The most prominent self-administered programme of mindfulness is the book "Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world`" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. This is an 8 week course, that covers the practices in MBCT. There is a set of guided meditations that accompany the book.

Self Help Mindfulness Programmes

Root Definition

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

Self Help Mindfulness Programmes have not been subject to substantial research. They are mostly derived from MBSR or derivative programmes, and leave out some elements of the full programmes.

A self help programme is normally delivered in through online tutorials, videos or a book:

  • There is no pre-assessment of individuals
  • A phased introduction of practices
  • Some emphasis on and exploration of attitudes
  • Expectation of some home practice, but not as extensive as full programmes
  • No enquiry, and no opportunity to ask questions




Publishers, authors.


Transforms people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of mindfulness.


Making mindfulness teaching as widely available as possible promotes mindfulness, and self-taught can be of benefit.


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 full 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

Providers of such programmes, e.g. Frantic World.

Contribution to the problem situation

The ability to track this is limited, and there is no immediate way to assess the value of such programmes. Such programmes may diminish the value of other programmes, by presenting a limited view of mindfulness with no interaction with a skilled teacher.