Mindfulness Teacher Training – Stage 2: Teaching Skills Weekends
MINDFULNESS TEACHER TRAINING PATHWAY
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).
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:
STEP 1: TEACHING SKILLS TRAINING WEEKENDS (LEVEL 1)
This involves participation in two teaching skills training weekends in Zagreb. In 2021-2022 these weekends are in-person in Zagreb, Croatia. 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 on teaching mindfulness.
The next in-person teaching skills weekends in Zagreb will be:
Weekend 1: 08-09 January 2022
Weekend 2: 19-20 March 2022.
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 3000 kuna or €398.00 for each of the two weekends.
STEP 2: BETWEEN LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 (at least three months)
In-between level 1 and level 2 participants are required to undertake each of the following activities:
Study the 8-week MBLC course, week by week, journaling your practice in preparation for the Level 2 MBLC Teaching Skills retreat (10 hours reading and reflection on top of practice).
12 hours online teaching practice of at least eight 1.5 hour sessions (12 hours) of online peer teaching groups in groups of four supporting development of self-reflection to develop teacher awareness and skills. This will be self-organised by the participants with the help and support of Mindfulness Hrvatska.
Six annual online check ins with tutor team member to support training pathway.
Monthly teacher member CPD sessions, and previously recorded CPD sessions (10 sessions to be attended or watched – 10 hours)
STEP 3: TEACHING SKILLS RETREAT (LEVEL 2)
Level 2 Teaching Skills involves participation in a 5-day mindfulness Teaching skills retreat. During the retreat live mindfulness teaching sessions delivered by the participants are self-assessed and discussed with tutors who also make an assessment. The mindfulness session is taught and assessed by a tutor in English.
If you are interested in our mindfulness teacher training pathway or if you have any questions, please email [email protected]