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Wibo Koole,
Arnold Bakker,
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15th of April 2019


This program costs € 2750 including training materials, supervision and lunch during the training days. The program is exempt from VAT.


Centre voor Mindfulness,
Raadhuisstraat 15,
1016 DB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Preliminary requirements

Successful completion of a training for mindfulness trainer and demonstrable experience in working with people in an organizational context.


Upon completion of the program you will receive the certificate Trainer Mindfulness in Organizations. Consultation on recognition of the certificate by the professional VMBN, VVM and others has started.

After registration

You will receive a confirmation email. The head of program will contact you for an interview.

More information

We are happy to help you with your questions via our contact form or you can call the head of program, Wibo Koole at +31 (0) 6 2270 5153.

All dates  Enroll

April 2019

Module 1: 15th, 16th and 17th of April 2019
Module 2: Spread dates
Module 3: 20th, 21st, and 22nd of January 2020
Closure: 2nd March 2020
Times: all days from 10am until 5:30pm.
Language: English and Dutch

About the program

Organizations have an increasing demand for mindfulness training. As part of their vitality programs for example, or to enhance sustainable employability for leaders and employees. But also, to develop a work environment that fosters employee well-being, effective teamwork and high performance.

Teaching mindfulness to organizations is a profession on its own. A profession more and more trainers wish to develop. And that is what this program is about: to develop your professionality in bringing mindfulness to organizations.

We will provide you with knowledge about what it means for people to work in organizations, and how that impacts the way you can teach mindfulness. You will learn how employees deal with stress and the need to perform, and how this is influenced by for example engagement, control and commitment. All of this based on the newest insights from organization science, psychology, neuro science and mindfulness.

This program teaches you how to effectively apply the best interventions for mindfulness in organizations. You will learn what it takes to establish yourself as a professional mindfulness trainer for organizations: how to approach organizations, how to make a business case, how to conduct the training, and how to make sure both your participants and the organization as-a-whole feel your training has been effective and worth-while.

Program overview

3 bollenThe program is built around the idea that as a mindfulness trainer in organizations you need to work on the intersection of three areas: the personal development of employees, the requirements of his or her profession, and the organization they work at, including its teams, culture and developments. Each individual area and their intersections present employees and managers with a myriad of challenges: mental pressure, understanding and misunderstanding, not being able to meet workplace demands, difficulties in cooperation, annoying colleagues, no control over their work, a tough or threatening organizational culture, etc. . But - fortunately – each area and intersection can have positive effects as well, such as feeling part of something bigger, personal and professional growth, fun, and a sense of relevance and contribution.

The program Trainer Mindfulness in Organizations helps you develop a better understanding of the different areas and their intersections. And of course, you will learn new competencies to support adults within organizations in their learning process so employees, managers and their organizations can develop more effective ways to deal with the challenges they are facing.


The program consists of three modules: in the first module, we focus on your own understanding of how organizations work and on how to intervene – with mindfulness training to create an organizational culture where quality and high performance go hand in hand with well-being and flourishing of co-workers. Next up is the practical component of this program: the second module in which you will contract and conduct a mindfulness training in an organization to show your competence in teaching mindfulness in a work context. During this module, you will reflect upon your work in supervised peer groups (possible both on- and offline). Your experiences will be used as input for module three. This third and last module focuses on how you as a trainer grow your competence in intervening in organizations to employees and organizations can develop a better understanding of their functioning and how they can apply mindfulness in their daily work and leadership. You will also learn how mindfulness can help organizations perform better without sacrificing well-being.

The first and third module, which each consist of three consecutive days, combine short theoretical introductions with exercises in contracting and applying mindfulness interventions in organizations, and with the possibility to exchange questions and experiences with other participants. Prior to the program, you will be asked to describe two of your own cases and to read some literature.

