If you have experienced the positive benefits of practicing mindfulness, you may wish to train and become a qualified teacher of mindfulness.
Mindfulness Hrvatska in partnership with the UK Mindfulness Association and Mindfulness Association Polska, offers a comprehensive mindfulness teacher training pathway. This is a professional, high quality training which includes the assessment of your teaching of mindfulness against published teaching criteria. After successful completion of the training pathway, you are eligible to teach the 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) using the curriculum created by the UK Mindfulness Association, and to gain ‘MBLC Approved Teacher’ status.
The MBLC is recognised as an eight week course in the UK Good Practice Guidelines (Bamba.org). The MBLC is comparable to other 8-week courses such as Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or ‘BreathWorks’.
Qualified teachers can teach the MBLC as an independent trainer or a representative of an organisation and charge a fee. They can also go on to train to teach a Level 2, 8-week mindfulness course, Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) (details on request).
Our mindfulness teacher training pathway involves two stages. Participants may study these stages sequentially, completing Stage 1 before commencing Stage 2 the following year, or concurrently, completing the pathway in one year (see more details below).
Stage 1: ‘Being Present’ Level 1 Mindfulness Course
Stage 1 requires participants to complete our ‘Being Present’ Level 1 Mindfulness course or an equivalent course (the MBLC itself is not an equivalent course). ‘Being Present’ is available online and ‘in-person’.
The dates for ‘Being Present’ in 2020/2021 are:
‘Being Present’ Level 1 Mindfulness Course (in-person) (each day, 10:00-17:00)
Module/Weekend 1: 19-20 September 2020
Module/Weekend 2: 12-13 December 2020
Module/Weekend 3: 13-14 March 2021
Module/Weekend 4: 12-13 June 2021
Please note ‘Being Present’ in-person can only run if corona virus measures allow. All legal requirements, such as social distancing will be adhered to, and the number of participants may be further limited. We will cancel the in-person course if we deem it to be necessary for safety reasons, in which case those registered for the in-person course may then, if they wish, join the online course.
‘Being Present’ Level 1 Mindfulness Course (online) (each morning, 09:00-12:30)
The online course is spread over 8 weekends, mornings only.
Module 1: 26-27 September 2020 and 03-04 October 2020
Module 2: 07-08 November 2020 and 14-15 November 2020
Module 3: 20-21 March 2021 and 27-28 March 2021
Module 4: 29-30 May 2021 and 05-06 June 2021.
The fee for Stage 1 in 2020/2021 is 1500 kuna or €199.00 for each of the 4 modules.
The fee can be paid in 4 instalments or in one payment of 6000kuna/€796.00.
More details of the ‘Being Present’ Course: http://www.mindfulness-hrvatska.hr/2020/08/10/being-present-level-1-mindfulness-course-in-person-and-online-2020-2021/ or can be downloaded from here (PDF).
Stage 2: Teaching Skills
Teaching Skills aims to support participants to begin developing a safe and effective mindfulness teaching practice. The course emphasises the requirement for facilitators to be able to embody mindfulness and compassion while facilitating secular mindfulness training courses. It explores the rationales behind the practices and the way they fit together as a whole. The key skill is learning to stay fully present as you lead guided practices and enquiry. This skill depends entirely upon a sustained and regular personal mindfulness practice.
Teaching Skills is sub-divided into two levels:
Level 1 Teaching Skills
This involves participation in two teaching skills training weekends in Zagreb. At each weekend, mindfulness practices and teaching skills are modelled, explained and discussed. Participants are given opportunities to develop their teaching skills through leading practices and receiving and giving peer feedback.
At level 1, participants are required to also submit a short, written essay.
The next teaching skills weekends in Zagreb will be:
Weekend 1: 09-10 January 2021
Weekend 2: 6-7 March 2021.
Each day (Saturday and Sunday) is from 10:00-17:00.
To complete the course, participants must attend both weekends.
The fee in 2020-21 for Level 1 Teaching Skills is 2000 kuna or €270.00 for each weekend.
Level 2 Teaching Skills
Level 2 Teaching Skills is run in partnership with Mindfulness Association Polska and involves a 5-day mindfulness teaching skills retreat in Poland. Live sessions delivered by the participants will be self-assessed and discussed with tutors who will also make an assessment. The teaching session assessed by a tutor will be in English. The retreat is held in in Kaziumierz Dolny, a small town in central eastern Poland. The dates of the Teaching Skills Retreat in Poland are yet to be confirmed however it is likely to be in September / October in both 2021 and 2022.
Successful participants are awarded a ‘certificate of readiness’ to teach the MBLC at the end of the retreat.
Your Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway
Participants may elect to complete their mindfulness teacher training over two years:
Stage 1 (‘Being Present’ course) in year one (10 months, September 2020 to June 2021) and the Stage 2 the following year (2022, dates to be confirmed).
Alternatively, it is possible to ‘fast track’, completing the whole pathway in one intensive year in the following sequence (September 2020 – October 2021):
i) Stage 1 Being Present Course Module 1, online or in-person – September/October 2020
ii) Stage 1 Being Present Course Module 2, online or in-person – November/December 2020
iii) Stage 2 Teaching Skills Weekend 1 – January 2021
iv) Stage 2 Teaching Skills Weekend 2 – March 2021
v) Stage 1 Being Present Course Module 3, online or in-person –
vi) Stage 1 Being Present Course Module 4, online or in-person –
vii) Stage 2 Teaching Skills Retreat in Poland – September 2021 (exact date
to be confirmed)
TEACHING SKILLS in person 2020/2021.
If teaching mindfulness is your aspiration and intention, we hope that you will consider mindfulness teacher training with Mindfulness Hrvatska and our partner organisations, UK Mindfulness Association and Mindfulness Polska. By going through the teacher training and sharing the benefits of mindfulness with others, our own practice and understanding of mindfulness grows. In turn our practice deepens, and we reap the benefit too.
Let us know if you are interested in our mindfulness teacher training pathway or if you have any questions, by emailing [email protected] and we will be in touch.