Applying Mindfulness to Chronic Pain and Long-Term Health Conditions

If you are an MBSR, MBCT Teacher this three day intensive non-residential course will provide you with a framework for helping people with chronic pain and long-term health conditions (LTCs) to live well and flourish.

Course Leaders

Vidyamala Burch and Colette Power

Course Content:  

You will be introduced to the methods originally devised by Breathworks co-founder Vidyamala Burch and most recently published in her award winning book Mindfulness for Health.

Over the three days of the workshop you will be introduced to: 

  • How to support people with LTCs to accept their primary experience of pain and reduce their secondary experience of the mental and emotional stress associated with physical pain.
  • Breathworks practice of Mindfulness in Daily Life: a pacing method that helps people to avoid flare-ups of pain or other condition.
  • Breathworks meditation practices specifically suited for people with LTCs 
  • Breathworks System of Mindful Movement
  • Guidance in how to teach meditation specifically for people with pain or illness
  • Using the breath to help soften reactions to pain and to reduce the tension and stress that often accompanies it.

In addition, there will be presentation of:

  • Breathworks trainers' unique experience of working with this client group
  • Qualitative and quantitative data of Breathworks programme benefits

Suitable for:

For people who have completed their training in MBSR or MBCT (e.g. at least level 2 training at Bangor University), and have taught at least three MBSR or MBCT courses.

Good Practice Guidelines:

Our training organisation is a participating member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations . Our trainees adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers and we encourage the teachers we train to adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers.

On completion:

  • An attendance certificate will be given at the end of the course.
  • You qualify for attending our CPD Intensive Meditation Retreat
  • You can apply to our teacher training programme and complete the accreditation process by only needing to complete one week of residential teacher training, a mindful movement weekend and a supervised practice course (the Advanced Teacher Training stage of our training programme).


"I just wanted to take a moment to express how amazing this training retreat turned out to be for me. I know you saw the transformation I experienced on a surface level in terms of my expression of pain (fibromyalgia) and I can attest the internal transformation was even more meaningful and life affirming. Thank you both for creating a space that was so loving and safe to allow for this level of vulnerability. I am really excited about continuing my education and practice of the Breathworks teachings both on a personal level and as part of my ongoing professional practice. I honestly cannot wait to attend the next level of training (more intensive and longer retreat) and only wish that I could just come to the UK this summer. However, I can tell you now to "sign me up" for the next event in the United States in the Spring of 2016. I really believe this model can help so many people and needs to be out there in the community!"

Carolyn Licht, PHD, NYS Licensed Psychologist, New York

"I would like to thank you for the excellent MBCT/MBSR Pathways course I attended as the start of my teacher training with Breathworks, it is the first training that I have found that allows me to use many of my skills. I have been teaching Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology to Complementary Health Practitioners for The Energy Centre in Geneva for some years now and so the explanation of the 'three diaphragm' breath inquiry made so much sense to me. Your whole program makes me feel that the participants attending the course will really benefit enormously. Not only are they getting the basis of the MBSR programme but they are also getting a huge amount of practical assistance and explanations on how to assist themselves and ultimately learn to have a different relationship with their pain."

Thea, Psychologist, Switzerland

Booking for this event has now closed.