New Teacher Training Courses And Retreat Dates!

These past months have been a time of change and we are so proud of how everyone at MindfulnessUK and our students have adapted, from face to face to online-based teacher training. We have had a lot of positive feedback, in particular being available to answer your queries and help you along your journey, and we are always thinking about how to make teacher training as accessible and as straight forward as possible.

We held a workshop for our Alumni Members last week and it was great to see so many familiar faces. It was an opportunity to hear from marketing and social media experts, gain hints and tips, and to have some time to talk with your peers, Stephanie and Karen. We would love to hear from our graduates and Alumni Members. Please email with anything you want to share, photos or student feedback, so we can support you further and share on our channels.


  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training, this training pathway meets teacher training regulations with the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).
    9th Oct, 6th 20th Nov, 11th 18th Dec, 8th, 15th 29th Jan ’21, 12th 19th Feb ’21, 10.00am-1.00pm.Prerequisite for the course is to have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, next one starts on the 17th of August.
  • Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification, this ground-breaking course was designed and developed by Karen Atkinson because teaching compassion alongside mindfulness enables clients to soften around their experiences, be kind to themselves, and learn new and sustainable ways to look after themselves.
    14th, 21st 28th Sept, 5th, 12th 19th Oct, 16th, 23rd 30th Nov, 7th Dec, 11th 18th Jan ’21, 9.30am-12.30pm.

We still have a few spaces available on the following but book now to avoid disappointment:

  • MBSRTT Conversion, 30th Sept – 16th Oct, 9.30am-1.00pm.

  • All our teacher training courses are taught online, in an interactive and comprehensive way, and we are continuously reviewing and offering more dates and options for all courses. Please email or call 01823 323206 for further information.

    Retreats in 2020 and 2021

    A retreat is required to give teachers an opportunity to deepen their practice and to experience the kinds of processes that might arise for their participants doing more intensive practice, such as day retreats, and in response to our current situation and government guidelines the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), issued the following:

    Online retreats are an acceptable alternative to face to face retreats and will remain so until at least the end of 2021 when this advice will be reviewed. Five days per year with periods of silence lasting for at least 50% of the waking time should be spent in retreat.

    Following Good Practice Guidelines and embracing accessibility we have created 1-day and 2-day online retreats as well as running our residential 5-day retreat at Sharpham House, giving you options to complete the required total of 5 days, in a way that works best for you.

    Online Retreats for Mindfulness Teachers and Trainees

    • One Day Retreats with Stephanie Unthank.
      11th Sept 12th Dec 2020, 12th Mar, 4th June , 3rd July 2021 9.30am-4.30pm£412.50 for all 5 days (£82.50 per day).
    • Two Day Retreat with Karen Atkinson and Angie Ward.
      Fri 6th Nov 2020, 4pm – Sun 8th Nov 2020, 6pm.Cost: £150

    With the luxury of no travel or an accommodation fee, you can benefit from the very positive experience of a retreat, and still sleep in your own cosy bed!

    Residential retreat for Mindfulness Teachers and Trainees

    • Five Day Retreat at Sharpham House with Karen, Angie and Steph.
      28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2021.

      £695 shared accommodation and £795 single room (includes all teaching, accommodation and food)
      For more details and to book please click here. All Alumni Members receive 10% off retreat bookings.

    Our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course starts on the 29th of Oct-21st of Dec.

    One of our recent students said:

    I loved the course, you taught it beautifully and with such positivity and enthusiasm. I was not sure how I would feel about it, having recently come out of the IMCPP, as my impression was that MBSR is more for beginners, but I enjoyed it so much, and it was lovely to be in a smaller group. I think we were lucky and had such a lovely and also diverse mix of people. I will certainly miss it this Thursday!
    Laura Cook

    Virtual Well-being Programme

    Our successful programme of Virtual Well-being sessions will be changing over the summer. We will continue to run the meditation sessions with Andy, at 1pm on a Wednesday, until the 12th of August. We will then take a short break and reconvene on Weds the 9th of September.

    Thank you so much for all of your continued support and everything that has been raised so far has been donated to the NHS and the Maternity unit in Tibet.