A meditation course that is as unique as you are.
Saturday, 1 July 2017 at 00:00 - Friday, 7 July 2017 at 00:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This on-line home-study meditation course has been created based on the belief that meditation, being an exploration of one's own consciousness, is inherently and unavoidably a personal experience that cannot be adequately covered by any one method or technique. This course will provide you with a variety of carefully selected examples and a structure within which you will create your own meditation practice informed by your own exploration and research. This course is suitable for people with no experience of meditation and for those who have practised meditation but are looking to develop their own personalised meditation practice. The course covers: meditation techniques; the benefits of meditation; theories of consciousness; dealing with difficulties and meditation in daily life. You are encouraged to attend a local meditation group if possible during the course. Most cities in the UK have weekly drop-in meditation groups at low, or no cost. If you are in London or Oxford then you are welcome to join events organised by beherenow.space
Six-weeks, based upon completing one session a day, but you can study this course at your own pace.
No previous meditation experience nor qualifications necessary. Ability to independently research topics and summarise your findings in a clear, concise and coherent way, in writing or by a voice recording. You should ideally be able to access and edit, or upload files to, Google Drive documents, but email can be used instead if this isn't possible. To test if you can access and edit documents on Google Drive click on this test link, open the document and enter some text. Voice recordings can be uploaded to your Google Drive folder for each part of the course.
About the course
This course is a path of personal discovery where you will be guided towards developing a unique practice of mediation. Selected meditation techniques will be presented to you to explore, develop and refine so you can then create your own bespoke meditation practice. You are encouraged to do further research so as to mould the course to meet your unique requirements. Feedback will be provided after each part of the course and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that arise.
I have meditated for 25 years and have learnt over that time that it is essential for me to not try and mould myself into a pre-existing system. This is the meditation course that I would want to have discovered when I was looking for a meditation technique to learn. As well as developing this course I am a trustee of the registered charity beherenow.space where we provide space for people to practise mindfulness meditation without any prescribed philosophy. I have completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course with a certified instructor, modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and I am also taking the professional BSY Meditation Teacher Diploma and will become a Registered BSY Meditation Teacher (formerly the British School of Yoga, established in 1946) early in 2017.
A certificate of completion is available at the end if all exercises are completed and submitted as required and all writing or recording is coherent and relevant and in your own words.
The course is divided into six parts with each part containing seven sessions that include four practical exercises and three assignments. You may choose to alter some of the suggested practises and research to fit your particular circumstances and interests as long as you clear this via email beforehand and provide a reason for the change and substitute something relevant and appropriate. Word counts are for your guidance; you may do slightly more or less but the average word count across the six parts of the course should be within the suggested amounts. If any aspect of the assignments or practice are not clear please email your questions for clarification before commencing that part of the course to firstname.lastname@example.org
Worksheets will be made available to you via a link to your own Google Drive folder for each part of the course. Type your text directly into the Google docs or upload sound recordings to the folder. On completion of the assignments for each week simply send an email alerting me to the fact that they are ready to be reviewed with the subject line 'Meditation Course' to email@example.com
Feedback will be provided after submission of the assignments for each part of the course, usually within 24 hours of notification. The feedback will state whether your submission meets the requirements and provide any further guidance or pointers as deemed appropriate. The feedback will be recorded in your Google Drive folder (or sent by email). You are welcome to ask questions at any time via email and at the end of each assignment worksheet. Your feedback on the course is welcomed and will be used to constantly improve and develop it.
Before you start
- Before beginning this course you should take responsibility for finding out if there is any reason why it would not be beneficial for you to practise meditation, consulting with healthcare professionals as appropriate. Here are two examples of research into some of the negative experiences possible from meditation: Meditation: concepts, effects and uses in therapy by Alberto Perez-De-Albeniz and Jeremy Holmes; Meditation - Encyclopaedia of mental disorders.
- Before beginning this course, create a timetable of when you will study this course. For each part of the course you should set aside time for two to four hours of study for research and assignments and 20 minutes a day for four days for practise.
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Stephen Davies has over 25 years experience of studying, practising and teaching mindfulness meditation and relaxation.
beherenow.space is a registered charity, number 1168960 (registered as Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation)