In Level I you will firstly engage in foundational experiential learning, deepening your own practice through attending an MBP, and a retreat. Theoretical understanding is supported through the pre-reading and writing tasks in the Study Module. Then the Level I Intensive is an opportunity for intense immersion in meditation practice, leading practices, inquiry and feedback from teachers and peers - leading to integration of the personal and the professional which is so central in this work.
For those wishing to teach mindfulness-based programs (e.g. MBSR/CT and others) Level I will provide the groundwork to move into Level II training: teaching MBP courses, supervision and certification. Others attend the Level I training to support their integration of mindfulness skills into their mindfulness-informed therapy (e.g. ACT, DBT.)
Assessment of readiness for entry into Level I training will be made on a case by case basis and take into account your personal and professional development and engagement in practice over time. (If you are relatively new to a sustained personal practice, you may be invited to take more time before enrolling in the Level I Intensive.)
It is expected that you will complete the first essay of the study module at least two months prior to your attendance at the Intensive. This work provides an opportunity for you to integrate your personal experience and understanding with theory (relevant contemplative and Western psychology) which informs and supports the delivery of mindfulness interventions. You will be asked to complete 2 essays (totalling up to 7000 words), which demonstrate your understanding of theory, research and practice relevant to mindfulness teaching. Details will be available on acceptance into the program. Pre-reading for the course is listed here. A range of articles and other resources will be provided on enrolment in the Study Module.
Completion of all prerequisites and Essay I of the Study Module is necessary to attend the 8 day Intensive.
The eight day Intensive provides an in-depth residential context to explore a range of didactic, experiential and small group work. It will provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading with supervision from the instructors (usual teacher/student ratio 1:12). A strong emphasis in the Intensive is on the development and integration of personal and professional qualities which support authentic mindfulness teaching and learning. It offers a challenging and deepening process of exploration and engagement with self and others, using the ground of practice as our base. Specific areas of focus will include:
Please note: As part of the Intensive process, you will be expected to be very familiar with each of the mindfulness practices offered in MBSR and MBCT and will be asked to lead them in dyads without scripts.
Click here to find out about Level I Intensive in 2017.