TT1, Online

MBSR Teacher Training, Level 1 course, TT1 Online, Live and Interactive 

In response to the global context of COVID-19 that is asking us to stay at home and reduce physical contact with others, we are offering the TT1 online, live and interactive. In the midst of the current challenge, we are excited to offer this novel and creative solution and look forward to sharing the experience together. 

TT Online

MBSR Teacher Training, Level 1 course, TT1 Online, Live and Interactive 

20th June, 7 days, Price: 935€

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TT Online

Participant Information 

The Online TT1 will follow the same curriculum, evaluation, assessments and certification as the in-person version. The intentions remain the same: We will be creating a community of practice that comes together to deepen our personal practice, to learn to teach core meditations of the MBSR curriculum and to practice the skills of facilitating inquiry, a key part of the group learning experience. There will be in-depth discussion and exploration of the curriculum of the 8-week MBSR course including the experiential group activities of the lessons and reflection on how to teach these in courses.  

At the end of the retreat, you will have had the opportunity to learn and practice embodiment, inquiry, guiding core meditation practices, adopt professional good practice including trauma-sensitive teaching and group process skills. You will have completed a foundational step in teaching the 8-week MBSR course.

Online Participation 

Online participation shares much of the same conventions as ‘in-person’ participation: You are joining an immersive retreat and you will be as visible in the virtual classroom as you would be in-person. Our virtual classroom will use Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool that is the platform of choice for courses like this one. Zoom is very user friendly whatever your level of experience or comfort. Be assured - if you can click on a link then you can use this tool. Just as we have preparations to make to attend in-person retreats, there are preparations that we need to make in order to ensure we can maximise the immersive experience of this TT1 and complete the required hours of training. 

  1. Technical Preparation

You will need:

  • A computer or laptop with a high-speed internet connection, with a working camera, so you are onscreen for the duration, microphone and speakers
  • To plug directly into the network with a cord rather than using wireless (WiFi), if possible, to ensure appropriate bandwidth
  • To be familiar with your computer as we cannot provide technical assistance
  • To have a backup or ‘Plan B’ ready should your first choice of computer and network run into some difficulty  
  • Zoom – a free video conference application (See no. 5 of this list)
  1. Pre-class Checklist
  • Be ready to start each session with plenty of time to prepare your computer and to sign into the live classes (no. 6 of this list details the schedule of each day on retreat)
  • Check that your computer is working including video, microphone and speakers
  • Switch off all notifications from other applications to your computer (e.g. mail, messages, social media etc.)
  • Ensure you have created the physical environment, quiet with the support of others not to be interrupted for this time (no. 4 on this list offers more suggestions)
  • Mobile phone is on silent with access to What’s App to notify teachers in case of technical difficulties arising
  • Personal needs – course workbooks with printed out pages/sections as advised below; blank paper and pens; timer, water, blanket, mat, cushion etc. just as if you were coming to class in person.
  1. Responding to Difficulties

As with any class attendance, difficulties can arise that can interrupt our capacity to participate. For example, travel delays or childcare changes, illness etc. For online courses, our difficulties may arise in the form of technical difficulties. In the event of such difficulties:

  • Acknowledge this can happen and practice calmly responding!
  • Sign out and back in again - this often solves many problems
  • If above does not work, let the teachers know you are experiencing technical difficulties by sending a ‘whats-app’ message rather than trying to ‘troubleshoot’ these during sessions
  • Use a computer as some Zoom features are less effective on smartphones and tablets
  1. Personal Preparation 

The attitude we bring to this experience is key and we need to be prepared to commit fully to the schedule each day for this week, as you would if you were with us in-person. This will require some additional personal preparation of your own physical space so that you can engage with full attention and presence for the duration of this course. We will also support each other in maintaining this commitment as we continue to create our group context for learning when we meet during the course schedule. 

In preparation, consider where you will set up your space and how you will create the physical environment that will support you during this time:

  • a quiet, well-lit room, where you can rest your computer screen and be visible sitting, lying down and standing; also free of interruptions and distractions - remember what you see on your screen is what we see too! 
  • family support to allow you to join the online retreat (including allowing you full access to your network bandwidth for the duration of live sessions)
  • agreements on how to interact with family and work commitments during this time, ie while in session and in between
  • access to easy, nutritious meals and snacks
  1. ‘Zoom’ Preparation

To sign up for the free Zoom, please create an account via this link: https://zoom.us/ Note: work computer may block such applications.

These short videos offer helpful tutorials:  

  1. Class Schedule and Materials

Daily schedule if run over 7 days. (is subject to change and might be adapted over more days.)

