Institute Faculty

The faculty members of the IMA are among the most experienced and longstanding trainers in Europe and represent 10 countries. Not only do they have extensive experience teaching MBIs in the fields of medicine, mental health, clinical, educational, institutional and business, but also eight of its faculty are authorized meditation teachers in various traditions.

Nils Altner

Ph.D., works currently as a mind-body therapist at the Clinic for Natural and Integrative Medicine at the University of Essen, Germany. His work is in research and in teaching aspects of mindful pedagogy, personality development und health themes as taught at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at Harvard University. He is a graduate of the MBSR Professional Internship Programme at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts. He has intensive experience in Zen and Vipassana meditation, Hatha Yoga and Chi Kung. He is a co-author of Incorporating Qigong in Schools (in German) and author of Mindfulness and Health (in German).

Gabriela von Arx

has completed a training in coaching, organization development and supervision at the ZAK Basel (Zentrum für Agogik) BSO in Switzerland. She is the managing director of MachtBewusst Sein: The Institute for Identity and Development. She has many years’ experience in the field of organizational consulting, as well as a supervisor, coach and trainer. She completed her training as an MBSR teacher with the IMA. She has also taken part in further trainings with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli from the Center for Mindfulness (USA). She served as a member of the board of the Swiss MBSR Teachers Association from 2011-2015. She has taught MBSR extensively in different institutions and also Mindful Coaching for individuals. She has a diploma in Physiotherapy.

Eva Bruha

has worked as a social- and community worker in Switzerland until 1990. She then started her personal full-time ‘spiritual pilgrimage’. Over the next 13 years she travelled to Asia, the US and different countries in Europe to learn and practice meditation under the guidance of renowned teachers. Over four of these years she lived and worked in Meditation centres (IMS, Massachusetts, and Beatenberg, Switzerland). In 2003 Eva was authorised by Christopher Titmuss to teach Vipassana and mindfulness meditation. From November 2003 she lived on the Dingle Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. In 2008 she trained as an MBSR teacher with ‘Bangor Institute for Mindfulness’ and in 2015 she qualified as an MBSR teacher with the Institute of Mindfulness based Approaches, IMA, in Dublin. Eva worked for the last 14 years self-employed as an MBSR and meditation teacher and ran her own little Meditation Centre in Dingle, ‘Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness’. She taught many MBSR courses, ‘Awakening Joy’ courses and many other mindfulness courses and retreats, mostly in Ireland.

Since 2016 she teaches some modules at the IMA and offers supervision. In the spring of 2019 she’s moving back to her home country, Switzerland. She continues teaching meditation and offering supervision in German as well as in English.

Pamela Duckerin

is a teacher, trainer and supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1984 and has worked in the field of mental health since then, working in a variety of settings and specialties within the UK and Canada. She has undertaken further professional training including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in 1996 and worked as a DBT therapist for 7 years. In 2010 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapy and currently works in a primary care mental health service as a senior CBT therapist and lead for long-term physical health conditions. She set up an MBCT programme there in 2010, running 8-week courses and training and supervising trainee mindfulness teachers. She provides courses for staff, for clients with recurrent depression and for those with pain, illness or persisting physical symptoms. She has had a meditation practice since 1998 and completed her teacher training through the CPPD route with CMRP. She is interested in capturing the personal meaning of mindfulness to those she is so fortunate to encounter as a mindfulness teacher, having discovered the unique way that people describe how their personal practice has changed their lives.

Stéphane Faure

is one of the first of three people in France to have received final certification as an MBSR teacher from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM), USA. In 2012, he trained in Theory U and Presencing, and works with organizations of various sizes in the public and private sectors. He also teaches mindfulness to doctors, nurses and health personnel as well as to patients with severe and chronic diseases, in collaboration with several physicians and clinical psychologists. He has a degree in international law. He has completed two, three-year traditional Tibetan retreats and taught meditation for many years before beginning to teach MBSR in 2009. In 2014 he co-founded the BNB Social Club of Bordeaux, a organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through training in mindfulness and social action. The BNB offers various retreats and courses based on the practice of mindfulness, Qigong and compassion training.

Sagra J. Hannich

is an MBSR & MBCT Teacher. She has a Diploma in Sport (Area of specialization: Prevention and Rehabilitation) and is a Naturopath for Psychotherapy. She has many years work experience with cardiac patients in clinical settings. Since 2009 she is a member of the staff of the Asklepios Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, where she teaches MBSR and MBCT in the day clinic for stress medicine. She completed her training as an MBSR and MBCT teacher at the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, as well as further trainings with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Her personal meditation practice of almost 30 years is in Zen, Vipassana and meditative movement.

