Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training

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Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Insight, using centuries old Zen Buddhist practices

Meditation Class

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. The practices have already been taught in many organisations including BAE Systems, Support 2 Recovery, Oxford University, Kids Company and Westminster University. There are two eight-week programmes presented. Details below.

Be A Part of Our Oxford University Research Project

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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

What will I study on the course?

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.

Students in mindfulness teacher training class

What prerequisites/skills/training/experience do I need?

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.

Can you really be a meditation teacher in a week?

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.

How are the days structured?

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

Does attendance on the course automatically qualify me to teach?Student Studying

No, to qualify you are required to:

  • Attend the whole of a course and receive a 100% attendance certificate
  • Submit two satisfactory essays on the course material
  • Practice the two eight week meditation and mindfulness programmes supplied with the course and supply a practice diary
  • Teach the two eight week meditation programmes supplied with the course and supply video recordings of you teaching each session, a teaching diary for each course, and student feedback.

I am a yoga teacher, will this course complement my teaching?

Student MeditatingThis 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.

How do I apply?

Simply call us on 01698 542677 or email admin@zenways.org and we'll guide you through the registration process.

You will need to secure your place with a £100 deposit.

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 practice as a meditation teacher.

What is Zenways?

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.

Student Comments

The tuition was beautifully pitched – a lot of information for the beginners 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.



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