Level II – information re: going forward
MTI Silent Retreats
If you wish to dip into the joy and learning in a residential setting soon, you are welcome to attend the Silent Retreat MTI in the Southern Highlands of NSW or Healesville in Victoria or in Coromandel in NZ over the next year.
These retreats explore and emphasize how the Dharma (wisdom teachings) informs mindfulness-based practice and programs. Through the direct practice of the four foundations of mindfulness and related teachings, you will explore how the essence of these wisdom teachings intersects and informs all mindfulness-based programs. This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, yoga as well group and individual teacher interviews. Teachers will also offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are embedded with the spirit of loving-kindness.
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat – Healesville, Vic – 20 – 26 January 2022
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat – Bowral, N.S.W – 24 – 30 March 2022
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat – Coromandel, NZ – 1 – 7 April 2022
MTI Book Club
This is run regularly and is a great way to stay connected to colleagues and continue to open to the conceptual and practical nourishment that supports this work. It is usually facilitated by a generous senior MTI Faculty member - Pamela Lovell. Upcoming offerings include:
- “In Love with the World” by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche - starting on the 22nd November, 2021
- "Ecodharma - Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis" by David Loy - starting on the 28 February, 2022
Poetry for MBSR and MBCT
Please find the poetry here.
Mindfulness: developing agency in difficult times
A summary article from the Mindfulness Initiative UK: Mindfulness: developing agency in difficult times
Body Mind Centring https://www.bodymindcentering.com/
Body-Mind Centring explores the body through movement re-education and hands on re-patterning to understand self and increase physical and psychophysical potential. An experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind. BMC® has an unlimited number of areas of applications with the creative, athletic and therapeutic fields, including yoga, pilates, therapists, movement therapy and anyone who wants a better understanding of who they are and how they move. (Both Eva and Tim have spent a lot of time exploring this method. There are teachers in Australia and New Zealand.)
Five Rhythms https://www.5rhythms.com/
Five Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice – a practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection and community. Available in Australia and NZ.
Publications of the Mindfulness Initiative UK
Interoception in the development of equanimity
Mindfulness integrated CBT
Great for background understanding of the process of Vipassana meditation in affect regulation and reduction of reactivity through increasing interoception (alongside equanimity with the sensations in the body). Although quite a different approach to the client and group process, this model provides a lot of theoretical clarity for helping people practice and inquire into obstacles.
Two books are valuable here:
- A professional one: MiCBT: theory and practice. It has a lot of clinical examples relevant for MBSR and MBCT including how to motivate people to practice.
- A personal self-help book: Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-being and Personal Growth A good book for exploring this method in an eight week format and grounding your understanding of interception and equanimity in practice.
The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
A very worthwhile book for deep background on Buddhist ethics and the MBPs and the role of the teacher, including a lot on the model, stress and suffering, inquiry and the group process.
A core skills training in 2021
(Exact format and timing TBA)
Some core skills are required to skilfully meet people where they are at in MBP courses. This alumni training will deepen what is already known and clarify our own ways of making sense of other people’s experience, and assist us to truly listen to their inner and outer world, so we can respond in a salient way in the moment. The core skills we will explore are:
- Presence – meeting the moment with all the senses
- Attunement – with gesture, sounds, timing
- Listening – for affect, meaning and agency
- Understanding – making sense of another person’s soma, words and story
- Responding – what do I say now?
- Inquiring – where should I direct the person’s attention?
We will be sending more information out about this soon.
MTI members with experience in supervision
You can find more informatoin about each person in the Find a Teacher function on the MTI website.Please be in touch if you wish to discuss finding a supervisor who might match your background and interests. [email protected]
Joining a Yahoo group for MBSR/CT teachers
This is a group which is convened by Chrissie Bourke for people with basic training and interest in the MBPs.
Click on 'join this group'. For it to work most easily you will need to have or set up a Yahoo ID - then you can get emails sent to any chosen email address, so that you only have to use the Yahoo ID for the initial sign in. You will also need to write why you want to join the group - once you provide your name, location and where you have done the MTI Intensive training, Chrissie will add you to the group.