What to expect -

The professional residential training course is taught over 2 x 100 hour, eleven night Teacher Training modules. You do not need to take TTR1 and TTR2 in the same year but you do need to take TTR1 before TTR2.

To help integrate mindfulness into your life, you are required to read core books and complete self-study and reflective journaling before arrival on both modules.

Also, between modules you are also asked to continue your daily practice using the Mindful Academy 8 Week MBSR Programme in preparation for deepening your teaching skills in module 2.

In total the two modules give you 180 contact hours and at least 84 non contact hours, making the course a total of 264 hours of study.

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Our time together on the professional Teacher Training retreats will be spent both in silence as we practice, and in reflective investigation as we learn through small and large group workshops.

During the training we will engage in actual teaching of the main curriculum of the Mindfulness-based Stress reduction course during our morning and afternoon workshops. For more details see below.

 

 

 

Training Outcomes -

The aims of the 2 professional Teacher Training retreats are to help you to develop an in-depth personal experience of mindfulness and to build the foundations of a sustained personal practice, with a view to applying this in your life and professional work.

The course is designed for those who are willing to engage in the intense nature of this training and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice into your own life, before attempting to teach others.

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Participants should be willing to undertake sustained inner work as we explore in detail the core elements and themes of Mindfulness-based programmes. This foundation will then enable the integration of the practices into the work setting.

The two modules focus on the teaching process and curriculum of both Mindful Meditation and the group based 8 week MBSR Mindfulness course as follows - 

 

Brief overview of TTR1 - This first module will deepen your personal practice and enable you to teach the core practices of Mindfulness Meditation - Body Scan, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, 3 Step Breathing Spaces (various versions) Mindful Movement and the core meditation practices of Body, Breath, Sounds, Thoughts, Emotions, Compassion and Choiceless Awareness to the general public in meditation classes and workshops or as part of your work. You will also receive feedback on your teaching from Kathy and Bodhin.

Brief overview of TTR2 - Building on the foundation of TTR1, the 2nd module will both deepen your own practice and teach you specifically how to teach the Mindful Academy 8 week MBSR course to the general public using the provided 8 week MBSR lesson plans and the Participant Handbook. On graduation we give you permission to print the Participant Handbook for your own business use. During this module you will also receive formal feedback on your teaching from Kathy and Bodhin.

*Typical daily schedule –

  • 07.00 - 08.00 Mindful Movement and Meditation practice
  • 08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast
  • 09.00 - 14.00 Morning Workshops
  • 14.00 - 16.00 Lunch and free time
  • 16.00 - 20.00 Afternoon Workshops
  • 20.00 Dinner

*Daily schedule is subject to change

There is also a Silent Retreat Day guided by Kathy and Bodhin on both TTR1 and TTR2

Full 200hr Course content (TTR1 & TTR2) –

Practice and Training –

  • Taking your seat – how to find your Meditation posture
    • The 8 attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practice from both a teacher and participant viewpoint
    • Mindful Breath awareness and breathing techniques
    • Sitting meditation core practices -
      • Raisin exercise
        3 step breathing space
        Mindfulness of breath
        4 Steps to Awareness Meditation
        3 Step Breathing Space: Facing difficulties
        Mindfulness of Thoughts
        Mindfulness of Thoughts moving to choiceless awareness
        Mindfulness of Emotion in the body
        Mindfulness of Emotion, soften allow, love
        Mindfulness of Emotion, labeling emotions
        3 Step Breathing Space: Widening into Choice and Freedom
        Compassion; Kindly Awareness Meditation
        Compassion; Loving Kindness
    • Walking meditation
    • Standing Mountain Meditation
    • Mindful movement
    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    • Body Scan
    • Joint and Energy freeing Mindful Movement sequence's

Teaching Methodology –

  • Defining Mindfulness
  • Working with the Triangle of Awareness (Body sensations, Thoughts & Emotions)
  • What is Body Awareness?
  • The 4 key skill sets of teaching Mindfulness –
    • Stewardship of the group
    • Homiletics (delivery of didactic material)
    • Guidance of formal practices and informal group experiences.
    • Enquiry into participants direct experience
  • The structure of the Mindful Academy 8 week MBSR Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course –
    • Week 1 – What is Mindfulness
    • Week 2 – Gathering the Scattered Mind - The Power of being present, living your moments
    • Week 3 – What is Stress? Learning about our patterns of reactivity to stress
    • Week 4 – Coping with Stress - Using Mindfulness to Respond instead of React
    • Week 5 – Mindfulness of Thoughts
    • Week 6 – Mindfulness of Emotions
    • Week 7 – Cultivating Compassion
    • Week 8 – A Mindful Life

 Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology –

  • Anatomy of the Nervous system
  • Anatomy of Breathing
  • What is Stress and how it affects our bodies
  • How our thoughts and emotions affect our wellbeing
  • Benefits of Meditation on the systems of the body
  • Modern mind/body science, integrating technology

Philosophy and History of Meditation –

  • Eastern versus Western Philosophy
  • Ethics of a Meditation Teacher
  • History of Meditation, Mindfulness and Mindfulness based Stress Reduction

Theory of Meditation process & Pranayama

  • The meditation process
  • Breathing techniques (pranayamas) – guidelines, effects and contraindications
  • Mindfulness practices for Health Challenges
  • Effective meditation guidance –
    1. Language
    2. Allowing
    3. Orientating
    4. Embodying
  • Meditation frequently asked questions
  • Mindfulness in daily life

Teaching Experience –

  • Observing and assisting in classes
  • Practice teaching in a class environment with both feedback from Kathy and Bodhin

Tutorials and Pre course assignments –

  • Reading the 4 pre-course books (2 per training)
  • Completing pre-course Mindfulness practices using the MP3's provided with completion of a Reflective Meditation Journal
  • Completing the provided 8 week MBSR self-study programme to deepen your practice before TTR2
  • Commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through daily formal and informal practice

The Two Modules Includes extensive practice and training on how to teach all aspects of Mindfulness MBSR Meditation.

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