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Mindfulness has the power to transform lives.

Become a certified mindfulness teacher with our BAMBA-accredited training pathway!

You’ve seen the benefits of mindfulness in your own life...

You know there is deep potential in this practice...

And the world needs mindfulness more than ever...

Now is the time to become a mindfulness teacher.

Go on a profound learning journey...

  • Train with highly experienced mindfulness teachers

    Our course facilitators are highly experienced mindfulness teachers having taught mindfulness to thousands of adults, teenagers, and children in a wide variety of settings, from young men in prison to politicians in parliament.

  • Deepen your personal mindfulness practice

    Mindfulness teaching rests on your embodiment and understanding of mindfulness. This course is focused on nourishing and deepening your personal mindfulness practice as the basis for become a skilled and effective teacher.

  • BAMBA-accredited training pathway

    BAMBA is the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches. Youth Mindfulness is an affiliated training organisation, and this training fulfils the requirements of a year-long training to become a BAMBA-listed mindfulness teacher.

The heart of the training is 10 weekend workshops

Plus lots more to deepen your learning and practice...

  • 10 weekend workshops via Zoom

    This is the heart of the training, where we'll explore the core themes of the training. These workshops are deeply engaging and interactive, and so we strongly encourage attendance. But if you can't make part of a session, the recording will be available on our learning platform.

  • Individual study and practice

    As well as the weekend workshops, you'll be provided with selected readings to deepen your understanding of key themes. Through our learning platform, we'll provided audio mp3s and videos to support you in developing a daily meditation practice.

  • Community support and learning

    You'll meet online once a month in small groups with your fellow participants to practice together and share your experience of deepening your mindfulness practice. Later in the training you'll join practice pods of 3-4 people to practice guiding meditations and leading inquiry.

Training Dates for weekend workshops

  • 30th & 31st July · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 10th & 11th September · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 22nd & 23rd October · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 3rd & 4th December · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 14th & 15th January · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 25th & 26th February · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 8th & 9th April · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 20th & 21st May · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 1st & 2nd July · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

  • 12th & 13th August · 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm both days

Understand the fundamentals of mindfulness

Mindfulness has become much more popular in recent years.

But with this popularity has come misunderstanding.

On this course you'll learn the key principles and structures that are fundamental to the transformative power of mindfulness.

You'll learn the theory. But more than this, you'll cultivate an embodied, experiential understanding!

Deepen your personal mindfulness practice

The foundation of teaching mindfulness is your own mindfulness practice.

It's through your way of being and personal understanding that you bring mindfulness to life for others.

As such, this training focuses on the deepening of your personal practice.

You'll learn the art of resting, embodiment, how to nourish happiness, how to embrace difficult feelings, how to grow kindness, and how mindfulness can be a pathway to insight and wisdom.

Join thousands of people from more than 35 countries teaching Youth Mindfulness Programmes

Start your journey to becoming a BAMBA mindfulness teacher

BAMBA is the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches and is widely regarded as the leading association ensuring high quality mindfulness teaching. To be a BAMBA-listed teacher is a sign of quality and rigorous training.

Becoming a BAMBA listed teacher involves several steps the most significant of which is the completion of an in-depth training programme lasting 12 months - this training!

To become a BAMBA listed teacher, you'll then need to complete our Level 2 Teacher Training and Assessment (at an additional cost of £325) and teach two mindfulness courses under supervision.

Teach mindfulness with confidence and authenticity

Teaching mindfulness requires 3 things: First, that the teacher has an alive embodied practice of mindfulness.

Second, the teacher has a curriculum that introduces the core practices in a way that is both relatable and inspiring.

And third, the teacher has developed the skills and capacities needed to teach mindfulness - e.g. how to guide meditations, lead inquiry and create an atmosphere of nonjudgment and shared humanity amongst the group.

On this training, you'll learn all three.

On this training you'll learn how to...

  • Cultivate present-moment awareness

    You'll learn the art of living deeply in the present moment and the methods for making this a reality.

  • Develop deep embodiment

    You'll learn why "dwelling in the body" is so important to all mindfulness practices and how this can enable deep ease.

