I recommend taking the MBCT course; but I do not recommend taking it with Marty Cooper. I have been practicing meditation for ten years, and I have had many teachers, some good, and some not so good. The good ones are not doctrinal; they adjust their teachings to meet their students’ needs. Unfortunately, Marty views meditation from a narrow perspective, and the casualty is his patients’ meditation practices.
I am always disappointed to see people who are learning meditation for the first time receive their instruction from someone who can not give them what they need. I was saddened to see beginners in our class struggle with Marty’s meditation instruction and clearly become frustrated. Marty’s answers to their questions were confusing and often off the mark. It would not surprise me if many did not continue meditating regularly after the course was finished.
One of my favorite meditation instructors told a class, “there is no such thing as a bad meditation student; either the teacher is bad, or the technique is bad.” I believe the MBCT techniques are solid, and I recommend taking the course from another instructor. (I wish I could recommend someone, but at the very least I recommend going with another instructor, even an unknown.)