Course description

Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice 

Advanced Teacher Development Retreat:

deepening into being the teacher 

for established/senior MBSR and MBCT teachers 

An intensive experiential training retreat offering space for nourishment, inspiration and learning

 

An opportunity for established mindfulness-based teachers to engage in a personal and group learning process which is designed to offer a context for further deepening and developing personal mindfulness practice, mindfulness-based teaching practice and the capacity to support mindfulness-based service developments.

Who is the programme for?

This further teaching development process is intended for those who:

  1. Have previously attended a ‘Teacher Training Retreat level 2’ with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice
  2. Are adhering to ongoing good practice via regular supervision and attendance on retreat
  3. Are engaged in offering MBSR,MBCT or related work courses in their professional practice
  4. Have taught a minimum of 8x Eight Week Based Mindfulness classes (ie a minimum of eight courses)
  5. Wish to deepen and develop their personal and professional engagement with mindfulness practice

The programme is particularly suitable for you if you find yourself supporting and/or leading mindfulness-based service developments and mentoring/supervising other teachers. The week aims to offer senior teachers a context for deepening, developing and reflecting on both personal and professional levels. 

What is involved?

The format and structure of the programme will be similar to that used during TTR2. It is our experience  that the combination of time to settle into personal practice within a supportive community, with time for teaching practice, and with small and large group reflection enables an environment which is particularly conducive for learning and development. 

The four day programme will commence with time for orientation and welcome, followed by 2 days of guided silent practice within which there will be opportunity for individual meetings with the teachers. The intention of this is to facilitate the transition into and access to a deeper and wider spaciousness of mindful awareness which will inform the following developmental processes. The days that follow will continue to be held in the context of a retreat atmosphere with times of guided silent practice, and silence during informal periods. This will be interwoven with time in small groups for shared teaching practice and for reflection and inquiry on particular themes. 

The intention is to create a group process that feels safe and trustworthy, and an open, spacious learning environment, which will encourage spontaneity and creativity. 

Each group participant will be given a space which will be focused on their learning and development. There is some flexibility about how this space can be used. Generally participants will use it as a teaching practice opportunity by teaching an aspect of the MBSR/CT programme, followed by a feedback and reflection process within the group. Participants might choose an aspect of the programme that they are particularly curious about, wish to experiment with, are unconfident about or are less familiar with. Alternatively, participants might use the space to bring a particular inquiry or question on a theme that they want to explore using the support of the group. 

Participants will be asked by the leaders to share in advance the area that they plan to explore during their group session – although there is flexibility to change during the week if another theme becomes a more alive area for inquiry. 

To ensure plenty of opportunity for small group practice and reflection the group size will be limited to 18 students.

Learning intentions

The programme is intended as an opportunity for participants to build on the learning that was evoked during the TTR2. The particular themes that the process will lean into are: 

Refreshing intention

-       Reawakening a connection with our motivations for engaging in mindfulness practice in our personal and professional lives

-       Reconnecting with the intentions underpinning our personal practice

-       Reconnecting with the intentions underpinning the MBSR and MBCT programmes 

Deepening practice

-       An opportunity to settle into sustained mindfulness practice during both formal and informal sessions

-       Inviting an alive inquiry and curiosity into the process of mindfulness practice as it arises moment by moment 

Community

-       We cannot do this work alone. The programme will offer an opportunity to connect with others who are committed to mindfulness in their personal and professional lives, so that we can draw support, inspiration and encouragement from each other – through collectively settling into silent practice and through engagement in exploration and reflection.

-       In addition to offering MBCT and MBSR classes we are all involved in supporting the on-going practice of both our class participants and our colleagues, and may be leading mindfulness-based service development. Time will be spent investigating how we can each support the development of community and integrity in our own geographical area. 

Strengthening MBSR and MBCT teaching skills

-       As in TTR2 the programme will offer opportunities to share teaching practice with each other, receive and offer feedback and reflect on the process. 

Supporting and sustaining ourselves

-       How do we attend to our own nourishment and self-care as we offer service in our communities? We will give time to personally and collectively reflecting on this important theme. 

Mindfulness in our everyday lives

-       Our MBSR and MBCT teaching practice takes place within the context of the complexity of our working and personal life. In the supportive and spacious atmosphere of retreat life at Trigonos we have a new opportunity to investigate and explore how we can support ourselves to sustain connection to the immediacy of experience and to our intentions in the midst of everyday life. 

Supporting implementation

-       Many participants will be in the role of supporting and championing the implementation of mindfulness-based programmes in their organisation. We will reflect on this role, the resources participants need to sustain themselves, and will draw on the expertise within the group to build intentionality and skills for this role going forward. 

Accommodation and Location

Detailed on booking form 

Fee options: 

CMRP is committed to building in rigorous opportunities for established mindfulness-based teachers to engage in continuing professional development and we aim to make this as accessible as possible.  This retreats supports the field in this regards and as such we have financially supported this programme to enable us to offer this at a reduced rate to teacher training retreats.

Subsidised Rate - This is a self-select funded rate whereby your place will be financially supported.  Please only select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence of benefits or income at this stage but may ask for evidence to support your claim in the future.  

Standard Rate - This is the market rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able. 

Trainers

Detailed on booking form

Other information

Participants must commit to the entire training.

Please note that we give a Bangor University certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved. This does not though constitute an authorisation from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based approaches. The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are becoming more structured. Within the UK there is now a formal listing of Mindfulness-Based Course teachers overseen by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations (see http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk). CMRP are part of this collaboration and our Level 1 trainings plus adherence to recognised on-going Good Practice will enable practitioners to apply be recognised on this list. 

Please feel free to contact Rebecca Crane, CMRP Director at r.crane@bangor.ac.uk to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time.

For administrative queries contact Frances on 01248 38 2498 or f.hooton@bangor.ac.uk

Application form and further details

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