We will be conducting training to nurture individuals who can disseminate evidence-based mindfulness throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Our foundation will be training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), on top of which, we will conduct training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) in the future. Moreover, we will focus on creating an environment where many people can safely access mindfulness, through modalities such as Trauma -ensitive Mindfulness, which has been attracting attention in the field of mindfulness in recent years.

Overview of MBSR Teacher Training

Starting in the fall of 2024 or early 2025, we will conduct training that can be attended in English, combining online and in-person classes, open to participants from across Asia Pacific area.

Through the training to become a globally trusted MBSR teacher, we aim to increase the number of colleagues across Asia Pacific who share the common language of mindfulness, deepen our own practices, and strive to contribute to society in a new way through mindfulness.

Why Participate in the MBSR Instructor Training Course?

Participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training can be as follows:

  1. Support others’ mental health and lives through teaching MBSR
  2. Deepen your own mindfulness practice
  3. Build a community of colleagues who are committed to practicing mindfulness throughout their lives

The value of the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained from this training will likely grow over time even after the training is completed. The learning of mindfulness is something that you can cultivate, deepen, and spread throughout your lifetime. Why not participate in this training to nurture this foundation and find such colleagues?

By participating in this training and engaging with others and oneself through mindfulness, the benefits will likely extend to those around you – your family, community, and even the wider world.

It can be an opportunity to gain new perspectives, new skills, and a new way of life for yourself and others, bringing about meaningful changes.

In other words, through learning to teach mindfulness, you carry forward a new way of engaging with the world and with yourself.

Implementation Guidelines

Schedule & Place

  • Begin from the end of 2024 to the beginning of 2025
  • Almost 30 days in total (3-5 days per module)
    • 10 days out of 30 days are taught in person (5 days x 2 meetings) (at Thailand etc)
    • The rest of the program will be taught online
  • Approximately one and a half years duration

Language: English

Training Instisute:

  • the Insititute of Mindfulness Based Approaches
  • International Mindfulness Center Asia Pacific

Application Form

If you are interested, please register from the link below.

What and How Do You Learn in MBSR Teacher Training?

Mindfulness is a way of seeing things, a way of life, and also a method for dealing with stress proficiently to live a fulfilling life. It is not something that can be acquired solely through intellectual understanding from books but is experientially learned through interactions with teachers and peers. Like a plant taking time to mature, we, within our community, enhance our inner power of awareness over time through mutual learning.

I am delighted that we are now able to provide this MBSR training, reaching out to colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region.

International Mindfulness Center JAPAN (IMCJ), the operating organization of the International Mindfulness Center Asia Pacific (IMC-AP), has a proven track record of conducting three rounds of MBSR teacher training in Japan since 2021, in collaboration with IMA Germany.

Drawing on that experience, we are creating a platform to encounter new colleagues from across countries and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. IMA Germany has conducted MBSR teacher training in more than 10 countries, transcending various cultures and languages, primarily in Europe. Moreover, our faculty comprises members from multiple nationalities, demonstrating that MBSR and mindfulness hold universal power.

The training will be conducted as follows

Learn experientially to embody mindfulness.

Training to be a mindfulness teacher involves not only understanding the curriculum as knowledge but also experientially learning the essence of mindfulness through personal practice and observing the attitudes of trainers. The methodology for teaching is also learned experientially, first through the actual practice of teaching and then through trial and error, rather than solely from intellectual understanding. Just as you can only learn to swim by getting into the water and practicing, the same applies to conveying mindfulness.

Collaborative Learning with Training Peers

This program is cohort-based, and you will undergo training with the same members throughout the duration. In between each module, peer groups that cross national borders are formed, where you will regularly deepen your own practice online and discuss and practice methods for teaching. Through this training, you will form lasting friendships and professional connections with like-minded people, supporting each other’s personal and professional growth journeys. This is likely to be a significant asset in deepening mindfulness together, even after you become an instructor.

Training Content

The things we will learn include the following:

  • In each module, we learn how to conduct weeks 1-8 of the MBSR class and how to guide meditations.
  • Between modules, in peer groups, we practice teaching and deepen our understanding of mindfulness through assigned readings.
  • We continue our own practice while supporting each other.

If you’re interested in participating,

please fill out the registration form below. We will provide you with more details.