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Level 1 Training 2024 - 25

Australia and New Zealand

Welcome to the Level I Training

April 2025 - April 2026


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.

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Module 1: Exploring your practice

Writing task | Submission date no later than 3rd March 2025, 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 and your residential silent retreat experience.
  • Complete reading of main texts found in pre-reading.
  • Submit an essay based on the above (2000- 3500 words).

Intro Day

With Timothea Goddard
Online via Zoom


This day is an introduction to the training. We will begin to get to know each other, and you will get a sense of the training process and how best to engage with it over the year.  We will develop guidelines for giving and receiving feedback, and using various reflection tools during the year. We will also explore together some of the basics about mindfulness and how the Mindfulness Based Programs work. 


  • Complete pre reading
  • Attend the day of practice, discussion, didactic and reflection
  • Complete post-reading

Date and Time

Date   Time (AEST) / (NZST)
19 April 2025   9:30 am - 1:30 pm / 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


Module 2: Guiding Mindfulness Practices

16 hours - teacher led over 6 sessions | 9 hours student dyads | Eva Papadopoulo | 6 sessions over 2 months - April-July | Online via Zoom

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 outside sessions fortnightly to lead and receive each practice and to give each other feedback.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*

Dates and Times

Date   Time (AEST) / (NZST)  
26 April 2025   10am - 1:30pm / 12pm - 3:30pm  
03 May 2025   10am - 12:30pm / 12pm - 2:30pm  
17 May 2025   10 am - 12:30 pm / 12pm - 2:30pm  
31 May 2025   10 am - 12:30 pm / 12pm - 2:30pm  
14 June 2025   10 am - 12:30 pm / 12pm - 2:30pm  
28 June 2025   10 am - 12:30 pm / 12pm - 2:30pm  

Module 3: Practicum 

30 hours teacher led | 20 hours video watching | Timothea Goddard | over nine weeks | July -October | Online via Zoom

10 sessions, 3 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 and be enable you to articulate the key theoretical features that are implicitly and explicitly expressed in the curriculum. We will draw from principles of Buddhist psychology, education theory, understanding of stress psychology and physiology, and and the neurobiology of mindfulness and how these are applied in the context of a class.

We will explore the four foundations of mindfulness and how they provide the structure and rationale for the didactic and experiential aspects of the programs of MBSR and MBCT. We will also explore how how the course unfolds in a relational field involving dialogue, inquiry and didactic elements and how all of this contributes to learning, and also safety and intimacy in the group.


  • The Practicum has four main elements:
  • Daily practice of the MBP practices over 8 weeks
  • 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 (3 hours a
  • Keep a journal of your learning*

Dates and Times

Session    Saturdays    Time
Session 1   19 July 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 2   26 July 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 3   02 August 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 4   09 August 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 5   16 August 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 6   23 August 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 7   30 August 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 8   06 September 2025   9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 9
13 September 2025
  9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)
Session 10
20 September 2025
  9:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) / 11:30am - 2:30pm (NZST)



Module 4: Core skills: listening, understanding and responding 

Module 5: Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness 

One day | Date TBC -  Dec 2025 | with Nadav Avny | Online via Zoom
9.30 am – 4.30 pm (AEDT) / 11.30 am - 6.30 pm (NZDT)


In this day we will explore the nature of trauma and how to think through how to adapt and titrate practices for people experienced trauma which is impacting their ability to practice. It will offer some relevant theoretical frameworks and practical experiential work.


  • Preparatory reading
  • Attend one-day seminar
  • Keep a journal of your learning

Dates and Times

Date   Time (AEDT) / (NZDT)
 Sunday - Date TBC 
- Dec 2025
  9:30 am - 4:30 pm / 11:30 am - 6:30 pm


Module 6: Four-day Residential 

5 - 8 December 2025 | Bowral, N.S.W  | With Timothea Goddard and Eva Papadopoulo in Australia 
All students should plan to attend this in-person residential in Bowral Australia.   If there are sufficient numbers, an Intensive program will also be able to be offered in New Zealand. 


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 as a face-to-face Residential in 2024

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Module 7 – Teaching Prac

In this part of the program you will form a teaching group (of fellow students) and meet together to practice teaching the eight week course together over 8 weeks.


  • Form a small group and organise the teaching schedule
  • Prepare classes to teach
  • Attend all 8 classes as participants, and share feedback as colleagues after each
  • Keep a journal of your learning

Module 8 - Learning Reflection 

Out of your experience and drawing on your learning journal, you will write a brief review of your skills and understanding in terms of the MBI TAC domains and this will be reviewed by a Faculty member. You will then have an opportunity to meet with a Faculty member to reflect on your learning and readiness to teach.


  • Write a reflective piece on your current skills and understanding
  • Meet with a Faculty member for a reflective session (20 mins meeting)


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

MA(Hons) Clinical Psychology, Advance Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP), Member of NZ Psych Society and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Nadav works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit of Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

Nadav established and teaches an MBSR programme to mental health staff. He also leads sustainable implementation of mindfulness at ADHB Mental Health Services, including a Mindfulness Implementation Steering Group, Mindfulness Championing Group (working group) and supervises staff who completed the MBSR programme and are continuing to train as Mindfulness Based Programme teachers.

Nadav's clinical psychology training was psychodynamic. He also completed training in Integrative Psychotherapy (focusing on Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapy) and is a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist. He provides psychological therapy to individuals, families and groups.

Nadav is Co Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand. He is an approved supervisor for people on the training pathway.