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LEVEL 1 BEING PRESENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • This course provides an in depth personal practice experience of our Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC).
  • It is ideal for beginners, for those who have previous experience of Mindfulness and who want to develop their practice and for those who wish to go on to train to teach Mindfulness.
  • This course takes place over four weekends spread out over a nine month period and aims to enable participants to establish an effective and regular daily Mindfulness practice so as to help our minds to settle and stabilise. You can pay for and attend weekend one before deciding whether to commit to attending all four weekends.
  • The themes of the four weekends are:
    • Settling the Mind
    • Working with Distraction
    • Self Acceptance
    • The Undercurrent and Observer
  • Completing this course qualifies you for:

 

 

LEVEL 2 RESPONDING WITH COMPASSION

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • This course provides an in depth personal practice experience of our Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC).
  • It is ideal for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training and who wish to continue to develop their Mindfulness practice so as to hold inner experience with warmth and kindness.
  • It meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.
  • This course takes place over three weekends, or over one weekend and a 5 day retreat and is spread out over a six month period. It aims to enable participants to develop their Mindfulness practice by training in Compassion.
  • The themes of the three weekends are:
    • Self Compassion
    • Compassion for Others
    • Compassion in Action
    • Where the course is taught as one weekend and a retreat, the first weekend is on self-compassion and the retreat covers compassion for others and compassion in action
  • Completing this course qualifies you for:

 

 

LEVEL 3 SEEING DEEPLY

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • This training builds on the Level 1 and Level 2 trainings that preceded it. In the insight training we deepen our understanding of psychological mental processes by exploring the roots of our experience, and what drives us.
  • It is ideal for those who have completed the Level 2 Mindfulness training and who wish to continue to develop their Mindfulness practice.
  • It meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers.
  • This course takes place over three weekends, or over one weekend and a 5 day retreat and is spread out over a six month period and aims to enable participants to develop their Mindfulness practice by developing psychological insight into the mental processes that drive our thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
  • The themes of the three weekends are:
    • How thought becomes thinking
    • Exploring destructive emotions
    • Resting the mind
    • Where the course is taught as one weekend and a retreat, the first weekend is on how thought becomes thinking and the retreat covers exploring destructive emotions and resting the mind
  • Completing this course qualifies you for:

 

 

LEVEL 4 MINDFULNESS FOR LIFE

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • This training builds on the Level 1 to 3 trainings that preceded it and aims to support participants in their ongoing Mindfulness practice for life by a continuing exploration of the habitual patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour that prevent us from flourishing in our lives and achieving our full human potential.
  • It is ideal for those who have completed the Level 3 Mindfulness training and who wish to continue to develop their Mindfulness practice in the company of like-minded Mindfulness practitioners.
  • It meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers.
  • This course takes place over two weekends and a 5 day retreat each year.
  • As part of this course, each year you will be supported in developing a personal practice plan.

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • This course covers the Mindfulness Levels 1 to 3 courses supplemented with an academic exploration of the Mindfulness literature and evidence base and how Mindfulness practice is applicable to your professional context.
  • It covers training in research methodology as preparation for undertaking a research project dissertation in the third year
  • It also offers a teacher training pathway in accordance with the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers.
  • This course is unique in that it welcomes applicants from all professions including: physical and mental health, social care and wellbeing; education and learning; business and workplace; and public service sectors such as government and criminal justice.
  • It is suitable for beginners as well as those who have previous experience of Mindfulness and who want to develop their Mindfulness practice within their work context.
  • The course is delivered over residential weekends at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in South West Scotland with a year-end residential retreat at the Holy Isle retreat centre off Arran in Western Scotland.
  • The course is modular can be exited after each year:
    • Year 1 – Mindfulness and Compassion – exit with Post Graduate Certificate;
    • Year 2 – Insight and Professional Inquiry (research methodology) – exit with Post Graduate Diploma; and
    • Year 3 – Work Based Research Project or Dissertation – exit with Master of Science.
  • Completing Year 1 and 2 of the course qualifies you for:
    • MBLC Retreat – after which you will have trained to teach Mindfulness and will be eligible to register on the UK Listing of Mindfulness teachers; and
    • CBLC Retreat – after which you will have trained to teach Compassion.
  • For more information, please see: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/degrees-programmes/studies-in-mindfulness-pgcertpgdipmsc-407.php

 

 

 

STARTED YOUR TRAINING ELSEWHERE?

