Kathy Ward is Founder and Director of Training for Mindful Academy International a UK registered Accredited Training Provider & Meditation School with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. She is also Founder and Director of Training for Mindful Yoga Academy a USA registered Accredited Training Provider, Yoga School and Continued Education Provider.
Kathy runs a 200hr Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR Meditation Teacher Training courses which can be taken as either continued education, or as an accredited course leading to a certificate as a Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Teacher. She also teaches Mindful Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, 50hr Mindful Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses, and Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops for both Meditation and Yoga including online Supervision, preparation for the Foundation and Advanced courses and online workshops for Mindfulness MBSR Teachers including Mindful Movement, the skill of Inquiry and exploring the Mindfulness-based Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) as a way to support embodiment and growth as a Mindfulness Teacher.
As a senior International MBSR Teacher and Trainer and member of the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers, she offers live online 8 week MBSR Mindfulness courses to groups and individuals wishing to learn Mindfulness in the comfort of their own homes. Kathy also teaches a condensed 8 week MBSR Mindfulness 5 day course called Mindfulness for Beginners in the Albir Playa Hotel and Spa.
Kathy has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 35 years and trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) School of Psychology, Bangor University in MBSR, MBCT for Cancer and as an MBSR Supervisor. Admission to the programme is limited to those with extensive professional experience and a solid meditation practice. She is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers (link is external) and also meets and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines (link is external) both as a Mindfulness Teacher and Trainer of Mindfulness-based courses.
Kathy took her first Yoga Therapy teacher training with the British School of Yoga in 2004 and went on to train as a Hatha Yoga Teacher and Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2005. She has diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, Motivational Therapist and Coach.
Kathy has taught 200hr Yoga Teacher Training courses 15 times since 2010, first as an affiliate of IYT Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2010 and 2011. She then developed and taught the unique Mindful Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, 200hr Mindful Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, 50hr Mindful Yin Yoga Teacher Training and together with co-founder Bodhin Woodward, the 200hr Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Teacher Training where Kathy was the Director of Training under the brand name Mindful Academy. Between the two courses, Kathy has developed and taught many Teacher Training programmes and 340 plus students have taken her courses to become MBSR Teachers, Mindful Hatha Yoga Teachers and Mindful Yin Yoga Teachers.
Kathy has over 35 years experience in Developing People, writing and delivering Training Packages, Workshops and Conferences, Coaching and Telephone Coaching, and an in-depth training in Mind-Body therapies specializing in Stress Related illness.