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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

 

 

 

Samye Ling June Conference Mindfulness in Society - Changing the World One Mind at a Time- Thursday 15th June - Sunday 18th June 2017

'Be the change you wish to see in the world' Mahatma Gandhi

'Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are' Nkosi Johnson

Several decades in, the 'Mindfulness Revolution' (Time magazine) is well underway and we might do well take stock.

The Mindful Nation Report (UK Government, 2015), has called for an across-the-board introduction of Mindfulness in the healthcare system, education, the workplace and the criminal justice system.

As Mindfulness becomes more mainstream it is triggering a critical backlash in the media. Simultaneously it is being practised by everyone - from the armed forces, the UK Parliament, single parents and golfers, to school children and those managing their mental health.

  • How is Mindfulness changing to suit these diverse contexts?
  • How is integrity being maintained in this diversification?
  • What does the future look like as a mindful society?
  • How can we ensure that Mindfulness training is inclusive and accessible to Everyone?
  • What is the relationship between mindfully being and compassionate action?

Our keynote speakers – Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson, Vidyamala Burch, Paul Gilbert and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche - will pick up on these themes in order to explore the frontiers of Mindfulness and the unique dilemmas that are being thrown up at this tipping point moment in history.

They will be joined by students who have graduated from the MSc that Aberdeen University run in partnership with the MA (with it's USP as Mindfulness in diverse contexts as well as clinical settings) and teachers from the Mindfulness Association who will create platforms for inquiry into the themes of the conference.

We will also have some research results to present on the MA’s Everyone Project that is making the eight week MBLC course available to groups who could otherwise not access a Mindfulness course. Plus some of the MA trained MBLC teachers will be taking part in a poster presentation showcasing the many and diverse areas in which the MBLC is delivered and the benefits that come from that.

 

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:

'The Stillness of Movement – 6 -week online Mindfulnes course beginning May 2017

 

 

Within Mindfulnes training, one of the primary precepts is mindful embodiment: a continual shift towards reconnecting our minds with our bodies, a measured effort to live our lives more holistically from a place where we inhabit the whole of our experience: mind and body.

Formally, when training in Mindfulnes, we do this through different means: the body scan and mindful movement. However, we also use our body as a place to rest during our sitting practice, often focussing the mind on the physical felt sense of the movement of breath in the body as a support to come home to. Our body becomes a place where we feel and live from the inside out.

Once we begin to live from this place of wholeness, we start to recognize all the ways in which our bodies are communicating with us, we start to become witnesses to the myriad of emotional residue that is present, tensions, excitements, feelings of peace, as well as the effect that out thoughts have on our bodies. Moreover, it is through becoming more familiar with the intimate relationship that exists between the mind and the body that we can start to develop the means and skills to respond to our experience of living in a way that restores and promotes well-being.

This online course will explore the theme of mindful embodiment, both through movement and through stillness. It will be an opportunity to take a fresh new look at Mindfulnes basics, or for those who are beginners, this is a chance to get a taste of Mindfulnes practice to see if it’s something that you’re inspired to develop further.

Over a 6 week period, this course will provide you with a series of movement based Mindfulnes practice videos as well as classic Mindfulnes sitting practices. These have been created by Mindfulness Association tutors and will each offer a different approach to mindful movement.

If you find sitting still difficult you might find introducing mindful movement into your practice helpful. Many people feel very restless when sitting, while others find their body becomes uncomfortable with pain or tension. A lot of people notice that if they do some mindful movement followed by a bit of mindful sitting their minds settle in a natural way we brings a sense of ease.

Paradoxically, we often find that when practicing mindful movement a profound stillness can be felt, while when we sit in stillness we become aware of all the movement within the mind. We’ll be exploring these two ways of practicing, in order to discover the stillness in movement and the movement in stillness.

  • 5 guided movement videos
  • 1 one to one practice reviews on phone or Skype with an experienced tutor
  • Videoed lessons on Mindfulnes basics recorded especially for this course
  • 2 online tutor groups for sharing experiences
  • Online email support available throughout the course

Course runs from 23 May- 27 June 2017

Online Tutor groups 30th May and 27th June 2017 at 7pm

Cost:

£120 for non-members and £60 for MA members

 

 

 

 

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