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* Taught by Dr Barbara Gabrys
** Taught by Kim Bennett
All other courses are taught by Daizan Roshi
Did you know that 30 minutes meditation a day will boost your health, increase your intelligence, reduce your stress and offer you a whole host of other benefits?
There is great demand for meditation teaching these days. Abundant research has shown that Zen and Buddhist-based mindfulness practices are tremendously beneficial. Not only individuals are seeking out the meditation teachings, many 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
This intensive course is designed for people who desire 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 practiced in a way that can lead to lasting well-being, enhanced health and expanded consciousness. There are two eight-week programmes presented. Details below.
We have a research project entitled, "The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction" running at Oxford University Under the Departments of Materials and Experimental Psychology. Ethics approval MSD/IDREC/C1/2012/79. We believe that scientific validation of these ancient meditation and mindfulness practices will increase their credibility in the modern world even further. Preliminary findings have been impressive. 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. These results go off to Oxford for deeper analysis
On the practical side, you’ll be learning tried and tested meditation techniques grounded in a two and a half thousand year tradition and subject to modern scientific testing. Not only will you be putting these techniques into practice yourself and learning how to communicate them. In addition you will learn how and why they have the effects they do. You will learn about meditation practices and teachings that foster health, well-being and vitality, as well as practices that lead to profoundly expanded consciousness.
The teachings are structured in a way that gives you two courses to offer your clients:
Meditation and Mindfulness for wellbeing – suitable for individuals and organisations that want a non-spiritual programme that provides stress-proofing, well-being and problem-solving.
Meditation and Mindfulness for Insight – suitable for those who wish to move beyond well-being and into the higher realms of human potential whilst still keeping a grounded and energetic approach to life.
The course will be taught by Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner. Daizan Roshi is the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. About twenty years ago, recognising that a rich life was about more than climbing the corporate ladder, he gave up a promising career as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry, sold his house, gave all the money away and entered a Zen monastery. With over twenty-five years of experience in Zen and more than a decade of experience in teaching meditation, Daizan Roshi knows first-hand the value of this work and is more than qualified to take you through the process of learning how to pass it on to others.
The tuition cost is £1160 plus the costs of accommodation. If you book early, there is a discount of £100. Each retreat centre we use has different accommodation charges. We are committed to keeping the course affordable. When you consider the earnings potential, meditation and mindfulness teacher training is excellent value for money.
A strong interest in meditation practice is required. The course structure is such that you will learn how to accurately communicate the techniques. No specific meditation attainments are needed, although, the more experience youhave, the more you will be able to offer your students.
You can learn to accurately pass on the teachings and practices in that time. We like to use the analogy of learning to drive a car. With intensive study, you can pass your driving test quite quickly. Many people feel that it’s 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 gounded in your own practice.
The days looks something like this:
6am - Guided Meditation
7am - Breakfast
7.30am - Nanso no Ho (mindfulness of the body)
8.30am - Mindfulness Movement (yoga)
9.30am - Tea
10am - Class
12.00 - Lunch
1pm - Class
3pm - Tea
3.30pm - Class
5pm - Meditation
6pm - Supper
6.30pm - Mindfulness Poetry Walk
7.30pm - Meditation
No, to qualify you are required to:
This course is part of the extension of 200-hour yoga teacher training. Once you’ve added this extra hundred hours, you become eligible for a further 200-hour advanced yoga teacher training which takes you up to the 500-hour advanced yoga teacher level. In addition yoga teachers are often not fully confident in incorporating the inner dimension into their teaching. This course will fill that gap.
Simply call us on 01698 542677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll guide you through the registration process.
Or secure your place with a £600 deposit.
Yes, you'll be registered with Zenways and this enables you to obtain the insurance necessary for you to practice as a meditation teacher.
Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) is the organisation created by Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi and his teacher 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.
The tuition was beautifully pitched – a lot of information for the biginners yet leaving enough space for more experienced people. Working in pairs and then groups worked very well. I particularly valued the systematic approach to types of meditation and practical sessions.
Barbara Gabrys; Oxford
The cost of this course was the best money I’ve ever spent.
Liz Oldham; University of East London
Daizan is an extraordinarily inspirational and fun teacher.
Jenny Evans, Swansea
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.
If you’re prepared to apply yourself, this course is life-changing.
Carl Simmons; Northampton.
Dorset - Gaunts House
A beautiful and comfortable retreat centre in Dorset. More information about the venue here: Gaunt's House
Inverness - Anam Cara
A retreat centre in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. For more information about the venue here: Anam Cara
Italy - Vecchio Convento, Central Italy
An Italian hotel situated in the medieval village of Portico di Romagna high-up in the Apennine hills More information about the venue here: Vecchio Convento
The home of our lineage and our teacher Shinzan Roshi. More information about Japan here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan
Edinburgh - Scotland
A lovely little retreat centre in the heart of the city, near The Meadows. Information here: Emmaus Edinburgh
Wales - The Pantglas Centre
A retreat in The Cambrian Mountains, Wales. For more information about the venue here: The Pantglas Centre
Oxford RC - Ripon College
Set just outside Oxford in beautiful countryside and close to the M40. More information here: Ripon College, Oxford
Spain - Sahasrara, Andalucia
A stunning and comfortable retreat centre in the mountains of Southern Spain. More information about the venue here: Yogasahasrara on Facebook
Scarborough - Yorkshire
On the headland just outside Scarborough and minutes walk from the sea. More information here: Cober Hill
Oxford CP - Carmelite Priory
Just south of Oxford, this venue is a hidden gem. More information here: Carmelite Priory, Oxford
Bristol - Clifton Hill
A truly peaceful spot in the heart of Bristol. Beautiful views and tranquil gardens. More information here: Emmaus Bristol