“Being Present” certified Mindfulness Course (Level 1) 2021-2022
Mindfulness Hrvatska in partnership with the UK Mindfulness Association, is pleased to host again our ‘Being Present’ Mindfulness Course (Level 1).
About Being Present
Being Present explores core mindfulness practices and the underpinning thinking and theory. It is suitable for all interested participants and is ideal for people who have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC). The course comprises of four modules and four study/practice weekends.
Throughout, progressive skills in Mindfulness are taught through presentations, guided practice and small group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed upon experiential learning and there is an expectation that participants will develop a regular mindfulness practice. There will be home assignments that include, in addition to practicing mindfulness, daily life exercises, journal writing and online discussions.
‘BEING PRESENT’ LEVEL 1 MINDFULNESS COURSE is also STAGE 1 of Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway.
The tutors are Ewa Orłowska from Warsaw and Helena Cuculić from Zagreb who are both experienced and qualified teachers of mindfulness. Being Present is taught in English.
Previous participants have said:
“The course was very valuable to me because it was exactly what I needed in life and it was great knowing I was at the right place doing something I and people around me will benefit from.”
“I thought about what I learned, I did different meditations often, I tried to incorporate it into my life, I basically started living Mindfulness. …I felt a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people and I love being a part of the Mindfulness community.”
“I really enjoyed being a part of this group of people… you really did a great job facilitating the course throughout the year.“
The course blends together in-person and online learning, so we can benefit from the advantages of both approaches. Weekends 1 and 4 are in-person and weekends 2 and 3 are online. It is also hoped that this blended learning approach will make it easier for participants who do not live in or near to Zagreb to participate. It may be possible for participants, when necessary, to undertake 3 or all of the study/practice weekends online.
The in-person weekends are from 09:30-17:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Each online weekend meets on Friday evening, 18.00-21:00, Saturday 09:00-14:30 and Sunday 09:00-13:45.
The four online study/practice weekends are on the following dates:
Weekend 1 (in-person): Saturday 11 December & Sunday 12 December 2021
Weekend 2 (online): Friday 18 February to Sunday 20 February 2022
Weekend 3 (online): Friday 08 April to Sunday 10 April 2022
Weekend 4 (in-person): Saturday 11 June & Sunday 12 June 2022.
Each weekend involves:
- Tutor-led talks and discussions
- Tutor-led mindfulness practices
- Silent mindfulness practice
- Group discussions.
- Opportunities to raise questions.
Participants must take part in at least 3 of the 4 modules (75%) to receive a course completion certificate.
Module 1: Start Where You Are
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment-by-moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for self-compassion.
Module 2: Working With Distraction
Having had the opportunity to practice ‘settling, grounding, resting and support’, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference – like and dislike – and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.
Module 3: Self-Acceptance
Throughout our training we are working in two areas – redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to ‘hold’ difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.
Module 4: Undercurrent and Observer
During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of ‘undercurrent and observer’ as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The ‘undercurrent’ refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The ‘observer’ refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.
Each of the 4 online modules (including the study/practice weekend) 1,600kn (€210.00). The course fee can be paid in up to 4 instalments or in one payment. The course fee includes:
A course manual or handbook (in English)
Audio recordings of tutor lead practices (in English)
All seminars at the four study/practice weekends.
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a ‘certificate of completion’.
To reserve a place on ‘Being Present’ or if you have any questions, please email [email protected]. The course is limited to 20 participants.