This unique yearlong professional teacher training combines transformational cultivation of your own mindfulness practice and systematic development of mindfulness teaching skills, enabling you to teach a variety of mindfulness programs with confidence and clarity. You will be part of a committed, focused group of like-minded individuals with whom you will receive skilled, guided direction and personalized instruction that will allow you to flourish as a mindfulness facilitator. Our yearlong teacher trainings utilize in-person teaching intensives, online learning, individualized guidance from the teachers and learning mentors and peer group support.
Who is this course for?
The course is aimed at people already working with mindfulness in their professional lives, or anybody wishing to do so—be it through teaching formal mindfulness courses or bringing mindfulness into other roles including in private practice, healthcare, business, education, etc.
- Develop and refine your own practice of embodied mindfulness;
- Enhance your capacity for applying mindfulness in your personal and professional life;
- Understand the historical context of contemporary mindfulness approaches;
- Utilize latest neuro-science research on the effects of mindfulness;
- Contribute to bringing powerful mindfulness-based interventions into emerging 21st century culture;
- Study with renowned mindfulness teachers Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward with over 30 years of combined mindfulness teaching experience.
"If you are looking for a training that will not only give you the skills and content to teach mindulness, but also the opportunity to deepen your practice, discover your individual teaching style, and join a supportive community of budding students and entrepreneurs . . . then this is the training for you. Mark and Martin are masterful teachers, engaging speakers, and encouraging coaches throughout the process. I feel fortunate to have joined the Mindfulness Training Institute’s training which offers such breadth of content, depth in practice, and incredible support to take the seat as teacher in a growing community of graduates."
"I began the year feeling as though I didn’t belong there, that I was never going to be a mindfulness teacher, and that everyone else in the room was more qualified and competent to teach than I ever would be. But shortly thereafter, I became aware of how [the course] deepened my own practice and strengthened my intentions. . . . I found my own voice, strong and clear and certain, as I took the seat of the teacher. I am inspired and committed and forever grateful for this year; for these teachers, for these students, and for learning to take my seat as a mindfulness meditation teacher with dedication and deep understanding."
"I have taken mindfulness teacher trainings in the past. This teacher training differed in the level of depth, knowledge and insight that these teachers bring into their offering of teaching. They have a deep respect and love of this practice that is embodied in the way that they teach. . . . The integrity, wisdom and love [Mark and Martin] both bring to your teaching and sharing is palpable. I feel as though I was offered beautiful transmission of these teachings that will forever be held in my heart and within my practice."
"Mark and Martin are warm, wise and highly skilled teachers, and have put together a well-designed teacher training program that has great depth and integrity. I recommend it wholeheartedly for teachers or prospective teachers of mindfulness – whether secular or Dharma-based."
"Mark and Martin are extraordinary teachers. Their ability to transmit pedagogy is only surpassed by an empathic understanding of what a new teacher is likely to experience. By taking to heart their recommendation to make teaching an extension of one’s practice, the course provided for me not only a solid teaching foundation, but also an opportunity to more deeply explore my own path."
"The Mindfulness Training Institute was thorough and the teachers were responsive and thoughtful. This training provided me with the whole package necessary to become a Mindfulness teacher. . . . There were lots of practice teaching and feedback opportunities provided, starting with the first on-site training. Most importantly, I'm leaving feeling like I have a community of like-minded fellow teachers to draw on as I move forward in my teaching."
"If you’re exploring the possibility of teaching mindfulness, this course will plunge you into the core of your practice, and provide a substantial foundation for your teaching."
"Mark and Martin are gifted teachers. Spending the year learning from them and our tight knit group of teachers-in-training was worth every penny. Not only did the training provide us with a solid grounding in the course material, but it helped us to discover our own potential as teachers, unfolding and blossoming with each training module. I would highly recommend this training to anyone looking to develop their skills to teach an embodied and heartfelt mindfulness curriculum."
"The Mindfulness Teacher Training course was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from two master teachers as well as a community of other developing teachers. I deepened my knowledge of the foundations of mindfulness and learned excellent teaching skills that I’ve been able to put into practice. I’ve made connections that I am sure will last long after the course. And I’m looking forward to the post-graduate trainings."
Mindfulness of breath and body – cultivate awareness of sensations, posture, walking, standing and other activities and learn how to work with physical pain.
Mindfulness of emotions – develop Emotional Intelligence through learning how to work skillfully with emotional states like fear, anxiety, and shame. Cultivate ‘response flexibility’.
Mindfulness of the mind and mental processes – working with negative thoughts, beliefs and the Inner Critic to see how they interfere with focus and well-being.
Mindful communication – developing mindful speaking and listening skills that support effective communication
Mindful inquiry - a practice for sustained investigation of one’s personal experience
Explore the Science of Mindfulness – study contemporary neuroscience research on the practice and applications of mindfulness. Understand how mindfulness affects the brain and cognitive processes.
Understanding the historical (Buddhist) and contemporary context of mindfulness.
The 4 Pillars of Training: Practice, Presence, Pedagogy and Protocols for teaching mindfulness.
- Learning how to teach in the following formats:
- 6 week SIT (introductory) mindfulness course
- Daylong courses
- Mindfulness teaching components:
- Class / course design
- Creating an ideal learning environment
- Setting up the container
- Trust issues
- Understanding confidentiality / group safety
- Using group process as a vehicle for teaching mindfulness
- Understanding diversity issues and multi-cultural sensitivity
- Practicing teaching key elements in pairs / small groups and practicing giving and receiving feedback about teaching
- Teaching issues – Learning to work with:
- Money issues
- Power issues
- Transference / projection
- Difficult class/student scenarios
- Understanding how to teach different populations
- Diversity - developing awareness and sensitivity about race, gender,class, sexual orientation and physical ability issues and dynamics
- Working with people individually
- How to integrate mindfulness into one-on-one sessions in therapy / coaching / bodywork
- Working with trauma - how to use mindfulness as a skilful resource
- Utilizing contemporary mindfulness research and neuroscience findings on mindfulness
- Marketing mindfulness courses
Monthly online group tutorials are held between in-person modules, led by the course trainers, Mark and Martin.
Participants will be expected to complete papers that explore both your own understanding of mindfulness practices and the practice of teaching mindfulness in your chosen field. Participants will also submit two video recordings of their mindfulness teaching.
Participants will be given a reading list to support your understanding of the course material and the theoretical background of mindfulness practice.
Trainees’ personal mindfulness meditation practice is the cornerstone of being able to teach well. All participants will be expected to maintain and deepen their practice throughout the course and beyond as well as continue attending mindfulness classes, courses and retreats during the year.
Graduates will be equipped to:
Teach mindfulness classes, courses and one-day mindfulness events.
Deliver the SIT Mindfulness Course, as created by MTI.
Teach mindfulness to groups in a variety of settings including in health care, business, non-profits, education and a host of other settings.
Bring mindfulness techniques into individual work including psychotherapy, coaching, chaplaincy and social work.
Give mindfulness lectures
This training does not qualify participants to teach multi-day / residential mindfulness retreats, which requires further training.