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Children have incredible potential.

You can help them reach it!

Imagine if children learned they could transform their own minds...


Imagine if they knew how to grow compassion...


Imagine if they developed the resilience to meet challenges...


Imagine the future they could shape for themselves.

You can make mindfulness fun and inspiring with the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme

  • High-Quality Teacher Training

    LIVE interactive Zoom calls, easy-to-use learning platform, high-quality resources and over 40 hours of in-depth training!

  • Fun & Inspiring Curriculum
    (7-11 year olds)

    16 lessons packed with games, activities, videos and meditations the kids will love!

  • Learn With Passionate People

    Join a community of like-minded peers (max 30 people) as you go on a rich and transformative 12 week learning journey.

A curriculum kids will love

The truth is... kids won't want to learn mindfulness if they think it's boring.

... And focusing on the breath sounds kind of boring to most kids.

This is why it's so important to make mindfulness fun.

The Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme is 16 one-hour lessons, jam-packed with games, videos and activities that make mindfulness interesting and inspiring for 7-11 year olds.

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A curriculum you will love teaching

You want to make a meaningful impact when teaching mindfulness. This is why it's important to have confidence in the programmme.

The Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme builds mindfulness with a progressive structure.

It begins by cultivating the key foundations of mindfulness: intention, attention and attitude.

These lead to embodied awareness, and become the foundation for growing gratitude, resilience, and kindness.

Teaching mindfulness to kids needs a great curriculum, but it also needs a great teacher

With our teacher training you'll develop the skills and understanding to teach with confidence, embodiment, and authenticity.

Online Teacher Training

You’ll engage in 4+hours learning a week for 12 weeks including...

  • LIVE training sessions via Zoom

    This is the heart of the training and will take place twice a week. You'll experience all 16 lessons as they would be taught to kids. You'll also join live meditations to deepen your understanding of the key themes of the curriculum as well as the teaching skills of guiding and inquiry.

  • On demand video lectures & meditations

    You'll have access to more than 30 video meditations to support your personal engagement with the course themes as well as lectures exploring the science and theory of the Kids Programme. These are on-demand so you can access them when it suits.

  • Mini practice pods

    You'll join rotating practice pods of 3-4 people where you'll connect with your fellow students. In these virtual mini-group meet-ups you'll practice guiding meditations and leading the inquiry process as well practice teaching aspects of the Kids Programme.

You'll learn how to...

  • Structure Progressive Learning

    You'll learn the structures and principles that underpin the development of mindfulness both in children and adults.

  • Create an Atmosphere of Nonjudgment

    You'll learn how to nurture caring and kindness amongst the children, growing a sense of shared humanity.

  • Support Different Learning Styles

    You'll learn how to use movement, videos, discussion, drawing, and kinaesthetic activities to make mindfulness accessible.

  • Guide Mindfulness Practices

    You'll learn the key dos and don'ts as well as develop a way of guiding that feels authentically your own.

  • Lead the Inquiry Process

    You'll learn to lead compassionate, exploratory dialogue that deepens the child's learning and understanding.

  • Use Games and Play to Engage

    You'll learn to use interactive activities to bring mindfulness to life, ensuring the kids are motivated and engaged.

What's the schedule?

You'll get the connection of live interaction and the flexibility of on-demand content.

  • LIVE interactive zoom calls

    These will take place on
    Thursdays (7pm-9pm) and
    Tuesdays (7pm-8pm)
    starting on Thursday, 1st October 2020.

    They'll run for 12 weeks with breaks in weeks 5 and 9, giving you a chance to catch up on anything you miss.

  • On-demand content

    Your time is precious so we've designed the training to be as flexible as possible.

    As you progress through the course, you'll access the weekly video meditations, supporting lectures, and recorded zoom calls when it suits.

  • Flexible practice pods

    In the second half of the course you'll join rotating practice pods with your fellow students, giving you the chance to develop your teaching skills.

    You'll meet up virtually in groups of 3 to 4 people and arrange these at times that suit you.

Do you have a passion to make a positive impact? Join the movement!


We train school teachers, therapists, social workers, yoga teachers, mindfulness practitioners, counsellors, youth workers and more.

Hear from a recent graduate...


And all you need to access the training is a laptop or computer that can access zoom. It's really easy. If you have any concerns about the technology side of things just send us an email and we can walk you through things before the course starts: info@youthmindfulness.org 

Join over 700 educators from more than 25 countries already teaching the
Kids Programme

Your course instructor

and author of the Kids Programme

Michael Bready

Michael's been a passionate practitioner of mindfulness for over 16 years and has spent long stretches on retreat in various meditation traditions in Nepal, India, France and the UK. He holds a graduate degree in Studies in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen and a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He founded Youth Mindfulness in 2011 and has taught mindfulness to thousands of children, teenagers and young adults as well as trained hundreds of educators. In the course of this work, he led the development of the first mindfulness programme for young men in prison in Scotland in partnership with the University of Glasgow. More recently, as a founding member of Mindful Nation Scotland (a collaboration of leading mindfulness organisations bringing mindfulness to politicians) he’s taught mindfulness to Members of the Scottish Parliament. His current passion is exploring what science is telling us about human nature and how this can lead us to a brighter, wiser and more humane future.

Our Partners and Collaborations


Youth Mindfulness is internationally recognised as a leader in mindfulness-based education.

We advise several organisations and work jointly in national and international collaborations to support the development of the field.

FAQ

  • What technology do I need to access the training?

    All you need is a device that can access the internet and access zoom. Ideally you'll have a laptop, tablet, or computer, but you could follow the course with just a smartphone. You can test zoom here: https://zoom.us/test. If you would like some help or have any concerns just ping us an email: info@youthmindfulness.org.

  • What's the story of the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme?

    While the Kids Programme is now taught in more than 25 countries, it had humble beginnings. Youth Mindfulness founder and director, Michael Bready, began developing the programme as part of his Masters thesis while studying Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He delivered and developed the programme over several years to thousands of children in Glasgow in Scotland. In 2014, Youth Mindfulness offered its first teacher training. In 2015 It was featured in the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Report on Mindfulness: A Mindful Nation and in 2019 was adopted by the Directorate of Health in Iceland to roll out to every child in Iceland.

  • Do you need previous experience or qualifications to join the training?

    In a word, no. The only prerequisites to join the training are that you have an established regular personal mindfulness practice and have completed some form of introductory mindfulness of training like an introductory course. If you're not sure whether you meet these prerequisites our intelligent booking form will let you know as you book.

  • I’m not a school teacher, can I still do the training?

    Yes! Anybody can train with us. The only thing that is necessary is that you already practice mindfulness and have a passion to bring this practice to children.

  • I’ve only just started practising mindfulness, can I join?

    It depends. How long have you been practising? If just a week, then we recommend that you take some time to develop your own practice first. If you'd like to do an introductory course with us email us here: info@youthmindfulness.org. If you've been practising for at least 3 months and have regular ongoing practice you'll be eligible to join.

  • What are the pre-requisites?

    To join the training you need to have an established regular personal mindfulness practice and have completed some form of introductory mindfulness training like an introductory course. If you're not sure whether you meet the prerequisites our intelligent booking form will let you know as you book.

  • I don't meet the pre-requisites, where should I do my initial training?

    You can do it with us. Just ping as an email: info@youthmindfulness.org and let us know you're interested. We regularly run online introductory trainings and we'll let you know when the next one is.