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24th & 25th February 2018


(This course will repeat again in September 2018)



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The Mystic Program

Mindfulness based inter-Spiritual Teacher Training

This Professional Diploma explores the concept and practices of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation (Insight Meditation) through the lens of personal, psychological and spiritual development. The skills empower the student to be able to offer mindfulness and meditation sessions in a variety of contexts. The students’ knowledge is then enhanced by developing an inter-spiritual model of practice that shows how to put together different mindfulness and mediation practices depending on the philosophy, psychology or beliefs present. The design module takes students into the kitchen to explore how the practices are put together and what outcomes can be achieved using different ingredients. Teaching and facilitation skills are then added to give the student the confidence to offer the program as a course along with a training manual and CD of the practices.

Who is it For?

This international training program is ideal for anyone working in a profession that wants to use mindfulness and meditation based practices in different contexts weather secular, psychological, spiritual or religious. It gives the practitioner the knowledge, language, skills and tools to put together their own program and adapt it to whatever area they are working in. While its an excellent training it itself it would also be an excellent add-on for Chaplains, Teachers, Spiritual Directors, Counsellors, Social workers, Addiction workers....

Eugene Curran, All Hallows College, Vice-President,

John has presented his courses in The Art of Stillness, Deep Stillness and Sacred Stillness in All Hallows College for many years both at non-accredited and at degree level. Participants at all academic levels sing his praises. He is a dedicated and creative teacher and has made spirituality accessible to many. I have been particularly impressed by his flexibility of approach which is allied to a depth of understanding and knowledge.

Ben Smith, Global Product Lead at Google

I attended a day long detachment day retreat delivered by John. It was a truly wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. It is clear that John is truly happy and practices what he preaches. This gives him great credibility when he delivers the content. The content itself has taught me a great deal about mindfulness, compassion, love, kindness and meditation practices. Even though I only attended the course over a month ago I can still hear John's voice sharing those key messages. Thanks John! Keep up the good work and spread your insight far and wide






MODULE ONE: An Inter-Spiritual Model for Mindfulness, Meditation & Contemplation

In the introductory module we will explore the roots of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation and begin to put together a working model of how they work, interact and what outcomes they give a person.

In this module we will explore the following topics

  • Understand the concepts, differences and connections of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation
  • Understand and learn how the inner journey works; steps and stages along the path
  • Mindfulness: Work with the thinking mind to recognise and name types of thoughts and how mindfulness of the thinking mind connects to oneness
  • Mindfulness: Work with the heart and appreciate the interaction between love and loss and how the heart connects to oneness
  • Mindfulness: Work with the instincts in the gut and recognise when these are active and how the gut connects to oneness
  • Appreciate and understand more formal meditation practices
  • Explore inner movements that can take place in meditation practice
  • Appreciate and understand the connection from body to head and heart of  formal meditation practices and drawing on spiritual resources
  • Understand the deeper movements of shadow and soul on the inner journey
  • Connect to the energy behind form, stillness as super food for the thinking mind, heart, gut and soul

MODULE TWO: Opening to Awareness & Developing Wisdom

In this module we use a Awareness & Wisdom template to deepen our work with mindfulness, meditation and contemplation and show students how to move from personal development into a deeper connection with Oneness.

In this module we will explore:

  • Revisiting the inter-spiritual model of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation
  • Markers on the path of the inner journey
  • Mindfulness as a Spiritual Awareness
  • Mindfulness connecting to Oneness / The Mystical Journey
  • Using the Eternal Now, Anchoring our living in the Present and Presence
  • Integrating our stories and histories into the present
  • Looking at how we see Oneness and images of the Transcendent
  • Listening practices as a doorway to Insight
  • Living a contemplative life, a monastery without walls
  • Understand the deeper movements of shadow and soul in the inner self / Working with resistance
  • Journeys into emptiness and Great Emptiness

MODULE THREE: Into the Kitchen (Design and Outcomes)

In this module we will go into the kitchen using the inter-spiritual model and look at the ingredients and recipes we can use to develop various practices. Different types of language will also be explored for appropriate contexts and also language that is inclusive.

