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The national suspension on visiting inpatient areas has been lifted. Please contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit. 

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Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM)

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness logo Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has a promising evidence base for a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health problems and is recommended as a treatment for depression in NICE Guidelines (2004, 2009). Despite this, it remains difficult for many people to access in the UK.

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) has been providing MBCT to people accessing our clinical services since 2007. We now have 45 MBCT teachers offering this intervention in a wide range of clinical settings.

Since 2009, NCM has also provided training for people working both in clinical services and with the public. We are committed to increasing availability of MBCT through the delivery of high quality training and supervision of MBCT teachers, so that as many people as possible benefit from this intervention. Graduates of our Foundation Training in MBCT are now running groups across the East Midlands and the UK.

NCM has recently been appointed by Health Education England as the Midlands and East of England Mindfulness Training Centre in a national programme to deliver MBCT teacher training to IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) services.

In addition to training and delivery of MBCT in healthcare services NCM also provides training for people wishing to teach mindfulness to the public in non-clinical settings, including the workplace, education and in the leisure industry.

NCM also provides mindfulness sessions and courses to local organisations which includes running groups for university and healthcare staff as part of initiatives to increase wellbeing, resilience and stress management in the workplace.

Two women sitting meditatingTraining and delivery of MBCT occurs within a framework of consistent evaluation in order to ensure this is delivered within an ethical framework, in which participants receive a form of MBCT that is as helpful as it can be.

We ensure this is provided within a clear, robust framework of Good Practice Guidelines created by the ‘British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA)’:

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness is a member organisation of the ‘UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers and Trainers’. For details about this organisation visit

Contact us

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness
St. Ann's House
114 Thorneywood Mount

Telephone: 0115 8440535

Mindfulness Conference - 1 March 2019

'MBCT in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: A Show-Case of Current Practice'

Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2TU 

This conference showcases the work being provided within the Trust. 

Presentations will be given by MBCT clinical staff, managers and service-users speaking about the impact of this work.

Since 2011, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has invested in staff training and supervision to increasingly offer MBCT to people accessing services. As a consequence, thousands of people have attended an MBCT group, learning how to more effectively manage problems ranging from everyday stress to severe depression. 

If you are interested in attending please email

Courses available to the public

Bringing Mindfulness to Life

A Programme in Deepening your Practice

October 2020 - March 2021

Presented within a series of nine full days, these sessions are designed to support the deepening of an experiential understanding of mindfulness. The sessions are themed to follow the direction of an eight-week mindfulness course. The days are suitable for beginners and those already engaged in a mindfulness practice. There will be an emphasis on mindfulness in daily life as we engage with our experience in both formal and informal practice. Suggestions will be given as to articles and literature which support each aspect of the learning and which encourage reflection. There is no formal written work, but you will be encouraged to keep a journal of your own discoveries.

  • 2 October 2020: Introductory day. Orientation. Context of the training. Historical over view of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). Group reflections - ‘What brings us here?’
  • 16 October 2020: Body in Movement. Following the ‘shape’, of the MBCT course we will spend the day exploring how the body and breath offer an ever- present focus on which we can reconnect with mindful presence.
  • 6 November 2020: ‘Coming to Sit’. Parallel to the direction of an eight-week course, we spend a day investigating the longer sitting practices and the opportunity for learning and insight they bring.
  • 20 November 2020: Exploring the conditioned pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral response that occurs with each sense contact as described by the traditional term – Vedena, or ‘feeling tone’.
  • 11 December 2020: The Buddhist Foundations of MBCT.  During this day we will explore the four foundations of mindfulness and other elements of Buddhism which have informed the core aspects of Mindfulness - based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.  We will combine theory with personal engagement and refection.
  • 15 January 2021: Mindfulness and Compassion. Mindfulness based learning is cultivated within an attitude of kindness and compassion. There will be acknowledgment of the ongoing discussion within the field as to the interconnection between these elements.  Loving - Kindness and Self Compassion practices as explicit elements will be explored as part of this day.
  • 29 January 2021: Mindfulness in the Everyday. Following the themes within the latter part of a mindfulness course, we explore the links between our practice and daily activities. We will be invited to move into everyday places and investigate our responses. Elements of all the previous days may be woven experientially into this day.
  • 22 - 26 February 2021 – Five-day Silent Residential Retreat.
    This retreat will provide a rich opportunity to deepen our personal engagement with mindfulness practice. The days will be mostly held in silence, however, there will be opportunities to talk with the teachers and be guided and supported throughout the time.
  • 12 March 2021Individual Consultation – An opportunity to meet with a teacher individually. We will offer guidance and support as to where you may go next in terms of mindfulness-based development, within a personal or professional context.


