Welcome to those students who completed their Introductory Teacher Training (TTi) before 2018.
If you are a prospective student, a registered student in the programme 2018+ or a Breathworks teacher, please choose from one of the following options:
- Information for trainees who completed TTi before January 2018
- Training Overview and Pathway (Pre-2018 Students)
- Fees (Pre-2018 Students)
- Meet the Trainers
- Event Dates
- Preparing for your Training Event (Pre-2018 Students)
- Becoming Accredited
- Apply for TTa - Advanced Teacher Training & Mindful Movement
We made changes to the Breathworks teacher training programme in January 2018, with new training elements and prerequisites being introduced for new trainees starting after that date. (Anyone starting training with us from January 2018 will follow the new training pathway.) For those who completed their TTi training event before January 2018, the previous training programme and fee structure will still be in place, so that you can complete your training with us in the format that you originally signed up for.
Transitional Arrangements for trainees who did TTi (or MBSR workshop) before January 2018 [info updated June 2018]
- We're very pleased that as we roll out Stage 2 of the new training programme, we have been able to design it to be entirely accessible to any remaining students from the old teacher training programme who want to come and do TTa with us, without losing the opportunity for broader accreditation, and without a September 2018 cut-off point for TTa as we had first anticipated.
- So, if you started the Breathworks training programme before Jan 2018, you will now be able to complete your TTa in the new training programme at any point and still be able to achieve accreditation in both Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses.
If you are unsure about how transitional arrangements affect you, please contact us on email@example.com or 0161 834 1110.
Please use the content links above to access all pre-January 2018 student sections.
The Breathworks Training Programme is designed to develop your understanding of the principles and practices of MBPM, thus enabling you to effectively deliver the Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses for people with pain, stress and illness. You will learn to clearly present Breathworks key concepts and facilitate group learning; effectively and confidently guide meditation practices and mindful movement; and support people in practising mindfulness in daily life.
The training consists of four distinct training components:
This six day course, offered in both residential and non-residential formats, includes an in-depth review of key MBPM concepts with opportunities to practice methods for delivering content, guiding meditations, teaching mindful movement as well as a chance to explore these in your own practice.
This training is for anyone who is:
- interested in learning more about how to incorporate MBPM into their work with people with chronic pain, stress and illness
- intending to working towards becoming a Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher accredited to deliver 8-week courses in Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress
Prior to attending you will have:
- fulfilled the prerequisite requirements for training with Breathworks
- a regular mindfulness and meditation practice of at least one year
- read Mindfulness for Health and completed meditation diaries (see preparing for your training retreat)
This course enables participants to:
- further your understanding of mindfulness and its applications to human suffering
- deepen your personal mindfulness practice
- communicate your understanding and experience to others
- practice guiding meditations and mindful movement
- learn how to deliver key concepts
The course is mainly experiential, conducted in small groups in which we explore our own (students and trainers) processes in mindfulness. Periods of silence are included to support us in deepening our personal mindfulness practice.
Upon completion of Introductory Training (TTi), students may choose, in consultation with the training team, to apply the skills they've learned during TTi. They can do this by supporting a course, or in some cases, running an independently led or co-led practice course. They then attend Advanced Training (TTa), where they will deepen their understanding and skills in delivering Breathworks courses. Most students choose to wait until after they've completed TTa to do a practice course.
We ask all students not to plan a Practice Course until they've attended TTi and consulted with the training team.
The course will be supervised by a senior Breathworks trainer.
- write a weekly reflective journal
- receive advice and support from their supervisor
- submit participant evaluation forms after the course
- discuss appropriate next steps with their supervisor
Advanced training is also offered in six day residential and non-residential formats. TTa helps students to consolidate and build on the teaching skills developed in the introductory training (TTi), as well as develop and extend their personal mindfulness meditation practice. During this course you will also be trained in delivering the Mindfulness for Stress course.
As with TTi, this course enables participants to further their understanding of mindfulness and its applications to human suffering; deepen their personal mindfulness practice; communicate their understanding and experience effectively to others.
