Delivering Mindfulness Meditation to Others
A Meditation Teacher Training with Michael Stone
in Madison, Wisconsin

Questions or to register contact Andrea Russell at info@andrearussell.com

Week One: April 23-28, 20182. Headshot-Michael-Stone
Week Two: May 29-June 2, 2018
Location: TBA
Cost:
$2200 early bird registration before January 23
$2400 after January 23

COURSE APPLICATION

Daily Schedule: 9 am to noon & 1:30 to 4pm

Have you studied mindfulness or meditation and want to go deeper? Are you a psychologist, yoga teacher, nurse, educator or in the caring professions and want to facilitate meditation within your vocation? Do you want to learn the deeper roots of contemplative practice? Do you want to teach mindfulness meditation one-on-one, in small groups, or in classes?

This is a ‘nuts and bolts,’ “how-to” style course with lots of role play, practice teaching, one-on-one feedback, and small group interaction. 

This Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program is a focused, 60-hour training for delivering mindfulness meditation practices to others, including a variety of different populations, in small groups or one-on-one.

The course will integrate the traditional maps of meditation in the Buddhist and yoga traditions with the insights of Western psychology and neuroscience. The aim is to prepare participants to teach meditation by combining deep personal understanding, a contemporary language for describing what happens in meditation, and the essential skills for facilitation.

Michael writes: “My formal academic training is in psychology, my meditative training is monastic, I’m an independent scholar, and I’m also a father and someone who cares deeply about healing in communities. I teach using multiple lenses, rooted in tradition yet alive and adaptable to what’s needed in contemporary times, especially in reaching different populations. From the technology issues that create distraction in teens or people suffering from depression and pain – each groups needs a different approach and it’s precisely this blending of approaches that makes this course unique, personal, and practical.”

Combining in-person training sessions with on-line peer-based learning, this 60 hour training with Michael Stone and guest faculty is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of meditation practice and learn how to deliver mindfulness meditation with skill.

This training comprises:

  • two non-residential intensives in Madison
  • peer-based learning: you will be partnered with other students in the course for feedback and co-study, creating a community learning environment.
  • online group video meetings
  • continued support after graduating.

To complete the training you will also need to:

  • complete one personal essay, 3 pages in length, due half-way through the program
  • undertake practice teaching assessed by Michael and guest faculty during the in-person intensives
  • maintain a 30 minute (minimum) daily meditation practice

While not a requirement, participants are in addition encouraged to participate in one silent retreat with Michael (annual retreats offered in France, British Columbia, Wisconsin or New York).

Additional benefits of taking the course include the study of traditional and contemporary texts, joining a community of like-minded practitioners for reciprocal learning and curriculum building and embodying your own mindfulness practice into your daily life.

Course Content

  1. Foundations of Practice and Theory
  • Embody your practice of meditation, learn to stabilize your mind, and cultivate concentration and equanimity.
  • Learn the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness and how they interact with different people.
  • Understand the psychological and philosophical teachings from Vipassana, Yoga Sutra, and Zen traditions that inform meditative practices and maps of the mind.
  • Combine theory and practice to develop your understanding.
  • Ethical Foundations of meditation practice and the 8-fold path.
  • Teaching meditation to kids and adolescents.
  1. Applications, including Therapeutic Applications
  • Receive coaching on teaching mindfulness to a variety of different populations, both as small groups and one on one.
  • Skill building in offering meditation for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance misuse, and other common symptoms.
  • Obtain the tools for starting your own mindfulness program in a variety of settings

The outline schedule for the two 6 day courses is:

9:00 – 10:00 am Meditation and Check-In
10:00 – 12.00 pm Theory Session & “How to Apply”
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm Teaching Skills, Role Play & Applications
3:30 – 4:00 pm Self-Care & Movement Practices

Certification

Upon completion of all parts of the training you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Michael Stone. Note: this certificate is not granted by an external awarding body.

How is this course different from other Mindfulness trainings?

I developed this course after teaching mindfulness to over a thousand clinicians, I realized that the practices could be simplified and secularized, but a deeper focus needed to be given to specific populations, diagnostic categories, and contra-indications. With that experience I developed this iteration of the training.

This course is similar to other mindfulness training programs because it offers a language for teaching meditation that is secular and rooted in evidence-based research. It differs from MBSR and similar mindfulness trainings in that we juxtapose Western scientific research and clinical techniques with a thorough study of the ethical and historical maps from which these meditative techniques are derived. We study scientific journals while also looking at Sanskrit texts (in translation) and comparing these approaches with personal, real-world examples.

For example, we may alternate between studying the Buddha’s description of working with strong emotions like anger, with approaches to emotions that are rooted in western psychology. Or we may talk about anxiety from a cognitive science perspective, then learn meditation practices for transforming anxiety, and then juxtapose this with “eastern” theories about the existential dimension of anxiety.

Learn more about Michael at www.michaelstoneteaching.com

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