The Zenways meditation and mindfulness teacher training is unique. It is rooted in the Rinzai Zen tradition. This has a long and distinguished history of teaching meditation for boosting physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as for grounding, insight, and self-understanding.
Zenways 200hr Intensive Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training
- Learn how to conduct an 8-week course in Meditation and Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing, suitable for individuals and organisations. You don’t have to be a clinician – this course is specifically designed to help people deal with their every-day stresses and strains
- Learn how to conduct an additional 8-week course in Meditation and Mindfulness for Insight, suitable for those wanting to move beyond wellbeing into the higher realms of human potential
- All the practices rooted in the centuries-old Zen tradition. Courses run by experienced Zenways teachers
- Be a part of our Oxford University research project entitled “The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction”
- Personal support from a Zenways mentor throughout your qualification period and beyond
- Access to our private members site containing a wealth of resources to download and support your teaching.
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The 200hr course structure
What’s different about our course?
What are the pre-requisites?
How this course is different to MBSR/MBCT-based courses
Details of the course
What do I need to do to qualify?
What about after I qualify?
Will this course complement my yoga teaching?
How do I apply?
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200hr Course Structure
Module 1-1: 7-day intensive course
You will be taught how to conduct an 8-week course in Meditation and Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing. This course was written by Daizan Roshi, and although based in Zen and Buddhist-based mindfulness practices, is suitable for individuals and organisations wanting a non-spiritual programme that provides stress-proofing, wellbeing and problem-solving.
The tuition was fantastic and just got better and better. The course was better than expected.Valerie McDonald (2015)
Module 1-2: 2-day follow-up course
This is a compulsory follow-up component to be taken a minimum of 1yr (and a maximum of 3yrs) after module 1-1. You will learn more about the physiology of meditation posture, the science behind the breath practices, research background and methodologies, and business aspects including how to adapt the course for different student groups.
Module 2: 5-day intensive course
In this optional add-on module, you will be taught how to conduct an additional 8-week course in Meditation and Mindfulness for Insight – suitable for those who wish to move beyond wellbeing and into the higher realms of human potential, whilst still keeping a grounded and energetic approach to life. It follows a similar format to module 1-1.
Each mindfulness teacher training module is paid for separately, as and when you attend. For the costs, see the following list of upcoming courses.
Upcoming Module 1-1 courses
Upcoming Module 1-2 courses
Cost is included in the payment for module 1-1 (except for accommodation).
Upcoming Module 2 courses
Our Meditation and Mindfulness practices for Wellbeing and Insight are based in the centuries-old Zen Buddhist lineage
Did you know that 30 minutes meditation a day will boost your health and intelligence, reduce your stress and offer you a whole host of other benefits?
There is great demand for meditation and mindfulness teaching these days. Not only individuals are seeking out the meditation teachings, many big organisations including companies like Google and Microsoft are aware of the benefits of meditation and encouraging its practice at work.
It stands to reason. Not only does meditation practice make you more relaxed, focused and stress-resistant; over time you become increasingly efficient. It makes sense for you and for the wider world.
Our intensive courses are designed for people who want to become meditation and mindfulness teachers. The material is presented in a format that will allow you to conduct eight-week courses for individuals or companies, providing a framework which allows the life-changing benefits of meditation to be assimilated and practised in a way that can lead to lasting well-being, enhanced health and expanded consciousness.
The practices have already been taught in many organisations including BAE Systems, Support 2 Recovery, Oxford University, Kids Company, Westminster University, Isle of Wight Council, and Hammersmith Hospital.
If you’re prepared to apply yourself, this course is life-changing.
Carl Simmons (2013)
What prerequisites, skills, training or experience do I need?
Only a strong interest in meditation practice is required. The course structure is such that you will learn how to accurately communicate the techniques. You do not have to be a Buddhist, and no specific meditation attainments are needed – although the more experience you have the more you will be able to offer your students.
Can you really start teaching meditation after only a week?