Again there will be opportunities to guide meditations and mindful movement; practise delivering key concepts to a group and also to receive feedback.
In addition, there will be sessions on:
- the Breathworks approach and key differences between the Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses
- the use of 'enactments' in teaching
- ethical practice
- meeting the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers Guidelines
Prior to attending the Advanced Training (TTa) you will have completed:
- Introductory Training (TTi) or Breathworks for MBSR/MBCT teachers
- All required reading
- Mindful movement and mindfulness of daily activity diaries
- Optional: A practice course either on your own, with another trainee or qualified Breathworks teacher.
The course is mainly experiential, conducted in small groups in which we explore our own (students and trainers) processes in mindfulness. Periods of silence are included to support us in deepening our personal mindfulness practice.
A weekend of Mindful Movement is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the movements learnt on Introductory Teacher Training (TTi). The weekends are relaxing and informative, highly praised by participants. Students can attend this event at any point in their training process after attending TTi, and before commencing with a supervised practice course.
Mindful Movement is not an exercise programme about stretching further and holding poses for longer. It will certainly help to improve strength and flexibility, but the main emphasis is on developing a quality of awareness as you move by becoming more mindful.
Regular, gentle movement practised with awareness and care is crucial to a sustainable quality of life. Mindful Movement is a range of conscious physical movements done with awareness. It teaches us to move our bodies within realistic limits and to gradually build strength, stamina and flexibility over time.
This non-residential weekend will help you develop your personal understanding and practice of the movements as well as teach them to others.
- teach the Breathworks Approach to people with chronic pain, stress and illness.
- seek accreditation as a Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher, enabling you to deliver our Mindfulness for Health (MfH) and Mindfulness for Stress (MfS) courses.
A certificate of attendance will be given on completion of each course.
for trainees registered before December 2017
Training Fees 2018
|Advanced Teacher Training (TTa) up to & incl. Sep 2018||£1600||£1295||£980|
|Mindful Movement two-day non-residential training||
|Study materials (see details below for discounts)||£68||£68||£68|
|Supervision of 8-week practice course & evaluation fee||£480||£375||£375|
|All prices include VAT|
Modular Training Fees 2018
|Modular training in Manchester||£1350||£1060||£780|
|Modular training in London||£1650||£1360||£1080|
|All prices include VAT|
Accommodation at the retreat centres is in shared rooms. Full board and lodging is included in the fee. We manage to keep the accommodation costs this low with the special support of Taraloka, Adhisthana and Vajrasana Retreat Centres. However, this does mean that we require participants to help with washing-up, setting tables, and a short period of general clean up at end of the retreat. Modular training events are non-residential.
Breathworks training retreats are very popular but there are a limited number of spaces. So it is important that any cancellation, or changes, to bookings are made well in advance.
To book for a training retreat in the UK, Breathworks requires a £200 non-refundable deposit.
Cancellations and refunds
1. The following proportion of your fee will be refundable if you cancel your place on the event:
1.1. Up to eight weeks before the event you will receive a refund of any course fees paid, less the non-refundable deposit.
1.2. Up to the start of an event and a substitute can be found, you will receive a refund of any course fees paid less the non-refundable deposit. Unfortunately, if a substitute cannot be found we cannot refund any of the fees.
2. The following proportion of your fee will be transferable if you transfer to another comparable event:
2.1. Up to eight weeks before the start of the event, any fees paid can be transferred to a future event, less a £50 admin fee.
2.2. Up to the start of the event and a substitute can be found, any fees paid can be transferred to a future event, less a £50 admin fee. If a substitute cannot be found then unfortunately no refund is available.
3. Refunds will not be given after the training has commenced eg if you decide to leave the training early.
Full payment for the retreat is due no later than four weeks prior to the retreat start date
Failure to make the full payment four weeks before the retreat will result in the loss of your place on the retreat as well as your deposit (unless a prior arrangement has been confirmed by our office).
If you need to cancel your place after you have paid in full, it is unlikely that we will be able to refund your fee unless we are able to fill your place.
The following study materials should be purchased and reviewed before attending introductory training.
