teacher training

Mindful Minis offers two children’s mindfulness teacher training courses – Foundation Training and Advanced Training.

Both courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance International (YAI) and recognised internationally. Please email info@mindfulminis.co.za if you would like to attend or for more information.

children's mindfulness teacher training
The greatest gift we can give our children is the experience of deep quiet.
That beautiful place within where calm and contentment are found.

Next Training Dates:
A Foundation Training course must be completed prior to starting an Advanced Training course.

    • 5 Nov 2018: Advanced Training (starts)
    • 1 – 3 Feb 2019: Advanced Training (final weekend)
    • 5 – 7 Apr 2019: Foundation Training
    • 8 Apr 2019: Advanced Training (starts)
    • 19 – 21 Jul 2019: Advanced Training (final weekend)
    • 16 – 18 Aug 2019: Foundation Training
    • 19 Aug 2019: Advanced Training (starts)
    • 8 – 10 Nov 2019: Advanced Training (final weekend)

All training takes place at the Mindful Minis studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

Foundation Training

The course teaches the foundations of mindfulness, meditation and yoga in the context of children, and includes practical exercises to use in a family, school or professional setting. This 20-hour course is suitable for:

  • teachers wanting to incorporate mindfulness into their classroom.
  • counsellors, therapists and anyone else already working with children in a professional capacity who would like to introduce mindfulness into the lives of the children they work with.
  • parents wanting to practise meditation and mindfulness with their children at home.

Children's mindfulness teacher training
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller


Advanced Training

This “100 level” advanced course is suitable for those wishing to register with Yoga Alliance Africa (http://yogaallianceafrica.com/), a division of Yoga Alliance International (YAI), as a certified children’s mindfulness teacher. This will enable you to offer mindfulness classes at private studios, schools or in other community settings.

The 100 hours course is broken down as follows:

  • 20 hours in-person Foundation Training.
  • 60 hours supported home study and assignments.
    • modules are emailed out every 2 weeks between the Foundation and Final Training weekends.
    • most modules have assignments that needs to be completed in the 2 weeks.
    • practical assessments are done in-person if you reside in Cape Town. Skype is available for those living outside of Cape Town.
  • 20 hours in-person Final Advanced Training weekend.

Attendance is required in person at the two 20-hour weekends (CPT) to complete this course.

Children's mindfulness teacher training
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” – Sylvia Boorstein


Comments from Past Participants

Guiding children in mindfulness From Jane (participant in Oct 2018):

It was such an honour to be a part of Bianca’s First Mindful Minis Foundation Training Course. The course was extremely well organised and thought out with just the right mix of formal learning and fun & creative activities. Bianca’s passion for teaching mindfulness to children shone through throughout the entirety of the course.

She is a very supportive, flexible, inspiring and encouraging teacher and an endless source of creative & practical ideas to help bring the gift of mindfulness into children’s lives. The course manual is very detailed and helpful – going over everything covered during the course and including an excellent suggested reading list.

I can’t recommend her course highly enough and left feeling truly inspired and excited about sharing everything I had learnt with my family and friends!


guiding children in mindfulnessFrom Megan (participant in Nov 2018):

My heart is beaming with gratitude after attending your Foundation Phase training course. It was an absolutely uplifting and healing experience and it has given me all the tools that I wish to implement in my personal life as well as my teaching environment.

I thoroughly enjoyed the company of the group that I was with and had so much fun doing all the exercises and activities that you presented us with.

I have really connected to the knowledge that you have imparted and the way in which you explain the practice of mindfulness. It has allowed me to begin the process of my personal positive growth and has given me the opportunity to teach my learners how to use mindfulness in their own personal development.

I have never understood the importance of the simple breath, until you explained it so simply and wonderfully. I am hoping to model it to children so that they feel empowered to self-regulate.

My sincere gratitude to you for blessing me with the opportunity and so willingly sharing your practice with me.


guiding children in mindfulnessFrom Nicole (participant in Nov 2018):

This is just a note to say thank you so very much for the informative and deeply moving workshop on teaching mindfulness to kids.

I loved the three days of total immersion in mindfulness and gained so much from the experience in terms of learning new skills and also a better understanding of myself and who I want to be as a parent. You have opened a door to a whole new language in parenting, therein assisting my children in developing their own skills in facing life.

I look forward to many mindful family moments and feel that this is just the beginning of what will be a very rewarding journey for all of us. Thank you for the work that you do and for your open and caring way (and infectious laugh)!