You can learn to accurately pass on the teachings and practices in that time. Like learning to drive a car, with intensive study you can pass your test quite quickly. Many people feel, though, that it’s only once you’ve passed your test that you really learn to drive. Plan on your development as a meditation teacher taking the rest of your life and being grounded in your own practice.
Module 1 includes a compulsory 2-day follow-up course to be attended at least one year (and no more than three years) after your initial teacher training. This provides further background material to the practices you will have learnt in the first week, and an opportunity to share and deepen your understanding of the material after you’ve had a chance to teach it.
In the intervening time (between module 1-1 and 1-2) you will be able to run courses as a “student teacher”. You will be working on your qualification materials (see below) with the support of your mentor, you will be working on your self-practice, and building up the resources you need to launch your new business (writing a website, making contacts, investigating venues and groups to teach to).
The path is actually not a trudge but a dance. And this dance is extraordinarily meaningful.
How is this course different to MBSR/MBCT-based courses?
Firstly you don’t have to be a trained and practising therapist to do our training. All you need is to have a strong interest in meditation practice.
Teaching secular (non-religious) meditation practices has a tradition in Zen stretching back to the 9th century. Meditation for the purposes of boosting health and wellbeing is called “bompu Zen”, and is firmly grounded in the teachings of the great Zen masters.
Our course is purely meditation and mindfulness based, with no admixtures of psychotherapy, and the orientation is teacher-student rather than therapist-client. Although our practices are being used in the NHS and other healthcare settings, we take a much wider view of wellbeing, believing that it’s more than simply alleviating psychological distress or stress reduction.
Is the Zenways course accredited by anyone?
Accreditation for module 1 and 2 together, forming a 200hr meditation and mindfulness teacher training programme, has been agreed verbally with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). We are currently in the process of submitting the required paperwork. The Zenways course is also recognised by the College of Mindful Clinicians for its role in developing and delivering retreats, approving certification and providing supervision to its teachers.
How are the days structured?
A typical day in our intensive course (mornings are kept silent until after lunch):
6am – Guided Meditation
7am – Breakfast
7.30am – Nanso no Ho (mindfulness of the body)
8.30am – Mindful Movement (yoga)
9.30am – Tea
10am – Class
12pm – Lunch
1pm – Class
3pm – Tea
3.30pm – Class
5pm – Meditation
6pm – Supper
6.30pm – Mindfulness Poetry Walk
7.30pm – Meditation
Be a part of our Oxford University research project
We are part of a research project entitled “The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction” run by Professor Maryanne Martin of the Oxford University Department of Experimental Psychology and Dr. Barbara Ryusen Gabrys (ethics approval MSD/IDREC/C1/2012/79). Prof. Martin and Dr. Gabrys have been studying the effects of the Zenways 8-week meditation and mindfulness programmes on people’s overall life satisfaction and have found that students experience a significant decrease in perceived stress, together with a decrease in anxiety, plus increases in levels of awareness and satisfaction with life.
When you study with us to be a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, you learn how to administer the tests so that your students can actually have validated the changes they experience during the course.
What sort of support will I get during the course?
After attending our module 1-1 residential course, you will get access to our private members’ website. This site contains a wealth of resources to download and support your teaching, and a very active forum where you can ask questions and browse the collective knowledge of the Zenways teaching community.
We also run a unique mentoring scheme for all our meditation and mindfulness teachers. You will be assigned a mentor from our pool of experienced Zenways mindfulness teachers, and their job is to help you with anything you need through your qualification period and beyond.
Furthermore, you can also send us your details to be added to our Zenways “find a teacher” database. This is a geographically searchable database of Zenways teachers accessible directly from the Zenways homepage.
How do I qualify to teach?
You will then have one year to:
- Submit a satisfactory essay on the course material
- Practice the 8-week meditation and mindfulness programme for Health & Wellbeing supplied with the course and submit a practice diary
- Teach the mindfulness course to one or more student(s), supply video recordings of you teaching each session, a teaching diary for each session, and student feedback form(s).