All prices include VAT
|Mindful Movement Pack||£33.00||Details|
|Mindfulness in Daily Life Booklet||£5.99||Details|
|Mindfulness for Health, by Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch||£12.50||Details|
|Living Well with Pain & Illness by Vidyamala Burch||£16.15||Details|
|Total Cost of Study Materials Before 25% discount||£67.64|
We offer study materials at a 25% discount to student and professional members of Breathworks. Once you have become a member (which happens automatically for students once booked onto your first retreat) please contact the office to purchase materials at this discounted rate.
Postage and packing are not included in the above prices. All materials are also available to purchase on the training events.
I was born and raised in New Zealand and first became interested in meditation in 1985 when receiving hospital treatment for a spinal injury. I intuited that meditation and mindfulness could offer me a unique means of easing the mental suffering associated with the physical pain I was experiencing, which has turned out to be the case. For the subsequent twenty years I have continued to follow this thread, moving to the UK in 1990 to live at a retreat centre in Shropshire, training further in meditation and preparing for ordination into the Western Buddhist Order, now the Triratna Buddhist Order.
My spinal condition deteriorated further in the late 1990s and I now use crutches or a wheelchair for mobility, but my overall quality of life has continued to improve as I have become more and more adept at managing my responses to my physical condition and enriching my life in other ways.
In 1996 I moved to Manchester and in 2001 I started teaching mindfulness-based approaches to others living with physical pain and illness, with funding from the Millennium Commission. In 2004 I founded Breathworks with Sona and Gary, both good friends of mine, who are very experienced meditators and teachers. I am deeply committed to the project and find it extremely satisfying.
I have been on a number of conferences, courses and training retreats with experts in the field of pain management and mindfulness, enabling me to draw on a wide range of approaches in my teaching – using both mindfulness and other recognised pain management interventions. I also continue to attend and lead residential intensive meditation retreats several times a year.
In my early twenties I started practising hatha yoga, and then took up meditation at a Buddhist centre in North London. That was back in the early 1970s. Soon after, I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order, now the Triratna Buddhist Order.
For the subsequent nearly forty years I have devoted my life to practising and teaching mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy around the world.
I was involved in the establishment and running of several Buddhist centres, including founding a public centre in Stockholm, Sweden, and working as director of a retreat centre in the UK, where I spent much time leading and attending intensive retreats. I have led retreats and Buddhist training programmes in the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Following a powerful experience on a retreat some years ago, I have felt a growing urge to devote more of my life to caring for people who suffer from pain and illness. At that time I had developed a close friendship with Vidyamala and was inspired by the work she was doing teaching mindfulness-based techniques to manage long-term health conditions. I trained with Vidyamala in the Breathworks Programme in Manchester and am now based there. I am also involved in expanding the Breathworks Programme into other areas, such as the suffering that arises from the complexities of modern life.
I have been a devoted mindfulness and meditation practitioner for over 15 years. My professional background includes youth work, strategic planning, change management, and teaching and training programme development. I have been working as programme director at Breathworks for the past three years, delighting in the opportunity to use my experience and skills to help grow and develop Breathworks.
My favourite part of the job is supporting students in the training programme to bring more and more of themselves into their mindfulness practice and teaching. I believe that all people, given the right conditions and supports, can learn to thrive. I am also an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, teaching meditation and Dharma at the Manchester Buddhist Centre and on residential retreats.
Colette is a a Senior Mindfulness Teacher and supervisor with Breathworks CIC, Manchester and a Trained Mindful Self Compassion Teacher. As a freelance mindfulness teacher she delivers a range of mindfulness-based courses in Liverpool, the North West and Wales, including:
Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress Course
Growing from a professional background as an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health, I now specialise in Mindfulness Teaching.
I'm experienced in providing both Breathworks Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses in various NHS settings with service users, carers and staff across Dorset.
As a Breathworks Associate and Senior Trainer, I am involved with the Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training programs and offer Practice Course Supervision for trainees and ongoing supervision to our accredited teachers.
