Professional Teacher Training Diploma Program
Weekly 1-1 Sessions
Each Module runs for 10 weeks
Module 1: "Foundations of Mindfulness"
Module 2: "Spiritual and InterSpiritual Awareness"
Module 3: "Mindfulness in a Faith Path or Tradition"
Module 4: "Designing, Scripting and Delivering"
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The Mystic Program
Mindfulness based Interspiritual Teacher Training
This Professional Teacher Training 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 interspiritual 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 as a Mindfulness teacher (especially MBSR based) and wants to add spirituality to their practice or for someone working within a spiritual or religious tradition that wants to bring mindfulness into their teaching. 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....
What is Interspiritual?
Wayne Teasdale in his Book the Mystic Heart says:
"Through this InterSpiritual approach, we are allowed to discover for ourselves the shared mystic heart beating in the centre of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions. In so doing we can never again regard each other as the other.
We are bound together InterSpiritually in the shared heart-space of human religious experience. Once this happens, we are joined in authentic compassionate concern for the welfare of all beings."
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.Eugene Curran All Hallows College, Vice-President, Institutional Advancement and Marketing
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 wideBen Smith Global Product Lead at Google
Level 1: Foundations in Mindfulness, Meditation and Contemplation
In this foundation 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 can give a person.
In this module we will explore the following topics:
- Understand the concepts, differences and connections of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation (insight meditation)
- Understand and learn how the inner journey works; steps and stages along the path
- The stages in developing a healthy mindful observing Self
- Mindfulness: Work with the thinking mind to recognise and name types of thoughts and training the mind with one pointed practice
- Mindfulness: Work with the heart and and loving kindness practice
- Mindfulness: Work with the instincts in the gut and recognise when these are active and developing breath and body awareness practices
- Bringing Mindfulness into more formal meditation practice with the head, heart and gut
- 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
- Review your practice using MBI-TAC (Mindfulness based Intervention Assessment Criteria)
- Develop and deepen the practice of mindful inquiry
- Learn and practice walking meditation
- Develop the language, terms and phrases used in Mindfulness
- Training program with models of adult education, learning style theory and group dynamics
- Practice leading meditation sessions with group teaching and facilitation
- A Japanese Tea Ceremony Opening Ritual
Level 2: Opening to Spiritual Awareness & Developing Wisdom
In this Interspiritual 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 the Authentic Self / Oneness.
In this module we will explore:
- A Model of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation within an interspiritual context
- Markers on the path of the inner journey
- Mindfulness as a interspiritual Awareness / Interspiritual Intelligence
- Mindfulness connecting to an Authentic Self / Oneness / Intermystical Pathways
- Mindfulness practice for the head, heart and gut (body) with interspiritual elements
- Understanding how Detachment practice develops an Energy Identity
- 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 and Wisdom
- Walking Meditation with Spiritual elements
- Writing a Spiritual autobiography
- Using Mindful Inquiry in an interspiritual domain
- Review practice using MBI-TAC assessment criteria
- Practice teaching and leading interspiritual mindful practices
- Teaching and Facilitation Skills training
- Updating language, terms and phrases used in an interspiritual domain
- Ritual of American Indian Sage Cleansing
Level 3: Mindfulness in a Tradition
In this Mindfulness in a Tradition module we will look at how our spiritual mindfulness practices and teachings can connect with various psychological and faith paths. We will examine how different traditions offer practices and if or how they might bring a person into the interspiritual domain. The traditions we will call on are far ranging from Christian contemplation to Buddhist teachings, Jungian Psychology to Celtic Shamanism and others.
In this module we will explore:
- A model of interspiritual Mindfulness, meditation and contemplation influenced by a Tradition
- Intermystical Pathways - Integrating the shadow
- The Inner Journey in a tradition context
- Mindfulness of the thinking mind in a tradition
- Loving Kindness in a Tradition
- Gut and Body Awareness practices in a tradition
- Using reading / poetry or sacred texts in a practice
- Developing Mindful Inquiry within a Tradition
- Learning, practising and teaching "The Mystic Short Form" (Tai chi / Qi Gong)
- Update awareness of terms, language and phrases and how they reference a tradition
- Design learning and assessment tools for students
- Practice teaching and leading practices while referencing various traditions within the work
- Using the MBI-TAC assessment criteria to evaluate your practice and teaching
- Ritual of Irish Celtic blessing
Level 4: Scripting, Designing and Delivering
In this module we will go into the kitchen using the Interspiritual 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. The training, delivery and evaluation 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.
In this module we will explore:
- Revisiting the interspiritual model of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation
- Revisiting the Inner Process Model of moving from Ego to Observer, Integrating the shadow and connecting with the Authentic Self / Oneness
- Designing a practice
- What are the main ingredients for mindfulness? Meditation? and / or Contemplation?
- How do we put the ingredients together to make a practice?
- Adding different contexts to the mix - psychological, secular, spiritual religious etc. and referencing appropriately
- Measuring outcomes
- Using the MBI-TAC to assess your practice and teaching
- Learning to reference the Interspiritual Domain
- Teaching Skills Demonstration for assessment
- Learn, practice and teach "The Mystic Long Form" (Tai-Chi / Qi-Gong)
- Finalising Interspiritual Assignments (learning journal etc)
- Closing Ritual and Ceremony
- Further support / supervision and professional development
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 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? Online
- How much does it cost? Each module costs €800 thats €80 a week for 10 weeks 1-1
- 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? YES - you must have a training in Mindfulness already and be working as a teacher (preferably MBSR) or working in a spiritual or religous context
- 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 week with assignments in-between
- What is the Course Structure? There are 4 modules in total with an assignment for each one culminating in a 1 hour class given by the student!
- Software: We use a free system called EDMODO for assignments on-line Resources, and Zoom for our Online classroom
- Accreditation: The Beehive School accredits all students according to their proven teaching level using the MBI-TAC
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