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 7th 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. In collaboration with colleagues from other training organisations, this work led to the establishment of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the first and only professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland. Josephine was the first chairperson of the MTAI (https://mtai.ie/ ).