MBCL Online Foundation Course

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

A deepening programme following MBSR or MBCT or Equivalent

International Online MBCL Foundation Course 2022

For mindfulness teachers, health care workers, therapists, coaches and other professionals.


Jean-Daniel Rüedi

PhD, certified MBSR- and MBCL-Teacher

Organised by the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA)

6 times Wednesday
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April 2023.

Time: each day 9.00-12.30 CET.

Why online?

The Covid-19 pandemic has enabled us to gain experience with working online. Despite some limitations, many have been surprised by the depth of teaching, practice and sharing that online programmes can offer. The pandemic has increased our awareness of our vulnerabilities and the need to take care of ourselves, each other, and the planet. It makes sense to expand the possibilities of online teaching, which are kinder for the environment and for many participants who would otherwise have to travel great distances. It also provides richer opportunities to learn in groups of people across cultures.

What does the online MBCL Foundation Course offer?

This course of six half-days, which is organised by the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) offers an online alternative to experiential introductions to MBCL in live groups, such as a three-day foundation course or the standard eight-session MBCL course. This course offers a format of equivalent quality during which participants will experience all key features of the MBCL curriculum, including the main themes and practices.

Themes include...

the evolutionary perspective and multi-layered brain; the three basic emotion regulation systems and the value of training our soothing system; expanding the stress theory with the psychological equivalents of fight, flight, freeze and their antidotes of self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness of suffering; tend and befriend; cultivating a compassionate mind and an inner helper rather than an inner critic; overidentifying and disidentifying; Four Friends for Life: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Practices include...

the soothing breathing rhythm, compassionate imagery (safe place, compassionate companion, embodying compassion); relating compassionately to resistance, desire and inner patterns; loving kindness towards ourselves and others; compassionate breathing; a compassionate body scan; walking and moving with kindness; compassionate letter writing; practising sympathetic joy, gratitude, forgiveness and equanimity; informal practices in daily life.
During the online course, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be woven into the teaching.

Preparation for MBCL Teacher Training

This online MBCL Foundation Course satisfies one of the requirements for participating in the MBCL Teacher Training Programme.

MBCL Teacher Training (TT) seminars are increasingly offered in various formats. Click herehere for dates, description and prerequisites of the MBCL Teacher Training in different countries. An English-spoken online MBCL TT of six one-day sessions will be offered in Fall 2023 by the IMA. Klick for more Information.

To become an MBCL teacher one should be a certified mindfulness (MBSR or MBCT) teacher. However, many professionals who are not certified mindfulness teachers can benefit from the teacher training to deepen mindfulness-based and compassion-focused interventions and enhance their therapeutic skills in individual or group work.

Practical information:

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Number of participants: maximum 20, minimum 10

Tuition Fee: Euro 390,- (due at the time of registration)

How to register

Please download the registration documents and fill out the registration form.

You will receive a confirmation by E-Mail when your application form has been received.
Please return the form to the IMA:

By email:

Jean-Daniel Rüedi

PhD, is a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL).

He worked for more than 15 years in academia and private companies as project manager, R&D manager and CEO, before starting to work as freelance coach and consultant. He is the co-founder of O´Centre Formation and now works as trainer, coach and therapist with teams and individuals. He is trained in coaching, organization and relationship systems coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnosis, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), transpersonal therapy, as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He traind as MBSR teacher with the IMA and as MBCL teacher with the Mindfulness Network UK. He teaches both programs in Switzerland and online.