The Mindfulness Network is committed to ensuring that our services are as accessible and inclusive as possible. Part of our vision involves removing financial barriers, as much as we can, by offering bursaries so that people from all backgrounds can afford to train to be mindfulness-based teachers, receive supervision and attend mindfulness retreats.
General information about bursaries
We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursary-assisted places for people in need of financial support and who work in a way that is aligned to our vision and mission. Currently these bursaries are to support, train and widen access for the community of mindfulness-based teachers across the United Kingdom, in line with our charitable purpose. See the Mindfulness Network calendar for our full programme of training, retreats and compassion events.
Please note that bursaries are for Mindfulness Network services only and are divided into three bursary schemes, for teacher training, retreats and supervision – APPLY BELOW.
We can offer bursary contributions for 25% towards the cost of a chosen training, up to 50% towards the cost of a chosen retreat and up to 75% towards the cost of a series of supervision sessions with a Mindfulness Network registered supervisor.
In monthly meetings, a panel will carefully review each bursary application based on the information provided, considering both the level of support requested and the funds available, to ensure that the money is used to best effect.
Applying for bursaries
When funds are available, the bursary scheme will be marked as OPEN, below, and applications are welcome. A panel meets monthly to review applications and allocate funds.
Applicants complete a detailed application form about the potential impact this bursary will have in the wider community.
Please note that bursary-assisted places are only available until three months before the start date of an event. We strongly recommend that applicants complete the bursary application form well in advance, check that they meet the event pre-requisites and wait for the bursary panel decision before booking onto the event/supervision. This is to allow enough time for bursary applications to be processed. Bursaries will not be granted for an event/supervision that has already taken place or for events/supervision sought outside of the Mindfulness Network.
When a fund is empty, we will not be able to provide bursaries for that service. The bursary scheme will be marked as CLOSED, below, and we will not be able to accept applications until enough funds become available to reopen the scheme.
We keep a record of the balance of the bursary fund, applications received, applications declined, and applications accepted.
What we look for in a bursary application
A bursary application should show how it aligns with the Mindfulness Network vision and specifically, how this bursary will benefit the wider community, especially underrepresented communities, or as part of a charity or social enterprise.
Priority will be given to those teaching in communities with wide reaching impact.
Please check that you meet the following criteria, and it is recommended to include information about all of these criteria on the application form:
- you meet the pre-requisites listed for your chosen event on the Mindfulness Network Calendar
- you are either a trainee or trained mindfulness-based teacher in the UK who meets or who is working towards meeting the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) guidelines for mindfulness-based teachers
- your work will reach people who may not otherwise be able to access mindfulness and/or support equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), in line with our EDI Policy.
- you are in clear need of financial support
- the service is essential for you to progress
Find out more about our bursary schemes and apply:
All donations help to fund our bursaries
As a charity we want to continue to offer high-quality mindfulness and compassion events for all, while those who wish to support us can do so via our donations page.