Level I: Mindfulness Foundations and Development
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.)
In Level I you will firstly engage in foundational experiential learning, deepening your own practice through attending an Mindfulness Based Program (MBSR or MBCT) 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.
Level I training involves:
It is expected that you will complete the 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. 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.
Seven day Intensive
Completion of all prerequisites and the Study Module is necessary to attend the seven day Intensive.
The seven 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:
- The rationale for how mindfulness works for a range of mental and physical health conditions including pain, stress, anxiety, depression and trauma
- Practical exploration of how to work skilfully with the sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise in practice.
- Skills in leading mindfulness practices (body scan, awareness of breath, sounds, thoughts and feeling, open awareness, kindness and compassion, approaching the difficult, movement practice)
- Inquiry skills (including empathy, reflection, salience and context)
- Relational skills including empathy, warmth, authenticity and potency, curiosity and respect and mutuality
- Embodiment as a teacher including presence, vitality and calmness, acceptance and present moment responsiveness
- Understanding of group process
- Refining and deepening one’s own meditation practice
Please note: As part of the Intensive process, you will be expected to be 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 Australia in October 2020.
Click here to find out about Level I Intensive in New Zealand in October 2020.
As part of the Intensive, each student will have an individual mentoring meeting with a senior teacher to give specific feedback and to help students decide on the next steps.
Immediately after the intensive, students will form dyads in which to meet each week (in person, by phone or online) to lead each other again in all the MBP practices and to receive feedback from each other to consolidate the feedback given during the Intensive. (The practices to be led are body scan; mindful movement; awareness of breath, body, sounds; open awareness; approaching the difficult; kindness and compassion). A brief log of these dyad meetings to be submitted prior to application for Level II.
MBSR or MBCT Curriculum Practicums – live online webinar
The Practicum is a live online group program to explore the curriculum (either MBSR or MBCT) over 9 weekly meetings. This will involve:
- Viewing a weekly MBSR or MBCT class, over the eight weeks (2.5 hours a week)
- Reading material each week
- Attending a live online seminar for discussion and exploration (1.5 hours a week)