Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training

Next Courses

10th - 16th Nov*
Oxford Carmelite Priory
27th Dec - 3rd Jan
Gaunts House, Dorset
3rd - 10th Jan*
Oxford Ripon College#
3rd-10th April**
Whaley Hall, Derbyshire
15-22nd May
Anam Cara, Inverness
26th July-2nd Aug
Gaunts House, Dorset
8-15th August*
Pantglas, Wales
6th-13th Nov**
Whaley Hall, Derbyshire

Prices include all tuition and certification. For more info on the venues see the side bar on the right.

* Taught by Dr Barbara Gabrys
** Taught by Kim Bennett
All other courses are taught by Daizan Roshi
# These venues offer solo ensuite accommodation


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Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Insight, using centuries old Zen Buddhist practices

Meditation Class

Did you know that 30 minutes meditation a day will boost your health, increase your intelligence, reduce your stress and offer you a whole host of other benefits?

There is great demand for meditation teaching these days. Abundant research has shown that Zen and Buddhist-based mindfulness practices are tremendously beneficial. Not only individuals are seeking out the meditation teachings, many organisations including companies like Google and Microsoft are aware of the benefits of meditation and encouraging its practice at work.

It stands to reason. Not only does meditation practice make you more relaxed, focused and stress-resistant; over time you become increasingly efficient. It makes sense for you and for the wider world

This intensive course is designed for people who desire to become meditation and mindfulness teachers. The material is presented in a format that will allow you to conduct eight-week courses for individuals or companies, providing a framework which allows the life-changing benefits of meditation to be assimilated and practiced in a way that can lead to lasting well-being, enhanced health and expanded consciousness. The practices have already been taught in many organisations including BAE Systems, Support 2 Recovery, Oxford University, Kids Company and Westminster University. There are two eight-week programmes presented. Details below.

Be A Part of Our Oxford University Research Project

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We have a research project entitled, "The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction" running at Oxford University Under the Departments of Materials and Experimental Psychology. Ethics approval MSD/IDREC/C1/2012/79. We believe that scientific validation of these ancient meditation and mindfulness practices will increase their credibility in the modern world even further. Preliminary findings have been impressive. When you study with us to be a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, you learn how to administer the tests so that your students can actually have validated the changes they experience during the course. These results go off to Oxford for deeper analysis

What will I study on the course?

On the practical side, you’ll be learning tried and tested meditation techniques grounded in a two and a half thousand year tradition and subject to modern scientific testing. Not only will you be putting these techniques into practice yourself and learning how to communicate them. In addition you will learn how and why they have the effects they do. You will learn about meditation practices and teachings that foster health, well-being and vitality, as well as practices that lead to profoundly expanded consciousness.

The teachings are structured in a way that gives you two courses to offer your clients:

Meditation and Mindfulness for wellbeing – suitable for individuals and organisations that want a non-spiritual programme that provides stress-proofing, well-being and problem-solving.

Meditation and Mindfulness for Insight – suitable for those who wish to move beyond well-being and into the higher realms of human potential whilst still keeping a grounded and energetic approach to life.

Who are the teachers?

Julian Daizan Skinner
Daizan SkinnerZen Master Daizan Skinner is the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. About twenty years ago, recognising that a rich life was about more than climbing the corporate ladder, he gave up a promising career as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry, sold his house, gave all the money away and entered a Zen monastery. With over twenty-five years of experience in Zen and more than a decade of experience in teaching meditation, Daizan Roshi knows first-hand the value of this work and is more than qualified to take you through the process of learning how to pass it on to others.

Dr Barbara Gabrys
Barbara has been a student of Rinzai Zen for many years. Currently under the tutelage of Zen Master Shinzan Miyamae Rōshi, who has authorised her as Zen teacher at the junior level, Barbara set up and runs the Oxford Zen Society. She is also trained and registered Meditation and Mindfulness teacher having studied with Daizan Rōshi. In daily life Barbara combines academic, administrative and mentoring duties at Oxford University. Her work in science has taken her all over the world. Her experience of international research centres has made her aware of the need to bridge the gap between different cultures, and especially the Eastern and Western way of life. She believes that meditation and mindfulness practices can assist us in making this bridge.

Daizan Rōshi has this to say of Barbara:
"Barbara attended the first Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training course that I ran and has been successfully teaching since 2010. She not only delivers the courses but has significantly contributed to their dynamic development both in university setting and in the wider context. She believes passionately that mindfulness practiced over time can enhance work/life balance and increase overall life satisfaction. A helpful and empathetic teacher, she is well-liked by people who attend her courses. I can wholeheartedly recommend her teaching and am delighted to endorse her as a Meditation Teacher Trainer with Zenways".

Kim Bennett
Kim BennettKim is the founder of Serenity Retreat – a holiday company for solo travellers with its heart in meditation practice, and is a student of Rinzai Zen. She has been teaching meditation at Serenity Retreat both in Greece and the UK since its inception in May 2010. She is a trained and registered Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher having studied with Daizan Roshi in 2011.

