Mindfulness Foundation

The Mindfulness Foundation launched in September, 2015 with a professional two-year Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. 
The Mindfulness Foundation is a project of the Mindfulness Clinic and is committed to integrating Mindfulness-Based Approaches in mental health, education and community. The Diploma is a comprehensive, professional, affordable training and supervision pathway.


mindfulness foundation intention hands groupThe Mindfulness Foundation aims to foster a community of practitioners
with the expertise to facilitate mindfulness-based programmes in clinical settings within the NGO, community and voluntary settings.


foundation-meditation-liveThe Mindfulness Foundation is a social enterprise model based on participatory development, collaboration, research and practice.

We aim to pioneer a new and sustainable model of community-based learning and mental health by making Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBAs) accessible and affordable in voluntary and charitable settings.

Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Learn to teach mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in clinical or educational settings.

The training will be interactive, experiential, collaborative, and will draw on a model of participatory development, blended learning, research, practice and skills. An important part of the course is that trainees develop a daily personal mindfulness practice and organise placements in community, voluntary, charitable or NGO settings.

mindfulness clinic foundation training diplomaThe programme seeks to meet the needs of experienced mental health professionals from a variety of settings who aim to enhance their practice and extend their professionalism to include the highest standards of teaching, dissemination and evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions.

Participants will attend 24 monthly practice and teaching days (6 hours per month) and will attend a training retreat (5 days, Year 1) and a mindfulness integrative residential retreat (5 days, Year 2).

The cost of the training is €850 Euro per year but does not include the cost of accommodation/food for the residential retreat in Year 2. Total practice and teaching: 275 hours and the total cost of tuition and practice is €1,700 Euro. The Mindfulness Foundation is committed to the practice of dana (generosity), community and research.

Commitment to Research

To support the next generation of mindfulness researchers, the Mindfulness Foundation is offering a tuition waiver to PhD students who are interested in pursuing research or teaching research methods in mindfulness and mental health.


Prerequisites for application includes: previous participation on an eight-week mindfulness training MBSR or MBCT, a minimum of one year personal practice, a qualification in psychotherapy, psychology, or mental health and placement in a voluntary, charitable or community setting to be arranged in Year II of the training. We may accept applications from people without a mental health background but with intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation.

Course Requirements

This training is in line with established Mindfulness training standards and participants are required to develop a personal practice, teach an eight-week mindfulness group, submit video recordings, reflective essay, assignments or presentations and attend regular supervision/peer supervision.

Training culminates in teacher assessment, using the Mindfulness-Based Interventions-Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). Graduates will receive a Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and membership of the Mindfulness Foundation, which includes website and email association/referrals and qualification to facilitate and evaluate MBSR/MBCT training.


There is currently no statutory registration required to teach mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR and MBCT.

The Mindfulness Foundation observes the Guidelines for Training Teachers to deliver MBCT and MBSR by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers’ and the Principles and Standards for Training Teachers to Deliver MBSR developed by the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts. Protocol adherence of MBCT and MBSR approaches is strictly followed.

An invitation for Mindfulness Teachers

The Mindfulness Foundation invites qualified and experienced mindfulness teachers to join an innovative, community-based learning environment to support, guide, mentor, and supervise the next generation of mindfulness teachers in Ireland.

Further information is available from info@mindfulnessclinic.ie

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"It has greatly exceeded my expectations having done mindfulness before. I feel that anything I was doing before is now completely strengthened and improved by this experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course and I am accrediting the course to my contentment and improving happiness"

"A wonderful course, really gained a thorough knowledge of how mindfulness works. A life-changing experience for me, definitely recommend this course"

"This course was much more than I ever expected… I would rate it as the most enriching, the most educational and the most wholly encompassing of my career in psychology and therapy to date"

Counselling Psychologist
"I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing coming into the course but I was so wrong. I have been so lucky to experience this at such a young age and have learned skills that I will take with me for life. Overall life-changing experience"

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Next Online Course

Next online mindfulness course

MBCT/MBSR commences on Wednesday 14th April from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost €150 includes 16 hours of mindfulness training, notes, and resources

Facilitator: Gerry Cunningham

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Contact Details

Mindfulness Clinic
10 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
087 7989 301