The Mindfulness Now programme offers an integrated approach to mindfulness teacher teaching and aims to equip teachers to work with individuals and groups with many requirements including physical and emotional pain, stress and anxiety, as...
Mindfulness Teacher Training Manchester
The certified Mindfulness Now Teacher Training programme is approved by the British Psychological Society and will equip you to teach mindfulness in schools, in workplaces, in groups and in 1-2-1 therapeutic settings.
Official Mindfulness Now Programme
Developed by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation
Approved by the British Psychological Society
Our courses for 2020 and 2021 are now open for booking.
All future courses for 2020 will be taking place online. Courses in 2021 will be evaluated closer to the time and a decision made based upon the Government Guidelines at that time.
When it is safe to do so, all courses will take place at ‘Clockwork’ (formerly ‘Ziferblat’)- a wonderful space in the heart of Manchester, UK.
Clockwork has great facilities, includes free coffee, cake and wifi.
If the course you were hoping to attend is fully booked, please feel free to join our waiting list by leaving your contact details with us. If any places become available, they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The programme is designed to guide students, over 5 consecutive days, through a combination of practical ‘hands on’ learning along with the teaching of underpinning theoretical knowledge. Students receive a comprehensive training manual, provided electronically,...
Teacher training includes the unique Mindfulness Now programme which offers an integrated approach to using mindfulness techniques to help clients deal with: pain, rheumatic conditions, stress, anxiety and serious physical and emotional trauma, as well...
Mindfulness Now participants are assessed on the basis of the following criteria: Rapport skills Assessment and preparation of clients/learners Client/learner safety Teaching/facilitation ability Outcome monitoring Client/learner evaluation The following assessment methods are used: Observational assessment...
As a graduate of the Mindfulness Now teacher training programme, we are committed to continuing to support you in your professional development and your practice as a mindfulness teacher. We do this by working collaboratively...
The Mindfulness Teachers Register was launched by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation in 2019 and has quickly become the largest professional register of mindfulness teachers in the UK. By being listed on the Register,...
The course is led by Rachel Ashcroft. Rachel is a member of the Official UK College of Mindfulness Meditation Trainer Team. Rachel is also an accredited NLP coach and supports clients within the workplace though Mindfulness...
There are no prerequisites for this course – only a strong interest in meditation and mindfulness practice. You do not have to be a Buddhist or hold any other belief for that matter. The structure...
Frequently Asked Questions
You sign up by purchasing a course product on our website. Add the course to your basket and provide your details at checkout. You will have an option to pay by direct bank transfer or through PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can also select PayPal option and pay with a credit card. Alternatively you can email us, providing your full address and mobile number and we will invoice you for payment. (See our FAQ about paying in instalments)
In order to provide open access to our training we make no assumption of any prior learning. We simply ask that students already practice mindfulness meditation personally and are committed to ongoing practice. This inevitably means that some students on our teacher training will have more experience than others. They may, for example, have already attended an eight-week mindfulness programme but this is not necessary since we cover this in the course.
Yes, you can attend regardless of your country of residence. We have had students attend from all over the world. However, you must attend the course in person in the UK as we do not offer a distance learning option.
Our Manchester course is held at ClockWork (formerly ‘Ziferblat’) Edge Steet, a lovely space in the heart of Manchester City. Two of Manchester’s main train stations, Piccadilly train station and Manchester Victoria train station, are less than 15 minutes walk away. If you are driving, there is limited on-street parking in the Northern Quarter. Alternative parking can be found at an NCP Car Park which is only a few minutes walk away. Driving into the Northern Quarter can be a little tricky with the one way system so you may want to bring along your sat nav – If you use the sat nav the postcode is M4 1HW. It will bring you straight onto Edge Street, ClockWork.
The hours are 09:30am to 16:30pm on the first four days and 09:30am to 4:00pm on the final day.
The course fee is £800.
The fee includes 5 days intensive training, handouts, refreshments, assessment, eligibility to join the Mindfulness Teachers Register on completion of assessment, the Breathing Space journal, eligibility to join the Mindfulness Now Facebook page and ongoing support, including access to supervision and CPD opportunities. A comprehensive printed training manual is included as well as PowerPoint slides for mindfulness teaching, working with children and for corporate presentations. All resources are supplied electronically so that they can be adapted for your use later.
If the course you want to join is more than 3 months away, you can pay a 50% deposit to secure your place. The remaining 50% would be due 6 weeks before the course starts. If you wish to pay by instalments, please contact us, providing your full postal address and mobile number and we will invoice you for payment.
Unfortunately, we can only reserve a place for you on receipt of either full payment or a 50% deposit.
If you are unable to attend the course you have booked for any reason, we would ask you to give us as much notice as you can and at least a month. At the price point we charge, we need to fill all places in order to make the course viable. We will do what we can to offer you a future course date, either in the same location or in an alternative location. We do not normally offer a refund other than in exceptional personal circumstances and only where we can fill your place on the course. In such cases, we may need to pass on administration or financial processing charges to you.
