Mindfulness Africa and the Mindfulness Association in the UK are working closely together to develop a full teacher training programme to be run in Southern Africa.

Facilitating Mindfulness:

4 year programme

Rationale:

To support the development of

Why four years?

Entry Requirements:

Year One

Focus: Establishing a reflexive daily practiceCriteria for entering Year One: must have done either a One Year, or 8-week mindfulness course and 10-day retreat.

Criteria for Completion:

Complete either the One Year, or 8-week course, depending on which has not yet been done (as you will be expected to teach both).

  1. 1 urban retreat every 3 months, or weekly/monthly meditation with a group
  2. Personal interview with a trainer
  3. Peer learning buddy, contacted at least every 2 weeks
  4. Journalling
  5. Assignment

Assignment: A Reflection on Daily Practice

Not more than 2000 words

Based on a series of honest reflections

Outcome: To have developed a daily reflexive practice

Cost: R650, which covers registration fee and MA membership

Year Two

Focus: Developing Facilitation Skills as a Mindfulness Trainer

Fulfilled criteria for Year One and attend an interview with a trainer to discuss readiness to proceed.

Criteria for Completion:

Assignment: The Key Principles of Mindfulness, and the Qualities of a Mindfulness Trainer

Not more than 2000 words

Focused on the understanding of the key principles of mindfulness, and the ideal qualities of a mindfulness trainer, drawing on modules 1 and 2, academic readings and your experience in attending courses.

Year 3

Focus: Transition from Practitioner to Trainer, and Experience in Mindful Movement

Fulfilled criteria for Year Two and attend an interview with a trainer to discuss readiness to proceed.

Criteria for Completion:

Assignment: Self reflection on transition from practitioner to trainer

Outcome: Receive certification as an Apprentice Trainer

Year 4

Focus: Building Confidence as a Trainer

Fulfilled criteria for Year Three and attend an interview with a trainer to discuss readiness to proceed. An external examiner will be invited to view/listen to the recorded session and give input. The decision to move on to Year Four will be a group decision by the MA Trainers and external examiner.

Criteria for Completion:

The decision to be certified as a Mindfulness Africa trainer will be a group decision by the MA Trainers and external examiner.

Facilitating Mindfulness:

Training Modules

Module 1: Generic Facilitation Skills

To be held centrally at TRC from 9th-13th January 2013 – facilitated by Heather Regan-Addis and Mindfulness Africa facilitators

Module 2: Facilitation in Action

To be held regionally in 2013 by MA Trainers

Module 3: Mindful Movement

Module 4: Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) Training Skills