I'm also a Senior Counsellor for the Dorset Community Pain Service (DHUFT) where I lead Breathworks Mindfulness for Health programs for people living with chronic pain conditions. I enjoy my work, finding great encouragement in the transformative power of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to reduce suffering, enabling real qualitative changes to take root and flourish.
Living with my family in Dorset; my daily personal mindfulness practice is grounded in the rich complexity of everyday life. My commitment to living practice is supported by ongoing supervision, CPD and regular meditation retreats.
I adhere to the Good Practice Guidance for Mindfulness Teachers (2011).
Andrea Cygler is originally from Manchester but is now based in Liverpool. She is an experienced and well-qualified wellbeing practitioner who has taught and practiced complementary health, therapeutic touch, meditation and relaxation techniques, stress management and resiliency training for 20 years, working with all ages and diversities, all over Merseyside and the North West.
Although she had tried different forms of meditation over the years it was only after an 8 week Mindfulness course that her practice become sustainable, enjoyable and truly beneficial. She has trained as a Mindfulness teacher and qualified with Breathworks in 2014. She now teaches on their Manchester programme and is part of their Teacher Training team She has also done some MBSR training with Mindflow and is a qualified to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Programmes to children and adults . She runs her own mindfulness courses and meditation sessions in Liverpool and is part of 'Mindfulness Liverpool'.
I am a Buddhist and have worked at the Manchester Buddhist centre since 1997. During that time I have enjoyed teaching many meditation and Buddhism classes. Hence I have been practicing Mindfulness for over 20 years, as I have very regular meditation practice. I particularly enjoy teaching in group situations and since qualifying with Breathworks as an accredited Mindfulness teacher I have taught many of the Mindfulness for Stress courses.
Over the last 18 months I have seen many people benefit from these course and now have resources to work with their anxiety and stress. As well as being a Mindfulness teacher I am also an Alexander Technique Teacher. I trained in Kendal for 3 years and qualified in 2010. The Alexander Technique, known mostly as a technique to improve posture, is really all about mindfulness and becoming aware of our helpful and unhelpful postural habits. If we can use ourselves well we will function better, so mindfulness of our bodies as well as our minds will lead towards greater well being. So I enjoy using my AT skills combined with the Breathworks material. Its a recipe for success and offers very practical ways forward.
As Breathworks’ Head of Programmes, I oversee the Breathworks mindfulness teacher training programme, supporting trainees to develop and deepen their meditation practice and teaching skills. I also look after the wider programme of Breathworks courses and retreats for the general public, health professionals and established mindfulness teachers, and am enjoying developing our e-learning offer. I also regularly teach Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses in Manchester and online.
I had already been meditating for many years when I came across the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course. I was going through a period of emotional pain and anxiety due to family circumstances, and really needed something to help me cope. I found the Breathworks approach transformational, with its combined emphasis on awareness and compassion - it proved a real turning point for me in my mindfulness practice and life more generally.
I have practised and taught meditation for over twenty years. My background includes teaching, retreat leading, writing, youth work and educational programme development. I enjoy working in contexts as varied as community centres, workplaces, festivals, schools, homes and faith communities.
As well as my work in Manchester, I also offer mindfulness courses and events in Cumbria, Northumberland and south Scotland, plus one-to-one mindfulness teaching via phone or Skype. So, if you would like to discuss options about any of these, please do get in touch.
I learned to meditate over 30 years ago and have had a regular, personal practice for almost 20 years. My background is in Psychology and Education and I am trained in group work and CBT, through previous employment with social care agencies. I am trained in a wide range of body-work practices, which also inform my mindfulness work.
I qualified as a Breathworks trainer in 2005 and was a member of the training team 2006-2010. I have returned to training teachers in 2017. Between 2005 and 2011, I provided many mindfulness for health and stress courses, day events and practice sessions in the South Wales area. I have developed and delivered work for carers and parents and have trained to deliver mindfulness in schools. More recently, I have delivered mindfulness training for health care professionals.
