Full Mindfulness Programmes

Root Definition

A range of training programmes that help individuals to improve their wellbeing and health by providing them with mindfulness skills.

Full Mindfulness Programmes have been subject to substantial research, and are mostly derived from MBSR.

A full programme is normally delivered in a group and has the following characteristics:

  • Pre-interviews with participants to ensure safety and appropriateness
  • Groups of 8 or more
  • A phased introduction of practices
  • A strong emphasis on and exploration of attitudes
  • Expectation of substantial home practice
  • A silent practice day
  • Deep enquiry on practice




Mindfulness teachers
Health care providers


Transforms people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of mindfulness.


Mindfulness is viewed as a beneficial support for individuals, based on research and the personal experience of trainers and those who have been trained. Research has provided considerable evidence that 8 week programmes, delivered skilfully, provide a range of benefits. The mindfulness community is aiming to widen the adoption of mindfulness.


There is no formal owner of mindfulness programmes, though there are a number of training organisations seeking to widen availability of mindfulness programmes and to ensure the quality of mindfulness programmes.


The media are generating a considerable amount of interest in mindfulness, though some of this can be ill-informed.
The financial climate is limiting, and though there are evidence-based benefits, there are few opportunities for public funding of research, development and implementation.
There is a growing number of people delivering mindfulness training, some of whom are formally trained.

Relavent Subsystems

Individual programmes: MBSR, MBCT, etc.

Contribution to the problem situation

Mindfulness is early in its lifecycle. There are few people in the community who have significant knowledge of informatics, especially national informatics that can support mindfulness. There is no professional body, though the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations is establishing a register of teachers who have a level of formal training and who abide by professional standards.