All our teaching team are members of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the professional body for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Ireland. We all adhere to the Standards for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses developed by the MTAI (read the guidelines here). The guidance includes formal mindfulness teacher training of at least 18 months duration, commitment to on-going personal daily mindfulness meditation practice, engagement in regular supervision, ongoing training, annual attendance on retreats and a high standard of ethics in relation to our teaching and practice of mindfulness.
Josephine Lynch and Helen Byrne have achieved Masters degrees in Mindfulness Based Approaches and Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor, Wales and have also participated in training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. We are part of the core team which developed the M.Sc. programme in Mindfulness-Based Approaches in UCD, now in it’s 8th year, and we continue as senior lecturers on this course within the School of Psychology in UCD. In addition, we have been running an 18-month professional training programme in teaching MBSR and MBCT through our own Centre since 2015.
We have been active in bringing mindfulness teachers and student teachers together for CPD and retreats since 2008, inviting the very best international teachers to Ireland. This eventually led to the establishment of the MTAI in February 2018, the professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland (https://mtai.ie). We were instrumental in bringing this to fruition, and Josephine was the first chairperson of the MTAI, from February 2018 until October 2020.
Josephine and Helen have been working together since 2008 and the Mindfulness Centre developed organically from this collaboration. We are very proud of our team of teachers, all of whom are members of the MTAI, the professional body for Mindfulness Teachers in Ireland, and adhere to the MTAI good practice guidelines.
BA (UCC), Masters in Education (University of London), Certified Mindfulness Teacher (Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches), Certified in MBCL (The Mindfulness Network)
BA Natural Science (TCD), MSc Physiotherapy (University of Teeside, UK), Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches
BEd(Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD, Teaching Certificate (Uni of Lancaster), Fellow of the Higher Ed Academy (UK)
Certified MBSR Teacher (Institute For Mindfulness Based Approaches); Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hours Yoga Alliance); Director of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland
BSc (Environmental Science), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling Skills, Dip in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Dip in Mindful Communication, Director of the Mindfulness Teacher's Association of Ireland.
We believe in the power of mindfulness and compassion
to change our relationship with ourselves,
to change our relationships with each other,
to help create a more compassionate, just society and
to wake us up to the urgency of changing our relationship with the environment.
We are committed to sharing mindfulness with people of all cultural and religious backgrounds, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and levels of education. It is our intention to support people in applying the essence of mindfulness to every aspect of daily life.
We are committed to honouring the ethical framework which underpins mindfulness, supporting the cultivation of the inner and outer conditions which allow all beings to thrive and which lead to a more mindful and just society. We recognise that many people face discrimination and social injustice on a daily basis and we are determined to name this wherever we see it and also to be open to learning about ways in which we ourselves may be contributing to this discrimination.
We are also committed to supporting the planet in all the ways available to us, including reducing our need for paper and plastics, recycling, composting and using ecological products wherever we can.