I am currently training in mindful, body-based psychotherapy (Hakomi). Where appropriate, I employ elements of body work and Hakomi skills in individual sessions, to support personal exploration, positive change and growth.
Amalacitta (Cate Clark)
I regularly run Mindfulness for Health courses in Manchester “I’ve seen it change lives, including my own”. I came to Breathworks, on the advice of my GP in 2006 as a way of helping me to manage chronic pain, it made such a difference to me I decided to train with Breathworks a year later.
I am now a Senior Trainer with Breathworks and I am one of the Training team, teaching others to become accredited Breathworks teachers. Mindfulness and meditation help me to maintain equilibrium and to live a richer and fuller life.
For many years I worked as a commissioned artist, mostly in steel, making sculptural seats and signs for environmental organisations. The work I made was concerned with a sense of place and the importance of wildlife in our lives. I live in West Yorkshire with my partner and our dog on the edge of the Pennines.
Following a career in the private sector as a personal development coach and counsellor, Steve has been teaching accredited mindfulness courses for over five years. He is an Associate/Senior Trainer at Breathworks and is part of the Teacher Training Team. He is also furthering his study at Bangor University - Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice working towards a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness-based Teaching Approaches.
His first experience of mindfulness came while searching for a "cure" for his own chronic pain condition and he now uses mindfulness on a daily basis to help manage his own pain condition and the stresses and complexities of modern life.
Abhayada Thomas Sopp
I'm a trained cabinetmaker as well as a youth and child care worker. I had my Breathworks Training in 2008, partly in England and Germany. Since 1993 I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation and started to teach both in 1998 at the Buddhist Centre in Essen. Since 2008 I'm self-employed and offer Breathworks courses, workshops and trainings together with Tanja Stevanovic and other trainers in Germany.
Accredited Senior Breathworks Teacher Trainer with extensive experience of mindfulness and compassion practice and teaching. He is the founder and director of "Respira Vida Breathworks" (www.respiravida.net), based in Spain.
Dharmakirti has trained with Breathworks since 2007. He has taught the standard 8 week MBPM programe all over the world, and led health professionals workshops and teacher training retreats during the last 10 years to several hundred people in Spain, England, Portugal, México and Argentina.
In 2012 he started running a Spanish language based "Respira Vida Breathworks teacher training programe".
Dharmakirti has been practicing Mindfulness and compassion on a daily basis since 2001, and is an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, an international network dedicated to communicating Buddhist values in ways appropriate to the modern world.
He has led and attended more than 60 mindfulness and compassion retreats. He is an accredited Ontologic Coach and co-creator of two "8 weeks programes": Mindfulness Based Communication & Relationship (MBCR) and "Transforming arrows into flowers".
He is co-founder of Meditation and Science Association. And teacher of the Master of Mindfulness of the University of Zaragoza and Bodhiyoga Mindfulness Yoga School.
Fidelma has been teaching Breathworks courses and workshops since 2008, to individuals with conditions ranging from back pain to neuropathic pain, to M.E. and fibromyalgia, to Motor Neurone Disease, and to groups with M.S. and M.E., as well as people with stress, anxiety, and anyone interesting in enhancing their quality of life. Her mindfulness practice has enhanced and transformed her life and her teaching stems from a desire for others to have the opportunity to experience the same benefits.
I have been meditating regularly since 2007 and teaching both the Breathworks courses since 2012.
Mindfulness meditation is now a part of my everyday life and I have found it indispensable for helping me maintain mental wellbeing after many years suffering with depression and more recently have found it hugely beneficial for managing my physical health.
I find teaching the courses immensely rewarding and enjoy participating in them as much as leading them. I am motivated by wanting to give as many people as possible access to the essential skills of Mindfulness that I have found so invaluable.
I am also a Breathworks Associate trainer and have been mentoring student teachers in this role.
I am committed to the ongoing development of my personal, teaching and training practice and regularly attend meditation retreats and professional development training.
I participate in regular supervision, both one-to-one and with a local peer supervision group.
In my role as a Mindfulness Teacher and also in every part of my life I aspire to hold in my heart the practice of being receptive and accepting in my connections with myself and others and of responding from kindness to whatever flows in my awareness.
