Cindy Cooper Bursary Fund for Supervision

Cindy Cooper, our co-supervision lead, passed away in 2017.  She had a particular passion and vision for mindfulness-based supervision, and we are delighted that this bursary fund is now held in her name to honour her contribution to the mindfulness-based community in a special and lasting way.

Read more about Cindy HERE.

Click HERE to watch Cindy Cooper’s honest and moving interview with the BBC about her experiences of being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Bursaries for Mindfulness-based Supervision

Recognising how vital mindfulness supervision is for quality mindfulness teaching, we have developed a bursary fund made up of donations from our current associates and other people interested in supporting the accessibility and availability of mindfulness-based supervision. This is a limited resource that we want to use wisely, ensuring that the bursary funds we offer will be used in a way that most closely aligns with our Mission Statement and will bring the most benefit to the development of quality mindfulness in the UK and beyond.

At the heart of the bursary fund is the generosity of teachers and supervisors who make donations to the fund from their own pockets, having worked to set up their own sustainable mindfulness business, and wanting to help support other teachers who may need temporary financial help, or teachers who want to set up a mindfulness course in hard to reach areas or groups.

We allocate bursaries on a first come, first served basis. When the bursary fund is empty, we will not be able to provide bursary-assisted supervision. In this event, we will inform you and put your name on a waiting list. If waiting lists become too long, we will return your application and ask you to resubmit at a later date.

You can apply for either 3 or 6 hours of bursary assisted supervision with a Mindfulness Network supervisor at any one time depending on your circumstances. A bursary place is not a free place. We ask you to think carefully about the value you place on supervision in the light of your own finances and to contribute as much as you can toward the supervision.

We recommend that you wait for your bursary decision before you apply for supervision with one of the Mindfulness Network supervisors. Bursaries will not be granted for supervision that has already taken place.

What we look for in a bursary application

A bursary application should show how it aligns with our Mission Statement and, specifically, how this bursary will bring benefit to the development of quality mindfulness in the UK and beyond.

Bursary applicants need to demonstrate the effort and ability they have made to set up their own mindfulness teaching in a way that is sustainable financially. The bursary is not a substitute for that effort and ability. Like other ventures in life, mindfulness-based teachers need to consider practical issues such as income and sustainability when embarking on teaching; the idea that everyone has an entitlement or right to teach mindfulness is a false one.

We see the bursary primarily as a short-term support for starting up projects and/or supporting an established teacher financially in the short term. In evaluating applications, we will also look at what longer-term plans there are for future supervision support or for developing financial stability.

Our bursaries are generally not designed to support inexperienced/untrained teachers to start teaching, unless it’s for a special area or hard to reach group that the teacher has already had some contact or experience with.

More usually bursaries are for trained and experienced teachers who may need some support for providing mindfulness-based courses for those on a limited income, or in a hard to reach group, or as part of a charity or social enterprise.

Bursaries may be granted for a number of other reasons. We invite applicants to explore how their application reflects the intention of supporting the accessibility and availability of mindfulness-based supervision.

We keep a record of the balance of the bursary fund, applications received, applications refused and applications accepted.

Apply or donate

Applying for a bursary? Click HERE.

Want to donate to the Supervision Bursary Fund? Click HERE.