Programmes on Contemplative and Mindfulness Based Education

Below you will find a list in alphabetical order of programmes that to our knowledge are currently running which teach contemplative and mindfulness based education, or which have a strong element of this, to children, young people and adults who work in educational settings such as schools and universities.

We include details such as who provides the programme, its scope, theory it is based on, the target audience, what you need to do to attend a course, the cost, and the state of their evaluation. We have done our best to ensure quality by including only substantial programmes that are fairly well established, driven by a sound theory, have been or are being subjected to scientific evaluation, or are explicitly based on an evidence base of a robust kind.

However do note that we are acting as an information hub only, and we have not evaluated these programmes and are not claiming to be able to endorse or recommend them. You will need to make your own enquiries and see if they are right for your context.

If you have or know of programmes we have missed please let us know via email to office(at)mindandlife-europe.org.

 

Programmes in Europe

Educational Research Institute - SI / Society for Promotion of Life Wisdom - DK / Institute for Social Science Research - HR / Mid Sweden University - SE

HAND IN HAND (teachers, school staff and leaders)

ProviderEducational Research Institute (Slovenia) / Society for Promotion of Life Wisdom (Denmark) / Institute for Social Science Research (Croatia) / Mid Sweden University (Sweden)  
Website and contact

Website: www.handinhand.si

e-Mail: info(at)handinhand.si 

Programme name, style, components

HAND IN HAND social, emotional and inter(trans)cultural learning program for school staff (version for teachers and version for school leaders and counsellors).

4 modules delivered in 6 full days for teachers and in 2 full days for school leaders and counsellors with aim of supporting social, emotional and inter(trans) cultural competencies and relational competence. 

The programme is based on CASEL model (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, 2013), complemented by approaches targeting intercultural/transcultural competences. Even though the social and emotional competencies are often included in the core of intercultural/transcultural competencies (e.g. Stier, 2003), those two areas of competence are usually treated separately within various research traditions. In HAND in HAND, we placed a strong focus on the constructs that are important for both areas (e.g. openness, respect, relationship competence) while also focusing on aspects that are more specific to each (e.g. self-management in the area of social and emotional competences and moving beyond the self–other binary in the area of intercultural/transcultural competences).

Materials and form of delivery

Open access manuals and materials available at www.handinhand.si.
2 trainers per group.

Target group

Teachers, school leaders, school counsellors, students (8th grade).

Training providedUpon request.
Teacher prerequisitesTraining with trainers.
Cost

Manuals and materials are open access available, training upon request.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

The programmes have been evaluated in experimental design with control groups in three countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden and on a smaller scale in Denmark (materials are available also in Danish and German).

The findings are available in open access monograph https://www.verlagdrkovac.de/978-3-339-11406-8.htm
and in more detail in the Evaluation report 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hUxklLA5n1gAAqIcz5kN5qPjgm3sBI_s/view

CountrySlovenia, Croatia,  Sweden, Denmark, Germany.
LanguageSlovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, German.

HAND IN HAND (students)

ProviderEducational Research Institute (Slovenia) / Society for Promotion of Life Wisdom (Denmark) / Institute for Social Science Research (Croatia) / Mid Sweden University (Sweden)  
Website and contact

Website: www.handinhand.si

e-Mail: info(at)handinhand.si 

Programme name, style, components

HAND IN HAND social, emotional and inter(trans)cultural learning program for students.

5 modules delivered once a week in 90 minutes sessions with aim of supporting social, emotional and inter(trans) cultural competencies.

The programmes are based on CASEL model (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, 2013), complemented by approaches targeting intercultural/transcultural competences. Even though the social and emotional competencies are often included in the core of intercultural/transcultural competencies (e.g. Stier, 2003), those two areas of competence are usually treated separately within various research traditions. In HAND in HAND, we placed a strong focus on the constructs that are important for both areas (e.g. openness, respect, relationship competence) while also focusing on aspects that are more specific to each (e.g. self-management in the area of social and emotional competences and moving beyond the self–other binary in the area of intercultural/transcultural competences).

