All our team are members of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the newly formed professional body for teachers of MBSR and MBCT in Ireland. We all adhere to the Standards for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (read the guidelines here). The guidance includes formal mindfulness training of at least 18 months duration, personal daily mindfulness meditation practice, engagement in regular supervision, commitment to on-going personal practice, training, supervision, 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 6th 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 is the first chairperson of the MTAI ( https://mtai.ie/ ).