In these difficult times we are committed to continuing to provide high quality Mindfulness Teacher Training in the best way we can. It seems that the world needs skilful teachers now more than ever and as a result we have developed an online equivalent of the Teacher Training Retreat Level 2 (TTR2). Our intention is to create a rich, safe learning environment that will support you in your Mindfulness teaching journey and we aim to offer all that the residential TTR2 offers in an accessible online format.
The training retreat will take place online using Zoom for the sessions and Moodle for the materials, in a format of three modules of 3 days each and the dates are:
The Teacher Training Online Level 2 (TTO2) is an opportunity to deepen and develop the skills and knowledge involved in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Our time will be spent together in silence as we practise, as well as in small and large groups as we learn interactively, through our individual and collective experience.
Participants will have opportunities to lead practices and investigate personal and co-participants’ experiences of these. Detailed instructor and peer feedback will be offered to support the learning.
This programme is designed to respond to the growing need for mindfulness-based teachers to take their development and learning process deeper. Participants on this programme will have previously participated in a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat Level or equivalent and will have current experience of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and/or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Consequently, participants will have moved beyond the first explorations of the form and shape of mindfulness-based programmes and curricula, and will developmentally be at the point of exploring ways to:
- refine existing skills
- further develop understanding of the teaching and its underpinning themes drawn from the different worlds of science and dharma
- inquire into the ‘person of the teacher’ – the way in which each of us relates to ourselves, the individuals, the group and the teaching process itself
A key overall intention is to support participants in developing the ability and confidence to teach from the immediacy of their own experience. This tends to grow out of a depth of experience of the practice, the teaching process and the form of the programme. Developmentally, many teachers find that their confidence of knowing what is needed develops to the point that they can let go of holding the teaching in a certain way and relate to the process from a wider, more spacious and spontaneous place.
Learning will be conducted through:
- facilitated group dialogue
- small group and partner exercises practising and teaching core elements of mindfulness-based programmes
- simulated mindfulness-based group session interactions
- development of personal practice in the context of retreat
Although the training is online there will be a strong retreat element involved and this will need to be negotiated with family and work which allows participants to be immersed in the practice and learn to deepen their teaching skills and offer teaching practice to their peers from this place. The intention of this is to facilitate the transition into and access to a deeper and wider spaciousness of mindful awareness that will inform the developmental processes that will follow.
Pre-requisites for attending:
This further teaching development process is intended for professionals who have:
- completed of one of the following: a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 (TTR1) with CMRP; the Teaching 1 module on the CMRP Mindfulness-Based Master’s programme; or an equivalent programme with another organisation (contact us if you are not sure about equivalency)
- taught a minimum of three eight-week MBSR or MBCT programmes
- have participated in week-long, guided, silent mindfulness meditation retreats
If you did not take an MBSR/MBCT Teacher Training Retreat Level 1 (TTR1) with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), we ask that you purchase a CMRP TTR1 resource pack and take time to read and familiarise yourself with this prior to attending the TTO2.
About the trainers:
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.
Format of the day:
Timings for each day are to be confirmed and will be posted in due course.
We will be using the Zoom platform for our classrooms, which offers facilities for online meetings and also online ‘break-out‘ rooms for smaller group work. We also will be able to offer an online classroom facility, that makes it easy to access all the documents and links you will need for the whole course as well as virtual ‘chat rooms ‘ for community discussions. Moodle will be used for the materials and you will be sent a registration link in advance.
A Zoom link will be sent to you for the whole event prior to the start date, along with joining instructions.
Preparation for the event and what you will need:
In order to participate in the training, you will need:
- A room where you can close the door and engage in the training away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the training cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
- Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices.
- A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort.
The Zoom meeting link for the whole training will be sent prior to the start date.
Standard rate – £925
TTP & CMRP Master’s rate – £831
Standard Rate – The rate for accessing this training as a ‘stand-alone’ training event and not part of a CMRP teacher training pathway.
TTP & CMRP Master’s rate – 10% reduction of the training cost, excluding accommodation, for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme.
Employer's rate: Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. We will be applying this to all our offerings with effect from September 2020.
Application and payment process:
Our application and payment process involve 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 for the full amount.
- Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full payment.
- 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 the UK Teachers Network Website for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.
Certificate of Attendance. Please note that we give a Bangor University Certificate of Attendance that details the nature of the course and the hours involved. However, this does not 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 which 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.