Arrival Day

18.00 - 20.00 Welcome to the course, introductions and Opening Meditations

 

Sunday to Friday (Wednesday, our retreat day, is slightly different but start and end times remain the same)

07.30 - 08.30 Teacher lead personal practice

08.30 - 09.30 Breakfast

09.30 - 11.30 MBSR key curriculum components workshops

11.30 - 12.00 Break

12.00 - 14.00 MBSR key curriculum components workshops

14.00 - 16.00 Lunch and free time

 

16.00 - 18.00 Afternoon Teach-Back Practice sessions

18.00 - 18.30 Break

18.30 - 20.00 Afternoon Teach-Back Practice sessions


Closing Day 

07.30 - 08.30 Teacher lead personal practice

08.30 - 09.30 Breakfast

09.30 - 10.30 Closing session
 

*Daily schedule is subject to change.

 

Testimonial from Elise:

Hear from Elise who had just finished the ONLINE version of the MBSR Teacher Training course, first level, TT1.

Elise testimonial

Materials

On receipt of the deposit payment, I will send you the links to the guided Mindfulness MBSR Meditation MP3's and our MBSR Scripts for the pre-course study. We ask that you complete this self-study as it is part of the required training hours and goes towards your graduation certification. Part of this self-study is that we ask you to have a daily formal Mindfulness practice of 30 - 45 minutes per day including a seated Mindfulness MBSR meditation of 30 minutes per day between now and the start date using the provided MP3's. You may find that they are different from the meditation's you have been practising, however, it is important for you to have direct experiential experience of these meditations, prior to learning how to teach them. We also suggest that you have a twice-weekly Mindful Movement or Mindful Walking practice. 

There are also 2 books to read and during the final 8 weeks run-up to the TT1, you will also receive a weekly email from us to help you focus on preparation for the course. 

The MBSR Scripts is one of the documents you will be using during this TT1 Foundation training, please take time to read and absorb the following sections -

  • Notes on Guiding Mindfulness Practices and 
  • Key Learning and Elements to consider when Guiding.  

During the course you will receive training on delivering the meditations and every afternoon you will practice guiding the MBSR meditations in small groups with assessment and feedback from both your peers and Bodhin, using the Mindfulness-based Teaching Assessment Criteria or MBI-TACs.

The MBSR Teachers manual is another of the documents you will be using during this TT1 Foundation training. For the online version, we will be sending you a digital copy.

Course Details

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Testimonials

Overall, my experience was moving and intense. The training was incredibly insightful, collaborative and really well guided. I felt supported throughout the programme, with plenty of opportunity for reflection, questioning, exploring, practising and teaching. It was a great balance between…

TT1 online August 2020 

Spent an excellent week with Bodhin and Helen and participants from all around Europe. It was a learning experience, not just about teaching mindfulness, but also about myself. Particularly enjoyed meeting the other participants, all with their own journey and their own story. It was an…

TT1 online August 2020 

I participated in the online TT1 course in August 2020. I benefited greatly from this course and am very pleased that I chose the Mindful Academy at Solterreno for my teacher training. The teachers were highly experienced and knowledgeable, and truly embodied the principles of mindfulness. The…

TT1 online August 2020

Overall feedback, Really excellent.

I loved every single aspect and moment of the course. It offered in depth training on all the core practices of the MBSR, the full experience of MBSR as a student and as a teacher, unique and essential insights that can only be offered by the most experienced mindfulness teachers, as well as an…

TT1 online August 2020 

As always it was extremely well organised and I felt very held and taken care of. I always felt supported and even though I had taken the 'same' retreat in person last year I gained more insights and really felt like my practice was deepened.
Of course I missed the beautiful Solterreno but…

Silent Online Retreat, July 2020

I felt privileged to be able to participate remotely as cost and logistics have got in the way previously. This opportunity has open new possibilities for me and strengthen my commitment to continue, and deepen the practice of mindfulness.

I cannot be more grateful to Bodhin for his…

Silent Online Retreat, July 2020

As with TT1, it was amazing to observe the week unfold. The experience was multidimensional, allowing for my personal growth by looking inward and outward with the others in the group. I was impressed with the sense of connection and community that was co-created during week, especially as it…

From the TT2 Online in July 2020

It was such a rich and very well structured program. I was a little concerned about a week-long Online program however it met my expectations far better.

I really appreciated the way Bodhin our teacher approaches participants, very respectful and intimate also. And the way he…

TT1 Online, June 2020

Bodhins videos

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