Materials and form of delivery

Open access manuals and materials available at www.handinhand.si.
2 trainers per group.

Target group

Teachers, school leaders, school counsellors, students (8th grade).

Training providedUpon request.
Teacher prerequisitesTraining with trainers.
Cost

Manuals and materials are open access available, training upon request.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

The programmes have been evaluated in experimental design with control groups in three countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden and on a smaller scale in Denmark (materials are available also in Danish and German).

The findings are available in open access monograph https://www.verlagdrkovac.de/978-3-339-11406-8.htm
and in more detail in the Evaluation report
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hUxklLA5n1gAAqIcz5kN5qPjgm3sBI_s/view

CountrySlovenia, Croatia,  Sweden, Denmark, Germany.
LanguageSlovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, German.
Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie/ Staatliches Schulamt Frankfurt Main / Vera Kaltwasser / OStR / AkiJu Berlin

Achtsame Acht Wochen – Mindfulness Practice for Teachers

Provider

Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie / Staatliches Schulamt Frankfurt Main / Vera Kaltwasser / OStR / AKiJu Berlin

Website and contact

Website and contact: www.aischu.de, www.akiju.de, www.vera-kaltwasser.de

Programme name, style, components

Achtsame Acht Wochen – Mindfulness Practice for Teachers - Curriculum starting in der first class of „Gymnasium“ up to Abitur.

Motivational phase, //Psychoeducation (stress-physiology, information about body-mind-relationship), Embodiment,  Positive Psychology// Sitting Meditation// Standing Meditation// Mindful Movements, Guided Meditations, Mindful Dialogue, Self-Compassion// Compassion// Inquiry// Group work// Mindful Journaling // Coping Strategies regarding addiction (cf. digital media).

Materials and form of delivery

“Praxisbuch Achtsamkeit in der Schule”, Beltz, Weinheim 2016
„Persönlichkeit und Präsenz“ Achtsame Acht Wochen, Weinheim 2018
Educational Cards, Beltz , 2020

Target group

Teachers.

Training providedUpon request.
Teacher prerequisites

MBSR-course AND at least 2 years practice.

Cost

Depends.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Vera Kaltwasser, Sebastian Sauer, Niko Kohls, Mindfulness in German Schools: [MISCHO]– A specifically Tailored Training Program: Concept, Implementation and Empirical Results in: Schmidt, S. (2014):  Meditation, Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications. Heidelberg: Springer, S. 381-404:

Weber, A ,. Kretschmer, M., Uhlemayr, M. (2016): „Achtsamkeit in der Schule (AISCHU): EinKonzept zur Integration von Achtsamkeit in den Schulalltag“, . In G. E. Dlugosch, J. Fluck & C. Marquardt (Hrsg.), Gesundheit und Bildung: Schülergesundheit (Empirische Pädagogik, 30 (2), Themenheft). Landau: Verlag Empirische Pädagogik.

CountryGermany.
LanguageGerman.

AISCHU – Achtsamkeit in der Schule

Provider

Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie / Staatliches Schulamt Frankfurt Main / Vera Kaltwasser / OStR / AKiJu Berlin

Website and contact

Website and contact: www.aischu.de, www.akiju.de, www.vera-kaltwasser.de

Programme name, style, components

AISCHU – Achtsamkeit in der Schule – Curriculum

Motivational phase, //Psychoeducation (stress-physiology, information about body-mind-relationship), Embodiment,  Positive Psychology// Sitting Meditation// Standing Meditation// Mindful Movements, Guided Meditations, Mindful Dialogue, Self-Compassion// Compassion// Inquiry// Group work// Mindful Journaling // Coping Strategies regarding addiction (cf. digital media).

Materials and form of delivery

“Praxisbuch Achtsamkeit in der Schule”, Beltz, Weinheim 2016
„Persönlichkeit und Präsenz“ Achtsame Acht Wochen, Weinheim 2018
Educational Cards, Beltz , 2020

Target group

Pupils - Age 10 to 18; German System: first class of „Gymnasium“ up to Abitur.

Training providedUpon request.
Teacher prerequisites

MBSR-course AND at least 2 years practice.