On the 3rd day of my own Breathworks-Training in 2006 I knew that I wanted to teach the Breathworks courses for the rest of my life. At the end of my training I quit my job and became self-employed with Breathworks in 2007. My aim is to spread the Breathworks approach all over Germany to make it available to everyone who wants to get to know our methods, spirit and practices.
Therefore I offer courses, workshops and trainings together with Abhayada and other trainers in Germany.
I am a Biologist. Since 1999 I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation, after having learnt it at the Buddhist Centre in Essen. Breathworks helped me to deepen my experiences. I became able to connect more with my body and my emotions in meditation but also in my daily life. So it changed my whole way of living and interacting with other people. My passion is to give this gift I got from Vidyamala, Sona and Ratnaguna to all the people who are suffering from chronic pain or illness - or whoever would like to get to know a way of living with more contentment and happiness.
A health professional with many years experience teaching mindfulness. As a Breathworks Senior Trainer, I have been involved in training other teachers as well as developing special programmes for those on incapacity benefits and as part of a Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TAMHS) initiative.
I also teach specialist courses combining mindfulness and nature connectedness. As a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Health and Science at the University of Cumbria I am investigating the benefit of connections with nature as part of a daily mindfulness practice.
I was UK delegate to the first Asia Pacific ICHPER (UN International Congress on Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Conference in Malaysia and I am one of the two UK members of the International Adventure Therapy Committee and am vice-chair of the Institute of Outdoor Learning Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Group. I have presented at conferences in the Czech Republic, London, Geneva and Johannesburg.
Anjali has been facilitating mindfulness courses since 2010. Previously a qualified nurse she enjoys bringing mindfulness to a wide range of emotional & physical conditions, including palliative care. A practising Buddhist of twelve years, she also practises mindfulness through art & dance.
Residential Training Dates 2018:
If your TTi took place before January 2018, you can now book onto a TTa event at any point, including after September 2018. Please remember that we ask you to leave at least six months between your TTi and TTa events.
- Sept 15-21 – Adhisthana Retreat Centre, Herefordshire (Advanced Teacher training) This event is now full
- November 17-23 – Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- Jan 26-1 Feb 2019 Taraloka Retreat Centre, North Wales (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- Mar 9-15 2019 Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- May 18-24 2019 Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- July 20-26 2019 Adhisthana Retreat Centre, Herefordshire (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- Sept 21-27 2019 Taraloka Retreat Centre, North Wales (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
- Nov 9-15 2019 Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire (Introductory and Advanced Teacher Training)
Non-Residential Modular Training Dates
Students must attend a residential retreat for at least one level of training (TTi or TTa). If choosing the non-residential option for either their TTi or TTa, students must be able to attend both modules 1 and 2.
Advanced Teacher Training (TTa)
- 31 October - 2 November (Module 1) London
- 28 - 30 November (Module 2) London
- 5 - 7 August (Module 1) Manchester
- 2 - 4 September (Module 2) Manchester
- 2 - 4 October (Module 1) London
- 20 - 22 November (Module 2) London
TTi Required Reading and Meditation Diaries (relevant for MBSR workshop graduates going straight into TTa)
Please read this page thoroughly and contact us if there are any questions about how to prepare for your retreat.
Please read Mindfulness for Health, by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman.
Optional Reading: Living Well with Pain and Illness, by Vidyamala Burch.
Mindfulness for Health Meditation Diaries:
Please complete diaries for all six meditations in Mindfulness for Health (Body Scan, Breathing Anchor, Compassionate Acceptance, Treasure of Pleasure, Open Heart, Connection). We ask that you spend 3-4 consecutive days on each practice, meditating 2x/day, for a total of 18-24 days. Please use the CD in the back of Mindfulness for Health.
You can also download some extra versions of the Body Scan and Breathing Anchor meditations. These will just give you a little more variety in your practice. There will also be some longer compilation meditations posted soon that you can practice if you'd like, e.g. Body Scan into Compassionate Acceptance. These are optional and not essential.