Günter Hudasch

has a degree in Biology and worked for 16 years in organizational development in a government environment administration. In 1998 he joined Julia Augustine & Partner, a management consulting company, where he specialized in organizational development, coaching and consulting. He is trained in organizational development, NLP, Gestalt counseling, Gestalt therapy, and he has qualified to work as psychotherapeutic counselor. He began working with MBSR in 2000 and completed his MBSR teacher training in 2005 at the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches. He has taught many 8-week MBSR courses. His leads mindfulness trainings in companies, where he also offers mindful-leadership programs. He is at present teaching mindfulness within a research project at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Neuroscience in Leipzig. He has served as president of the German MBSR-MBCT Teacher Association since it was founded in 2005.

Małgosia Jakubczak

is the Founder and Director of the Polski Instytut Mindfulness (The Polish Institute of Mindfulness-POLIM), which has played a leading role in introducing mindfulness in Poland. Among other programs, POLIM offers an MBSR teacher-training program in close cooperation with the IMA and is also a mentor for MBSR teachers-in-training within the IMA. She has a degree in education from the University of Warsaw (1981). She worked for many years in the area of professional development and in-service teacher training for the Polish Ministry of Education. She was the creator of various programs to enhance social skills for teachers, particularly in the area of communication, which were also introduced into the Polish educational system. She is the first person from Poland to complete the IMA’s teacher-training program and has led many MBSR courses. She has practiced Zen meditation practice since 1998. She is the author of Developing Mindfulness in Everyday Life (in Polish, 2010).

Elise Jansen

B.A, is the owner of Bloom Studio in Oslo, Norway where she works as a yoga and Mindfulness teacher. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a teen-ager and has trained as a teacher of MBSR with the IMA. She is also a certified Yogaworks, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and TRE teacher. Elise has been teaching yoga for 15 years and teacher trainings in Mindful Restorative Yoga for the last 3 years. She travels extensively teaching yoga and trainings with focus on interception, mindfulness and deep rest in Europe and beyond.

Frits Koster

born in the Netherlands, is the co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), an 8-week program for compassion training. He is also a teacher of MBSR and MBCT and serves as a faculty member in several MBSR & MBCT teacher training programs. In addition to being on the faculty of the IMA he teaches at the Institute for Mindfulness in Rolde, Netherlands and in the postgraduate mindfulness programme at the University College Artevelde in Gent, Belgium. He began practicing insight meditation in 1979. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for six years, practicing Vipassana meditation and studying Buddhist psychology in meditation centers and monasteries in Thailand and Burma. In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, where he has been facilitating meditation activities ever since. He leads Vipassana retreats and mindfulness and compassion retreats for professionals. In his earlier years, he trained and worked in the field of psychiatric nursing. He is the co-author (with Erik van den Brink) of Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (Routledge, Jan. 2015) and author of Liberating Insight (Silkworm Books, 2004), Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management (Silkworm Books, 2007), and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom (Silkworm Books, 2014).

Bernd Langohr, is a teacher of MBSR and MBCT since 2010. He has been practicing meditation since 2002 and lived for two years in a Theravada monastery in Germany. He studied medicine at the Universities of Tubingen and Jena and was responsible for the establishment of a mindfulness program at the University Clinic in Weimar. He has completed a program in Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy. He is also a lecturer at the Ernst-Abb University in Jena as part of a model project on “Healthy Teaching and Learning.” He completed his certification training in MBSR and MBCT with the IMA.

Linda Lehrhaupt

PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA), the oldest training institute of its kind on the European Continent. As a teacher, trainer and supervisor in mindfulness-based interventions, she is recognized internationally as one of the pioneers in their implementation in health care, society and personal development.

Dr. Lehrhaupt began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1993 and has been training teachers in MBIs since the IMA's founding in 2001. She is certified to teach MBSR from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM), in Worcester, Mass (USA) and holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University, with a specialization in religious rituals and traditions. She also holds a degree in education and has taught in secondary school and adult education since 1971.

Dr. Lehrhaupt has practiced Zen meditation since 1979 and has received full authorization as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. She began studying Tai Chi and Qigong in the late 1970s with some of the first Chinese masters to come to the West, and for over 20 she years directed innovative teacher-training programs in mindful movement.

She is also the creator of the Mindfulness-Based Teacher Project (MBTP), a podcast series, the first of its kind, dedicated to supporting, inspiring and sharing know how with teachers of mindfulness-based approaches, mindful movement and teachers in contemplative traditions. Please see

She is the author of Riding the Waves of Life: Mindfulness and Inner Balance (in German, Kösel, 2012) and Tai Chi as a Path of Wisdom (Shambhala, 2001). She is co-author of the book Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality (New World Library, 2017).

