Nine-Week Teacher Training Course (Level 1)
The Teacher Training Course Level 1 (TTC1) is offered by The Mindfulness Network in collaboration with Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.
TTC1 will take place one day a week for nine weeks. It is the equivalent to the Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 and shares the same curriculum. However, because the TTC1 takes place over nine weeks, it allows participants to more fully experience the unfolding of the eight-week course structure and to embed the learning in their own practice.
TTC1 offers a rich and unusual opportunity to immerse yourself deeply into the direct experience of the eight-week mindfulness course as a participant while also engaging in a teacher training programme to explore the themes, structure, rationale, background and practices of the eight-week course. You will be part of an actual eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. After each weekly session, you will then come together to reflect on the course learning process as it relates to your own learning, and as it relates to teaching skills. We will also have ample opportunity to practise guiding and inquiry in the formal and informal mindfulness practices.
Please note that the first week is an orientation session, followed by eight weeks of practice and learning. Participants must commit to the entire training.
This intensive experiential training course will provide you with the opportunity:
- to engage in a personal and group process designed to facilitate a deepening of your personal mindfulness practice
- to develop your skills in teaching mindfulness-based approaches
- for learning, inspiration and nourishment
Who is this course for?
This course is primarily offered to those who are at an early stage in developing their use of mindfulness-based approaches in their work context. It is also appropriate for those who wish to support their ongoing development in this field, but who have not previously participated in a Teacher Training Retreat Level 1.
It is intended for participants who:
- have a well established personal mindfulness meditation practice;
- have completed an eight-week mindfulness-based course; and
- plan to integrate or teach mindfulness-based approaches in a context in which they are trained or qualified to work.
The programme is not suitable for participants who have very little knowledge or experience of the eight-week mindfulness course process. Participants are required to have experienced at least one full eight-week course themselves (in person or via distance learning) – and also to have read ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
You should allow at least six months between the end of your eight-week course and this training so that you can better integrate your understanding and to establish your own personal mindfulness practice.
For those who are already teaching mindfulness-based approaches in their professional settings and who have attended a Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 before, but who are keen to develop their skills further, please refer to the Teacher Training Retreat Level 2 literature at www.teach-mindfulness.org/outline-of-ttp and in the TTP Handbook.
How the TTC1 equips you to meet Good Practice Guidelines to teach mindfulness-based courses
TTC1 will introduce you to teaching the practices and curriculum of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. MBSR shares all the core practices and intentions with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and the teaching skills you will learn are essential and common to both MBSR and MBCT. However, in addition to the in-depth preparation required to teach MBSR, trainees need knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice. These are vital components in order for you to in order to teach MBCT within the UK Good Practice Guidelines.
What is involved?
Practice commitment and preparation:
Your commitment to doing home practice for up to one hour per day for six days each week is a vital ingredient in this rich learning process.
Before you start TTC1, it is important that you are familiar with the four main guided practices that are taught in mindfulness-based programmes, including the body scan, sitting meditation, mindful movement and breathing space practices. Part of the training will be to guide these practices in your peer groups during the course. It is good to listen to the practices taught by different teachers. Free audio downloads of these practices are available on the CMRP website at https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/audio/index.php.en.
You are strongly encouraged to keep a personal journal throughout the training. This offers you an important opportunity to reflect more deeply on your own practice and capture your own developing understanding of the core qualities of the mindfulness process. After each afternoon class session, you are encouraged to spend some time journaling (to capture your impressions, questions, learning, challenges) about anything that fires your curiosity from the class itself and from your practice during the week. You will be asked to bring your journal with you to the teacher training session the next week.
One of our priorities is to establish high standards for teacher training and development. This programme is designed to respond to the growing demand for in-depth development training for those beginning to teach or apply mindfulness-based approaches in their work.
The programme is designed for those who are willing to engage in the intense nature of this training and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life, before attempting to teach it to others. Participants explore in detail the core elements and themes within mindfulness-based programmes. At the same time, the programme encourages sustained inner work that then enables an integration of the results of this into the work setting. The course is a highly interactive, collaborative and participatory learning experience. The intention is to create a group process that feels safe and trustworthy, and an open, spacious learning environment that will encourage spontaneity and creativity.
The training primarily focuses on the teaching process and curriculum of the group based eight-week mindfulness programme. However, the underpinning experience and understanding is also suitable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into individual therapeutic work or teach in a different form.
By the end of the training participants will have:
- developed a grounded understanding of mindfulness as an approach cultivated through ongoing personal awareness, in both formal and informal practices, in silence and in dialogue
- an awareness of the wide potential that mindfulness practice offers us all
- engagement as a participant and witnessing the process
- the opportunity in an accepting and safe space to lead practices and investigate co-participants’ experiences of these. Detailed instructor and peer feedback will be offered to support this learning.
- explored mindful approaches to difficulty, stress, pain, depression and anxiety within ourselves and in others
- had the opportunity to understand the origins and context of mindfulness – and within this to have explored he importance of:
- delivering mindfulness in a way that is universal, secular and is not connected to any specific tradition
- teaching mindfulness out of one’s own practice. This involves a personal commitment to a sustained path of development and practice.
- developed an understanding of the ways of learning and teaching within mindfulness, which include:
- learning out of one’s own direct experience
- trusting the unfolding of the process – avoiding the urge to fix, or retreat into an over reliance on didactic methods of teaching
- the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness throughout the process
- developed a grounded knowledge and understanding of the practicalities of delivering mindfulness as an intervention, which includes:
- knowledge and experience of the curriculum and themes of MBSR, and some consideration of the difference between MBSR and MBCT
- cautions to be aware of in encouraging the development of awareness and openness in others
- aspects to consider when assessing / orientating clients to the approach
- ethical considerations for mindfulness teachers
- ways of supporting ourselves in this work, and the place of supervision
- experienced the teaching process through:
- developing an understanding of group process and dynamics within the context of mindfulness teaching, drawn from the experience of being part of the training group
- experiencing being part of a community of professionals with a sense of common purpose and journey
Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us. The name of the specific trainer(s) for this event is at the top of this page. Just click on the trainer name to find out more about him/her.
What to bring and wear:
Please bring your own equipment (e.g. mats, cushions and blankets) if possible. We also recommend that you dress in layers in case the room is warm or cold.
It’s advisable to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
Please arrive for a 9.30am start each day and the course will end at 4.30pm on each day.
Our rates have no hidden extras and include teaching, refreshments and deposit (non-refundable deposit is £200.00).
CMRP master’s student rate: £775.00 including refreshments, but not lunch or accommodation.
Standard Rate – £880.00 including refreshments, but not lunch or accommodation. This is the market rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.
Subsidised Rate: £775.00 including refreshments, but not lunch or accommodation. 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.
Please email us if you have any specific needs that we need to be aware of.
Explanation of our rates:
Subsidised Rate – This is a self-selected, 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.
The application process:
Our application and payment process involves the following steps:
- We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
- Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either a £200.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
- Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
- If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the event starts.
- If the full rate for SINGLE accommodation is paid, but we cannot meet your request for a single room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund the difference in cost, to you or your employer.
- We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.
Payment and cancellation policy:
Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.
Please also see UK Teachers Network Website for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.
The maximum number of participants on this course will be 12.
Certificate of Attendance. Please note that we give a certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved. This does not, however, constitute an authorisation 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 therefore becoming more structured. Within the UK, though, there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes that regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity and our intentions as well as the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.