Frequently Asked


What are the necessary components of an ‘in-depth rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training programme or supervised pathway’? (A2)

As a minimum, the teacher training route – whether completed on a teacher training programme or a bespoke supervised pathway – should include:

  • Completion of an eight week, group-based, teacher-led mindfulness-based course as a participant.
  • Commitment to a daily, personal, formal mindfulness practice.
  • Completion of a teacher-led, mindfulness retreat to deepen practice lasting at least 5 days.
  • Training in the theory, rationale and intentions underpinning the Mindfulness-based Intervention (MBI) being taught.
  • Structured training in teaching MBIs. The domains of the MBI-TAC offer an example of the areas this should include. (These are Coverage, pacing and organisation of session curriculum; Relational skills; Embodiment of mindfulness; Guiding mindfulness practices; Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching; Holding the group learning environment.) see The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC)
  • Practising teaching under supervision.
  • A process of self-reflection to develop teacher awareness and skills.
  • Formative feedback on teaching practice and development from more experienced teachers.
  • The training or supervised pathway should consist of a minimum of 120 hours (including attending training sessions, teaching groups, supervision, reading and reflective practice, but excluding personal mindfulness practice and retreat) and should extend over a period of at least 12 months.

How long should the ‘annual, silent, residential, teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreat’ be? (C1)

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.

Online retreats are an acceptable alternative to face to face retreats. This will be reviewed in due course.

Five days per year with periods of silence lasting for at least 50% of the waking time should be spent in retreat. This requirement could be met in the following ways:

  • Five consecutive, residential days, guided by a teacher
  • For experienced practitioners who have already undertaken numerous guided, silent residential retreats, five days of un-guided solitary retreat would be acceptable periodically. This should be agreed in discussion with the teacher’s supervisor as meeting the practice needs of the teacher at their particular stage of development.
  • Where personal situations do not permit a single five-day residential retreat, this may be separated into shorter periods such as two weekend retreats or a series of day retreats adding up to 5 days.
  • Where even these options are not feasible due to personal circumstances such as major life events, other alternatives may be proposed to BAMBA and will be considered exceptionally on a case by case basis.

How much CPD is expected of a mindfulness-based teacher? (C3)

Teachers are advised to engage in a minimum of 30 hours of mindfulness CPD per year to keep abreast of the evolution of mindfulness teaching and to uphold agreed standards.

The 30 hours should comprise at least 1 day of face to face or live online training such as a master class. Other hours could be made up through reading, listening to podcasts or online material, writing material for mindfulness journals, newsletters or internal documents, preparing and delivering new material for teaching or training, presentations or conferences, attending regional mindfulness gatherings or special mindfulness-related interest groups, or accessing mindfulness-informed mentoring (separate from supervision).

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training is likely to be an important part of CPD for all teachers and is acceptable, including when it is undertaken as part of another role. The chosen CPD should meet an identified learning need. Mindfulness teachers should keep a record of CPD they do and be able to account for it.

How do teachers seek to maintain their ‘adherence to the ethical framework appropriate to the teacher’s professional background and working context’ ? (4)

Teachers should be familiar with BAMBA’s Ethical Standards as well as any codes of conduct produced by their relevant professional bodies. They should be engaging through personal reflection and an open discussion with their mindfulness supervisor about the ethical and professional issues raised in these documents. Teachers should always ensure they are teaching with integrity and within their level of competence.

How much does it cost to join the Register?

9New applications to join the BAMBA Teachers Register are £120. The cost to renew your membership is £60 per year. As these costs cover the administration to process your application, unfortunately refunds cannot be issued should your application be unsuccessful.

Can I renew my membership if I haven't taught an 8-week course this year?

Yes, you can.

We know that many of our registered teachers diversify their work based on experience and that teachers can find themselves teaching in a one-to-one setting, delivering workshops in various settings, or delivering shorter programmes.

When it comes to renewing your membership, it is not mandatory for an existing register member to have taught any number of eight-week programmes to qualify for renewal.

When you apply for renewal through the website application process via this website, simply tell us what you have done by way of teaching in any capacity.

Can I add another Mindfulness-Based Programme to my public profile?

Yes, you can.

If you have undertaken training in an additional BAMBA-recognised Mindfulness-Based Programme (MBP) and would like to add it to your existing profile, there is an application process you can follow to do this.

Please view more information about the process here.

Please note, the cost is £25 per additional MBP.

 Are you ready to join the Register? Apply today.

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