Born in New York City, Dr. Lehrhaupt has been living with her family in Germany since 1983. She also spends part of the year in the Dordogne in southwest France and visits the USA regularly.

Katharina Meinhard

is a physiotherapist. Director of a Yoga teacher-training programme certified by the German Association of Yoga Teachers. She is the Co-Director of the Yoga School of Dresden and has been teaching Yoga since 1992 and MBSR teacher since 2003. She is a graduate of the training programme at the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She began practicing Zen meditation in1990. Since 1989 she has worked extensively in health maintenance and rehabilitation programmes, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness-based bodywork in clinical settings.

Siri Nordhus

is a co-owner of Zenit Yoga in Trondheim, Norway, where she works as a yoga and mindfulness teacher. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness since 1998. She trained as a teacher of MBSR with the IMA. She is also a certified teacher of Deva yoga, a gentle, therapeutic yoga form, especially developed for musculoskeletal issues. In addition, she is a professional child welfare worker with continuing education in child development and pedagogy focusing on music and movement, guidance in ethical reflection and mindfulness, coaching and existence psychological perspective on the art of conversation. Siri has cystic fibroses and chronic asthma and has been using yoga and mindfulness meditation as a complementary treatment together with compassion and a good sense of humor in order to cope with her illnesses.

Johan Tinge

Diploma in Social Pedagogy, health psychologist and Gestalt therapist. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness in Rolde, Netherlands, which offers MBSR and MBCT teacher-training programmes. He has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1981 and is a Vipassana teacher since 1988. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice. He is a graduate of the Professional Training Programme and the Professional Internship Programme of the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, USA.

Maureen Treanor

is the founder and Director of Martello Counselling & Therapy, Portmarnock, Co Dublin, an experienced Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Mindfulness Educator. Maureen holds a BA (Hons) in Theology & Psychology, a postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy and an MA in Cross Professional Supervisory Practice. She completed her MBSR/MBCT teacher training with the Institute of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) in 2010, since then she has attended further training in the USA and the UK in the application of mindfulness in variety of settings, Mindfulness in Schools programme, Mindful Eating with Jan Chosen Bays & Char Wilkins and Mindfulness Relapse Prevention with Sarah Bowen PhD. Maureen has a particular interest in integrating Mindfulness into therapeutic practice working with individuals and groups and conducting MBSR programmes and weekly mindfulness groups. She is an experienced retreat director and group facilitator.

Michael de Vibe

M.D. is a senior advisor at the Norwegian Center for the Health Services (Kunnskapssenteret). He is a medical doctor and a family therapist. He has an extensive background in general practice and family therapy and is a supervisor in family medicine. He has worked on quality improvement of health services since 1998. He has practiced mindfulness from his youth and took an MBSR instructor course at the CFM in 2002. He has developed and researched methods of mindfulness training and stress management, and has developed instructional material for this. He has taught this at college level since 2003 and held courses for many different health institutions. He has completed a Ph.D. studying mindfulness training for medical and psychology students in a two-centre randomized trial with long-term follow-up. In 2007-8 he ran an instructor course for mindfulness teachers at a university hospital in the north of Norway.

Erik van den Brink

is a psychiatrist/psychotherapist and teacher of MBSR and MBCT. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental health clinic in the north of Holland. He has specialised in mindfulness-based and compassion-focused approaches in mental health. He is a guest teacher at training institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. He has many years of experience in practicing Zen and Vipassana meditation. He has also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Interpersonal Mindfulness (Insight Dialogue). He is a Co-Author, with Frits Koster, of Compassionate Living.

Ingrid van den Hout

completed her study of the Science of Human Movement at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1989. She works as a psychomotor therapist in mental health care. She is also a teacher of MBSR, MBCT and Breathworks. She has a background in the martial arts (Aikido) and became a practitioner of Vipassana in 2001. She trained as an MBSR teacher at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in the U.S. In 2004 and 2005. Continuing her development as an MBCT teacher, she participated in the Advanced-Training for MBCT offered by the University of Bangor in 2008. She acted as senior teacher and assessor during a multi-clinic study on MBCT by Radboud University. Since 2006 she has been on the faculty of the Institute for Mindfulness in Rolde, NL. as a trainer of MBSR and MBCT teachers. She completed her formal training as a supervisor at the British Centre for Supervision and Team Development in 2013. Her involvement in psychosomatics led her to train as a teacher of Breathworks. Currently she serves as a Breathworks associate for The Netherlands and as a trainer and supervisor for the British Breathworks Organization.