Breathing Space London

mindfulness for health

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) Training for Health Professionals and Mindfulness Teachers 

JULY 2020

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Friday 10th -          9am - 5pm

Saturday 11th  -    9am - 5pm

Sunday 12th -       9am - 5pm

MBAR is a member of The British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches BAMBA

Who can benefit from the training?
The training is for experienced meditation practitioners, people with an understanding of mindfulness, and health care providers working in the field of addiction. Group skills and teaching skills preferred but not an absolute requirement. This course is also for those people with lived experience of addiction and recovery and who want to have a deeper understanding of their or their friends and families condition. It is a stand alone course, or part of the training if you want to become an MBAR Facilitator.


Why do the training?

The training has several outcomes.

   This is perfect for people who just want a deeper understanding of addictive and compulsive behaviours and how to work with them more effectively

   This is the perfect course if you are wanting some professional development and want to reflect on your work practise

   This course enables and empowers individuals to begin using the tools and skills in their personal and or professional life with groups or individuals.

   An opportunity to deliver some of the exercises, interactive games and meditations in your work place

   You must do this training if you want to become a facilitator of this 8 week program

How to become an MBAR Facilitator of the 8 week program

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Outcomes of the Training

·        Understand the MBAR course and be able to co-facilitate a course in your institution as part of your work practice or at your local Buddhist centre.

·        Understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviours and how it relates to your own life.

·        Understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relation to addiction.

·        Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions and compulsive behaviours and increase your confidence in applying them.


About the Training

MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction. Originally called mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), the course was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves (in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John). Dr Groves has led it at Breathing Space and in the NHS since 2005. Valerie Mason-John has also delivered the course in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada and USA. The course can be delivered 2 hours a week for 6 to 8 consecutive weeks.


The training will cover mindfulness and meditative techniques including three minute breathing space, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, and working with difficulties in meditation. MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations will be introduced. There will also be personal reflection and rehearsal of parts of the course.

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"Vimalasara Mason-John is one of the most profound teachers of our time. She leads her studies with love, compassion and lived experience. Her teachings will change the way you see and treat yourself and other living beings." Dr Neil Stephenson - medical doctor and runs a addiction clinic in Norway.

 “This fascinating course led by Vimalasara gave us a great insight, on both a practical and theoretical level, of the various ways in which mindfulness techniques can be used to help others recover from addiction – and more importantly stay inrecovery. I would highly recommended it to any professional  working in the healthcare or substance misuse field.” Liam Watson (MSc, BSc (hons), PGDip), Director,


As part of the training you will receive:

·         A PDF manual of the course with handouts for participants.

·         Downloads of the guided meditations.

·         A copy of  the new expanded edition Eight Step Recovery.


Cost of the course


£550 low waged (please ring 02087099986 or email for this rate. 

£700 high waged

£900 Organizations


Cancellation policy 


  1. Cancellations 6 weeks before the course recieve full refund minus a £100 deposit
  2. Cancellations 1 month before get 50% refund
  3. Cancellations 2 weeks before get 25% refund
  4. We cannot offer refunds 2 weeks or less before the course