An Advanced Professional MBSR Teacher Training-Portugal

Growing Into the Heart of Teaching MBSR:

Dharma, Embodiment and the Refinement of Intention

Barcelos, Portugal June 16-21, 2019

An advanced MBSR teacher training, qualifying  in phase 2 on the UCSD Certification Pathway, and open to all MBSR teachers with all levels of experience for personal enrichment, and community building, in Barcelos Portugal. 

This training is Endorsed by the
UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Jun 16 – Jun 21, 2019

An Advanced Professional MBSR Teacher Training-Portugal

June 16th - 21st 2019

3:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Led by Steven Hickman and Beth Mulligan

Rua da Pena n 225
Silva, Barcelos, 4750-693
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The experience of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is unlike most other experiences in life, and the opportunities for growth, expansion and transformation are almost limitless. This advanced training is intended to enrich and deepen this journey of teaching MBSR through practice, learning, reflection and sharing. Intended for those who have taught at least two full MBSR courses, this program will draw upon your own experiences, challenges, breakthroughs and insights within a community of fellow teachers as a means of learning from each other for the good of our participants, and of ourselves. This residential training will take place in beautiful • Casa Silva, Barcelos, Portugal


For Vitor Bertocchini, email or call 351-91-7002019

For Mindful-Way for program information, email or call 760-799-7847

Key components and intentions of this highly experiential 5-day training include:

  • Exploring and Refining Intentions of Core Practices and Teachings Within the framework of stated intentions for key elements of MBSR, we will explore through experience how these come alive in the classroom, and with each other. Integral to this training will be a close look at how “drift” from the core curriculum can unfold in various subtle and obvious ways, and how we might work skillfully with these “dissipative forces”.

  • Revisiting the Buddhist Underpinnings of MBSR Seeing the way that the Dharma emerges in the MBSR curriculum and how core Buddhist teachings and practices can “hold us through the storms” that arise in teaching can provide a solid foundation for enriching our teaching. This theme will weave throughout the entire program.

  • Celebrating our Strengths and Working With Our Challenges Each participant will be invited to reflect beforehand on their “joys and sorrows” in teaching thus far. Each of us will come prepared to share a particular memorable moment or appreciation for a particular strength or talent we bring to teaching. Furthermore, participants will also be asked to identify and reflect upon an area of teaching where they would like some support, a teaching “edge” or struggle, and be given opportunities to work with it within a safe, constructive and collaborative environment. We will consider questions like “What creates the conditions for these moments? What experiences in our lives have contributed to them? How might we work with all of this in a skillful way?

  • Deepening Teaching and Refining Our Means This portion may include attention to languaging, intention, methods and theory, but equally likely is that it will lead to self-exploration, possibly looking at deeper issues that may inform our teaching of various aspects of the program. Beyond specific practices and teachings, we will explore holding our seat while in our own “full catastrophe”, working with challenging participants, reflecting with our own expectations around home practice and attachment to specific outcomes.

  • Inquiring into Inquiry Beyond simple reflection, there will be ample opportunity for participants to explore in real time the emergence of these challenges and opportunities through practice in inquiry of practice with support and brainstorming from the program trainers and drawing upon the wisdom and experience of the group.

  • The MBITAC as a Support For Growth The Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) provides a useful means of not only assessing competence while teaching, but reflecting on our process and directing our growth as teacher. Opportunities to reflect on questions like “Where am I?” and “Where would I like to grow?” will be built in to the program.

  • Building a Teacher Community Creating a mutually supportive community of teaching will be a core aim of this training, and that includes the creation of an ongoing support system that continues after the training ends.

  • Objectives
  • At the completion of this training, the participants should be able to:
    • define the components and characteristics of mindful inquiry
    • skillfully articulate the delivery and practice of inquiry
    • respond more skillfully to challenges that arise in the MBSR classroom
    • demonstrate proficiency in embodying present moment directed skills
    • understand and refine the intentions of core practices and teachings in MBSR
    • engage confidently in group process from a mindfulness perspective
    • recognize and articulate the Buddhist underpinnings inherent in the MBSR program
    • utilize the MBI-TAC as a support for professional growth and development as a teacher
    • Ceu’s are available.

    Application fee

    $300.00 (non-refundable but applicable to total if accepted, refundable if not accepted.)