Cost

Depends.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Vera Kaltwasser, Sebastian Sauer, Niko Kohls, Mindfulness in German Schools: [MISCHO]– A specifically Tailored Training Program: Concept, Implementation and Empirical Results in: Schmidt, S. (2014):  Meditation, Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications. Heidelberg: Springer, S. 381-404:

Weber, A ,. Kretschmer, M., Uhlemayr, M. (2016): „Achtsamkeit in der Schule (AISCHU): EinKonzept zur Integration von Achtsamkeit in den Schulalltag“, . In G. E. Dlugosch, J. Fluck & C. Marquardt (Hrsg.), Gesundheit und Bildung: Schülergesundheit (Empirische Pädagogik, 30 (2), Themenheft). Landau: Verlag Empirische Pädagogik.

CountryGermany.
LanguageGerman.
Jigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE

Jigsaw Teaching and Learning Programme

ProviderJigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE
Website and contact

Website: https://www.jigsawpshe.com/

e-Mail: office(at)janlevergroup.com

Programme name, style, components

Jigsaw Teaching and Learning Programme includes elements of mindfulness within is a PSHE/RSE programme in a spiral, progressive scheme of work. Elements of mindfulness include awareness of thoughts and emotions, concentration, focus and visualisation.

Materials and form of deliveryTeaching Programmes can be bought the Jigsaw website.
Target groupTeachers of 3-11 and 11-16 year olds.
Training providedSchools buy the curriculum materials and receive free on-going mentor and online support with free updates. Additional training and support at additional cost.
Teacher prerequisitesNone.
Cost

Primary whole school set of materials £1995 + VAT (& delivery). Secondary whole school set of materials £1450 + VAT

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Qualitative study published by the programme, undertaken by Sheffield Hallam Uni, suggested acceptability and perceived usefulness of the programme by 195 teachers in 101 schools, and measured the impact on 812 children’s emotional literacy using a standardised emotional literacy assessment tool.

https://www.jigsawpshe.com/does-jigsaw-work/

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
Mind With Heart

Connected teachers

ProviderMind With Heart
Website and contact

Website: https://www.mindwithheart.org/

e-Mail: info(at)mindwithheart.org

Programme name, style, components

Connected teachers mindfulness and SEL tools for teachers own well-being and emotional health.
Care for ourselves - Relax and find calm - Develop self-awareness - Build emotional intelligence - Nourish healthy relationships

Materials and form of delivery

Materials available to those who take the course. These include participant booklet, access to video clips, slides, guided audios.

Target groupTeachers and educator.
Training provided

18 hours (9 x 2-hour sessions). Also online course 12 hours (8 x 1.5 hours).

Teacher prerequisitesInterest in mindfulness expected.
Cost18 hours: £360 / Online: £150
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Hwang et al (2019) Cluster RCT (N=185) educators in 20 schools received intervention to improve own wellbeing. Impacts in teachers on reduced perceived stress and sleep difficulty, increases in mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive reappraisal in emotion regulation. Medium to large effect sizes, post intervention and 6-weeks later. Improved educator wellbeing impacted on students’ sense of connectedness to teachers, without any interventions for students.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-019-01147-1

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

Connected with Myself

ProviderMind With Heart
Website and contact

Website: https://www.mindwithheart.org/

e-Mail: info(at)mindwithheart.org

Programme name, style, components

Connected with Myself
Explores tools for teaching teens to have more attention, resilience, metacognition, self-care and emotional health. Includes neuroscience, empathy and compassion exercises, debates, games, perspective taking, and understanding the mind.

Materials and form of delivery

Materials available to those who take the course. These include participant booklet, access to video clips, slides, guided audios.

Target groupTeachers of 11-18 year olds.
Training provided

3 day training course (18 hours).

Teacher prerequisitesFamiliarity with mindfulness.
Cost£360
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblinkQualitative study undertaken by researcher at Montpellier University, publication forthcoming.
CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

Connected with Others

ProviderMind With Heart
Website and contact

Website: https://www.mindwithheart.org/

e-Mail: info(at)mindwithheart.org

Programme name, style, components

Connected with Others
Explores tools for mindfulness, compassion and SEL and how these can be presented to teenagers to enhance self-care, motivation and pro-social behaviour.

