Prerequisites for MiSP One Day Teacher Retreat

You will be eligible to attend the MiSP Teachers’ Retreat if you meet the following prerequisites::

Completion of an 8-week secular mindfulness course in person (or alternative approved pathway)

You must have completed a live (teacher led, not pre-recorded or self-guided) group-based 8-week secular mindfulness course. The following courses are accepted:

  • .b Foundations
  • .begin
  • MBSR
  • MBCT
  • Finding Peace in a Frantic World (teacher-led version only)
  • Breathworks
  • Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC)
  • MSC (8-week version only and must have read the Frantic World)
  • Mindfulness for Life
  • The Present for Adults

Your course should have run for a minimum of 90 minutes per session for a period of at least 8 weeks. You must be certified, by a suitably qualified adult mindfulness teacher, that you have completed an 8-week secular mindfulness course with them, provide the name of your teacher and the start and end dates of the course.

Having completed such a course, your experience will provide an essential foundation for, and experiential understanding of, a range of mindfulness practices that will support you through the more extended periods of practice during the retreat. It is assumed that you have engaged in these practises extensively before attending the retreat.

Please note: If you would like us to consider an alternative mindfulness pathway to those listed above, please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org.  We are unable to hold places until an application form is received.

A personal practice on 5 out of 7 days a week

To ensure there is time to continue to explore and deepen the practices you have learned on your 8-week mindfulness course, we require at least 2-3 months’ embedding period (depending on previous mindfulness experience) between the completion of your 8-week course and attending the MiSP Teachers’ Retreat.

However, you can apply to attend the retreat once you reach the end of your 8-week course, provided you commit to ongoing regular personal practice.

We would expect this personal practice to involve a range of practices, including the formal practices explored as part of an 8-week secular mindfulness course, such as Body and Breath, Sounds and Thoughts, Turning Towards Difficulty, Body Scan,  and Gratitude practices.

While shorter practices built into your day, such as mindful eating, walking and breath awareness, also form a crucial part of your deepening mindful awareness, we ask that you aim for a daily formal practice of 20 consecutive minutes for the reasons outlined in 3. below.

For example, you may choose to focus in on daily body scan practices for one week, then explore other formal practices in subsequent weeks such as body and breath, sounds and thoughts or sitting with the breath.

At least 2-3 months of mindfulness practice from the end of your 8-week course and the start of the retreat

This period of 2-3 months embedding helps to stabilise and deepen your practice, which leads to a level of familiarity with the subtle workings of the body and mind. This, in turn, will provide a stable foundation from which to deepen your practice during the retreat.

You regularly work within the field of education and/or youth-based contexts, e.g. schools, youth centres, youth-focused contexts for local authorities or within the health system.

Please note:  If you have no previous experience of a retreats, please read the following carefully:

  • The retreat day consists of a mix of formal and informal practice, enquiry and group discussion, including guided practices of 15-20 minutes long in the morning session.  In the afternoon, there will be extended periods of silent sitting, walking and standing practices.

The day will begin at 10.00am with attendees welcome to arrive and settle in from 9.30am. The lunch break will take place at approximately 12.30pm – 1.30pm, and will be an opportunity to continue to practice. You will be encouraged to bring mindful awareness to your meal and, if possible, eat in silence. The day concludes at 3.30pm.

Please note that we require full attendance on the day of the retreat in order for final certification to be provided.

If you meet the prerequisites for the retreat and agree to the Terms & Conditions for both booking and participating in the retreat, please complete the application form below.

Please note: The application form must not be completed by someone else on your behalf.