Your engagement in a personal daily practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as silent, teacher-led retreats – in the spirit of deepening your practice and cultivating your ongoing education – will strengthen your understanding of what it means to be a fully prepared and qualified MBSR teacher. Ultimately, it is the depth of your own personal commitment to learning, growing and healing – as well as a dedication to the well-being of others – that will contribute most to your integrity and effectiveness as a teacher. Oasis, CFM website
We invite you to read this article by Jon Kabat-Zinn about the foundations of mindfulness-based programs and the importance of the teacher's personal practice supported by retreat experience: Some reflections on the origins of MBSR, Skillful Means and the Trouble with Maps.
Initially we ask that you undertake at least one silent, teacher-led retreat of 5 – 7 days as a central part of your development and training. This kind of immersion in the practice makes it possible to engage skilfully with the kinds of dilemmas and questions that people bring to class. It also develops one's own personal qualities of acceptance, patience, trust, non-striving, letting be and stability of mind. After you have attended the Intensive we ask that you attend another silent retreat before or alongside beginning to teach, as teaching mindfulness- based interventions is never a matter of operationalising techniques but emerges from your integration and understanding of the practice. Part of the personal and professional development requirements of mindfulness teachers involves participating in silent retreats in an ongoing way.