Become a Youth Mindfulness Certified Teacher with in-depth instruction and assessment of key teachings skills.

This training is for anyone who has completed our Kids Programme, SOMA Programme, or Mindfulness for Life Teacher Training Courses.

  • Develop precision in guiding meditations

    Develop your skill, understanding and precision in how to guide 6 core meditation practices.

  • Deepen your skills in the inquiry process

    Gain in-depth instruction in the inquiry process along with the opportunity to practice and learn with your peers.

  • Learn how to hold the group process

    Learn the conditions you need to create in order create a positive group process as well as how to handle difficulties.

  • Receive feedback on your teaching skills

    In a small group, guide a meditation, lead the inquiry process and receive feedback from an expert teacher.

  • Gain Youth Mindfulness Certification

    Upon demonstrating competence of your teaching skills you'll gain the status of a Youth Mindfulness certified teacher.

Schedule of Training

The training consists of two types of sessions both conducted via zoom: whole group live training sessions and practice pods where you'll meet in small groups and practice what has been explored in the training sessions.

The first 3 sessions will focus on teaching. These are spaced three weeks apart so you can meet up in your peer groups during the intervening weeks. The last 4 sessions from 23rd November to 14th December will focus on feedback and assessment.

  • Thursday 21st September · 7pm-8.45pm · Live Training Session

  • 2 x peer group calls practising guiding and inquiry

  • Thursday 12th October · 7pm-8.45pm · Live Training Session

  • 2 x peer group calls practising guiding and inquiry

  • Thursday 2nd November · 7pm-8.45pm · Live Training Session

  • 2 x peer group calls practising guiding and inquiry

  • Thursday 23rd November · 7pm-8.45pm · Feedback & Assessment Session

  • Thursday 30th November · 7pm-8.45pm · Feedback & Assessment Session

  • Thursday 7th December · 7pm-8.45pm · Feedback & Assessment Session

  • Thursday 14th December · 7pm-8.45pm · Feedback & Assessment Session

In-depth instruction on how to guide 6 meditation practices

All of the Youth Mindfulness courses focus on six core meditation practices: mindfulness of breathing, the bodyscan, cultivating joy and happiness, embracing difficult emotions, cultivating kindness, and mindfulness of mind.

In this course, you’ll gain in-depth instruction on how to guide each meditation as well as the opportunity to practice guiding all of them in practice pods with peers.

The inquiry process: theory and practice

The inquiry process is central to teaching mindfulness. While seemingly simple, it offers the possibility for unlocking insight, and facilitating deep learning.

In this course, you’ll not only learn the theory, but the practical considerations for leading the inquiry process in a way that facilitates transformative learning.

Holding the group process

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching mindfulness is holding the group process. This is true whether you're teaching children, teenagers or adults.

It involves creating a nonjudgmental, open space, and building a sense of positive connection while also holding firm boundaries.

In this course, you’ll learn the key conditions to put in place to make this happen.

Assessing competence & certification

In the last few weeks of the training you'll have the opportunity to guide a meditation and lead the inquiry process while being observed by an experienced teacher.

You'll receive feedback on what you did well and what is in need of attention. You'll also have the opportunity to see others receive feedback. This in the moment - real-life - learning can be extremely valuable.

If you do not meet the required competency level you will be given guidance on how you can meet the required standard for certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm interested in teaching a particular age group (e.g. just children, teenagers, or adults), will this course meet my needs?

    The skills and competencies you'll develop will enhance your mindfulness teaching whatever age you're focused on, whether children, teenagers, or adults.

    The principles of guiding meditations with precision and accuracy; leading the inquiry process; and holding the group process are fundamentally the same whatever the age.

    Naturally there are differences in working with different age groups and we'll provide information on this through the course.

  • Will this certification enable me to become BAMBA accredited?

    BAMBA is the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches. It is widely regarded as the leading body in the field providing guidelines for good practice for mindfulness teachers. You can find out more about BAMBA's guidelines here:

    If you've completed our Mindfulness for Life Teacher Training (one year programme), completing this training will enable you to become a BAMBA listed teacher as well as become Youth Mindfulness Certified. You'll have to fulfill other requirements from BAMBA which you can find here:

  • How will I be assessed?

    The training is broken into two parts. The first 9 weeks focus on exploring and practicing guiding 6 meditations and the inquiry process. It also includes exploration of holding the group process.

    In the last 5 weeks the group will split in two with 9-12 people in each group. During this time you'll need to guide a practice for the group and lead the inquiry process into the group while being observed by an experienced teacher.

    This will provide the opportunity for you to receive feedback and your teaching skills to be assessed.

    It's important to note that in order to pass you do not need to be perfect. We are looking for a basic level of competence.

    The criteria for assessment will be provided to you at the beginning of the course.

  • What happens if I don't pass?

    If you don't pass, we'll offer suggestions as to how you can achieve certification in the future. You will not have to do the course again. The suggestions will differ from person to person, but will likely include mindfulness supervision with an experienced teacher. Assessment in the future will require the provision of recordings of you guiding a meditation and leading the inquiry process with a live group.