What actually happens on course?
The Meditation Teacher training course is presented in six modules. There will be various practical exercises and discussions which revolve around the themes, theory and ideas presented in these modules. Students will work individually and in small groups to complete these exercises and will also be set three assignments and a range of case studies and homework exercises. Each student will also be required to present a guided meditation to the class and encouraged to lead a meditations in their own preferred setting.
The course is open to anyone with an interest in guiding or teaching meditation; however, ideally, students will be expected to have two or more years meditation experience.
Students enrolling in the Meditation Teacher Training course must have completed, or be participating concurrently, in one of our Basic Meditation Courses. Please note that there are no exceptions for this requirement, regardless of your previous experience.
You might be wondering why we ask you to complete the ‘Basic’ Course, especially if you have years or decades of experience, or have completed numerous other meditation courses. Here are the reasons:
- While some aspects of our approach to meditation will be familiar, it’s very likely that you will be introduced (on the Basic Course) to ideas and techniques that will be completely new to you, largely because we’ve developed a number of unique meditations and ways of teaching meditation that are entirely our own.
- Every teacher (or school) presents meditation in their own way, using their own terms, concepts and metaphors. Completing a course elsewhere does not guarantee that you will understand or be familiar with what we teach.
- Our focus on the Teacher Training course is not on teaching you how to meditate, but on how to teachmeditation. Therefore, we need to be able to assume that you already know how to meditate, are familiar with a broad range of approaches and techniques, and most importantly, understand the concepts, principles and techniques that we introduce on the Basic Course, and that we will necessarily refer to during the Teacher Training Course. Without this common understanding we would spend much of our time on the Teacher Training course revisiting and explaining ‘basic’ ideas.
- Completing the Basic Course allows you to participate from the perspective of a Teacher Trainee.
Past students, many with decades of experience, have agreed that the Basic Course provides a crucial platform for the Teacher Training course, introducing a relatively broad range of techniques, and a number of unique ideas and approaches. They’ve also agreed that participation on the Basic Course provides an opportunity to participate in the course from the unique perspective of a trainee teacher.
I hope this explanation makes it clear why we insist that you complete the Basic Course, regardless of your previous experience. Please understand that I would like to be able to relax this requirement, but experience has shown that without it, the Teacher Training course is unworkable.
Note, that it is possible to complete the Basic and Teacher Training Courses concurrently.
It is also recommended that you complete an Intermediate Course or Workshop.
Our classes in Clifton Hill are conducted from a cream coloured residential building (it also has a cream coloured picket fence) adjacent to the speed bump on Noone St just before (west) of Groom St. The most noticeable landmark nearby is the Uncle Drew Cafe, which is roughly diagonally opposite.
Be aware that you’ll need to be on the Yarra arm (to the right/east of Hoddle St, heading north) of Noone St, NOT the city side. Note also that many GPS systems direct you to the incorrect address (a large warehouse east of Groom St instead of a residential building to the west).
Monday nights, 8:15pm — 9:45pm. 12 sessions Block 1: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, & March 6. Block 2: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5.
- Gain the knowledge necessary to conduct a meditation group or class.
- Skills necessary to successfully teach meditation and mindfulness, and to enhance your personal and professional abilities.
- Practical exercises and discussions; a nuts and bolts understanding of how best to teach meditation and mindfulness is skillfull and accessbile ways.
- Expert tuition under the guidance of Melbourne Meditation Centre Director, Matt Young
- Course notes and access to resources and exercises on our dedicated teacher training website.
- Certification, provided satisfactory attendance and completion of relevant course work.
- Pen and paper or digital equivalent.
- You may also like to bring a bottle of water.
Health care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, massage therapists & yoga/wellness instructors, as well as for those interested in teaching or guiding meditation in their community
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The Melbourne Meditation Centre runs regular meditation and mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats in several convenient locations around Melbourne and Geelong.
Our focus is on teaching meditation and mindfulness as simple, practical skills. We’ll teach you how and why meditation works, introduce you to a wide range of techniques that you can use on the go – wherever and whenever you are – and help you find innovative ways to adapt meditation to your own needs.
Meditation practiced this way is surprisingly easy and enjoyable.