The program outline is as follows:

Module 1 – Mindfulness in organizations: dynamics and challenges

  • Program introduction and exchange of learning objectives.
  • Mindfulness in Organizations (MiO) as a profession:

    • Why and when mindfulness in organizations is helpful, and when not;
    • How it differs from individual mindfulness training; how do adults learn;
    • Teacher competencies (embodiment in organizational context: security, power, discomfort, here-and-now-interventions, applied exercises MiO, adult learning in organizations; speaking the language);
    • Contracting, implementation, evaluation and ethics of training mindfulness in organizations;
    • Mindfulness in the organizational context: scientific findings
  • Organizational culture change: dynamics and interventions

    • Dynamics between person, profession and organization (guest lecturer Marie-Claire Dassen);
    • Stress and engagement in organizations: the Job Demands-Resources (guest lecturer Professor Arnold Bakker);
    • Modern HR: performance and purpose
  • Positioning mindfulness in organizations: creating enthusiasm and support

    • What impact can organizations expect?
    • Scientific evidence to support mindfulness in organizations;
    • Different types of interventions (shorter-longer; broad impact or specific goal; offline-online);
    • The need for management support of learning and change.
  • Preparation for module 2/ supervised practice period

    • Marketing, getting buy-in, ethics, execution and evaluation of courses in organizations.
Module 2 – Supervised practice period

  • Contract, design, conduct and evaluate a mindfulness training in an organization;
  • Participate in supervised peer group meetings;
  • Show videotape of a teaching session;
  • Write reflection paper.
Module 3 – Embedding mindfulness in organizations

  • Didactics in adult learning

    • Looking back on the practice period; integrating feedback and evaluation from your practice period;
    • Exchange of progress on learning objectives;
  • Teacher competencies: supporting others in developing insights and continuous practice.
  • Mindfulness in Organizations (MiO) as a profession, part 2: different interventions

    • Comparing MiO with several other approaches such as Search Inside Yourself, Potential Workplace Project and MT;
    • Enhancing teamwork in organizations: mindfulness based models for communication and collaboration.
    • The ethics of working in an organizations: broader context of mindfulness (from performance to purpose).
  • Leadership, culture and organizational change, part 2

    • Neuroscience and mindfulness (guest lecturer: Tim Gard);
    • Positive psychology in organizations;
    • Mindful leadership, emotional intelligence and mindful self-compassion.
  • Completion of training

    • Looking back on learning objective and development during the program;
    • Looking ahead at your development as a trainer.
Certificate and Learning Network

Upon completion of the course you will receive the certificate Trainer Mindfulness in Organizations. In addition, you become a member of the Learning Network Training MIO, where alumni from the train the trainer program can share their knowledge and experience and can attend additional annual master classes.

Teaching staf

Wibo Koole is the head of program. He is an experienced mindfulness himself, and the author of two books on mindfulness in organizations: Mindful Leadership for Effective Teams and Organizations, and Mindfulness at Work. 
In addition, we will work with guest lecturers, who are specialists in various fields: Arnold Bakker (professor of work and organizational psychology), Marie-Claire Ties (teams and group dynamics in organizations), Tim Gard (neuroscience and mindfulness). Look at their profiles below.

Who is this program for?

This MiO program has been developed for trainers with an education as mindfulness trainer, who (wish to) deliver mindfulness courses in organizations, and want to grow their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

Preliminary requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree or equivalent;
  • Successful completion of a training as mindfulness trainer;
  • The ability to provide evidence of 2 full MBSR courses you have delivered (for example, video footage or testimonials from co-trainers or participants);
  • Experience at working with people in organizations;
  • Intake with the program’s main teacher.

Upon completion of this program:

  • You have gained insight and understanding of what it means to work in an organization, and how that impacts the way you can conduct mindfulness training in that context;
  • You have gained knowledge and understanding of the approaches relevant to the application of mindfulness in organizations (mindfulness, organizational management, HR, neuroscience, positive psychology);
  • You have developed the skills to offer and conduct mindfulness interventions for organizations, (training sessions, workshops) in a responsible and professional manner;
  • You have developed the skills to help participants of your training adequately apply the insights from the training in their daily work and life situation and in their leadership;
  • You have developed a clear idea and have gained helpful experience in the dynamics and embodiment of being a trainer in organizations.
  • You have developed the skills necessary to acquire, contract, conduct and evaluate mindfulness interventions in organizations.
Training materials

The training includes a workbook with the overall program, background literature and applied MIO exercises. You also receive two training guides on how to conduct both the Mindfulness at Works and Mindful Leadership training. We assume you are familiar with the contents of the books Mindful Leadership and Mindfulness at work by Wibo Koole.


