Stellenbosch University Certificate Training

The Institute for Mindfulness South Africa, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, are offering the first South African University-Based 2-Year Certificate Training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs).

Course Overview:

  • Receive a Certification in MBIs (60 academic credits).
  • A four module training programme designed specifically for the South African context.
  • Training is open to professionals wanting to offer MBIs in clinical, coaching, educational and communities settings.
  • Each module combines retreat and distance learning processes including training in mindfulness practices for personal and professional application.
  • Explore mindfulness practices experientially, theoretically and philosophically in a supportive learning environment.
  • Study part-time.
  • Offered by Stellenbosch University and the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa.
  • 2-year course.
  • We are aligned with the work of the International Mindfulness Integrity network.

The course will serve to build medium and long-term capacity and career paths in MBI’s in South Africa. Our vision is to develop a new generation of practitioners and trainers and mainstream the practices, ethics and applications of mindfulness-based approaches into the broader healthcare fraternity in South Africa, and beyond that into education, communities and business.

The part-time course will be highly participatory and practical, aiming to give insight and understanding into the foundations of mindfulness and MBI’s, its application in various contexts and an exploration of mindfulness-based teaching skills. It will have the dual benefit of offering participants an opportunity to explore and apply these practices in daily life for their personal benefit, as well as enable them to offer MBI’s to their staff, clients or patients.

The training will consist of 4 modules structured as a series of short courses of 8-10 weeks in length, combining retreats and distance learning elements within each module. A certificate of competence for the full course will be given when all the modules are completed and participants have fulfilled the necessary assessment criteria and standards.

The course will be taught by very experienced local and international mindfulness teachers.

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  • Other Mindfulness-Based Approaches


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  • Mindfulness-Based Corporate Programmes


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  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain


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  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention


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  • Mindfulness-Based Eating


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  • Mindful Self-Compassion


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