If you are a Mindfulness practitioner and wish to develop your Mindfulness practice then we recommend that you start with the Level 1 Mindfulness Training: Being Present. This will enable you to progress over Mindfulness Training Levels 2 to 4. Once you have completed the Level 1 training then you can also access our teacher training pathway.

If you are a Mindfulness teacher, for example in MBSR or MBCT and are looking for opportunities for CPD then we recommend our Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion. After this you can go on to do the Level 3 Mindfulness Training: Seeing Deeply and the Level 4 Mindfulness Training: Mindfulness for Life. All of these courses are designed to meet your annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements according to the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers.

If you are a Mindfulness teacher, for example in MBSR or MBCT and would like to train to teach our Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) we recommend that you complete an eight week MBLC course or weekends 2 and 3 of the Level 1 Mindfulness Training: Being Present to familiarise yourself with aspects of the MBLC curriculum which are not present in MBSR or MBCT before completing the MBLC Retreat.

 

BUDDHIST FOUNDATION COURSE

Through training in secular Mindfulness and Compassion many people find that their heart becomes more open and their mind becomes more workable. There is perhaps a sense of increasing well-being: problems become less solid, we start to appreciate our life more and a growing feeling of kindness emerges through a willingness to accept ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in.

It is then not unusual for people to become interested in the Buddhist roots of the practices that have brought them so much benefit. We have developed this course not only for those who are considering entering the Buddhist path but also for those who wish to understand the Buddhist background to their practice of secular Mindfulness and Compassion.

The course is experiential rather than theoretical. We will follow a similar style of informal, interactive learning that will be familiar from our Mindfulness Association secular trainings.

Themes

There is no pressure or expectation for participants to become a Buddhist. The weekend will be very suitable for people who have felt the benefits of having established a Mindfulness practice and would simply like to understand more about the Buddhist foundations of meditation. Of course people who are already Buddhists are also very welcome to attend and we will be exploring with an open heart and mind the similarities and differences between the secular and the Buddhist approach.

The Samye Ling course runs over two weekends and is designed as an access course to the practice tradition of Mahayana Buddhism, as expressed through the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. During the course we will explore the key themes:

 

 

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Engaged Mindfulness

 

 

In our Mindfulness practice, we come back time and again to our motivation for practising: for the deepest well-being of ourselves and others. And our well-being is inextricably linked with the larger world around us. The ‘state of the world’ is something that might be tempting to turn away from as being too overwhelming, too dire to really look at – but what is mindfulness if not turning towards the places that scare us? We do this internally in our practice whenever something comes up that is uncomfortable, and we can do the same with what’s uncomfortable and scary out there in the world - whether it’s social injustice, climate change, animal welfare, depletion of resources or the fast rate with which species are going extinct and ecosystems are lost. And from a place of interconnectedness and care, how might we engage in mindful action?

In this weekend we will follow Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy's spiral of the Work that Reconnects. This begins by resourcing and nourishing ourselves with gratitude, before turning towards what’s difficult in the world, and then looking for a new perspective from which we can mindfully and practically go forth. In this way we will explore engaging in the ‘outer practice’ of Mindfulness.

During the weekend we will ground this with a rich variety of ‘inner’ Mindfulness practices. In particular we will draw inspiration from the somatic meditation of Reggie Ray with its emphasis on connecting with a primordial felt-sense of earth connection. As we weave our way through Joanna Macy's spiral, we'll discover how meditating with the earth can deepen each stage. We'll experience how the earth is an ever-present resource for us that will share the holding of our pain for the world and help us deeply experience our radical interconnectness with all life.

We will also explore resilience practices from Rick Hanson and the ancient Buddhist practice of Tonglen to work directly with challenge and transformation.

 

 

 

 

TEACHER TRAINING


LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

SUPERVISION & CPD

UK LISTING

INTRODUCTORY TEACHING SKILLS

MINDFULNESS BASED LIVING COURSE RETREAT

COMPASSION BASED LIVING COURSE RETREAT

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JOINING THE UK LISTING OF MINDFULNESS TEACHERS

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LEVEL 2

MINDFULNESS BASED LIVING COURSE RETREAT




LEVEL 3

COMPASSION BASED LIVING COURSE RETREAT




SUPERVISION & CPD

MINDFULNESS TEACHER SUPERVISION




UK LISTING

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