MBLC FOR YOUNG ADULTS (MBLC-YA) TEACHING SKILLS RETREAT
The Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young Adults (MBLC-YA) is the Mindfulness Association‘s ten week curriculum for 11-18 year olds that is based on their
Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) for adults. The course introduces the concepts of Mindfulness and self-compassion and aims to develop these qualities in students
through classroom-based practices and activities designed for this age group.
The course consists of ten sessions, delivered usually at a rate of one per week, each session lasting from 40 minutes to one hour. Each session explores themes such
as ‘Your amazing mind’ (which looks at the developing adolescent brain with its different trajectories of emotional development and development of executive function and
explains that our brains are hardwired for survival rather than happiness, so these tricky minds are ‘not our fault’), ‘Staying present’, ‘Dropping anchor’ into the
present moment (using the support of breath, body or sound), distraction, attitude, appreciation, and what it might mean to live a mindful life – one that is in alignment
with what we value.
Each session is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and self-compassion (i.e. directing kindness towards ourselves then things are difficult) is woven throughout
the fabric of the course. A comprehensive student manual accompanies the course in addition to a wide variety of online recorded practices for students to access.
Pre-requisites for delivery of this course include completion of the Mindfulness Association‘s
Level 1 Mindfulness training, which is delivered over four weekends,
spread out over approximately nine months, followed by the Mindfulness Association’s ‘Teaching Level One‘ course, which is delivered over two weekends and finally,
attendance at the residential Samye Ling five-day MBLC-YA Teaching Skills Retreat. Please find the dates and booking information below.