Please submit diaries no later than three weeks before the start of your retreat to the Breathworks office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review this helpful guide for keeping diaries for more information about how to complete your diaries and sample diaries to show you what we're looking for. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
TTa Students: Required Reading, Mindful Movement and Mindfulness in Daily Life Diaries
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Segal, Teasdale, Williams & Kabat Zinn.
The Mindful Path to Self Compassion – freeing yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher K, Germer, PHd.
Please read the course notes for both the Mindfulness for health and Mindfulness for Stress courses. If you need these notes sent to you, please contact us at email@example.com
Please also read, listen to, and view the booklet, CDs and DVD in the Mindful Movement Pack.
Mindful Movement and Mindfulness in Daily Life Diaries
Finally, please complete diaries for Mindful Movement and Mindfulness in Daily life. Mindful Movement diaries should be kept for two weeks using the movements introduced on your first training retreat, the Mindful Movement weekend, and the pack. Mindfulness in Daily Life diaries begin on week three of the course, Chapter 6 in the book. You'll find worksheets in the workbook given to you on TTi. Please keep your pacing diary for a week and complete the analysis and setting of baselines.
As part of your preparation for Teacher Training we ask you to keep meditation, Mindful Movement and daily activity diaries using the Mindfulness for Health CD or downloads from the website. A number of trainees have told us that they are not sure what to write in these diaries, so this document will explain why we ask you to keep these diaries and what we are looking for when you are preparing for Teacher Training Introduction (TTi) or Teacher Training Advanced (TTa).
- Teacher Training Introduction (TTi - relevant for MBSR workshop graduates going straight to TTa)
We ask you to keep diaries of your meditation practice because, in training to work with people who are suffering, whether with chronic pain or illness, or through stress of any kind, you will be inviting people to work with their conditions in a certain way. In order to do this effectively you have to be working with yourself, perhaps your own suffering, in this way. It's one thing to know the theory of mindfully working with yourself and another thing to actually practice it. Our old, ingrained mental habits can be hard to uproot, and sometimes they can be unconscious – we may not even know that we've got them! So while we may be encouraging others, for instance, to pay attention to their discomfort, moving towards it with a kindly attitude, we may not do that with our own discomfort. We may harden against it or try to avoid it.
Writing the diaries can be a way for you to 'objectify' what is essentially a purely subjective experience, and can be a way for you to see any unconscious mental habits that you may have. It also allows us, your trainers, to see what you are actually doing in your meditation practice and for us to discuss it with you.
What should you write about?
After listening to the guided practice simply try to describe your experience in the meditation – you can begin with your:
- Physical sensations e.g feelings of warmth, coolness, contact with the chair or cushion you are sitting on and with the floor underneath your feet or legs. Then describe any pleasant and unpleasant sensations you may be experiencing. How do you respond to the pleasant sensations, and the unpleasant?
- Emotional state/s. What emotions did you experience? Perhaps you don't know what to call some of them? If so, try to describe them in some way, either with concepts or images. As with the physical sensations, some emotions will be pleasant and others unpleasant. How did you respond to them?
- Thoughts. Did you manage to watch them arising and let them go or did you get caught up in them? If you did get caught up with them at times, when you 'came to', what was your attitude towards yourself? If appropriate you can write about the content of these thoughts - that may help you to understand yourself better. What kind of thoughts took you away? Perhaps you had thoughts about the meditation practice itself, or even about the keeping of the diary.
Try to be really honest with yourself and try to describe what actually happens. Of course you may fear that if you are too honest in your diary, the trainer who reads it may fail you! This is highly unlikely. In fact the more honest you are, even about those aspects of your practice where you feel you are deficient in some way, the more this will demonstrate that you are working with yourself in an effective way.
Please try to write at least at least one paragraph for each day of the diary, but not more than half a page (if typed).
- Teacher Training Advanced (TTa)
Mindful Movement Diaries
These can be a little more tricky to write than the meditation diaries, as you will probably still be learning the movements. However, where possible describe not only which movements you did on any particular day, but also how you worked in them. You can obviously try to describe what your physical sensations were as you moved, but also include your emotional states and thoughts.