The course is not residential but some students, because of the distance they may need to travel, decide to stay locally. (See our FAQ about local accommodation)
Yes we can. We have collected together a list of accommodations and details about how to search for hotels, hostels, B&Bs and other accommodation in the local area. Please request this when booking and we will email it out to you.
We send you a number of things in advance, including a welcome letter, reading list, local accommodation list and a registration form. We do not send the course materials in advance.
The course has been running successfully since 2014 and we have trained students in many locations throughout the UK.
Nick Cooke is the founder of the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. Nick developed the Mindfulness Now course after his own experience of using mindfulness to help him with his recovery and rehabilitation, including coping with pain following two serious and life-threatening illnesses. As a therapist, he has considerable experience of practising and teaching mindfulness to clients, leading to very positive results in managing stress, anxiety, depression, physical and emotional pain.
It is vital when undertaking training of this nature to ensure that the approval and accreditation meets your needs. Our training has been rigorously assessed by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to ensure that it meets the continuing professional development requirements for psychologists. However, you don’t need to be a psychologist to undertake this training. With the BPS seal of approval many of our former students teach mindfulness within the NHS, mental health services, all levels of the educational system, within the charity sector, complementary therapies, as well as many other environments, including corporate settings.
See the course syllabus on our website for a breakdown of the course content.
The programme is designed to guide students, over 5 consecutive days, through a combination of practical ‘hands on’ learning along with the teaching of underpinning theoretical knowledge. There is plenty of time built in to ask questions, to get to know other participants and to learn at a pace that is focused yet unhurried.
To qualify and obtain the certification as an accredited mindfulness teacher, students are required to attend the 5-day intensive course and complete two assignments – one a case study report and the other a brief written question and answer paper. The case study must also include an audio recording of teaching mindfulness to an individual or a group. These have to be submitted together, within 6 months of attending the training. Further guidance is provided during the training.
Qualified teachers through this programme are offered the opportunity to sign up as a licensed and accredited teacher on an annually renewable basis. There is no charge for this. Licensed and accredited teachers will be able to apply to be members of the Mindfulness Teachers Register. Once again, no charge applies to this. Licensed and accredited teachers are required to observe a code of ethics which includes the necessity for professional insurance, continuing professional development (CPD) and supervision.
The Mindfulness Now accredited teaching qualification can lead to a rewarding career teaching mindfulness, one-to one, or in groups. Mindfulness Now graduates work in many diverse environments including the NHS (including mental health), schools and further/higher education, learning disabilities, hospice movement, charities, as well as in complementary health and in corporate settings. Many mindfulness teachers are self-employed and many incorporate it alongside coaching or other therapeutic work. As part of the training, all students receive instruction on practice building and developing corporate work opportunities. Graduates are eligible to obtain professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Supervision is considered to be helpful and beneficial to all mindfulness teachers and is essential if you wish you maintain an annual Mindfulness Now license and be included on the Mindfulness Teachers Register. Group supervision is offered to all students by our Mindfulness Now trainers and is held in various locations. Alternatively, graduates may arrange 1-2-1 supervision as required by skype or phone. Some CPD events also include supervision and we are exploring options for online supervision in future.
Continuing Professional Development is helpful and beneficial to all mindfulness teachers and Central England College and the UK Centre for Mindfulness Meditation provide an ongoing programme of training events, some of which have time for group supervision built in. Relevant CPD may also be undertaken elsewhere providing it is directly relevant to mindfulness. We would normally expect licensees to attend a minimum of 2 days (12 hours) CPD per annum.
It’s easy. Once you have your certificate, which is proof of your qualification, you visit the Mindfulness Teachers Register online and complete the short application form. Once your entry has been approved, you will be able to edit the entry at any time yourself.
To receive the regular mindfulness journal, ‘Breathing Space’, we will provide your email address to Central England College, who own the Mindfulness Now brand and are the founders of the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. This is also how you will be notified of CPD and supervision opportunities in the future. If you do not wish to receive the journal, you can unsubscribe at any time.
The Mindfulness Now training team is a small team of professional mindfulness trainers, who between them have decades of experience in practising and teaching mindfulness and personal experience of its benefits. The Manchester course is led by Rachel Ashcroft. Rachel is a mindfulness teacher and trainer, coach, NLP practitioner and former school teacher. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for more than 10 years. Rachel has many years of experience supporting children and teachers within schools, working alongside Birmingham City University to deliver mindfulness to students and staff and supporting clients both one to one and within a group.
There is an optional ‘Learning Pathway’ for qualified Mindfulness Now teachers. This runs between April and October each year and includes supervised teaching practise, further training in ‘third wave’ approaches including Compassionate Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as a ‘Train the Trainer’ module. This may lead to a licensing opportunity to provide teacher training of mindfulness within agreed areas. The Learning Pathway is available to a very limited number of participants annually and further information is available upon request and via interview with course tutor, Nick Cooke.
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