2 day Introduction to
Guiding Mindfulness

Due to the COVID-19 situation all the 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Trainings
are being held Online, using Zoom, at reduced cost.

Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate Course based on the latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness

As the benefits from Mindfulness are becoming more commonly known and acknowledged there is now a growing demand in schools and work places for Mindfulness training and trained Mindfulness facilitators.

In this 2 day certificate course you will not only be introduced to and learn the the powerful Mindfulness techniques that are helping individuals from all walks of life to have more balance and focus in their lives. You will also receive the tools and training to teach these techniques to anyone around you, including students and children.

Proven & Successful Methods

Mindfulness is a natural state of being human, yet in our increasingly distracted and fragmented world we now have to ‘teach’ mindfulness to re-empower people with their own natural ability to restore the fragmented mind to a state of wholeness and presence.

This course gives you the background, science, practices and techniques to teach/guide others and to establish a regular practice yourself.

The course is based on the successful programme Mindful NZ Schools has been running the past seven years as well as latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness designed by the original MBSR members
who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

This is an interactive course covering theory, activities and practices. You will have opportunity to deepen your own Mindfulness practice and be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions. Participants also get the chance to guide classes for first-hand experience.

Tools & Documentation

In these 2 days we will cover a lot of ground and learn so many things that it would be almost impossible to remember it all. But the thing is that you don’t need to. You will get printed (or digital if you prefer) documentation on all aspects of what we learnt in the course.
For example: 

  • Templates on how to build dynamic and engaging lessons for children and adults.
  • A Mindfulness Facilitator Manual with key points for guiding and leading mindfulness sessions with inspiring and pedagogical tips on how to use language, your own authenticity and natural authority, to create a space where Mindfulness can ‘happen’ rather than ‘telling’ people what to do.
  • Example scripts that you can use as a starting point when you build your own lessons.
  • An 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • A powerpoint presentation with over 40 slides that you can use freely as a resource.
  • plus ongoing support, audio links etc.

NEW! – 8 Week Online Course

When you register you also get access to a complete self-paced online course to establish your own mindfulness practice.

  • A 60 page Mindfulness Training Manual covering eight week lessons in downloadable PDF format
  • Guided Mindfulness audios for each weeks exercises that you can listen to on any device.
  • Videos Recommended videos and talks to watch as a complement to the course
  • Webinars invitation to members only webinars to expand and go deeper, share insights and ask questions.

Mindfulness Teacher Rita Riccola

Rita Riccola has been a Meditation and yoga practitioner for 25 years. Rita has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA. She has
provided training for many
schools in Auckland. More recently she has been training teachers at Diocesan and Dilworth Junior College in Mindfulness in the effort to take the practices to their students.


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IN SHORT-What will you learn?

This training will give you a resource to improve everyone’s, including adults, students and children’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy. Activities and practices will be taught to help engage students in the mindfulness process and assist in internalising the mindfulness process.

Why should we teach Mindfulness to students and children?
Studies have shown that emotional regulation, social behaviour and academic achievement have noticeably improved for those who have received Mindfulness instructions.

Benefits such as:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better self-management
  • Less reactivity
  • Improved mental resilience
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better memory
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Better conflict resolution skills

are common and expectable result from regular Mindfulness practice.

It doesn’t matter if you never meditated or done one Mindfulness exercise in your life, this course is for anyone who are moved to establish their own Mindfulness practice and get the tools and resources to help others to improve focus, mental resilience and impulse control.

This doesn’t just creates happier students and children; it creates a happier culture in the whole school, for both teachers and students.


Who is the course for?

  • Teachers
  • Yoga Trainers
  • Social Workers
  • Consultants
  • Psychologists
  • Team Leaders
  • Personal Assistants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Parents
  • Pastors
  • & anyone who want to add Mindfulness Facilitation to their skill set

What Participants Say

“What I liked best about the 2 day training was the relaxed, knowledgeable approach to Mindfulness”.
-Laura, Melbourne

“I liked the pace, experiential learning and the facilitators sharing her experience”
Alison, Sydney

“I’ve learnt valuable human, approachable ways to bring Mindfulness to my school and my own life”
Peter, Sydney

“ I’ve learnt that you can choose to change. The interaction between participants was especially valuable”
– Jen, Sydney

“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
-Louise Dore, Auckland

“I found Rita’s expert and gentle facilitating a wonderful way to explore mindfulness personally, whilst also guiding me to share mindfulness with others”.
-Suzanne Henwood, Auckland

“The Mindfulness Teacher Training 2 day workshop delivered some excellent material and provided participants with some definitive tools to enable them to develop their own teaching programs around. Rita’s knowledge and inclusive manner of facilitating made for an enjoyable experience”.
-Errol Alison, Wellington

What do you get from this Course?