She currently studies Rinzai Zen under the tutelage of Daizan Roshi. He has this to say of Kim:
“One of Kim’s intentions is to demystify meditation and mindfulness and to make it as accessible as possible to everyone and she shows real determination to make this happen. She has great personal experience of the power of practice in her own life, having dealt with some significant life and health issues using the practices she’s learned. She is passionate about teaching and develops an easy rapport with her students. I am very happy to endorse both her ability and her understanding as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Trainer with our Zenways program”.

How much is the course?

The tuition cost is £1160 plus the costs of accommodation. If you book early, there is a discount of £100. Each retreat centre we use has different accommodation charges. We are committed to keeping the course affordable. When you consider the earnings potential, meditation and mindfulness teacher training is excellent value for money.

Students in Class

What prerequisites/skills/training/experience do I need?

A strong interest in meditation practice is required. The course structure is such that you will learn how to accurately communicate the techniques. No specific meditation attainments are needed, although, the more experience youhave, the more you will be able to offer your students.

Can you really be a meditation teacher in a week?

You can learn to accurately pass on the teachings and practices in that time. We like to use the analogy of learning to drive a car. With intensive study, you can pass your driving test quite quickly. Many people feel that it’s once you’ve passed your test that you really learn to drive. Plan on your development as a meditation teacher taking the rest of your life and being gounded in your own practice.

How are the days structured?

The days looks something like this:

6am - Guided Meditation
7am - Breakfast
7.30am - Nanso no Ho (mindfulness of the body)
8.30am - Mindfulness Movement (yoga)
9.30am - Tea
10am - Class
12.00 - Lunch
1pm - Class
3pm - Tea
3.30pm - Class
5pm - Meditation
6pm - Supper
6.30pm - Mindfulness Poetry Walk
7.30pm - Meditation

Does attendance on the course automatically qualify me to teach?

Student StudyingNo, to qualify you are required to:

  • Attend the whole of a course and receive a 100% attendance certificate
  • Submit two satisfactory essays on the course material
  • Practice the two eight week meditation and mindfulness programmes supplied with the course and supply a practice diary
  • Teach the two eight week meditation programmes supplied with the course and supply reflections and student feedback.

I am a yoga teacher, will this course complement my teaching?

Student MeditatingThis course is part of the extension of 200-hour yoga teacher training. Once you’ve added this extra hundred hours, you become eligible for a further 200-hour advanced yoga teacher training which takes you up to the 500-hour advanced yoga teacher level. In addition yoga teachers are often not fully confident in incorporating the inner dimension into their teaching. This course will fill that gap.

How do I apply?

Simply call us on 01698 542677 or email admin@zenways.org and we'll guide you through the registration process.

Or secure your place with a £600 deposit.

Will I be registered when I Graduate?

Yes, you'll be registered with Zenways and this enables you to obtain the insurance necessary for you to practice as a meditation teacher.

What is Zenways?

Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) is the organisation created by Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi and his teacher Miyamae Shinzan Roshi to promote and encourage activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing and awakening (satori or kensho - the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in.

Student Comments

The tuition was beautifully pitched – a lot of information for the beginners yet leaving enough space for more experienced people. Working in pairs and then groups worked very well. I particularly valued the systematic approach to types of meditation and practical sessions.
Barbara Gabrys; Oxford

The cost of this course was the best money I’ve ever spent.
Liz Oldham; University of East London

Daizan is an extraordinarily inspirational and fun teacher.
Jenny Evans, Swansea

The tuition was excellent offering the right balance of theory and experiential exercises. I can’t find the words to say how valuable I’ve found the whole course, and the profound impact it has had.
Sue Oakwood. Yorkshire.

If you’re prepared to apply yourself, this course is life-changing.
Carl Simmons; Northampton.


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Visit our London Centre...


Dorset - Gaunts House
A beautiful and comfortable retreat centre in Dorset. More information about the venue here: Gaunt's House

Inverness - Anam Cara
A retreat centre in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. For more information about the venue here: Anam Cara

Italy - Vecchio Convento, Central Italy
An Italian hotel situated in the medieval village of Portico di Romagna high-up in the Apennine hills More information about the venue here: Vecchio Convento

The home of our lineage and our teacher Shinzan Roshi. More information about Japan here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan

Edinburgh - Scotland
A lovely little retreat centre in the heart of the city, near The Meadows. Information here: Emmaus Edinburgh

Wales - The Pantglas Centre
A retreat in The Cambrian Mountains, Wales. For more information about the venue here: The Pantglas Centre

Oxford RC - Ripon College
Set just outside Oxford in beautiful countryside and close to the M40. More information here: Ripon College, Oxford

Spain - Sahasrara, Andalucia
A stunning and comfortable retreat centre in the mountains of Southern Spain. More information about the venue here: Yogasahasrara on Facebook

Scarborough - Yorkshire
On the headland just outside Scarborough and minutes walk from the sea. More information here: Cober Hill

Oxford CP - Carmelite Priory
Just south of Oxford, this venue is a hidden gem. More information here: Carmelite Priory, Oxford

Bristol - Clifton Hill
A truly peaceful spot in the heart of Bristol. Beautiful views and tranquil gardens. More information here: Emmaus Bristol

West Yorkshire - Mirfield Monastery
The Mirfield Monastery is a beautiful former Mill Owner’s House originally built in the 19th Century set in twenty acres of gardens and woodlands. More information here: Mirfield Monastery