Materials and form of delivery

Materials available to those who take the course. These include participant booklet, access to video clips, slides, guided audios.

Target groupTeachers of 11-18 year olds.
Training provided

3 day training course (18 hours).

Teacher prerequisitesFamiliarity expected with SEL.
Cost£360
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblinkQualitative study undertaken by MA student at the Institute of Education, UCL.
CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
Mindfulness in School Project

.b

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

.b Classroom/ curriculum based, stand alone mindfulness lessons. “expertly crafted to teach a distinct mindfulness skill”. Based on content and principles of MBCT/MBSR adapted for children.

Materials and form of delivery

Scripts and materials for 10 lessons taught by classroom teachers or those working in youth-based contexts: slides, animations, exercises, worksheets and supporting materials. Materials only available to those who have done the training.

Target group11-18 years.
Training provided

Teach .b 4-day training course

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/teach-dot-b/

Teacher prerequisitesCompleted an 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and have been practising mindfulness for at least 2-3 months.
Cost

£760 + VAT (supported places available)

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Kuyken et al (2013)
Controlled study of 12 – 16-year olds (N = 522) in 12 secondary schools.  Fewer depressive symptoms post-treatment and at follow-up and lower stress and greater well-being (P = 0.05) at follow-up relative to controls. More home practice associated with better outcomes.

https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.113.126649

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

.begin

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

.begin
Introduction to mindfulness for adults in the school community. Based on .b Foundations and MBCT/MBSR approach.

Materials and form of deliveryOn line materials.
Target group

Teachers, school staff, educators, parents, volunteers and others in schools.

Training provided8 x 90 minute sessions, face to face instructor-led, on line, connecting with a group.
Teacher prerequisitesNo experience of mindfulness needed. Employed or volunteer in an educational setting or parent/ carer of a child.
Cost

£150 + VAT for those in maintained schools. £195 + VAT otherwise.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink 
CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

.breathe

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

.breathe Combines SEL, mindfulness, neuroscience to introduce mindfulness as part of PSHE lessons and to support pre and post school transition. Taster of mindfulness for novice staff.

Materials and form of delivery

4 scripted lessons, 30-60 mins taught once a week by classroom teachers. Classroom based, taught in PSHE/RSE curriculum or stand alone. Slides, animations, exercises, worksheets and supporting materials.

Target group9-14 years.
Training providedOne day training
Teacher prerequisites

None - unlike the other MISP programmes it’s a taster. However, a commitment to engage in mindfulness practice during the course and ideally beyond is part of the Terms and Conditions for this course.

Cost

£195 + VAT

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

No specific research on this programme. Originally part of ‘Healthy Minds’ PSHE curriculum programme for 11-14. Bounce Forward/ LSE partnership, funded by EEF. Small positive impacts on self-reported health measures, smaller impacts on behavioural and emotional well-being measures. NB small increase in anxiety levels.

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/101236/1/Lordan_healthy_minds_the_positive_impact.pdf

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

Learn to teach .b foundations

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

Learn to teach .b foundations

Materials and form of delivery

8 x 90-minute sessions and an Introductory session

Target groupTeachers qualified to teach adult mindfulness course with a view to working in school settings.
Training provided

3-day training

Teacher prerequisites

Recognised teacher training qualification mindfulness for adults. Taught 2 x 8 week courses (e.g. MBCT), Personal MFM practice.

Cost

£515 + VAT

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Beshai et al (2015)
CT of 89 secondary school staff, significant and large impacts on all outcome measures – increases in wellbeing, mindfulness and self-compassion, and decreases in stress.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12671-015-0436-1

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

Paws B

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

Paws B. Classroom/ curriculum based, stand-alone mindfulness lessons. “expertly crafted to teach a distinct mindfulness skill”. Based on content and principles of MBCT/MBSR adapted for children.

