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Upcoming Courses

Course dates 2020  

Course 2

31st July 1st 2nd August and 25th 26th September.

Course 3

2nd 3rd 4th October and 14th 15th November

"I recently did my meditation teacher training course with Mary. I loved the course and have found it to be so useful in my teaching and given me the confidence to share this wonderful life skill with others. Mary's teaching was both patient and kind and allowed the group to explore their own experiences while we grew as teachers. I would definitely recommend her teaching as she has a wealth of experience and a kind approach to allowing you to become the best you can be". Karen Course 1 SE 2018

The course fee is £1250.00, paid in instalments: £250.00 deposit when you enrol, then four further payments of £250.00 at 4 weekly intervals.

About This Centre

Courses will be held at

The Old Cottage 

Herne Bay


About us

The British School of Meditation has been established to meet the growing need for accredited, qualified meditation teachers. Our accreditation is valid throughout Europe.

Meditation Teacher Training in South East

Trainer: Mary Neilson – BSoM South East
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About Mary Neilson:
I joined the School of Meditation in Holland Park In 1984 where I learnt to practice the Vedic technique of meditation. That first experience of connecting with the silence and stillness that lies deep within all of us was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. I found that meditation gave me a framework which enabled me to assess and reflect on my lifestyle and make much needed changes. I also discovered that the beauty of meditation practise was not just the sitting in silence for 40 minutes, as part of the sessions at the SoM, but also the way it directed me to be more mindful in day to day living, to truly experience each and every activity of the day and strive to 'just be in the moment'.

In 2013, I enrolled on a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. It reaffirmed the joy and feeling of wellbeing that a mindful way of living brings. I then started to become interested in teaching meditation and found the BSoM. Once again meditation was to change the course of my life. The course was truly inspirational. It is exceptionally well planned and comprehensive and I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment - even the coursework! It was important for me that I found a reputable course which gave me a recognised qualification. The BSoM offer of expert training accredited by The Open College Network South West Region Ltd, (trading as AptEd) with a qualification recognised nationally by the Government agency, OFQUAL. This was exactly what I was looking for. I was extremely proud when I gained my diploma with a distinction.

I originally trained as a teacher over twenty years ago. My specialist subject and passion is PSHE (Personal Social Health Education). I then went on to become a consultant and trainer working with schools, supporting them to develop a whole school approach to the health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff. For me being a meditation teacher draws on all of the skills and knowledge I have gained over the years as a teacher and trainer and brings me full circle back to meditation.

I was absolutely delighted to be approached by BSoM and be offered the opportunity to train as a trainer and become accredited to teach the Meditation Teacher Training Course (also nationally recognised by OFQUAL and accredited with AptEd) and to become the BSoM Centre for the South East. I am really looking forward to sharing my experience and providing training and support to others wishing to become an accredited Meditation Teacher.

Meditation by the Bay:

We started our company Meditation by the Bay in 2012. Our groups and courses are offered from our home just outside Herne Bay, 4 miles east of Whitstable along the coast, and 9 miles from Canterbury and just over an hour from London. The Old Cottage is a grade 11 listed building and an historic building of Kent, dating back to the very early 1600s. The cottage has a number of original features, and an extension that was built on in the 1920s which includes the sun room we use for our courses. The sun room opens on to the garden, extending the space and benefitting from the big skies and beautiful light and air you find in this part of the country. Herne Bay was historically a place people came to enjoy the “health giving breezes”. We moved here from London in 2011, and have been busy repairing and restoring the house and garden to its original glory. The sea is about 500 metres down the road, and the sunsets are well worth waiting for. If you wish to stay overnight we can recommend a number of places to stay, visit and eat. See our website for more information and contact details

Contact Mary on 01227 637129

Contact Us

The British School of Meditation has been established to train teachers in meditation techniques to meet the growing demand for highly trained and accredited meditation teachers throughout the UK including: the Midlands, South West, Wales, North West, North East, London and the South East.