  • Nourish happiness & joy

    Neuroscience research shows happiness and joy can be nurtured through repeated training. You'll learn how.

  • Embrace emotions with self-compassion

    Difficult emotions and experiences are an inescapable part of life. But in this course, you'll learn how to handle them with wisdom and care.

  • Nurture kindness & compassion

    You'll learn that - just like joy and happiness - compassion and kindness can be developed through repeated training, bringing profound transformation.

  • Awaken insight

    You'll learn how nurturing a deeper self-awareness, of our thoughts, emotions, and habits, can facilitate insights that have the power to be transformative.

  • Teach the 8-week course Mindfulness For Life

    Through this course you'll be given all the resources, training and tools, you need to start teaching our 8-week course for adults Mindfulness For Life.

  • Guide mindfulness meditations

    Guiding mindfulness practices requires authenticity, embodiment and understanding of the key principles. You'll develop all of this on this training.

  • Lead the Inquiry Process

    You'll learn the inquiry process - a key teaching skill that can awaken appreciation of mindfulness, in someone new to the practice, as well as support their understanding and development.

Your course teachers

Michael Bready

Michael's been a passionate practitioner of mindfulness for over 18 years and has spent long stretches on retreat in various meditation traditions in Nepal, India, France and the UK. He holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and founded Youth Mindfulness in 2011. Since then, he's taught mindfulness to thousands of children, teenagers and adults as well as trained thousands of educators. He led the development of the first mindfulness programme for young men in prison in Scotland and has taught mindfulness to Members of the Scottish Parliament. His current passion is exploring what science is telling us about human nature and how this can lead us to a brighter, wiser and more humane future.

Lorna Walker

Lorna is a mindfulness teacher and trainer with decades of experience in the education and social care sectors. She was previously a principal teacher and wellbeing advisor at Quarriers and is one of Youth Mindfulness’ lead trainers and co-author of the Youth Mindfulness SOMA Programme. Lorna has a passionate interest in building compassionate communities, and takes a systems-based approach to nurturing the wellbeing of staff teams. She has a particular specialisation in harm reduction and works closely with CALM Training to bring mindfulness and compassion training to staff teams both in the UK and internationally.

Our Partners and Collaborations

Youth Mindfulness is internationally recognised as a leader in mindfulness-based education.

We advise several organisations and work jointly in national and international collaborations to support the development of the field.


  • What technology do I need to access the training?

    All you need is a device that can access the internet and access zoom. Ideally you'll have a laptop, tablet, or computer. You can test zoom here: https://zoom.us/test. If you would like some help or have any concerns just ping us an email: info@youthmindfulness.org.

  • Do you need previous experience or qualifications to join the training?

    The only prerequisites to join the training is that you have completed some an introductory mindfulness of training course. If you haven't yet taken an introductory mindfulness course you can join one with us: https://www.youthmindfulness.org/pages/mindfulness-for-life-8-week-course.

  • I’m not a school teacher, can I still do the training?

    Yes! Anybody can train with us.

  • When I complete this training will I automatically become a BAMBA registered teacher?

    Youth Mindfulness is an affiliated training organisation with BAMBA and this training fulfils the requirement of completing an in-depth, rigorous 12-month training.

    However, there are a few more steps to go through until you can become a fully registered teacher.

    You must teach two 8-week courses to groups of at least three people in each. What's more you must engage in at least 3 supervision sessions over the course of the 8 weeks that you deliver the courses. You need to have appropriate insurance. And finally, you will need to complete our 12-week level 2 training and assessment at an additional cost of £325.

    In short, this 12-month training is the largest and most substantial component of moving towards becoming a BAMBA-listed teacher. Delivering the 2 courses under supervision and participating in our Level 2 Training ensure you are a fully competent mindfulness teacher.

    If you have any questions, please contact as at info@youthmindfulness.org

  • When will you next run your Level 2 Training?

    We'll offer a Level 2 Training in 2023 after the completion of this training at a time and schedule that suits those wishing to join it.

The full cost of the training is £2000, payable in instalments.

See instalment schedule below...

Amount Date payment is due
1st Payment £500 When you register
2nd Payment £500 30th July 2022
3rd Payment £500 30th September 2022
4th Payment £500 30th November 2022