The cost of the course is: £1,150


Dr Tim Sweeney

Dr Tom Sweeney
Tim Sweeney is a mental health nurse and accredited CBT therapist, completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2006. He is an experienced MBCT teacher and trainer and is employed in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as the clinical lead for MBCT. This post involves coordinating and delivering training and supervision of MBCT to IAPT and Secondary Care staff, who work with people experiencing a diverse range of health problems.

Tim has run MBCT groups in primary care and specialist mental health services since 2008 for people with depression and other mental health problems. He has conducted research into the relationship between mindfulness and depression with the University of Nottingham and is an associate teacher & trainer with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He has extensive experience of MBCT training and supervision both in the UK and internationally.  He was the chair of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches in 2018-19.

Sonia Moratto

Sonia Moratto Sonia is an Occupational Therapist with extensive mental health experience. She currently works within Nottinghamshire NHS Trust as a ‘Mindfulness-based Advanced Practitioner'. She gained a master's degree in ‘Teaching Mindfulness- based Approaches' at Bangor University.

Sonia has taught MBCT in secondary mental healthcare, since 2007. She is a trainer within the Trust's MBCT supervised Pathway. She provides ongoing supervision for trainees as they move towards bringing mindfulness into their own personal and professional lives, with all that this entails.

Sonia maintains regular contact with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

Jake Dartington

Jake Dartington

Jake Dartington has been practising meditation since 1995 and completed a three-year training to lead retreats with Christina Feldman.

Since 2007, he has led silent retreats at Gaia House, where he is a member of the Teacher Council. He has also trained to teach MBSR and MBCT with Bangor University (TTR 1 and 2).

Jake is a retreat leader with the UK Network of Mindfulness teachers and also teaches with Bodhi College, London Insight Meditation and other organisations throughout the UK.

Since 2012, he has taught eight-week mindfulness courses for the general public in Nottingham and has also led training in a range of organisations. 

A former college teacher, Jake has a Masters degrees in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies. 


Institute of Mental Health
Institute of Mental Health
Jubilee Campus
University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Triumph Road


Hexgreave Hall
Hexgreave Hall
NG22 8LS


Oblate Retreat Centre
Wistaston Hall
89 Broughton Lane

Dates at a glance

Date Venue Topic
First Phase of Foundation Training 2020/21
2 October 2020 Institute of Mental Health Introduction Day
16 October 2020 Hexgreave Hall Body in Movement
6 November 2020 Hexgreave Hall Silent sitting following shape of MBCT sitting practice
20 November 2020 Hexgreave Hall Exploring Vedena and feeling tone with Jake Dartington
11 December 2020 Institute of Mental Health Buddhist Foundations with Jake Dartington
15 January 2021 Hexgreave Hall Mindfulness and Compassion
29 January 2021 Nottingaham Mindfulness in the everyday with Jake Dartington
22 - 26 February 2021 Oblate, Crewe 5 day residential - Jake Dartington, Tim Sweeney and Sonia Moratto
12 March 2021 Nottingham Centre of Mindfulness Individual consultations




















Contact Us

For further information, or to apply for the training please contact:

Joanne Lee, MBCT Secretary, or Sonia Moratto, Mindfulness-based Advanced Practitioner

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness
St. Ann's House
114 Thorneywood Mount

Telephone: 0115 8440535





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