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.


What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016