Reflect & Share
In response to continued conversations with the community these ‘Reflect and Share’ sessions offer a co-created space for reflective practice on our teaching experiences of the MBSR curriculum. ‘Skilful engagement with reflective practice’ is regarded as key to our growth and development as teachers as well as providing a means of maintaining a ‘grassroots level’ holding of the ethics and integrity of the wider field of mindfulness teaching. Demonstrating reflective practice skills forms part of our teacher training pathway (for both qualified and certified stages) and these sessions offer the opportunity to develop these skills together. As well as the joy of simply being together for a while!
In these 2 hour online sessions we will hold the MBSR weekly session themes as the central structure for our reflective inquiries and sharings. We will hold these lightly as we trust in emergence and what arises from our own sharings in each session. We will review the theme of the session and remind ourselves of the different experiential activities we might use to bring the theme to life in our teachings. We might sit with a reflective question on our experience of teaching and learning on the theme, from our direct experiences. We will practice mindful listening and speaking in small groups as well as the wider group as we share and reflect together. We may gain the opportunity to connect with peer MBSR teachers who are teaching in similar contexts or cultures and expand our awareness from the breadth of our diversity.
Whether or not you are teaching the 8 week format of the MBSR curriculum, these sessions are open to all and offer us a means to stay connected with the core principles and teachings of the MBSR curriculum as the foundations to our professional work. And we can learn from the range of contexts within which MBSR teachers find themselves, sharing the challenges and adaptations emerging from applying the curriculum in context and consider how the evolution of the curriculum upholds its integrity by remaining responsive to the property of emergence, arguably one of the key differentiating features of MBSR teaching.
The dates and curriculum themes for 2021-2022
18 September Session 0: Orientation
30 October Session 1: What is Mindfulness?
4 December Session 2: Perception & Creative Responding
29 January Session 3: Mindfulness in Movement
5 March Session 4: Learning our Patterns of Reactivity
23 April Session 5: Working with Stress
28 May Session 6: Stressful Communication
18 June Retreat Day
16 July Session 7: Lifestyle Choices
27 August Session 8: A Mindful Life