Teaching staff

  • wibo koole
    Wibo Koole

    Director of the Centre for Mindfulness

    Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

    The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.
    Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

    His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

    He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Global Practitioner Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen, Shambhala) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.

  • Kiki Vreeling
    Kiki Vreeling

    Management consultant and mindfulness teacher

    Kiki Vreeling

    Kiki Vreeling is an experienced teacher in the field of personal leadership and mindfulness with a Master in Business Administration and a Postacademic Education in Mindfulness. She has many years of experience in consulting and traing. Surprised by the fact that focus, mindfulness and the cognitive model are not a core element of leadership and business education, she developed her own program for Personal Mindful Leadership where she combines her knowledge of business administration and mindfulness. She has been invited to teach her program as part of many leadership programs in organizations and business schools.

    Hetr clients are amonst others: Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management Executive Education, OVG Real Estate, Denso Automotive and Essent. She combnes her two interest in research to the effects of mindfulness on leadership. Kiki’s programs bring leadership to the surface that walks outside the usual paths. Het themes are supported by scientific evidendence and Kiki is a forceful voice in bringing mindfulness to organizational contexts.

  • arnold bakker
    Arnold Bakker

    Professor of Labour- and Organizational Psychology

    Arnold Bakker

    Arnold Bakker is professor of Labour- and Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Next to that he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the Lingnan Universiteit in Hong Kong. Bakker is interested in where people find pleasure at work. His research is focusing on issues like engagement, burnot, motivation and happiness at work and on ways to influence this through job crafting, using strengths, leadership and free time.

    He belongs to the select group of often cited scientist in the Thomson Reuters (2014, 2015 en 2016) list of: “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. More information: of

  • Marie Claire Dassen
    Marie-Claire Dassen

    Executive Coach and Management consultant

    Marie-Claire Dassen

    Marie -Claire Dassen has 25 years of experience as an executive (team) coach, management consultant and leadership trainer. She is the founder of Scafander, an Amsterdam based consultancy firm. In her work, she combines a psychodynamic view with a practical approach, always helping clients to find and develop sustainable solutions that fit their possibilities, challenges and needs. Next to her consultancy and coaching work, she conducts PhD research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam into group dynamics in top management teams. She has a Master degree from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied the psychodynamics of organizations and leaders.

    Clients worked with include both Dutch and international organizations such as, UPC, KLM, Leiden University, mission hospitals in the Eastern Province of Zambia, DHV, NUON, Amerpoort, Vodafone, Karakter, Haeghe Groep, Warchild, Nyenrode Business University, City of Amsterdam, TNO, Unesco, health care organizations in Rumania and Servia-Montenegro, TSM Business School.

  • Tim Gard
    Tim Gard

    Research fellow

    Tim Gard

    Tim Gard, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and the Translational Neuromodeling Unit at the University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, and ETH, Switzerland. His research focuses on the neural and psychological mechanisms of yoga and mindfulness meditation in a variety of contexts including pain, depression, education, and aging. Tim conducted his research at leading centers in these fields, including the Lazar lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, and the Ott group at the Bender Institute of Neuroimaging, Germany.

    Furthermore, Tim was trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and he co-authored “The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule”.

  • Michael West
    Michael West

    Senior Fellow in The King’s Fund, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Emeritus Professor

    Michael West

    Michael West is Senior Fellow in The King’s Fund, Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977 for work on The Psychology of Meditation. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books including The Psychology of Meditation (1987); The Psychology of Work and Organizations (2010); The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice (2016); and Effective Teamwork (2012) the first edition of which has been translated into 12 languages. He has also published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books.

    He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Social Sciences. His areas of research are team and organizational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organization of health services. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally about the results of his research, on reflexivity, meditation, mindfulness and leadership and his solutions for developing effective and innovative organizations in health care.