Upcoming MBCP Professional Trainings in the US and Europe


 San Francisco, California

The Mind in Labor: A Weekend Workshop with Nancy Bardacke, CNM

A weekend workshop for both expectant parents and professionals.  Nancy, the MBCP Founding Director, offers practical mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety during pregnancy, working with pain during childbirth, and promoting a relationship of caring, connectedness and compassion between new parents and their infants from the moment of birth.

December 2 – 5, 2016, Friday-Monday
March 17 – 20, 2017, Friday-Monday

Friday, 6:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Monday class is for professionals only)

Location: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 1545 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115

Fee: $192.50 per single / $385 per couple / $425 per professional

Information & Registration for Professionals

Information & Registration for Expectant Parents

Petaluma, California

Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting: 6 Day Introductory Professional Training Retreat

This 6-day retreat is taught by MBCP Founding Director, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, and MBCP Faculty, Eluned Gold, MSc, in association with the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.  Participants in this retreat will experience first-hand each of the mindfulness meditation practices as they are taught in the MBCP classroom, become familiar with the core concepts, exercises and practices of the 9-week MBCP program, explore or deepen their understanding of mindfulness and this way of teaching for expectant parents, and investigate the potential for bringing this approach specifically into the fields of maternal, child and family health in which they work.

Dates: Sunday, March 26 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

Location: EarthRise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952

General Registration – $1050
UCSD Faculty/Staff – $850
Room and Board Single Occupancy – $1095
Room and Board Double Occupancy – $795
(See the link below for Early-Bird pricing)

MBCP Informational Flier 

UCSD Information & Registration 


Information for Those Interested in Becoming an 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 have 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.

Suggested Background Document

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