Professional Mindfulness-Based Programs Training


Between 2007 and 2013, Openground offered professional teacher training in mindfulness-based approaches in co-operation with the Center for Mindfulness, UMass.  

In 2013 this training function was rolled over into the newly created Mindfulness Training Institute. The MTI is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing excellent and sustainable professional training in mindfulness-based approaches in Australasia. If you are seriously interested in becoming a mindfulness teacher, explore the website for details about the training pathway, costs, how to apply and our involvement in international integrity for mindfulness-based approaches world-wide. 

The Directors of Training in MTI bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to the provision of excellent training in mindfulness based approaches:


Dr Maura Kenny


A psychiatrist in the public health system, Maura is Coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression, South Australian Health. Maura trained in MBCT under the guidance of Prof Mark Williams and his colleagues in the UK. She began teaching MBCT to clinical groups in 2002 and also completed an Advanced MBCT training in the US in 2006.

She is Chair of the International Integrity Committee for MBIs and the Convenor of the Discipline of Psychiatry’s Mindfulness Research Group at the University of Adelaide and her research focuses on the efficacy, mediators and long term effects of applied mindfulness. Maura has extensive experience of providing CBT and MBCT programs for clinicians and therapists of different disciplinary backgrounds, and has led numerous mindfulness workshops and residential training intensives nationally and overseas. She is an Associate teacher and trainer at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, UK.


  Timothea Goddard 

(BA, Dip Psych ANZAP, Clin Mem PACFA)

Timothea - the Director of Openground - is recognised as a pioneer in bringing mindfulness interventions to Australia over the past 12 years. She was the first person in Australia to complete the training and be accredited with the world renowned contemporary secular mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (USA) and maintains strong professional links there.  

Timothea has worked in private practice for 30 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy. Regarding other mindfulness based approaches, she is an enthusiast - having trained extensively in MiCBT with Bruno Cayoun as well as in ACT, Breathworks, the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training, the .b Mindfulness in Schools training and the Still Quiet Place for kids.  She was an assistant teacher in an MBCT program with Professor Mark Williams and Dr Maura Kenny. She has extensive experience in providing professional training and supervision in the discipline of psychotherapy as well as mindfulness based approaches.


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