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IMISA Training

We are in the process of reflection and reconfiguration of the previous 2-year Stellenbosch University certification training in mindfulness-based interventions, in order to make it more accessible and affordable, with an even stronger emphasis on context and trauma sensitivity.  

As such, we have taken a pause after completion of the current training cycle in June 2023 in order to reconfigure the new iteration and develop the new curriculum.

Please note that we will no longer be offering the 2-year Stellenbosch University certification training in mindfulness-based interventions.

The new tiered approach to training will enable participants to share and teach mindfulness practices and we aim to widen our relevance as the training becomes more context-sensitive, trauma-sensitive, diverse and accessible.

Introductory Tier

The introductory tier will be an optional 4week training for those who have not previously completed an 8week mindfulness-based or mindfulness-informed course. 

First Tier

The first tier will enable participants to share mindfulness practices within their contexts. 

Second Tier

The second tier will be more intensive and will allow participants to teach mindfulness-based or mindfulness-informed programmes.

We plan to commence training the introductory tier towards the end of 2023, the first tier at the beginning of 2024 and the second tier later in 2024.

Please email Lynne Gordon. IMISA operations officer, on lynne@mindfulness.org.za , if you would like to be kept informed of costs, dates and course content.

Mindfulness-Based Programmes

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a participant-centred approach to stress management and is to date, the most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide.


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  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy


    MBCT is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. Research suggests this program is also effective in preventing depression relapse.


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  • Other Mindfulness-Based Approaches


    A mix of trainings, courses and retreats which have mindfulness as a foundation and are informed by the ethics and ethos of this approach, used in varied and diverse settings.


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  • Mindfulness-Based Corporate Programmes


    Programmes that cultivate healthier, conscious, and compassionate working environments. Helping employees and teams feel more connected; nurturing them to grow and thrive at work.


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  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain


    These programmes introduce mindfulness and meditation to individuals with chronic pain, guided by health professionals experienced in pain management.


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  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention


    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is an eight-week series of two-hour sessions, developed specifically for people recovering from alcohol, drug & process addictions.


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  • Mindfulness-Based Eating


    Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Mindfulness-based interventions are particularly well suited to addressing disordered eating behaviours.


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  • Mindful Self-Compassion


    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches simple effective skills and develops emotional strength to meet life’s challenges with kindness instead of blaming, shaming or criticizing ourselves.


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