Course Information

Teacher Training: MBSR Specialist

When: 8 Aug 2022 - 13 Aug 2022
Where: Sharpham House, Devon
Tutors: Eluned Gold, Bethan Roberts

This five-day training will provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in teaching MBSR. It is an experiential exploration of the eight-week course for MBSR teachers, to help them support and develop skills and confidence in teaching. Offered in a residential retreat environment, the training will provide opportunities for combining learning and deepening practice.

The course will include:

  • exploration of MBSR curriculum themes and intentions.
  • teaching strategies of MBSR
  • theoretical underpinnings of MBSR
  • exploring the flow of teaching and learning through the curriculum
  • defining the overall structure of the curriculum
  • exercises and practices connected to lesson themes, including options and alternatives
  • deepening understanding of the particular characteristics of MBSR
  • group facilitation; allowing learning to arise
  • developing inquiry skills integral to MBSR
  • exploring connections between personal practice, teaching and learning

Participants must commit to the entrie residential training.


Criteria for admission:

The course is open both to experienced mindfulness-based teachers as an opportunity to refresh their personal and teaching practice, and newer teachers who are in the earlier stages of developing MBSR teaching skills.

All participants must have:

  • personal experience of an MBCT or MBSR eight-week course
  • an established personal mindfulness practice
  • ideally have participated in a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 or equivalent
  • professional background and/or equivalent knowledge and experience of the populations that the programme will be delivered to. 

The trainers:

Our trainers are all members of the Bangor University 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 them.


Location:

Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion at the centre of the stunning Sharpham Estate. This Devon retreat centre is set in beautiful Capability Brown gardens offering calming views over the Dart Valley, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Directions

We strongly advise that you visit the venue website to review their Covid-19 policy as the event approaches. You must ensure that you comply with all health and safety, licensing and other rules and regulations of the venue or applicable to the venue. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with any rules and regulations that apply.


What to bring/wear:

Practice equipment is available at Sharpham House but please bring anything that would particularly support you in your personal practice.


Timings:

Please arrive for 4:00pm on the first day, Monday 8th August, in time for dinner and orientation in the evening. The retreat ends at 12.30pm on the last day, Saturday 13th August

All times are UK, BST (British Summer Time).


Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras and include teaching, room and board.

Our rates have no hidden extras:

Standard rate single room – £1,236

TTP & Master’s rate single room – £1,170

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, for those currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme. The TTP/Masters 10% discount is only applied to the cost of the training course and does not apply to the accommodation costs.

Employer’s rate: Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 non-refundable surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. 

If you would like to pay a £200 deposit in the first instance please choose the applicable rate in the drop-down list in the application form.


The application and payment process:

Our application and payment process involve the following steps:

  1. 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.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either a £200.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance four months before the event starts.
  5. 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.


Other information:

This course is residential, which means all participants will need to stay at the venue during the day and overnight for the duration of the course.

Please see the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.

Please note that we give a Bangor University certificate of attendance which 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. However, within the UK 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, our intentions and the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.


Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at training@mindfulness-network.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. 


Click here to sign up to this event.