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Taking MBSR to Sierra Leona, Africa

by Julia Ames

Not too sure where to start…
Have been offering the MBSR to various groups since arriving in Freetown in Sept 2017, in addition to regular yoga classes.
The groups so far have been predominantly international (i.e. mostly expat with a sprinkling of diaspora Sierra Leoneans and the occasional genuine home-grown local). Courses to date have been fee-based but including a quota of 2 fully sponsored spots per cohort.

Silent teacher-lead Mindfulness Retreat, July-Aug 2019

Student names, Bárbara López Martí, Lianne van Haeren, Cornelia Baumann, Emily Hanna, Itzel Lerma, Jon White, Linda Keys, Dariusk Mazurek, Karolina Mazurek, Daniel Pfleger, Fernando Balsera Pita, Andreea Rusu, Astrid Kuebler, Kevin Hawkins, David Adeane.

From, Spain Valencia, Valencia, UK, USA, Luxembourg, UK, Madrid, Poland, Poland, Valencia, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Valencia, UK

 

TT1 July 2019

Student names: 

Olga Sengunlu, Melanie Banerjee, Anna Bardaka, Kieran Wych, Merve Karakus, Patrick Bron, Jon White, Katherine Grenville-Jones, Maria Boťanská, Kvetoslava Sarvašová, Elena Sushko, Liliana Paraipan, Tom Errera, Didem Hacıpaşaoğlu, Marianne Pilgrim

From: 

Turkey, France UK, Greece, Nederlands, Den Haag, Turkey, Istanbul, Switzerland, Genève, UK, UK, London, Slovakia, Slovakia, Košice, Ukraine, Kiev, Rumania, Spain, Madrid, Turkey, USA,

IS MINDFULNESS MEDITATION A CAPITALIST TOOL OR A PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT?

IT’S HARD TO put your finger on the point when the Western stereotype of Buddhist meditation flipped. It was sometime between the 1950s, when Zen Buddhism seeped into the beat generation, and the early 21st century, when mindfulness meditation seeped into Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

TTR2 Feb 2019

Graduate name    From
Maria Opidowicz    Poland
Andras Harsanyi    Hungary
Alex la via    UK
Nada Aladel    Saudi Arabia
Christine Griffin    Ireland
Lisa Meagher    Ireland
Jitka Pouzarova    Czech Republic, Prague
Filip Stys    Tenerife
Mahasti Mohammadi    Switzerland
Theresa Cohen    USA, Wyndmoor

 

Trainers:

Tuire Niinimaki

Jazz - Zhassulan Abishev

Book review: Meditation Is Not What You Think

In 2005, Jon Kabat-Zinn published his magnum opus, Coming to Our Senses. At 650 pages and years in the making, it was a monumental achievement. It allowed the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to put his life’s work in a larger context. Mindfulness is not a mental trick, an adjunct to regular life. It’s a basic human inheritance that is essential to life.

Stress

LAST MONTH, IN advance of its annual Stress in America report, the American Psychological Association released what will likely be counted among the most obvious research findings of 2016. The presidential election, concluded the APA, was a source of significant anxiety for the country. Regardless of party, over half of American adults surveyed felt very or somewhat stressed by the election. Gasps could be heard from across nowhere.

TTR2 November 2018

Just graduated from the MBSR Teacher Training Nov 2018

Stephen Davis, France.

Tine Christine Steiss, Spain.

Liz Hall, Spain.

Suzan Grootscholten, Spain.

Maja Pelc, Poland.

Dorota Stoińska, Switzerland.

Adriana Orellana de Rickebusch, Switzerland.

Maartje van der Zedde, Netherlands, Amsterdam.

Laurie Ellis-Young, USA.

George Ellis, USA.

Geraldine Goulding, Ireland.

The Magnificent, Mysterious, Wild, Connected and Interconnected Brain

For some time at Mindful we’ve been concerned that discussions of the brain—particularly in the context of mindfulness and meditation—have become simplified to the point of distorting the truth. They often present the brain as a set of building blocks or Lincoln Logs, each with its own function. The goal of meditation in this model is to strengthen certain parts and suppress others. When we asked neuroscientists doing actual research about these notions, the answer ranged from “that’s very, very simplistic” to “that’s nonsense.”

First Do No Harm

Meditation can lead people to some dark places, triggering trauma or leaving people feeling disoriented, according to Dr. Willoughby Britton, who has studied the adverse effects of contemplative practices for more than a decade. In May 2017, she and her research partner and husband, Dr. Jared Lindahl, released a study that identified 59 different kinds of negative meditation experiences. Their research has also shown that these distressing experiences are not limited to people who have a history of mental illness.

Window of Tolerance

How to Help Your Clients Understand Their Window of Tolerance

BY RUTH BUCZYNSKI,
Our clients are best able to cope with stressors and triggers when they’re operating within their window of tolerance.

But a traumatic experience can narrow our participants’ window of tolerance, leading to states of either hyper- or hypo-arousal.

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Testimonials

Since training at Solterreno I have begun teaching the MBSR course in my local area and I have been accepted onto the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. This shows that my training at Solterreno and ongoing supervision meets the UK Good Practice Guidelines for…

MINDFUL ACADEMY SOLTERRENO QUALIFIED MINDFULNESS TEACHER

UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations

"The Mindful Academy Solterreno institution gave me outstanding Teacher Training, with all the materials and supervision to teach the MBSR program. After teaching my first MBSR program in Switzerland, I was able to become a member of the Swiss MBSR Association which implies that my MBSR courses…

Mindful Academy Solterreno Qualified Mindfulness Teacher

Member of the Swiss MBSR Association

I would highly recommend the MBSR teacher training at Solterreno. This course managed to deliver way over my expectations. The course was very professionally delivered The program was sensibly structured giving the participants the right amount of knowledge and great opportunity to practice. The…

Mindful Academy Solterreno graduate.

Member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association in Poland.

Member of the German MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association

"Training at the Mindful Academy gave me exactly the preparation I needed to be able to teach the complete MBSR 8 Week Course in the UK and in due time to be accepted on to the UK Mindfulness Network Teachers Listing. 

The quality of the teaching at the Mindful Academy, the thoroughness…

UK Mindfulness Network Teachers Listing

The centre is set in an extraordinarily beautiful position; its terraces and garden offer calm and tranquillity whilst the surrounding mountains seem to breathe with a quiet and majestic stillness. This awe-inspiring landscape is conducive to a total immersion into the bigger picture!

In May 2019, I attended my 6th retreat at Solterreno.

Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher

I have attended two retreats at Solterreno so far and found both among the most valuable experiences I've ever had, with all aspects carefully designed to facilitate positive change. The content was…

Silent retreat and MBSR+Yoga course

As most teachers of mindfulness approaches, my pathway is founded on a deeply personal engagement with the practice over a number of years, since 2002. Coupled with the persistent and increasing empirical basis for MBSR, I was drawn to join the training pathway in 2013 - so that I may offer…

Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway

This course is more than a training programme, it also contributed to me in terms of opening new rooms in my mind and heart. Every moment I had in Solterreno was giving me the confidence and trust of being with the correct instructors and being in the correct place. Everything was designed…

MINDFUL ACADEMY TT1 GRADUATE, July 2019

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