Mindfulness Meditation Facilitation Training

  • May 1, 2017 - June 2, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have you studied mindfulness or meditation and want to go deeper? Are you a psychologist, nurse, educator or in the caring professions and want to facilitate meditation within your vocation?

After having taught mindfulness to over a thousand clinicians, Michael Stone has developed this streamlined 60-hour training to help you deliver mindfulness practices to different clinical populations in small groups or one on one.

The training will offer a language for teaching meditation that is secular and rooted in evidence-based research. It integrates the traditional maps of meditation in the Buddhist and yoga traditions with the insights of Western psychology and neuroscience. Attention will be given to the needs of specific clinical populations, diagnostic categories and contraindications.

The aim is to prepare participants to teach meditation by combining deep personal understanding, a contemporary language for describing what happens in meditation, and the essential skills for facilitation.

Combining in-person training sessions with online peer-based learning, this 60-hour training with Michael Stone and guest faculty is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of meditation practice and learn how to deliver mindfulness meditation with skill.

This training comprises:

  • Two 5-day non-residential courses in Toronto
  • Peer-based learning: you will be partnered with other students in the course for feedback and co-study
  • Online group video meetings
  • Continued support after graduating

To complete the training you will also need to:

  • Complete one personal essay, 3 pages in length, due at the end of the program in order to receive a certificate;
  • undertake practice teaching assessed by Michael and guest faculty during the in-person intensives;
  • maintain a 30-minute (minimum) daily meditation practice;
  • do 1-hour of home study per evening.

While not a requirement, participants are encouraged to participate in one silent retreat with Michael (annual retreats offered in France, British Columbia, Madison, or New York) .

Additional benefits of taking the course include the study of traditional and contemporary texts, joining a community of like-minded practitioners for reciprocal learning and curriculum building, and embodying your own mindfulness practice into your daily life.

Course Content

1. Foundations of Practice and Theory

  • Embody your practice of meditation, learn to stabilize your mind, and cultivate concentration and equanimity.
  • Learn the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness and how they interact with different people.
  • Understand the psychological and philosophical teachings from Vipassana, Yoga Sutra, and Zen traditions that inform meditative practices and maps of the mind.
  • Combine theory and practice to develop your understanding and learn to teach using role play and best group facilitation practices.
  • Ethical Foundations of meditation practice

2. Applications, including Therapeutic Applications

  • Receive coaching on teaching mindfulness to a variety of different populations, both as small groups and one on one.
  • Skill building in offering meditation for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance misuse, and other common symptoms.
  • Obtain the tools for starting your own mindfulness program in a variety of settings

Schedule

Session 1: May 1 – 5, 2017
Session 2: May 29 – June 2, 2017

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Meditation and Check-In
10:00 am – 12:00 am: Theory Session & “How to Apply”
12:00 pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Teaching Skills, Role Play & Applications
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Self-care Practice

Registration

$2,600.00 plus HST
$2,800.00 after April 6, 2017

50% payable by cheque or credit card required by January 2017 with remainder due by April 6, 2017

Hosted by Leading Edge Seminars
Toronto, Ontario

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