Advanced Teacher Training Intensive

Embodied Presence & Inquiry In Practice

The Advanced Teacher Training Intensive (ATTI) is for mindfulness-based program (MBP) teachers interested in deepening their facilitation and mindful inquiry skills. It is the final training module required as part of the Centre’s MBCT and MBSR Facilitation Certification pathways but is designed for any one who has taught at least two MBPs (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, DBT, ACT, etc.).**

In this highly experiential training, participants practise teaching and inquiry, receiving extensive feedback from teachers and colleagues with some emphasis on the language in guidance and inquiry. The enhancement of the teacher’s self-reflective capacity, embodiment in teaching, and attachment to outcome is stressed. This helps to ensure they stay close to the core of these mindfulness-based programs – working with their own reactivity when this arises in their teaching. Exercises that address a range of emotions and reactions related to their personal experience and professional teaching are provided. Other current issues in the field will also be discussed.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness-Based Program (MBP) facilitators who have significant teaching experience including the facilitation of at least 2 MBPs of any type (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, DBT, ACT, etc.).**
Registrants must also have:
• A personal mindfulness practice
• Participated in at least one extended teacher-led silent meditation retreat(s) of 3+ days in duration

How many Continuing Education Credits (CECs)?

Timing: 28 in-class hours

Fee:Varies based on whether online or in-person and also the retreat location and your choice of single or double accommodation.
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I have experienced the tendency to slide into “doing” as facilitation of MBCT becomes my profession.  The Advanced TTI brings the “being” back into the delivery.  This course should be a regular part of our practice!
Laura Lee Copeland MD

Learning Objectives

  • To develop the skills of inquiry and delivery of mindfulness meditation practices/exercises in response to the needs of a group
  • To be able to engage in reflective observation to teach the common elements of mindfulness-based programs
  • To increase expertise through participation in teach-backs, coaching, and feedback
  • To embrace guidance and inquiry as an embodied practice informed by the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness
  • To better understand the importance of maintaining fidelity to protocols related to client outcomes and research
  • To develop new skills for group process and experiential learning
  • To be able to apply Buddhist psychological concepts to the delivery of mindfulness-based programs and inquiry

** For those enrolled in the Centre’s MBCT or MBSR training pathways, the facilitation of at least 3 MBPs is required before registering for the ATTI – 1 group as part of your first round of mentorship plus 2 additional groups outside of any mentorship requirements. Advanced mentorship should begin after completing the ATTI. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your training timeline with your mentor before registering for the ATTI or beginning your Advanced Mentorship.

I appreciated the chance to meet other teachers from across North America in this intimate retreat setting and learning the shared and distinctive challenges we face in our various regions and contexts. We were introduced to intensive practices that offered personal and professional insights. In this respect, this training deepened my own mindfulness practice, not just my ability to teach mindfulness.


Seonaigh MacPherson, Ph.D.

Required Readings

MBCT: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
– purchasable via the publisher New Harbinger or Chapters-Indigo or
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills by Susan Woods & Patricia Rockman
– purchasable via the publisher New Harbinger
 or Chapters-Indigo or
Please note that, even if you teach mindfulness-based programs other than MBCT/MBSR, these books have a number of chapters that are directly related to Inquiry and to other aspects of teaching mindfulness-based programs.


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