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.
Residential Teaching Module Dates for U.S. Mindfulness Teacher Training 2016/7:
Module 1: September 22-25, 2016
Module 2: December 1-4, 2016
Module 3: March 2-5, 2017
Module 4: June 15-18, 2017
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.
- Give mindfulness lectures
This training does not qualify participants to teach multi-day / residential mindfulness retreats, which requires further training.
Our yearlong teacher trainings make use of online learning, teacher meetings and peer group support, with in-person teaching intensives in downtown San Francisco, CA..
Cost – The price for the 2016 - 2017 training is $5,925. This does not include travel, room or board for the in-person training sessions in San Francisco.
Payment plans are available upon request.
Cancellation Policy - The initial deposit is nonrefundable. 75% of paid balance is refundable until March 1, 2016. 50% of paid balance is refundable until May 1, 2016. 25% of paid balance is refundable until July 1, 2016. There will be no refunds after September 1, 2016.
Applicants should have:
1. A minimum of three years of regular Mindfulness meditation practice
2. Attended at least two silent Mindfulness retreats of a minimum of five days each
3. Attended a Mindfulness course like MBSR or similar
Exceptions concerning these guidelines are at the discretion of the faculty.
Accreditation is dependent on successful completion of the course and coursework, subject to Martin and Mark’s approval.
*The curriculum is subject to continuing evolution and modification.
For more information, email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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