In this module we will explore:

  • Revisiting the inter-spiritual model of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation
  • What are the main ingredients for mindfulness? Meditation? and Contemplation?
  • How do we put the ingredients together to make a practice?
  • Adding different contexts to the mix - psychological, secular, spiritual religious etc.
  • Understanding the language of oneness - energy
  • Measuring outcomes

MODULE FOUR: Group Facilitation & Teaching Skills

The group facilitation and teaching skills module aims to give you the confidence, training and inner authority to be able to develop your group practice. This module will explore how to contract in with students, set professional boundaries and lead groups towards their own practice and learning.

Some unique and powerful skills will be offered on this module that include:

  • What is facilitation?
  • The principles, concepts and practical skills of group work
  • Selecting the appropriate facilitation methods
  • To evaluate, recognise and put in to practice the theory of group work
  • To organise, plan, execute and lead group sessions. Then inform members of the outcomes of the group session
  • To facilitate and co-facilitate a group
  • To understand the life cycle of groups, group dynamics, the role people play in groups,
  • To analyse the role that power, conflict and lack of participation has on a group
  • Group facilitation & problem solving
  • Learn the key processes in managing a group decision making process to get the best possible outcomes
  • Recognise and manage individual / group conflict in a pro active manner
  • To define the group parameters including your own boundaries & parameters
  • Plus lots more...

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Our Teaching and Group Facilitation Skills are accredited by QQI (FETAC) Level 6

BAPTEC Training Partner

All our Teaching and Group Facilitation Skills are certified through BAPTEC our training partner


John F. Doherty

1. Cross Professional Supervisor, Professional Executive Coach & Work Psychologist

2. Mindfulness  – Contemplative Teacher & Spiritual Director, Facilitator & Guide

John has been teaching in primary, secondary, third level and facilitating groups for the last twenty three years. Coming from a long line of teachers he began his teaching career for five years in primary and secondary school. He then moved on to third level lecturing and has been working within adult education and corporate training for the last eighteen years.

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Dominic Cogan

Dominic began practising mindfulness meditation almost fourteen years ago and has been practising ever since. He received an 8 day residential intensive training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor in 2012 and in addition, holds a (professional 15 month) MBSR Teacher Certificate from the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (2013, IMA, Germany).

He has also received certified training with the UK based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to teach the .b mindfulness programme to adolescents, the Paws b mindfulness for children and the .b Foundations programme to teachers and those working with young people. He continues to attend professional mindfulness training and retreats and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK and Irish Networks of Mindfulness Teachers.

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  • Where is the Professional Diploma Training course held? The Space 21 Wicklow Street, Dublin City Centre (beside Stephens Green)
  • How much does it cost? There is an initial investment and deposit fee of €100 + each weekend costs €580 = Total fees €3000
  • Are there payment plans? YES - Don't let the money put you off we can discuss all the options
  • Do I need any experience to do the course? NO - Just an open mind and heart and a willingness to learn
  • How do I sign-up? Just click the link to Reserve your Spot and fill-in the application form
  • What's the time commitment? Attendance is required for each module and between classes there will be an on-line check-in, study and practice meeting
  • What is the Course Structure? There are 4 modules in total, meeting for a weekend once a month for 5 months. For each weekend / module there will be an assignment on the theme of the module + a facilitation and teaching assignment. The last weekend will be practice and assessment based.
  • On-Line Structure? Each month there will be an on-line meeting for students to share ideas / study / help with assignments PLUS an on-line group check-in with John of 1 hour to answer any questions. (This will be recorded in case you cant make it)
  • Software: We use a free system called EDMODO for the notes and assignments on-line and ZOOM for the on-line training.
  • Accreditation: For the Teaching and facilitation groups module in order to get the QQI (FETAC) Level 6 certificate will require 2 essays on facilitation theory worth 40% and a demonstration of group work worth 60%


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