BAMBA evolved from the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations as it adapted to developments in field of mindfulness in the UK.
The UK Network dates back to 2005, when mindfulness teachers from the Universities of Bangor, Oxford and Exeter and from Breathworks CIC and NHS Scotland, all of whom had been developing training programmes in response to the growing demand for well-qualified teachers, came together to form a collaborative network to explore ways of working together to support and help shape the development of mindfulness in the UK.
A key part of the early work was the publication of the Good Practice Guidelines, which articulated a shared framework supporting the integrity of mindfulness teaching. Over subsequent years the founding members were joined by other training organisations and work continued adding to and updating the guidelines, and establishing the UK listing of mindfulness teachers. In 2017 the Network undertook a strategic planning process and made the decision to work towards setting up BAMBA as a charitable association.
To support and develop good practice and integrity in the delivery of Mindfulness-based approaches, in order to contribute to the wider ambition of making MBAs, offered by well-trained teachers, available to all who can benefit from them
To do this by
- continuing to revise and disseminate the Good Practice Guidelines for teachers, supervisors and trainers (OR providing a clear and evolving standards framework for training organisations supporting the provision of high quality Mindfulness-based courses)
- building on the existing listing of mindfulness teachers to develop a comprehensive framework that recognises teachers, organisations and courses to ensure integrity and meet the needs of the mindfulness community and the public
- meeting the needs of teachers and the public for up-to-date information about courses, teachers and training via a range of communication channels, including a website with a comprehensive searchable database of teachers and courses
- providing varied and accessible opportunities for networking in order to promote information sharing and greater connectivity between member organisations and mindfulness teachers
- identifying and reaching out to potential partners to collaborate and share best practice
- enhancing the quality of professional knowledge in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and its application and calling out discrimination where it occurs
And in ways in line with the association’s values
- Working collaboratively, inclusively and transparently in a way that appreciates the diversity of experience, perspective and knowledge that emerges, and resolving any difficulties in a timely and appropriate way
- Integrating values, principles and attitudes that advance equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the processes and practices of the organisation, to encourage open and inclusive dialogue
- Respecting human rights, dignity, equality and what is meaningful for people in their personal and cultural context, with an appreciation for the variety of human experience and culture
- Working with honesty, transparency and kindness