Being Present: In-Depth Mindfulness Training

MBLC Teacher Training

The Mindfulness Association’s Being Present course is coming to the Sanctuary!

This 4 weekend, in depth training is spread out over a nine month period and aims to enable participants to establish an effective and regular daily mindfulness practice so as to help our minds to settle and stabilise. One of the distinctive qualities of this training is the kindness and compassion practices that are weaved throughout. It is ideal for beginners; however, it is also for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and who want to develop their practice and for those who might go on to train to teach mindfulness.

Dates for the training:

Being Present Mindfulness Training

The themes of the four weekends are:

  • Settling the Mind
  • Working with Distraction
  • Self Acceptance
  • The Undercurrent and Observer

Book Weekend 1: April 25/26, 2020 – this is the first weekend of a 4 weekend course, it can be purchased individually or in concert with the 3 weekend bundle below.

To Book Weekend 1: Click Here

Weekend 2: July 4/5, 2020

Weekend 3: September 19/20, 2020

Weekend 4: December 05/06, 2020

*** The Level 1: Being Present Mindfulness Training can act as a stand alone course or can continue on to include an MBLC (Mindfulness Based Living Course) teacher training programme. For more information, please see below:

Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is a weekly mindfulness course based on the Mindfulness Association’s Level 1 Mindfulness Training. It is the 8 week mindfulness program that is taught as part of the MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen.  One of the distinctive qualities of the MBLC is the kindness and compassion practices that are weaved throughout.

The course consists of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the eight week course begins and concluded by follow up class after the eight week course ends.  A day of mindfulness practice is also typically included between weeks 6 and 7.

The weekly themes are:

  • Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
  • Week 1 – Start Where We Are
  • Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
  • Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
  • Week 4 – Working with Distraction
  • Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
  • Week 6 – Attitude of the ObserverDay of Practice
  • Week 7 – Self-Acceptance
  • Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
  • Follow Up – The Rest of Your Life

The MBLC is recognised as an eight week course in the UK Good Practice Guidelines and those trained to teach it are eligible to join the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. 

The Sanctuary provides a comprehensive teacher training pathway for those who wish to train to deliver the MBLC.

4 Weekends of In Depth Level 1 Mindfulness Training

Weekend 1: April 25/26, 2020

Weekend 2: July 4/5, 2020

Weekend 3: September 19/20, 2020

Weekend 4: December 05/06, 2020

2 Weekend Introductory Teaching Skills

January 23/24, 2021

April 17/18, 2021

5 day MBLC Retreat

August 9-13, 2021

** 2 Weekends of Teacher Training & 5 day MBLC Retreat dates for the 2019 cohort are below:

December 14/15, 2019

February 8/9, 2020

May 25-29, 2020

***If you have already completed Level 1 Mindfulness with the Mindfulness Association in the UK or the 1st year of the MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen, you are eligible to join the teacher training at the 2 weekends of Introductory Teaching Skills.

***If you are a mindfulness teacher, for example in MBSR or MBCT and would like to train to teach our 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) you will need to complete an MBLC 8 week course or attend at least weekends 2 and 3 of the Level 1 Mindfulness training in order to familiarise yourself with aspects of the MBLC curriculum which are not present in MBSR or MBCT before completing the MBLC Retreat.