    Registration Fees

    Portugese Citizens regular registration $850.00. Before or on April 02,2019 $750.00

    Non Portuguese Citizens Regular Registration: $950 .Before or on April 02, 2019 $ 850.00
    Early-Bird Registration (Prior to August 15, 2018): $850

    Room and Board not included and must be paid in cash (euros), on site- 440.00 Eruo

  • Please fill out the application form and pay the applicatiton fee below to proceed. 
  • This course satisfies the requirement for advanced teacher training in the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) certification pathway for teachers of MBSR. (It is considered equivalent to the Advanced Teacher Training Intensive for MBSR and MBCT Teachers offered by UCSD and others.)  Open to all MBSR teachers who have taught at least 2 rounds of MBSR, and attended a minimum of 2 silent meditation retreats
  • Schedule

    Sunday June 16th,
    – Dinner 6:30 PM
    – Evening Session from 7:30-9:00PM

    Monday, June 17th-  through Thursday, June 20st
    – 7:00 AM am to 6:30 pm
    – Some evening sessions-TBD.

    Saturday, June 21st
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Venue • Casa Silva, Barcelos, PortugalAbout 50 kms from Oporto airport Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we’re close enough for an easy getaway. The meditation gardens offers sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with sounds of water all around.Amenities: Accomodations:There are more than 30 bedrooms, each with its own newly remodeled private bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Sheets, blankets, towels and soap are provided. Rooms have adjustable heaters and wireless internet. The food is amazing.
    Rua da Pena nº 225
    4750-693 Silva, Barcelos – PortugalNearest Airports
    The nearest major airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO / LPPR). This airport has international and domestic flights from Porto, Portugal and is 50 km (30 miles) from the center of Barcelos, Portugal.
    Another major airport is Vigo-Peinador Airport (VGO / LEVX), which has international and domestic flights from Vigo, Spain and is 114 km (68 miles) from Barcelos, Portugal.From Porto to Barcelos it’s almost highways. So, the travel is quick and very easy to do (40m). It’s very easy to get a transfer. I’ve booked several times a transfer service and the quality is good.
    Onsite Representative: During the week, beginning on Saturday, Vitor and his colleagues will be the onsite representatives for UCSD. Their role will be to facilitate a smooth process for you Centro Espírito Santo e Missão by helping you with any logistical challenges or as a liaison with Centro Espírito Santo e Missão’s staff. If you need to reach them for any reason on the day of travel or during your stay, please call Vitor at 351 91 7002079.


Steven Hickman

Steven Hickman

Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self Compasssion, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. His role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching.  Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 15 years and has trained teachers of MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Steve is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.


Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.

Beth is the Author of The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, New Harbinger Publications

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Informed Consent and Terms and Conditions

I understand that this Mindful-Way mindfulness retreat program ("The Retreat") includes meditation practices, and physical movement including gentle yoga type stretching. I am aware that inner exploring of mental, emotional and physical states may cause me to become more aware of my thinking patterns, buried emotions, repressed feelings and physical discomforts. I understand that I am wholly responsible for these states and any other experiences I may have arising out of participation in The Retreat. And for any additional help that awareness of these states may require. I understand that I am under no obligation to participate in any of the retreat activities. And that I do so willingly. And I have disclosed to the program teachers and organizers any and all information that might be relevant to determining my suitability to participate in The Retreat. I understand that if my behaviour is considered inappropriate or unsafe for any reason by Mindful-Way staff or Agents, I may be asked to leave the retreat without refund. I Further understand that The Retreat producers, Mindful-Way reserve the right, without prior notice and at their sole discretion, to change or amend the program content, location or duration, including changes in teachers and schedule. And that in the in event of postponement or cancellation of the Retreat event, Mindful-Way accepts no liability for any loss or cost incurred by me as a result of these changes or cancellation. I have read and agree to the Cancellation Policy. I also understand that I may in no way hold Mindful-Way, it's teachers, agents, affiliates, facilities, landlords or property owners including The Retreat Center, responsible in any way for any physical, mental, or emotional discomfort, illness or injury or loss, including material or financial loss of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in The Retreat. And I release and indemnify to the fullest extent of the law the above named parties on behalf of myself and my agents and heirs against any claims for distress, injury or illness, including death resulting from or in any way connected to my participation in The Retreat.

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