Materials and form of delivery

Scripts and materials for 12-lessons taught as by classroom teachers or those working in youth-based contexts: slides, animations, exercises, worksheets and supporting materials.

Target group7-10 years.
Training provided

Teach Paws B: 3-day training course

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/teach-paws-b/

Teacher prerequisitesCompleted an 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and have been practising mindfulness for at least 2-3 months.
Cost

£565 + VAT (supported places available)

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Vickery and Dorjee (2016). Controlled study of 9-year-olds (N= 71) from 3 UK primary school. Showed significant decreases in negative affect at follow-up, with a large effect size and small positive improvements in meta-cognition relative to controls.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02025/full

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

School mindfulness lead training

ProviderMindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
Website and contact

Website: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

e-Mail: enquiries(at)mindfulnessinschools.org

Programme name, style, components

School mindfulness lead training
To develop sustainable mindfulness in school, prep for leading .b foundations, become a ‘mindfulness lead’ within their organisation. 

Materials and form of delivery

8 x 90-minute sessions and an Introductory session ?? is that correct is an RESIDENTIAL TRAINING

Note: this information still needs to be checked.

Target group

Must have trained to teach .b or Paws b curriculum and taught these courses at least twice. Must be employed by, or in long term relationship with, the school community in which .b Foundations will be taught to adults.

Training provided6.5 days residential training
Teacher prerequisites.b and Paws b teachers.
Cost

£1,265 + VAT

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblinkEvaluation of the .b Foundations programme, see above.
CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
The Goldie Hawn Foundation

MindUP

ProviderThe Goldie Hawn Foundation
Website and contact

Website: https://mindup.org/

e-Mail UK: info(at)mindup.org.uk / e-Mail US: Hello(at)MindUP.org

Programme name, style, components

MindUP Whole school framework, training and curriculum “to create a positive school wide culture and climate... knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and daily practices to affect positive change both within the classroom and at home”.
https://mindup.org.uk/circiculum-overview/

Materials and form of delivery

15 lesson curriculum for students published as 3 age related manuals. Can be bought on the web.
For those who train: Materials for teachers associated with the training. Impact evaluation tools.
Workshop for parents: https://mindup.org.uk/mindup-at-home/

Target group4-13 years; teachers; parents.
Training provided

Three days of school training are provided (1 per term) involving school-based training, parent workshops and impact evaluation tools. This takes place over 3 terms.
https://mindup.org.uk/whole-school-training/

Teacher prerequisitesNone. Dedicated MindUP consultant works with school as a whole to embed the programme,
Cost

£2,000 (1 form entry) Bespoke costing for smaller & larger schools/settings.

All training & trainer and parent resources. 3 term whole school training.

Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Summary and links to the papers at https://uk.mindup.org/research/ de Carvalho et al, (2017). Quasi-experimental study (N = 454) 8-9 year olds and 20 teachers. Significant increases in regulation of emotions, positive affect, and self-compassion, and decreased negative emotions. Improvements to teachers’ wellbeing. 

Schonert-Reichl and Lawlor (2010) Control group design, 9-12-year olds (N= 246) Significant improvements on a wide range of (teacher-rated) aspects of social and emotional learning, such as aggression, behavioural dysregulation, and social competence, greater self-reported optimism and mindful attention.

Schonert-Reichl et al, (2015) RCT (N=99) 9-10 year olds. Significant increases in wide range of social and emotional skills, executive function, mindful attention, decreased depressive symptoms, enjoyment of school and gains in maths scores.

CountryUnited States and United Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
The Present Courses CIC

The Present Courses

ProviderThe Present Courses CIC
Website and contact

Website: https://thepresentcourses.org/

e-Mail: info(at)thepresentcourses.org

Programme name, style, components

The Present Course is an approach delivered by school staff weaving learning through everyday activities in school combining mindfulness and SEL, supporting learning across the curriculum, introduced over 14 weeks and offers an on-going structure to continue implementation.

Materials and form of deliveryTeaching manual for those who have done the course.
Target group3-14 year olds.
Training provided

3-day training course plus implementation support for 12 months via Zoom meetings. Training is offered in a locality wherever possible to create a local team. Two free places in exchange for venue for training.

