Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Josephine Lynch M.A. and Helen Byrne M.A. are pleased to announce that the next 18 month professional training course in teaching MBSR/MBCT will start in January 2018

We are holding an open evening on Tuesday 19th September at the centre  from 19:30 to 21:00 .  You will find further details of the open evening at this link  https://goo.gl/8mHdi4

The evening will start will some mindfulness practice and then we will share what the course we offer looks like. There will of course be time for questions and answers. Email if  you are interested in finding out more or would like to attend :  info@mindfulness.ie 

Programme Details:

This is a comprehensive, rigorous and highly experiential professional teacher training with a significant residential component, leading to a Diploma in Teaching MBSR/MBCT.

Programme Goals:  

    •    To offer teacher training of the highest quality in line with best international practice and good practice guidelines.   This includes teaching the skills to lead, facilitate and teach groups (pedagogy).
    •    To cover all that is necessary and important – including the origins of mindfulness in contemplative traditions, contemporary therapeutic approaches, and the theory, practice and research which underpins recent mindfulness developments – in the preparation of teachers intending to work in this dynamic and exciting field.
    •    To support participants in furthering their personal understanding and deepening their practice of mindfulness.
    •    To support trainee teachers in developing a deep understanding of the MBSR/MBCT curricula and how to teach them effectively, from the inside out.
    •    To provide a growing community of support for participants in this pioneering field.            

Programme Approach:

There are 7 components in this training programme:

1. 2 x 4-day Residential Teacher Training Retreats

2. A 7-day Residential Silent Meditation Retreat led by internationally renowned teachers Melissa Blacker and David Rynick

3. 7 non-residential weekend teaching blocks, 6 x 2 days and 1 x 3-day.  The non-residential blocks will thus be held almost entirely on Saturdays and Sundays, meeting every 2 months over the course of the training.  This is to facilitate those who may be working Monday to Friday.  (For training dates see the Course Description).  

4. Apprenticeship teaching model with experienced MBSR/MBCT teacher.

5. Small seminar ‘pods’ to meet fortnightly by Skype, Zoom etc., for the duration of the programme.  These are practice and study groups. 

6. Daily personal mindfulness practice of 45 minutes or more; written and recorded assignments, reading and study

7. Trainee teachers are expected to develop a daily Body awareness practice such as Hatha yoga, T’ai Chi, Qi Gung, 5 rhythms dance etc. and, if necessary, to attend an appropriate class local to them.   

The Teaching Faculty:

The faculty includes highly experienced practitioners and teachers of mindfulness, both Irish and international, who are experts in the fields of teaching mindfulness-based interventions, the research behind them and the Eastern and Western psychologies underpinning them.  (For more details of the faculty click here).

Our Philosophy:

This training programme is founded on the premise that learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction and/or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy requires a long and sustained engagement.  The kind of training we offer suits people who are willing to engage deeply in both a personal and a professional development process, not just over the 18 months of training, but on into the future.  This involves a high degree of personal commitment.  

We offer the same commitment to our own practice, our on-going training, and to our teacher trainees. 

Click here to download a Course Description for current course.

Click here to download an application form. 

For expressions of interest please contact: info@mindfulness.ie 


“Helen and Josephine bring all of their heart and wisdom to teaching and training others to teach mindfulness.   I have been personally blessed to know them as students and as colleagues.”

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, Guiding Teacher and Abbot, Boundless Way Zen, Worcester, MA 01602 USA.  From 1993 until 2012 Melissa was the Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts Centre for Mindfulness and Director of professional training programs at the Center. 


“I have worked for several years with both Helen Byrne and Josephine Lynch. While I haven't experienced their trainings directly, I have had supervisees working with them as well as my personal experience as colleagues. They do top notch work, holding both the didactic aspects and, more importantly, encouraging folks to bring all of themselves to the work.  Great to have them both as friends and colleagues”

Pam Erdmann, M. Ed., Senior Teacher Trainer and Supervisor at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts and Visiting Teacher to Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice since 2003.  


Josephine and Helen have engaged in developing their skills for a decade  and with teachers who themselves trained with the originators of modern day mindfulness such as Jon Kabat-Zin and Mark Williams. 

As all good trainers do, they continue to engage in learning and development for their personal and teaching practices. As a result the integrity and skill of what they offer shines through their training.  People training with them can feel confident that they will become part of an informed, ethical, professional team working around the world to share mindfulness. 

Sarah Silverton (freelance mindfulness teacher and trainer)

Student testimonials:

My journey in Mindfulness with Josephine & Helen has given me a insight & profoundness that awakening to life is intriguing when I stop trying to make things different than what they are. Acceptance through investigations with kindness & compassion can superceed & transform my difficulties in  allowing life to be as it is right now. Thank you both


The personal open integrity and generosity as trainers from both Josephine and Helen facilitated a grounded depth in my own personal mindfulness practise that equipped each of us with a solid teaching competency. I looked forward eagerly to each learning opportunity provided in the teacher training  course  and appreciate the clear understanding and experience of  teaching mindfulness received in a warm, safe and setting with plenty of laughter involved also! Having completed the teacher training course with Helen and Josephine and presently enjoying teaching MBSR/MBCT I can highly recommend it to anyone intending to pursue professional mindfulness teaching training.

Maria M.Sc Counselling