May | over two days in July



The four foundations of mindfulness (body, hedonic tone, mind states and phenomena) provide the structure and rationale for the didactic and experiential aspects of the programs of MBSR and MBCT. This module will provide you with a theoretical and experiential understanding of the four foundations of mindfulness in order to enhance empathy, clarity and effectiveness in your teaching.  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 two days of training. Each session will involve some didactic, experiential and discussion elements.
  • Some pre and post reading.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*


Date   Time (AEST)    Time (NZST) 
17 July 2021   8:30 am - 3:30 pm   10:30 am - 5:30 pm
24 July 2021   8:30 am - 3:30 pm   10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Module 4: Practicum 

22.5 hours teacher led | 20 hours video watching | Mary McIntyre  or Timothea Goddard | over nine weeks - August-October

 9 sessions of 2.5 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 a mindfulness based program. The emphasis will be on how the didactic and inquiry process unfold in mindfulness based programs, and how to build safety and intimacy in the group process.  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 and practice inquiry and presenting skills.


 The Practicum has four main elements:

  • Viewing a weekly class, 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 (2.5 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*


Saturdays | 10am – 12.30pm AEST | Timothea Goddard and Mary McIntyre


Module 5: Four-day Residential 

With Dianne May and Nadav Avny in NZ | With Timothea Goddard and Eva Papadopoulo in Australia 


This four day Residential 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 Residential will give you an opportunity to build your confidence and finding your own voice as a teacher, and learn about your own habits of relating, leading to more flexibility and aliveness in your responding in the classes.  We will also explore structures of power and issues of access and inclusivity in mindfulness teaching


This module will be offered in the face-to-face Residential in 2021. 

Residential Details - New Zealand

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Dates and time

5 - 8 November, 2021.

Starts 4:00 pm Friday and concludes 2.30 pm Monday

Arrive: 3.00 pm Friday for a 4.00 pm start on the 5th November
Depart: 2.45 pm on Monday on the 8th November

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Venue to be confirmed

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How to get to the venue

By Air and then Bus: MTIA organises a bus to pick up domestic/international students from Auckland airport on the morning of the Intensive and return them to Auckland airport on the last day that the  training finishes. This cost is additional and will be invoiced when we have final numbers.
Please book flights to be available to catch the bus at TBA on the 5th November 2021. 
On the 8th November, 2021, the bus will leave TBA at 2:15 pm, so please book fights from TBA.:00 pm for domestic flights (TBA :00 pm for international flights). 
By Car: If you are coming from Auckland or another location by car, please arrive at by 3:00 pm on 5th November, 2021.

Residential Details - Australia


Dates and time

4 - 7  February, 2022

Starts 2 pm, Friday 4th February, 2022 and concludes 12:30 pm, Monday 7th February, 2022.

Arrive: 1.00 pm Friday for a 2.00 pm start on the 4th February
Depart: 12:30pm on Monday 7th February
(If you wish you can book into the venue for the Thursday evening. Be in touch if you wish to arrange this.)

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Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW 2073

Directions to H.P.
How to get to the venue

By Air and then Bus: MTI 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 12:00 noon on 4th February 2022. On the 7th February, 2022, 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 2.30.00 pm (4.30 pm for international flights). Please check with your airline to make sure you have enough time to board.
By Car: If you are coming from Sydney or another location by car, please arrive at Peter Canisius House by 1:00 pm on 4th February, 2022.


Timothea Goddard

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

Timothea Goddard - Mindfulness Teacher TrainerTimothea 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.


Dianne May

Member NZAC

dianne mayDianne is recognized as a Senior Mindfulness Based Teacher in New Zealand, being one of the earliest teachers to offer the 8 week MBSR programme in Auckland, and has been providing Mindfulness Based programmes for the past 16 years. She is the NZ Co-director of Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI) - Australia &New Zealand and is involved in supervising mindfulness teachers on their mindfulness teacher training pathway.

Over the past 17 years Dianne has undertaken a number of intensive MBSR trainings with Jim Carmody, and in 2009 attended the Sydney health professionals training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

Nadav Avny

New Zealand Psychologists Board #90-04410
UK Council for Psychotherapy Registered Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) #07159199 

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Nadav is a certified teacher and approved supervisor of MBSR and MBCT. He is Co-Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand.

Nadav’s clinical psychology training was psychodynamic. He later completed training in Integrative Psychotherapy (focusing on Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapy), and he has been a UK Council for Psychotherapy Registered Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) since 2007. Over the years, Nadav developed knowledge also in other therapeutic modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Family Therapy.

In Nadav’s most recent role of nine years in the public health system, as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Auckland City Hospital, he founded and led a mindfulness project that involves a sustainable implementation of Mindfulness at the Mental Health Services, including MBSR.