Training with the Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness

Foundation Training in MBCT 2021/22

Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) provides a two-year, part-time course as a foundation for teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The foundation course aims to develop skills in delivering MBCT to those working in clinical and non-clinical settings and is designed to meet key requirements for teaching mindfulness approaches identified within the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses'. Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness has been providing mindfulness training since 2010, and graduates of these are running mindfulness-based courses groups across the UK. The Foundation Training now also includes a residential mindfulness retreat and a period of supervised practice, providing graduates with additional support and development of teaching skills as they begin to offer MBCT to their participants.

The training consists of three phases:

  1. Bringing mindfulness into life: Focusing on developing, maintaining and deepening a personal mindfulness practice
  2. Beginning to teach MBCT: Workshops focusing on the development of MBCT teaching skills
  3. Supervised MBCT practice: one to one supervision with an experienced MBCT supervisor

Details of the training can be found below:

Phase One: Bringing Mindfulness into Daily Life
Dates to be confirmed

Presented within a series of 9 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 8-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.

  • Introductory day. Orientation. Context of the training. Historical over view of MBCT. Group reflections - ‘What brings us here?’
  • 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.
  • ‘Coming to Sit’. Parallel to the direction of an 8-week course, we spend a day investigating the longer sitting practices and the opportunity for learning and insight they bring.
  • Exploring the conditioned pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral response that occurs with each sense contact as described by the traditional term – Vedena, or ‘feeling tone’.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Individual 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.

Phase Two: Beginning to Teach MBCT
April to August 2021

During this phase trainees will begin to teach MBCT to peers and trainers in small groups. Workshops focus on learning the steps, intentions and skills for delivering mindfulness and cognitive therapy exercises within the MBCT curriculum.

Experiential learning during this phase is complemented by workshops focusing on topics such as: skills in leading discussions/enquiries, understanding the cognitive therapy elements of MBCT and assessing and orientating participants to the MBCT programme.

Feedback from peers and trainers is provided throughout this period of training to support trainees in developing and refining teaching skills.  

During this phase of training the importance of maintaining a personal mindfulness practice is supported by attendance at Silent Mindfulness Practice days.

A list of training workshops included is provided below:

  • 26, 27 and 29 April 2021: ‘Teach-backs’. Identifying the aims and steps in key mindfulness and cognitive therapy practices in MBCT. Breaking these down and beginning to teach these to fellow trainees in pairs and small groups
  • 30 April: The week of teach backs ends with a Day of Silent Practice at Hexgreave Hall     
  • 7 May: Group Teaching: MBCT sessions 1 & 2. During group teaching sessions trainees lead each other through the MBCT programme in small groups
  • 14 May: Enquiry Workshop. Learning to lead discussions and enquiries in MBCT can be a challenging aspect of the programme. This workshop focuses on understanding and implementing different and effective approaches in this important area
  • 21 May: Group Teaching: MBCT sessions 3 and 4
  • 11 June: Group Teaching: MBCT sessions 5 and 6
  • 18 June: Group Teaching: Leading a day of silent practice. Trainees lead each other through the principal practices of the MBCT programme
  • 25 June: Group Teaching: MBCT sessions 7 and 8
  • 2 July: Cognitive Therapy in MBCT / Mindfulness-based Interventions: Teachers Assessment Criteria. Workshops focusing on the CBT aspects and underpinnings of MBCT and using evaluation tools including the MBITAC in development of MBCT teaching skills
  • 9 July: Teaching diverse populations: MBCT for Depression; the Public, Children and Mixed Groups. Sessions are led by experienced teachers and trainers outlining principals to consider when working with different populations 
  • 16 July: Assessment and orientation to MBCT / Trainee Presentations. Considerations in assessing participants and orientating them to MBCT is discussed and key themes to include identified. Trainees will also present their experience of mindfulness and training to small groups in an opportunity to reflect on experience of training as an MBCT teacher
  • 23 July: Day of Silent Practice at Hexgreave Hall. This phase of training ends with a day of practice in silence together

Phase three: Supervised Practice
September 2021 to July 2022

During this period trainees will be provided with supervision for two MBCT courses that they teach. Supervision will be provided by an experienced MBCT supervisor/trainer. Trainees will receive four hours of supervision for each eight-week course. Supervision will take place at Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness.

On completion of the second MBCT course the trainee and supervisor will meet for a tutorial to consider strengths, learning needs and next steps for future MBCT teaching development. Support will be provided in applying for Listing with the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches.

During part three of training, trainees will also be able to attend 3 days of silent practice at Hexgreave Hall.


Foundation Programme trainers


Dr Tim Sweeney

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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

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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. 

Ruth Crichlow

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Ruth Crichlow is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist working in Notts Healthcare IAPT service. She has a background in mental health nursing and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2009.

Ruth's interest in mindfulness was first sparked whilst working at the Nottinghamshire Personality Disorder and Development Network. Following training in teaching MBCT with Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Ruth has led MBCT classes for individuals with recurrent depression.

Ruth has recently taught MBCT classes for clinical staff working in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in Nottinghamshire and is currently delivering training in MBCT to colleagues in the East Midlands.


Hexgreave Hall

Hexgreave Hall
NG22 8LS



The Institute of Mental Health

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


Oblate Retreat Centre

Oblate Retreat Centre
Wistaston Hall
89 Broughton Lane




Who can apply?

Phase one – This part of the course is designed to be suitable for beginners and for those already engaged in mindfulness. The days offer an opportunity to deepen your practice, with an emphasis on mindfulness in daily life.

Phase two and three – For those who have completed part one and wish to go on to more formal training in order to teach MBCT. 


The cost of the course is:-

Phase one:              

Bringing Mindfulness into a daily life                              October 2020/March 2021             £1,150

Phases two and three:

Beginning to teach MBCT & Supervised practice          October 2020/July 2021                 £1,850

The Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness do offer a payment plan option for course fees.  This is available on request.  A deposit is required to secure your place on the course

Foundation Training in 2020/21

Dates at a glance

Date Venue Topic
Bringing Mindfulness to Life 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 Institute of Mental Health Buddhist Foundations - with Jake Dartington
15 January 2021 Hexgreave Hall Mindfulness and compassion
29 January 2021 Nottingham 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 for Mindfulness Individual consultations
Second Phase of Foundation Training 2020/21
26, 27, 29 April 2021 Institute of Mental Health Teach-backs
30 April 2021 Hexgreave Hall Day of Silent Practice
7 May 2021 Institute of Mental Health Group Teaching
MBCT sessions 1 and 2
14 May 2021 Institute of Mental Health Enquiry Workshop
21 May 2021 Institute of Mental Health Group Teaching
MBCT sessions 3 and 4
11 June 2021 Institute of Mental Health Group Teaching
MBCT sessions 5 and 6
18 June 2021 Hexgreave Hall Leading a day of silent practice
25 June 2021 Institute of Mental Health Group Teaching
MBCT sessions 7 and 8
2 July 2021 Institute of Mental Health Cognitive therapy in MBCT/Mindfulness-based interventions: Teachers assessment criteria
9 July 2021 Institute of Mental Health Teaching diverse populations
16 July 2021 Institute of Mental Health Assessment and orientation to MBCT/Trainee presentations
23 July 2021 Hexgreave Hall Day of Silent Practice


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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