Sydney Course (Sep)

PartnerMindfulness Australia
DatesMonday 25th - Thursday 28th September 2017
LocationWenona School
Walker Street
North Sydney
Australia
TrainersJean Watson
CostAUD$1795 (Early bird offer of AUD$1595 until 22nd May 2017)

Mindfulness Matters Australia is pleased to offer the Teach .b course. We will demonstrate the lessons in real-time, explore the pedagogy of the .b curriculum, and share our experience of teaching .b in the classroom. Participants will also have the opportunity to practise teaching the key exercises to one another, in order to leave feeling confident and empowered to teach the curriculum to young people (aged 11-18: upper primary and secondary school). For more details about this course, please click here.

The course fee of AUD$1795 will include tuition, lunch and refreshments for 4 days. Most training days will start with a period of mindfulness sitting at 9.00am and conclude at 5.30pm; registration will begin at 9.30am on Monday morning and our final day will conclude by 3:00 pm. Please note: participants who want full certification must attend each lesson and stay through our final session.

If you meet the  Prerequisites for training and agree to the Terms & Conditions for booking a Teach .b course and the Terms and conditions of teaching the .b curriculum please complete the application form below. The application form cannot be completed by someone else on your behalf.

About the instructor: 

Founder and director of Mindfulness Matters Australia and Australian Partner to the Mindfulness in Schools Project, Jean Watson has been a professional school teacher and senior leader in education for more than 30 years. Jean has worked in a range of secondary and tertiary institutions and has taught mindfulness for many years to teachers, students, parents, support staff and the general public. She has completed a Masters’ Degree at Oxford University in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and since then she has delivered .b  courses, .b  Foundation courses, Paws b , Frantic World Mindfulness courses  and MBCT courses to hundreds of participants. Jean is currently developing and delivering courses in Australia which are based on the foundational principles of MBCT  and the .b  program and are also directly linked the focus and linked outcomes of the NSW School Curriculum. She has developed the three -year Infant Mindfulness Program in Australia for 4-7 year olds which leads onto Paws b  and the Teach .b  curriculum.

Please contact Jean Watson info@mindfulnessaustralia.net.au if you are unsure whether you are eligible and need further advice.

Teach .b Application

1. Ongoing commitment of a .b teacher

.b is a classroom-based course for teaching in schools and other educational settings where there are safeguarding policies and procedures in place. It must not be taught as a public course.

To find out more about how and where you can teach .b please refer to the Terms & Conditions and the FAQs page for teaching the .b curriculum.

Being a .b teacher is not just about teaching mindfulness. If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is very important that the highest standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are maintained. We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the young people learning it. We ask that anyone applying to train to teach .b understands and agrees to the prerequisites and to continue to adhere to these standards on an ongoing basis.

1.1 - Personal Mindfulness Practice

Having an established personal mindfulness practice allows you to:

  • Teach mindfully
  • Embody mindfulness
  • Model mindfulness to young people
  • Guide practices with awareness
  • Skilfully respond in enquiry
1.2 - Teaching Mindfulness to Young People
  • Ability to engage pupils in a classroom setting
  • Good class management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • To inform and include staff and senior leadership in the mindfulness work in the school in which you are teaching

2. Understand and commit to the prerequisites

2.1 - Attended and completed a face to face 8-week secular mindfulness course

You must have completed in person a teacher-led 8-week secular mindfulness course. The following courses are accepted: .b Foundations, MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World (teacher-led group course only; PLEASE NOTE: self-guided courses do not meet prerequisites), Breathworks, Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC). Your course should have run for a minimum of 90 minutes per week for a period of 8 weeks.

You must be certified by a qualified adult mindfulness teacher that you have completed an 8-week secular mindfulness course with them and give the name of your teacher and the date of the course.

This training forms an essential foundation that is necessary for teaching .b and is not covered again in the Teach .b course.

2.2 - Formal practice

A personal practice on 5 out of 7 days a week, for a period of at least 6 months between the start of your 8-week course and the start of the training to which you are applying.

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 Breath and Body, Sounds and Thoughts, Turning Towards Difficulty, Body Scan, Gratitude and Compassion practices. While shorter practices built into your day such as mindful eating, walking and breath awareness also form an important part of your deepening mindful awareness, we ask that you aim for a daily formal practice where possible for 20 consecutive minutes per day for the reasons outlined in 3. below.

For example, you may choose to focus in on body scan practices for one week, then explore other formal practices in subsequent weeks such as body and breath, sounds and thoughts or other silent practices. While it is important that you find practices that works for you, it is also important that you investigate and try the practices we list above. This allows you to develop both a broad and deep, experiential understanding of mindfulness practices. It will also form the foundation of your understanding and experience when it comes to leading a range of practices as part of the .b curriculum.

Such practices, commonly found in MBSR and MBCT courses provide the scaffolding that underlies the .b curriculum, and it is assumed that those who attend our teacher training courses have a well-embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved.

What does not count as formal mindfulness practice?

Informal practices are ways of integrating mindfulness into your daily life, using the breathing space or through mindful activity such as mindful eating, mindful cooking, mindful walking, mindful sports etc.

Although we strongly encourage you to use these techniques as a way of enriching your experience of mindfulness, on their own, they will not allow you the same richness of insight as more extended, formal practice.

Many other practices have elements of mindfulness within them but are not accepted under our prerequisites, as they are not directly related to our curricula. Common examples of these include yoga, relaxation, visualisation and transcendental meditation.

Where possible, use both silent and guided practice

Guided practices (using recorded guidance) are a helpful way of internalising the scripts and structures of the practices in question. They help you to learn specific techniques, as well as refresh your practice.

It is also essential that you develop your ability to guide yourself in silence before training to teach mindfulness to young people. Silent practice enables you to be responsive to what comes up in the present moment, which forms the basis of being able to guide others while remaining grounded in your own experience.

2.3 - Why 6 months?

We are often asked why we ask potential teachers of .b (for 11-18 year-olds) to have such an established personal mindfulness practice of their own. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. The key ideas and practices that underlie the most well-respected and widely researched 8-week adult mindfulness courses such as MBSR and MBCT provide the scaffolding that underlies the .b curriculum. Before training to teach .b to young people, it is assumed that those who attend our teacher training courses have a well-embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved in these adult 8-week courses. This will then support you when leading young people in the range of practices explored in .b, and allow you to deal more skilfully with any questions or responses that arise out of them.
  2. This period of 6 months embedding helps to stabilise and deepen your practice, which leads to a level of familiarity with the subtle workings of your mind. This in turn strengthens your capacity to model mindfulness in holding the experience of others, and to respond skilfully if difficult situations arise for young people in the classroom.

Can I apply before I have completed 6 months of practice?

Whilst we require a minimum of 6 months practice you may submit an application form after 4 months to help you plan ahead and find a course location to suit you. This is with the understanding that you will maintain your practice.

If, due to exceptional circumstances, you would like us to consider an alternative training pathway, please contact the applications team on applications@mindfulnessinschools.org. Please note that we are unable to hold places until an application form is received.

If you do not meet one or more of the conditions above and would like more information and guidance about how to train .b in the future, please click here.

3. Complete the Application Form

Please read the following questions carefully, and respond as fully and accurately as possible.
Please select the Teach .b course you are applying for*
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