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Train to teach the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme.

The Youth Mindfulness Kids programme is a 16-lesson introduction to mindfulness for 7 to 11 year olds, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. The lessons build up sequentially, introducing and exploring new facets of mindfulness with each lesson. The first six lessons focus on cultivating the foundational axioms of mindfulness: intention, attention and attitude.

As the course progresses, children then learn to cultivate gratitude, handle difficult thoughts and emotions, and finally develop kindness towards themselves and others. Importantly, the key foundations of mindfulness - i.e. paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and warmth - are continually strengthened throughout all 16 lessons.

Structure Of The Programme

The Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme can be broken down into 8 themes: intention, attention, attitude, gratitude, resilience, self-kindness, kindness to others, and purpose.

Themes Of The Curriculum

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INTENTION
The inner decision to be mindful. This relies on motivation. In the first lesson the children learn how the brain can change and why paying attention to the present moment can benefit them.
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ATTENTION
The practice of bringing the attention back to the present moment. In lessons 2 and 3 the children learn about attention, how it’s key to our experience and how it tends to wander.

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ATTITUDE
The way we pay attention. In lesson 4 the children learn the value of non-reactivity; in lesson 5 the children learn how to cultivate the freshness of the beginner’s mind and in lesson 6 the children learn to develop their willpower and diligence.
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GRATITUDE
The practice of recognising and appreciating the conditions of health and happiness that are available for us in the present moment. This is the focus of lessons 7 and 8.
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RESILIENCE
The art of handling difficult emotions, thoughts and mind-states with wisdom, courage and awareness. We explore the natural reaction to turn away from difficulty and instead cultivate the capacity to “be-with” the difficult in Lesson 9. In lesson 10 we explore the idea that thoughts are not facts.
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KINDNESS TO SELF

By lessons 11 and 12 the children have become quite familiar with their own minds and are ready to begin cultivating an attitude of kindness and warmth towards themselves. We explore what is meant by kindness conceptually, and how to practically be kind to ourselves.
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KINDNESS TO OTHERS

Developing the understanding that everybody wants to be happy and nobody wants to suffer. We practice cultivating kindness towards others, beginning with friends and extending this to classmates and others with the opportunity to engage in acts of kindness.
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PURPOSE

In lesson 15 the children reflect on all they have learned over the lessons so far and in lesson 16 they develop a personal mission statement, articulating a vision for integrating their learning and acting in a way they can be proud of.

Why Choose this Programme?

PRACTICE

As the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme progresses, more time is devoted to mindfulness practice as opposed to talking about or conceptualising mindfulness. In the early lessons the children will be invited to practise for 1, 2 or 3 minutes at a time, whereas in the later lessons 10 and 11 year-old children are often able to practice for as much as 13, 14 or 15 minutes. Each Youth Mindfulness Kids lesson usually consists of a sitting practice, a movement practice and a lying down practice.

ENQUIRY

Enquiry refers to exploring in dialogue with the children their experience of practising mindfulness. Rather than explaining or teaching, enquiry offers the teacher the opportunity to take the role of non-expert and explore the children’s experience of practising mindfulness with enthusiasm and curiosity. This is a wonderful way to develop a method of communicating that is based on openness, kindness and non-judgment. The enquiry process is a powerful way for the children to develop a sense of cohesion as a group and ‘experience’ the essential attitudinal components of mindfulness.

MOVEMENT

Children spend a lot of time at school sitting behind desks and being asked to be still. This at a time when they are biologically programmed to move, explore and adventure into the world. As such, mindful movement is a great way to release some of this energy and often the children are very happy to be still after moving a lot. What’s more, mindful movement offers new avenues for the children to deepen their understanding and application of mindfulness in daily life.

FUN

For mindfulness to be mindfulness it has to come from within. If children are to be mindful, they have to decide of their own volition to bring their mind to the present moment and practise being aware of what is happening. As such it is crucial to engage children and for them to decide that mindfulness is something they want to do. If it’s boring they simply won’t engage, so the most powerful way to do this is to make it fun and interesting! The Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme is packed full of fun activities, games and videos, all designed to illustrate different aspects of mindfulness and encourage the children’s engagement.

What the Kids Say

“When I got angry I nearly punched someone then I did mindfulness, calmed down and everything was better.“

“My brother was annoying me and I was getting really angry but then I realised that I was angry and I focused on my breath.”

“When I was nervous at an athletics tournament being mindful helped me.”
“It has helped me to grow my confidence and to be more calm when hard times come.”
“I am more confident when learning new things, and I have learned to be grateful for life.“

Course Fee: £625

** Early Bird price (£100 off) available until 6 weeks before the training start date **


(within the UK, please see course details for other country costs)

The Skainos Centre
Skainos Square, 239 Newtonards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 1st June 2018**

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IET Glasgow: Teacher Building
14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB

Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 25th June 2018**

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University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW

Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 29th June 2018**

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Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 13th July 2018**

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Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 27th July 2018**

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Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 7th September 2018**

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Cost: £625

**Early bird rate £525 available until 21st September 2018**

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Our Five Day Training

SEE AND EXPERIENCE ALL 16 LESSONS

Our teacher training is designed to be an immersive learning experience. Over the course of 5 days all 16 lessons are delivered as they would be in the classroom so that participants can experience the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme live. In addition to this, we discuss the principles and pedagogy underlying the lessons and course structure and explore the science behind the key elements of the course.

PRACTISE THE KEY SKILLS

Participants also have the opportunity to practise the teaching skills involved in delivering the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme, such as guiding practice and leading enquiry. The principal aim of the training is for participants to develop a solid understanding of the aims and intentions of the curriculum as well as of how to deliver each of the 16 lessons.

WHAT YOU GET:
300+ page Youth Mindfulness Kids Teaching Manual.

All powerpoints and videos needed to teach Youth Mindfulness Kids.
5 days of in-depth training led by experienced practitioners with a group of passionate individuals.
Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme Teaching Certificate.

PRE-REQUISITES TO APPLY:

Our training is open to applicants from a wide range of professional backgrounds who have the aspiration to offer mindfulness to children. You do not need to be a qualified teacher to apply for our teacher training. However, in order to teach the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme, it is essential that the person teaching embodies mindfulness, and that the communication of the key concepts and practices are grounded in their own experience of mindfulness. As such, all applicants must have an ongoing daily mindfulness practice of at least 6 months duration, as well as have completed an 8 week mindfulness course such as MBSR or MBCT or equivalent mindfulness training.

Michael Bready, Youth Mindfulness founder and Kids Programme Author

Michael discovered mindfulness at the age of 18 and has been practicing ever since. The author of the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme and the Inner Strength Programme for young offenders, he established Youth Mindfulness 6 years ago and has taught mindfulness to thousands of children, teens, at-risk youth and adults.

“Mindfulness offers a way to get in touch with the positive qualities we all have within us. Our capacities of kindness and clarity… of happiness, resilience, and compassion. I developed the Kids Programme because I wanted to find a way to make mindfulness come alive for children – for it to be fun and inspiring…so that they can discover their potential and learn ways to nurture it. Teaching mindfulness to young people is a concrete way to water the seeds of transformation, healing and joy in their lives and their communities .”
- Michael Bready, Youth Mindfulness founder and Kids Programme Author

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