  • Guidance given by experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Learning simple practices to help students and children to relax the body, eliminate stress, calm the mind
  • Improve mental and physical well-being, by changing patterns of anxious thinking
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • How to build mindfulness lessons that is accessible for children of all ages
  • Written 8 weeeks lesson plans and practices including powerpoint and audio links

Course Content – Day 1 & 2

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • How does it work?
    Evidence-based research results
    and the neuroscience.
  • Why Teach Mindfulness to Students and Children.
  • Breathing Exercise 1 and 2
  • Guided Body Scan
  • The STOP Method
  • How to build a MIndfulness Lesson
  • Tools & Resources

  • How to identifying patterns of thinking and reacting that keep us trapped.
  • Practical ways to work with  Difficult Thoughts and Emotions.
  • Turning boredom and restlessness into curiosity
  • Mindful Listening-expanded awareness.
  • The ‘Mountain meditation’
  • Training Session – Teaching Mindfulness
  • Questions and Answers, feedback/personal Enquiry into your own experience

Mindfulness Teacher Training -  in the classroom
Mindfulness can’t be learnt by talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is
experiential. To be able to teach mindfulness you need to understand how
it works from the inside out. Teaching mindfulness is more about guiding
people to their own mindfulness practice. It’s about co-creating an
environment where mindfulness can ‘happen’

Related Courses

Start Practising Mindfulness
Self-Paced Online Course
Learn the effective mindfulness techniques that are helping individuals from all walks of life to have more balance and focus in their lives.

Bring Mindfulness to the Classroom
For teachers and consultants who want to introduce mindfulness to their students, children and staff.

“With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
equilibrium”.Rita Riccola


Mindfulness is a natural state of being human yet in our increasingly distracting
and fragmented world we now ‘teach’ mindfulness to re-empower
people with their own natural ability to restore the fragmented mind
to a state of wholeness and presence and to come in contact with the
calmness and stillness beneath the often, over-burdened mind.

mindfulness teacher training - taking Mindfulness into the classroom

Developing A Culture of Kindness in the Classroom

At Mindfulness in Australia we seek to change the schools drop- out rate, low achievement, emotional and behavioural problems. We aim to help schools develop a culture of kindness, self-awareness and personal responsibility.
The purpose of our work is to reach as many educators as possible to share these proven and effective techniques and give all children a chance to find their own strengths and connect with their innate ability to self-manage. This doesn’t just creates happier students and children. It creates a happier culture in the whole school; for teachers and students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness is a way of noticing where your attention is in the present moment without judging it good or bad. It’s about not wandering off into an imagined future or going over the past but fully engaging right here right now.

The ability to focus on one thing at a time is a skill and requires practice. Just as athletes train on a daily basis to maintain fitness and stamina, Mindfulness, which is a mental training, requires regular daily practice to experience the many well documented benefits especially of de-stressing, relaxing the body and generally self-managing in a new and empowering way.

Through guided, simple easy-to-do practisies you are training the mind to be more present in the moment. resulting in it to be less anxious, more alert and alive.

Everyone really and especially anyone

  • Who over-thinks
  • Thinks anxiously as a regular behavior.
  • Stressed people
  • People who engage in constant negative self-talk
  • People who can’t sleep because of incessant inner chatter
  • People who operate on ‘auto-pilot’ and are always ‘on’..
Current research tells us 20 minutes a day is required to achieve lasting benefits. This can be broken into two 10 minutes sessions-easily do-able when you experience the inner calm and rest from the robotic mind.
You will slowly (sometimes quickly) begin to experience a lightness of being, less anxiety, better sleep, easier communications and a general improved sense of well-being and have more energy. These are not empty promises but almost guaranteed if you follow the instructions, do the practices regularly and begin to live more Mindfully.
Meditation and Mindfulness are very similar the only difference being that Meditation takes many more forms;chanting, mantras as well as breathing and visualisations however Mindfulness meditation is a specific set of exercises that focus exclusively on the five senses.
Many places that run Mindfulness courses do so on a donation basis and are connected to spiritual centers. Mindfulness in New Zealand is an independent group and the trainers pay to live just like everyone else. Everybody needs to be paid for their effort as well as the cost of hiring venues and paying advertising to let people know the courses exist.


There is no religion, dogma or beliefs attached to Mindfulness. Mindfulness has it’s roots in many contemplative practices but doesn’t require or impose on anyones belief systems. It’s a mental activity that has proven to be of great benefit for maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance.

Evidence Based

The many benefits of Mindfulness have been well documented especially in the past 30 years since Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme that has led to the wide-spread, evidence based research and the acceptance of these non-religious, practical exercises anyone can do.

For Anyone

Mindfulness practice doesn’t require any preparation or beforehand knowledge about meditation. Anyone can experience the effect from these simple exercises.