You must then attend 100% of module 1-2 (the two-day follow-up course) a minimum of 1 year (and a maximum of 3 years) later. You will then receive a module 1 teaching certificate.
The qualification procedure for module 2 follows a very similar structure (but without the 2-day follow-up course).
Can I teach in the time between modules 1-1 and 1-2?
In the year(s) between module 1-1 and 1-2 you will be able to run courses as a “student teacher”. You will be working on your qualification materials (which includes teaching at least one 8-week course; for more see below) with the support of your mentor. You will also be working on your self-practice, and building up the resources you need to launch your new business (e.g. creating a website, making contacts, investigating venues and groups to teach to).
What are the benefits of completing module 1 and officially qualifying?
You will obtain a Zenways Mindfulness and Meditation 100hr teaching certificate. If you wish to teach, for example, to businesses or for an agency, they will almost certainly require you to submit a copy of your full certificate.
Will I be registered when I graduate?
Yes, you’ll be registered with Zenways and this enables you to obtain the insurance necessary for you to practise as a meditation teacher. In the intervening time before you graduate, you will be registered as a ‘student teacher’. Most insurance companies issue student teacher insurance certificates. Please enquire for further information or if you’re unsure.
Are there any Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements?
Yes. After you first qualify, your certificate will be valid for 1 year during which you do not need to do any CPD training. Following this, you will need to subscribe to the Zenways CPD programme (cost of £69/year). This provides you free access to all our CPD workshops, covers access to our private teaching members website, and all the administration and certificate renewal. Annually, you will need to submit evidence for completing 10 CPD within that year to receive a new certificate. More details about our CPD system are given here.
Why should I continue on and attend module 2?
On module 2 you will learn how to teach a second 8-week course suitable for those who wish to move beyond everyday wellbeing and into the higher realms of human potential. The practices you will learn, and learn to teach, are rooted in the ancient Zen tradition and based around developing insight into your true nature – and doing so keeping both feet firmly on the ground. These practices include mindfulness of the breath, koan meditation (for example, meditating with the question “who am I?”), meditating on the ‘Unborn’, and a number of energy-based practices for cultivating grounding and stability.
Again, you do not have to be a Buddhist or have achieved any specific levels in your meditation. You just have to have completed module 1.
As you breathe in, just look deeply within. Turn within. Breathing out; questioning ‘who am I?’
I am a yoga teacher, will this course complement my teaching?
Absolutely! Yoga teachers are often not fully confident in incorporating the inner dimension into their teaching, and this course will fill that gap. Student teachers often find that confidence in leading mindfulness-based meditation practices in their yoga classes is extremely beneficial to their students.
This course (module 1 and 2 together) forms part of the Zenways 500hr advanced teacher training structure.
How do I apply?
Simply call us on 01698 542677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll guide you through the registration process. You will need to secure your place on Module 1-1 with a £100 deposit.
The cost of this course was the best money I’ve ever spent.Liz Oldham (2013)
What is Zenways?
Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) is the organisation created by Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi and his teacher in Japan, Miyamae Shinzan Roshi, to promote and encourage activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing and awakening (satori or kensho – the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in.
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Daizan is an extraordinarily inspirational and fun teacher.
Jenny Evans, Swansea (2013)
The tuition was excellent, offering the right balance of theory and experiential exercises. I can’t find the words to say how valuable I’ve found the whole course and the profound impact it has had.
Sue Oakwood. Yorkshire (2014)
The course was even better than I expected. Daizan was fantastic and the schedule worked very well. If you’re contemplating doing the training, just do it!
Lyndsey Russell (2015)
The tuition felt genuine and deeply useful. It was skilfully put together in a relaxed way that got lots done without feeling hurried. Go for it!
Matt Gregory (2015)
The most amazing tuition I have ever had broken up into perfect slots of practice, learning discussion, paired work. More than that, a feeling of being held in a safe place to share experiences and be myself. I am so excited to go ahead and continue my personal practice. This course has given me a wonderful guide and a deep personal experience that I wish to continue.
Anne Osborn (2015)