Teacher prerequisites

Completed an 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT, The Present for Adults or equivalent) and have an established mindfulness practice.

Cost£385– £495 depending on group size.
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Small-scale interview-based study (N=8) with Key Stage 1 (3-7 year olds). Parents reported improvements in the children’s emotional well-being.
RCT with older primary school children currently under way in Vietnam. Data being collected before, after and 3 months follow up, will report Summer 2020.
Included as an element of schools implementation in Iceland, currently being studied.
Both described at: http://thepresentcourses.org/?page_id=23

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
Youth Mindfulness

One year teacher training for mindfulness for life

ProviderYouth Mindfulness
Website and contact

Website: https://youthmindfulness.org/

e-Mail: info(at)youthmindfulness.org

Programme name, style, components

One year teacher training for mindfulness for life
Cultivating key elements of mindfulness: embodiment, ease, joy and non-judgment.

Materials and form of delivery

Training centres on two retreats and 4 non-residential weekends. Self-study includes personal practice, reading, online content, meet in person or virtually with a peer group from within the training group. Practice one ‘day of mindfulness’ every two months alone or in local group.

Target groupAdults who want to teach mindfulness.
Training provided

2 x 5 day retreat plus 4 x 2 day non-residential

Teacher prerequisitesNo pre-requisites other than a demonstrated intent to engage deeply with the programme learning and content.
Cost£2,195 if paid in full in advance.
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Simpson et al (2019)
Soma evaluated in prison setting. 25 qualitative interviews of incarcerated young men. Improvements in impulsivity, mental wellbeing, inner resilience, mindfulness. better sleep, less stress, feeling more in control, and improved relationships.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-018-1076-z

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

SOMA programme

ProviderYouth Mindfulness
Website and contact

Website: https://youthmindfulness.org/

e-Mail: info(at)youthmindfulness.org

Programme name, style, components

SOMA programme - a flexible, responsive and trauma-informed mindfulness-based wellbeing programme for teens and young adults taking a discursive and group-learning approach to explore themes of mindfulness, character strengths, gratitude, kindness, agency and meaning and purpose.

Materials and form of delivery

Materials available to those who have done the course. Uses communication practices, team building games, the exploration of character strengths and values. Powerpoints, audio clips, videos, mini lectures.

Target group

12-21 years.

Training provided5-day training course.
Teacher prerequisites

Participants must have completed an 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and have been practising mindfulness for at least 6 months.

Cost£595
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Simpson et al (2019)
Soma evaluated in prison setting. 25 qualitative interviews of incarcerated young men. Improvements in impulsivity, mental wellbeing, inner resilience, mindfulness. better sleep, less stress, feeling more in control, and improved relationships.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-018-1076-z

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

The Kids Programme

ProviderYouth Mindfulness
Website and contact

Website: https://youthmindfulness.org/

e-Mail: info(at)youthmindfulness.org

Programme name, style, components

The Kids Programme an in-depth introduction to mindfulness delivered by educators and classroom teachers. Drawing on positive psychology, MBSR and Plum Village/ Wake Up schools approach, the programme explores the cultivation of mindfulness, gratitude and kindness. 

Materials and form of delivery

16 one-hour lessons over 8 weeks. Teaching materials only available to those who have done the training.

Target group

7-11 years.

Training provided5-day training course.
Teacher prerequisites

Participants must have completed an 8-week mindfulness course (MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and have been practising for at least 6 months.

Cost£595
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink 
CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.
Wake Up Schools by Plum Village

Wake Up Schools

Provider

Wake Up Schools by Plum Village, France

Website and contact

Website: https://wakeupschools.org/

e-Mail: info(at)wakeupschools.org

Programme name, style, components

Wake Up Schools
Two levels of training through weeklong Educators’ Retreats and mentoring. Supported by weekends and days of mindfulness for educators and other resources e.g. guidebook, film and materials for young people, generic retreats.

Materials and form of delivery

Two levels of teacher training. Guidebook and books for young people can be bought on the web.

