Professional Trainings


•  6-Day Introduction to MBCP Professional Training Retreat
•  Train to Become a MBCP Instructor


6-Day Introduction to MBCP Professional Training Retreat

This retreat is designed for those interested in exploring teaching MBCP and mindfulness in other settings and for medical and mental health professionals seeking an introduction to mindfulness meditation and understanding its complementary relationship to obstetrics, midwifery, nursing, pediatrics, medicine, particularly family medicine and clinical psychology. Obstetricians, pediatricians, family practice doctors, midwives, labor and delivery and postpartum nurses, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, prenatal massage therapists, infant massage instructors, pre and postnatal yoga instructors, infant mental health professionals, early childhood educators, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, counselors, educators or anyone interested in the health and well-being of families may well find this program of value to their work–and their lives.

Date: 18-24 January 2015
Location: EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA 
Instructor: Nancy Bardacke, CNM
Upcoming Retreats: Vesseaux, France (26 March – 1 April 2015)


Train to Become a MBCP Instructor

Becoming a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Instructor is a process that by its very nature takes patience, commitment, dedication, individual responsibility, creativity and imagination. MBCP teacher training is firmly grounded in the principle that the authenticity and effectiveness of one’s teaching can only come through one’s own personal mindfulness practice. Embodying the practice both inside and outside the classroom is key and this can only be developed through one’s own personal formal and informal mindfulness practice.

In response to requests for training to become an MBCP Instructor, formal MBCP Teacher Training Programs has been developed both in the US and abroad.  For those who would like to begin preparing to enter a formal MBCP Teacher Training program suggested guidelines are given below. Our hope is that these educational experiences will be helpful in exploring whether becoming an MBCP Instructor is indeed the path for you at this point in time. Many of these educational experiences will enable you to begin or deepen your own mindfulness practice, your knowledge of the population you will be serving, enhance your potential for greater understanding and embodiment of the practice both inside and outside of the classroom and support you in providing ethical and effective service to the population you intend to serve.

For more information regarding prerequisites for those interested in becoming a MBCP Instructor, please read our Suggested Background document.

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