Mindfulness Teaching Skills 12-month training: an information afternoon
4th February, 2-5pm, Peterborough
Growing Edges offers a professional training in Mindfulness Teaching Skills which provides a solid foundation for starting to teach mindfulness-based courses using the evidence based MBSR/MBCT model.
This information day is an opportunity to hear more about the course, meet the teacher and decide whether this course might be for you. Come along and hear more!
Before you book a place on the information afternoon, please read through the information below and contact us if you have any questions or queries.
We offer an experiential Mindfulness-based teacher training course, Teaching Foundations, which meets the rigorous standards that are set down by the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations, and prepares participants for beginning to teach 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programmes.
The course is aimed at professionals who:
- have completed a recognised Mindfulness course belonging to the MBSR/MBCT 'family' of courses
- have an established Mindfulness practice
- hold a recognised professional qualification in their field
- have an existing working context within which they can begin teaching under supervision within the 12 month period of the course
The course is delivered over 12 months and is intended to enable participants to become established as a 'beginner teacher'. It comprises the following:
- 8 days of training in mindfulness teaching skills and curriculum knowledge
- in the latter segment of the course, group supervision and reflective practice sessions
Participants are required to:
- maintain and develop their personal Mindfulness practice during the year
- identify and engage in 'beginning teacher' teaching opportunities during the year (tasters, workshops, etc.)
- engage in background reading and homework tasks throughout the year
- work as part of an action learning group with other participants during the year
- complete tasks outside of the teaching days
The provisional dates for the next course are:
- 27 May 2017
- 24 June 2017
- 22 July 2017
- 30 Sept 2017
- 28 Oct 2017
- 1 Dec 2017
- 17 Feb 2018
- 14 April 2018
Sessions run from 9.30am-5.30pm. Only one absence is permitted during the year; if there are more absences, tutorial time to recover missed learning is required. (Course participants are responsible for meeting the cost of tutorial time.)
Our venue is Equilibrium Yoga and Well-being Centre, in south Peterborough. There is free parking at the centre, which is readily accessible from the A1 and surrounding area. The train station is a short bus-ride away.
Fees for the course are yet to be set, and will depend on numbers of participants. As a general rule, our class size is 9-12 people, and the fee is expected to be in the range of £1000-1200. Course participants are encouraged to start teaching during the course, and will require one-to-one supervision for this work. You need to factor this in to your costs; typically a supervision session is 30mins, and the hourly charge £50-60. You will also need to purchase course text books.
We use Dropbox for file sharing and Google groups for group communication. You will therefore need to have access to a computer so you can download files and participate in the Google group. (Note that work computers are likely to prohibit downloading and social networking.)
We take good practice seriously and our training and trainers meet the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations' training standards and good practice guidelines for teachers and trainers. These guidelines are available on http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/
Growing Edges' principal teacher is Barbara Reid. She has been practicing and teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches since 2006 and has a long meditation practice. Her background is in university teaching and research (social policy and public services management), and she holds a Masters with distinction in Mindfulness Based Approaches from Bangor University. She is now also a member of the teaching and training team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University, and a trainer for the Mindfulness Association. Barbara has trained with many of the key international teachers of mindfulness, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Saki Santorelli, Chris Germer, and Kristin Neff. She brings a down-to-earth and practical approach to teaching and is committed to experiential learning.
We hope you might join us, and look forward to the possibility of meeting you on 4th February at our open afternoon! Please book your place for the open afternoon here. We are accepting advance bookings only!