Target groupTeachers and other educators. Books and materials for young people.
Training providedTeacher training
Level I: Taking Care of the Teacher- retreat based. Run in many countries including the UK.
Level 2: Teaching Mindfulness and Applied Ethics to Students a year long mentorship relationship with an experienced Plum Village Mindfulness Teacher.
Teacher prerequisitesTT level 1 for anyone. TT level 2 attended a Plum Village retreat or Wake Up Schools Level I Training, and regular practice with mindfulness community.
CostRetreat prices vary according to individual accommodation choices. €350 is average for a week’s retreat, food, accommodation and teachings.
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Qualitative case studies and testimonies in the guidebook ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: a guide to cultivating mindfulness through education’ and film ‘Happy teachers will change the world’ – see website.

CountryUnited Kingdom.
LanguageEnglish.

Programmes currently under development

Compassion in Schools

Compassionate mind training (CMT) - Teachers, educators programme

Provider

Compassion in Schools - University of Derby/Compassionate Mind Foundation/University of Coimbra, Portugal

Website and contact

Website and contact: www.cmtschools.org

Programme name, style, components

Compassionate mind training (CMT) via 6 modules covering: Definition of compassion - Exploration of emotions and the stress response - Building the compassionate mind - Using the compassionate mind to address stress - Using the compassionate mind to address problems of self-criticism - Compassion & compassionate flows: a whole school ethos/use in everyday life.

Materials and form of deliveryThe 6 modules are delivered with a combination of teaching, videos and live contemplative/ experiential practices. These include core mindfulness practices to enable observation of the contents of the mind as they arise and to allow improved emotional and behavioural regulation.
Target groupTeachers, educators and those working in education (i.e. whole school ethos) in the first instance. Pupil curricular for 8-10 yrs and 11-15 yrs in development.
Training providedRun over 1 school term, with 1.5 hour modules bi-weekly to fit into staff CPD allocation.
Teacher prerequisitesNo prerequisites & all staff invited to take part.
CostCost of training in curriculum delivery TBC. Available from Spring 2021.
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Maratos et al., (2019).
Feasibility study with >70 educators revealed many benefits of CMT to counteract the current competition-based nature of education, especially the stresses contributing to negative changes in well-being.
link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-019-01185-9

Several further papers are in preparation and the number of educators who have received the programme now exceeds 500.

For more information see:
www.cmtschools.org
www.compassionatemind.co.uk

CountryUnited Kingdom and Portugal.
LanguageEnglish.

Compassionate mind training (CMT) - Pupil curriculums

Provider

Compassion in Schools - University of Derby/Compassionate Mind Foundation/University of Coimbra, Portugal

Website and contact

Website and contact: www.cmtschools.org

Programme name, style, components

Compassionate mind training (CMT) via 6 modules covering: Definition of compassion - Exploration of emotions and the stress response - Building the compassionate mind - Using the compassionate mind to address stress - Using the compassionate mind to address problems of self-criticism - Compassion & compassionate flows: a whole school ethos/use in everyday life.

Materials and form of deliveryThe pupil curriculum contains more focus on understanding the nature of emotions (threat, drive and soothing) and using different imagery, mindfulness and prosocial practices to help regulate these different systems.
Target groupPupil curricular for 8-10 yrs and 11-15 yrs in development.
Training providedRun over 1 school term, with 50-minute lessons designed to fit within standard PSHE sessions
Teacher prerequisitesRecognised teacher training qualification in wellbeing. Plus 3-day training in Compassionate Mind Training.
CostCost of training in curriculum delivery TBC. Available from Spring 2021.
Research and evaluation, key findings, weblink

Maratos et al., (2019).
Feasibility study with >70 educators revealed many benefits of CMT to counteract the current competition-based nature of education, especially the stresses contributing to negative changes in well-being.
link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-019-01185-9

Several further papers are in preparation and the number of educators who have received the programme now exceeds 500.

For more information see:
www.cmtschools.org
www.compassionatemind.co.uk

CountryUnited Kingdom and Portugal.
LanguageEnglish.