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Mindfulness-based Supervision Training

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Become a Mindfulness-Based Approaches Supervisor 

If you are an experienced mindfulness teacher (of any mindfulness-based approach - this even is not just for Breathworks teachers), this mix of face-to-face and online workshops will train you in the skills to do the rewarding work of supervising teachers of mindfulness-based approaches such as MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks, etc.

As mindfulness teaching becomes more popular, there is a commensurate demand for supervision from experienced practitioners with a deep understanding of the practice. A supervisor's responsibility is to pass on their own experience, ensure a high quality of teaching, and, of course, to never stop learning and exploring the profound depths of what mindfulness practice has to offer.

"[Supervision training] was a great opportunity to remind myself why mindfulnes is such an important part of my own life, to deepen my skills as a mindfulness teacher and also to enter into the supervision space. I left with renewed enthusiasm for my own practice and teaching and a desire to support and inspire others through supervision."
Supervision Training Participant, 2018

What You'll Learn

"Mindfulness supervision is a regular space that is contracted between supervisor and supervisee that enables them to reflect together on the supervisee's mindfulness practice and explore how it impacts and integrates with their work and life. This process is dedicated to developing and deepening the growth, understanding and effectiveness of the supervisee's application of mindfulness, both personally and in their working life."
Cindy Cooper and Jody Mardula – June 2011

The training will be taught experientially, with a mix of face-to-face and online learning, as we engage together in a process of mindful exploration and inquiry to deepen our practice as supervisors.

Session One (2 days):

  • Explore the foundations of mindfulness-based supervision
  • Identify the tasks and functions of supervision from a mindfulness perspective
  • Identify the importance and process of setting up contracts
  • Explore a Mindfulness-based Supervision Model which includes a supervisory inquiry process
  • Discussion and skills practice will focus on how this model can be applied in supervision
  • Throughout there will be time for practice, reflective time and dialogue in small and large groups

Session Two (online Sessions to fit with participants availability):

  • Have further opportunity for experiential learning and skills development using real life examples from your supervisory experiences between September and January
  • Identify ways to continue development as a supervisor

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"It was a fun, supportive and engaging four days of training. The information and the teaching around supervision was really useful but most of all I found the opportunity to practice supervision with peers and get constructive feedback in such a supportive and kind environment really helpful. It was an opportunity to try something challenging and develop new skills in a safe environment."
- Supervision Training Participant, 2018

The Importance of Supervision

On-going mindfulness-based supervision is an important part of the good practice requirements for teachers of mindfulness-based courses. It can provide an invaluable opportunity to reflect upon and inquire about mindfulness teaching and practice. Mindfulness-based supervision is unique in the way that the session itself is imbued with mindfulness in terms of practice, embodied presence and compassion. The sessions are very much a collaborative process. The intention is to create an alliance between the supervisor and supervisee that will foster an open and creative exploration of your personal practice and how it might interweave with your teaching and mindfulness in work.

Who is this course for?

Applicants need to:

  • Have experience and training in the use of the inquiry process
  • Have taught approximately 9 or more mindfulness courses over a period of three years
  • Be engaged in their own mindfulness-based supervision
  • Have completed TTa or equivalent Level 2 Teacher Training Retreat
  • Have a background in mindfulness-based approaches necessary to fulfil the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers of Mindfulness-Based Approaches and the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-Based Approach Trainers

Your Trainer - Colette Power Ph.D

Colette Power is a supervisor for Breathworks and the Mindfulness Network, regularly supervising Breathworks, MBSR and Mindful Self-Compassion teachers. She has extensive experience and engages in regular supervision herself to support her practice and teaching. Click here to learn more about Colette.

Colette has been teaching mindfulness-based courses since 2011. She trained with Vidyamala Burch and is a senior Breathworks Mindfulness teacher and trainer. She trained to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Rebecca Crane & Sarah Silverton. Colette is also a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and supervisor, and a guest teacher for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. She trained to teach MSC with Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Kristy Arbon and Michelle Becker in 2014. She delivers training across a range of sectors including education, health and business, also working with people on a one-to-one basis using mindfulness, self-compassion and enquiry skills. She's an experienced retreat leader and offers meditation and mindfulness-based retreats in the UK and Europe.

Colette is also a qualified person-centred counsellor and has worked with people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem and depression. She taught counselling skills in Liverpool for many years.

Session One 

When: September 5th - 6th, 2019

Where: Redbank House,
4 St.Chad’s Street,
M8 8QA

Session Two

The following sessions will take place online on dates arranged to fit with participants availability.

Led by: Colette Power

Cost: £400 individual rate; £375 concessionary rate

There is a 10% discount for Breathworks student members and accredited teachers.


Booking: To book please click on the link below. At the end of the form, on clicking submit, you will be directed to a secure payment site to pay the course fee which will confirm your booking. Note: to apply it is necessary that you currently meet the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers and Trainers set out by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations (see: http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/)

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Recommended Reading

Evans, A., Crane, R., Cooper, L,. Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy, C., Kenny, M., Kuyken, W. (2014). A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry;