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Mindfulness Teacher Training

MBSR Teacher Training course:–

*Typical daily schedule –

07.00 - 08.00 Mindful Movement and MBSR core 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 on both TTR1 and TTR2

Full 200hr Course content (TTR1 & TTR2) –

Overview -

The Two Modules includes extensive practice and training on how to teach all aspects of MBSR Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, giving you the skills and confidence to teach both MBSR core practices including Mindful Movement and the Mindful Academy MBSR 8 week Course.

Teacher Training Retreat 1 (TTR1) the focus of this foundation course is to deepen your personal practice and learn how to teach the MBSR core practices, (see more details below) We will also explore the theories and intentions of the enquiry process as a core element of MBSR & MBCT and practice enquiry in small groups. In a safe and nurturing environment we will assist you in cultivating your skills and you will receive feedback from Kathy and Bodhin to support your development.  

In Teacher Training Retreat 2 (TTR2) you will both deepen your own practice and learn specifically how to teach all elements of the 2.5hr MBSR weekly sessions of the Mindful Academy 8 week MBSR course using the provided 8 week MBSR lesson plans and MBSR Participant Handbook. On graduation we give you permission to print the MBSR Participant Handbook for your own business use. During this module you will also receive formal assessment and feedback on your teaching from Kathy and Bodhin.

You will also learn enquiry and relating to the theme and learning focus of each session.

On successful graduation from both modules you will be authorised to use the letters AMT (Accredited MBSR Teacher) and be eligible to join our registry of MBSR Teachers.

Practice and Training Sessions –

Practicing and learning to teach the MBSR core practices -  

  • Mindfully eating a Raisin exercise
  • 3 Step Breathing Space (various versions)
  • Mindfulness of Breath Meditation
  • 4 Steps to Awareness Meditation
  • Mindfulness of Thoughts Meditation
  • Mindfulness of Emotion Meditation
  • Mindfulness of Emotion Meditation (labeling emotions)
  • Compassion - Kindly Awareness Meditation
  • Compassion - Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Walking Meditation
  • Choiceless Awareness Meditation
  • Mindful movement (standing, seated and floor)
  • Mindfulness of Body Meditation (bringing awareness to tightness and tension)
  • Body Scan 
  • Standing Tree of Life Meditation
  • Mindful Breath awareness and breathing techniques
  • Taking your seat – how to find your Meditation posture

Teaching Methodology sessions –

  • The 8 attitudinal foundations of MBSR practice from both a teacher and participant viewpoint
  • 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

Mindfulness Teacher TrainingAnatomy, Physiology, Psychology –

  • Benefits of MBSR on the systems of the body
  • 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
  • Modern mind/body science, integrating technology

Philosophy and History of MBSR –

  • Eastern versus Western Philosophy 
  • Ethics of a MBSR Teacher 
  • History of Meditation, Mindfulness, Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Theory of Meditation process & breathing

  • The meditation process 
  • Breathing techniques  – guidelines, effects and contraindications 
  • Mindfulness practices for Health Challenges 
  • Meditation frequently asked questions
  • Mindfulness in daily life

Effective MBSR guidance –  

  • Language
  • Allowing
  • Orientating
  • Embodying

Teaching Experience –  

  • Practice teaching MBSR in a class environment with both informal (TTR1) and formal (TTR2) teaching assessment, feedback and development from Kathy and Bodhin
  • Observing and assisting in classes

Tutorials and Assignments –

  • Reading the 4 pre-course books (2 per training) 
  • Completing pre-course MBSR practices using the MP3's provided with completion of a Reflective MBSR Journal 
  • Completing the required pre course study, practice and teaching of MBSR to develop your practice before TTR2  
  • Commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through daily formal and informal practice

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