MBCL stands for Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living, which is a mindfulness-based trainingprogramme designed to support the development and training of compassion and self-compassion.

Read on to learn more about MBCL, about its content and how you can become an MBCL teacher yourself.

What is MBCL?

MBCL is a mindfulness-based 8-week programme that supports the development and training of (self-) compassion to enhance physical, emotional and relational health and wellbeing. MBCL was developed in 2007 by the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Erik van den Brink and the Vipassana teacher and psychiatric nurse Frits Koster. Both are senior trainer in MBSR & MBCT and bring in their decade-long experience.

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MBCL Teacher Training

After participating in an experiential MBCL offering you are welcome to attend the MBCL Teacher Training! Here you experience the main MBCL exercises in more depth, broaden your knowledge of the scientific foundation of compassion training and its theoretical background in western and Buddhist psychology and learn how to teach MBCL and guide the inquiry.

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Join the next International Online MBCL Teacher Training Programme! It is scheduled from 17th - 26th October 2025 and will be offered in English language by Frits Koster and Jana Willms

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Find an MBCL teacher near you

Please use the search function in order to find an MBCL teacher near you that trained with the IMA.

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„I have found it helpful to offer graduates of my mindfulness-based courses the opportunity to take part in the MBCL program. After all, compassion is, next to mindfulness, one of the most important factors in promoting stress reduction and preventing burnout.“