Mindfulness Level One: Being Present Weekend Four
7:00pm 24 November 2017 - 3:30pm 26 November 2017
Venue: Samye Ling
If you have completed a Foundation course, to book this course place please contact¬†info@mindfulnessassociation.
Once your course place has been confirmed please book your accommodation at Samye Ling by clicking¬†here.
The course tutors will be¬†Heather Regan-Addis, Ian Rigg and Tina Gilbert.
The course takes place over three weekends 26th -28th May,¬†14th - 16th July ¬†&¬†24th - 26th November.
Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate Course
The Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate course is a comprehensive training in mindfulness that is available to those who have previously completed our Introductory Mindfulness Practitioner Foundation course, our Mindfulness in Education module or weekend one of the Mindfulness One Year training.
Participants will be taught progressive skills in mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing. Each module will take place over a weekend and the three modules will be spread out over approximately six months.
Module One: Working with Distraction
Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since the Foundation course, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We becoming increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we are referring to our habitual reactions driven by conditioning, not informed choices based on intelligent discernment. In this module we also introduce mindful movement as a way of integrating mindfulness into how we move through our lives, and the three minute breathing space as a way of breaking the reactive cycles we get caught in during everyday life.
Module Two: Self Acceptance
Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.
We use the RAIN method (recognise, allow, intimate attention and non-identification) as a way of progressively training in acceptance, and practice loving kindness as a way of bringing warmth to our inner environment. We also introduce the Self-Compassion break in which we learn to relate with a kindly and accepting attitude to difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions that arise in our daily life.
Module Three: Undercurrent & Observer
At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place. During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives.
The weekend begins at¬†7pm¬†(evening meal at¬†6pm) on the Friday evening, between¬†8am and 8pm¬†on Saturday and between¬†8am and 3.30pm¬†on a¬†Sunday. It is expected that course participants will stay until the end of the training (3.30pm) on the¬†Sunday.¬†
If you have any enquiries about this course please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.