Mindfulness in Daily Life Diaries
These are described in detail in Mindfulness for Health and the book includes diary sheets. If you don't suffer from chronic pain or illness you will have to 'measure' something else. It could be stress, anxiety, fatigue, or you may simply want to explore a tendency to do too much! Talk to Training Programme staff if you have questions.
Please type your diary entries if possible, or if you are going to write them, please try to make sure they are legible. In exceptional circumstances we will accept voice-recordings – contact Training Programme staff to discuss this.
The only people who will read your diaries are the trainers on the Teacher Training retreat. The diaries will provide the basis of a one to one discussion with a trainer during the retreat and will be returned to you afterwards.
Who are Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teachers?
Breathworks Mindfulness Teachers who have completed the Breathworks Training Programme. You will be accredited by Breathworks to run both of our signature 8-week courses, Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress.
Requirements for Accreditation
Before accreditation you will have:
- Adhered to the UK Network Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers (Find out more about the UK Network here) and a Breathworks Code of Conduct
- Successfully completed introductory and advanced levels of our Teacher Training programme
- Completed a Mindful Movement weekend
- Completed all diaries and reviewed them with a trainer
- Run your own practice course or co-led a Breathworks course to apply skills learned in training between introductory and advanced level training
- Discussed accreditation with your TTa trainer based on the outcomes of your training and application of skills
Students can attend Advanced Level Training and support or run practice courses as many times as they'd like until they are ready to apply for accreditation.
Benefits of Accreditation
All accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teachers enjoy the following benefits:
- Access to and use of curriculum and all related materials for the Mindfulness for Health and/or Mindfulness for Stress courses, with free curriculum updates when available
- A free listing of contact information on the Breathworks website
- Use of the Breathworks name and logo for marketing purposes
- 10% discount on all Breathworks Continuing Professional Development events
- 25% discount on all Breathworks study materials
Once accredited, Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher are expected to pay an annual fee of £80 to maintain accreditation. In addition, they must do the following:
- Adhere to the UK Network Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and a Breathworks Code of Conduct
- Complete an annual survey to provide information and feedback to Breathworks
- Submit evaluation forms annually from at least one course they have run in the past year
- Attend any required events for Breathworks teachers (no more than one per year when needed)
- Attend at least one CPD event/year. This event can be a Breathworks event or an event offered by any member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organizations
- Attend at least one 5-7 days long meditation retreat per year
In order to continue to deepen your own mindfulness practice you are expected to attend one 5-7 day residential, silent, teacher-led retreat each year. Longer retreats allow a deeper sense of stillness and silence, providing more space to be with the fullness of your experience as its emerging. This kind of space is difficult to find in our day to day lives, which is why longer, silent retreats are so critical for mindfulness teachers. If your life circumstances (for example, raising young children or caring for an elderly parent) make it difficult for you to meet this expectation, please contact the office so we can discuss your option.
The accreditation fee is part of Breathworks teachers CPD (continual professional development). It allows us to maintain your accreditation, organise events for our teachers and provide teaching resources. It also allows access to a range of information and networking opportunities to assist you in your role.
In order to ensure that your annual accreditation fee goes directly to supporting activities that benefit accredited teachers, all fees will go directly to Breathworks CIC, rather than the Breathworks Foundation. In order to maintain accreditation, all teachers are expected to pay this fee on an annual basis.
Booking your TTa event
If you have completed your TTi - Introductory Teacher Training 6 months or more ago, you are now eligible to book onto your TTa - Advanced teacher training event. Remember if you completed your TTi as a modular event, you will need to book a TTa retreat event. If your TTi was a retreat event you are free to choose either TTa Retreat or Modular.
Booking your Mindful Movement event
Students can attend this event at any point in their training process after attending TTi, and before commencing with a supervised practice course.
If you need to complete the TTa or Mindful Movement application form by telephone with a member of our admin team (eg. because of visual impairment or dyslexia), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0161 834 1110 to make an appointment.