Teacher training

International Mindfulness Teacher training

A teacher-training program for those wishing to teach the original 8-week MBSR training, will be offered by an international team of highly qualified and experienced teachers. (Read more about the team.) The training welcomes both Czech and international participants. The language is English.

The program offers a combination of theory and extensive practice. In all modules participants have the possibility to practice guiding and teaching together. There will be formal meditation practice every day, so that learning and teaching always have a basis in mindfulness. After successful completion of the program, participants will be able to teach their own training independently.

New dates for 2018/2019

A new teacher training will start in September, 2018 in the Czech Republic.
The program consists of five residential modules.

  1. Module: 7-15 sept 2018 (Fri-Sat)
  2. Module: 21-25 nov 2018 (Wed-Sun)
  3. Module: 23-27 jan 2019 (Wed-Sun)
  4. Module: 27-31 march 2019 (Wed-Sun)
  5. Module: 8-12 may 2019 (Wed-Sun)
Fee: E 3500 for the full teacher training program. This includes all tuition, two manuals and background literature. Participants are expected to have a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full catastrophe living (in a language of your choice). The course fee may be paid in installments. The first E 200 of the fee is to be paid at the time of registration. Costs for accomodation and supervision are not included in the course fee.

Supervision: After the 4th module, participants can start teaching their own first training under supervision. During the 8-week training there will be four supervision sessions of 1 hour each. Supervision costs of E 160 will be paid directly to the supervisor.

Location: The first module will take place in Tepla monastery, approx 2 hours from Prague; all further modules in Vanuv Statek, about one hour away from Prague. All modules are residential. Additional costs for accomodation (room+full board during all modules): approx. E730 when staying in a triple room; approx. E740 when staying in double room; approx. E865 when staying in a single room.
Participants need to book their own accomodation directly with the venue.

1. Training Program

In this training program you will learn to teach the 8-week MBSR course, and to develop and strenghten the personal qualities that support the teaching, such as presence, patience, friendliness, compassion and equanimity. Embodying and reflecting these qualities, a teacher can spark the conditions for the group, where participants feel safe and welcome to develop these further in themselves.

An important focus in the training is therefore on one’s personal mindfulness practice, and the integration with practical and theoretical knowledge and teaching skills. Each module contains mindfulness practice as well as hands-on teaching.

The program consists of five residential modules, each focusing on different sessions, practices and themes of the MBSR. It is not possible to attend individual modules: we see great value in following the ful program with the same cohort. The modules focus on the MBSR curriculum, background and theory, themes and challenges of individual sessions, mindfulness practice and learning how to teach.

After Module 4 it is foreseen that you start to teach your own MBSR training under supervision. Creating and recording one's own audio files of the various mindfulness practices in the MBSR (Bodyscan, Meditation and Yoga) are part of the preparation for teaching.

During the time that you are teaching, you will have 4 personal supervision sessions, supporting the teaching process. In the course of the whole teacher training, participants team up with a ‘sharing partner’ or buddy in the group, and also practice in regional groups.
Participants who have successfully completed the program, receive a certificate.

Course themes:

  • Curriculum: contents and themes of each of the sessions
  • Organization of the course
  • Learning to lead and hold a group well
  • Group dynamics; challenges and creating safe surroundings
  • Embodiment
  • Guiding mindfulness practices
  • Course themes: autopilot, stress, attention/awareness, grasping/aversion, presence
  • Didactic and teaching skills
  • The art of Inquiry: exploring course themes with participants

2. Prerequisites

  • Having attended a live MBSR training as a participant. For this 2018/19 cohort the participation in a full MBSR training should at least be finished before the end of 2018.
  • Having attended a silent, teacher-led meditation retreat of at least 7 days in the mindfulness- or a buddhist tradition; preferably attended before the start of the program, but by the end of 2018 at the latest.
  • Having a professional training in the field of education, social work, medicine or other professional backgrounds. Functioning at BA level or equivalent are recommended, although comparable professional or life experience may count as well.
  • Having a commited and regular meditation practice of at least one year before the start of the program.
  • Experience with mindful bodywork such as yoga, t’ai chi, chi kung.

An individual interview (online via Zoom, or by phone) is part of the registration procedure.