Train to teach mindfulness to adults
A year long transformative learning experience: cultivating a mindful life, building mindful communities
Our One Year Programme starts 29th July 2019!
The Youth Mindfulness One Year Programme is an in-depth comprehensive learning experience, training practitioners to teach mindfulness from a place of compassion, authenticity and confidence. Participants engage in a process of personal transformation: learning to embody mindfulness in day to day life, learning to cultivate self-compassion, joy and kindness, and learning to develop insight into their mind. On this basis, they then develop the key teaching skills and learn to teach our 8-week mindfulness course for adults, Mindfulness for Life. For many, the Youth Mindfulness One Year Programme has been more than just a training experience, it has been life-changing.
The aliveness of our own practice is the foundation sharing mindfulness with others. And embodied awareness is at the heart of this. As such, the focus of our first retreat is laying a deep foundation for your personal mindfulness practice. The retreat will consist of a mix of lectures, group discussion and formal and informal practices. There will be periods of silence everyday as well as time for rest and personal journaling. We will explore how to cultivate key elements of mindfulness: embodiment, ease, joy and non-judgment.
In our first non-residential weekend in Glasgow, we’ll begin by reviewing and reflecting upon the learning and experience of living mindfully since the first retreat. We’ll explore how we can deepen into the elements of embodiment, ease and joy, while how to respond to difficulty and challenge with care and compassion.
Transformation & Healing
In our second weekend together, we’ll explore the domain of feelings and emotions: how we can relate skillfully and with equanimity; how we can embrace difficult emotions with kindness and wisdom; and how we can work wisely with the inner critic to develop more self-kindness and self-compassion. This can be very freeing and enable more connection to feelings of joy and happiness.
In the third weekend, we will explore more deeply the territory of the mind – it’s habits and dynamics. We will explore the ways in which we create suffering for ourselves, through rigid thinking patterns and unhelpful views as well as how we can live with greater freedom by cultivating new ways of understanding.
Creative Power and the Art of Facilitation
In the fourth weekend, we explore the domain of action and how we can engage with life wisely and compassionately as creative agents: connecting our practice of awareness to wise action in the world. We will also begin the exploration of how to teach mindfulness focusing on key elements of mindfulness facilitation: namely embodiment, introducing practices, guidance practices, and the inquiry process.
The Art of Facilitation
In the concluding retreat, you will learn how to teach our 8-week course Mindfulness for Life and receive all of the materials required to teach the course – including teaching manual and guided practices. Finally, we will explore how to sustain your personal mindfulness practice and look at ways of building mindful communities at home and at work.
Established in 2011, Youth Mindfulness is a charity dedicated to sharing the transformative potential of mindfulness. We are one of the most well-respected charities offering mindfulness in education, community and youth contexts developing innovative programmes to meet the needs of people of all ages. Our programmes are inspired by best practice in the field of secular mindfulness, positive psychology, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
We believe the practice of mindfulness can be deeply transformative for individuals, communities and society. We work in schools, colleges, prisons, and community settings, as well as public, private and third-sector organizations teaching mindfulness to people of all ages. We developed our one year programme to enable adults to deepen their mindfulness practice and empower them to share their practice with others.
Our team of teachers has over 80 years combined experience practicing and teaching mindfulness, in varied and diverse contexts, from colleges and schools, to prisons and community settings, to public and private-sector organizations. Our intention is to inspire you to share mindfulness in your own context from a place of embodiment, confidence and wisdom. Click below to learn more about our team.
“Words will never express the sheer joy in practising, learning and participating in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. It has completely changed my life.”
– Denise, 2018 graduate