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Required Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Pre-course study -

Once you have booked your space on either the TTR1 Foundation Course or the TTR2 Advanced Course, you will be sent the pre course study documents. On receipt of the information, your next step is to arrange your first Supervision and Support Session (included in the price) to answer any questions you may have and to get you started. You will also receive details of the 8 Group Live Online Sessions. Dont worry if you miss these as recordings are available.  

For the TTR1 Foundation Course you will receive -

  • Professional Resources and Scripts 77 page Booklet containing everything you need to know about guiding the Mindful Core Practices
  • Personal Preparation 8 page Booklet with details of the suggested Personal Practice Preparation 
  • MP3's of the core practices

For the TTR2 Advanced Course you will receive -

  • Mindful Academy International 8 week MBSR Course Session Plans
  • Mindful Academy International Participants Manual 

To help you prepare for your course, we recommend that you build in time to practice and deepen your own embodiment of Mindfulness and start to develop familiarity with the course content. As you know, this self-study is part of the required training hours and goes towards your Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) We have also found that those who prepare before they arrive, feel more confident and develop quicker. 

Please remember that you will receive full training and development while you are with us. This personal and professional self-study is to help you prepare for the course as best you can, with the time that you have available, so that you make the most of the time you spend with us. 

There are also some books to read as follows  -

Foundation Course required reading -

  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Buddhas Brain the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom by Rick Hanson
  • The 5 Keys to Mindful Communications : Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals by Susan Gillis Chapman

Advanced Course required reading -

  • Teaching Mindfulness by Donald McCown, Diane Reibel and Marc. S. Micozzi
  • Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Zindel V Segal, Mark, Williams and John Teasdale

Other Books you may like to read - 

  • Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson
  • The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • A Clinicians Guide to teaching Mindfulness by Christiane Wolf and Greg Serpa
  • Radical Acceptance, embracing your life with the heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
  • The Mindful Nurse by Carmel Sheridan
  • MBCT for Cancer by Trish Bartley
  • Why Zebras Don't get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook - This master class book is designed to guide teachers of Mindfulness-based Interventions (MBI) in continueing to develop more competence while raising global standards of practice and teaching.

Other pre-course preparation with Mindful Academy International -

  • Attend the 60 minute orientation Supervision sessions (both courses) to help you get started with your pre-course preparation (worth €50 per course)
  • Attend the 8 x 60 minute Live Online Group Workshops (both courses) so that we may help your pre-course professional preparation, recording will be available if you miss a session (worth €200 per course)
  • Developing a personal practice of the Mindfulness MBSR Core practices using the MP3's provided for the Foundation course, and without the mp3's for the Advanced course 


  • Foundation Course - Practice guiding the core meditations out loud to your family (or a tree!) using the provided Mindful Academy International Resources and Scripts so that the guiding can become your own and you embody the practices. Please note we do not expect you to guide without the scripts infront of you during the Foundation course, however you should also not sound as if you are reading!
  • During the 8 Live Online Foundation course group supervision sessions, we will discuss and experience the 20 minute versions of the practices, so you can use the pre-course preparation time to prepare and practice at home, asking any questions during the groups live sessions.
  • Advanced Course - Guiding MBSR 8 Week Sessions. Please note, on this course you are expected to be guiding using Skeleton Scripts or Timelines. 
  • During the 8 Live Online Advanced group supervision sessions, we will discuss the session content so that you can become familiar with what is included, ready to deepen your understanding during the course. You may also like to use the pre-course preparation time to prepare and practice at home, asking any questions during the groups live sessions.

Of course, you can also contact Kathy Ward, Director of Training with any questions or quiries you may have.