Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan)
WhoTeacher: Mindfulness Association Teachers
This mindfulness course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.
WEEKEND ONE 26th - 27th May – START WHERE YOU ARE
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.
WEEKEND TWO – 8th - 9th September NOTICING DISTRACTION
Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.
WEEKEND THREE – 24th - 25th November SELF-ACCEPTANCE
Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.
WEEKEND FOUR – 25th - 26th January UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE
During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.
After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.
All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.
The cost is £150 for each weekend.