Summer Symposium for Mindfulness-Based Teachers

Coming Together for Dialogue, Connection, Learning
Investigating the Crucible of Mindfulness Practice & Experiential Learning

The space of the MBSR classroom is, at its best, open and welcoming of the emerging moment and everyone present. As such, it is a potent crucible, invaluable to any transformative possibility. We know this because, as teachers, we endeavor to create the conditions for such a space: through intention, through practice, through trust. 

Teachers’ meetings offer both new and seasoned MBSR teachers this kind of space to gather for dialogue, connection and respite. Each two-hour session is a stand-alone offering. Each one will be facilitated by two Brown trainers who will come prepared with some prompts and threads to follow, but the intention and hope is that together, we will discover what is wanting to be known, both individually and collectively, within the familiar space of the MBSR classroom.

The plan is to have time for practice, followed by time in reflection and small group dialogue, opening to the larger group for emerging themes and possibilities. We’ll finish up with ways this dialogue might support us as teachers and practitioners: Ongoing exploration, open questions, and possible action steps.

Come to one, come to all… Teachers’ Meetings are open to everyone who’s completed at least MBSR Foundations. 

Maximum attendance is 60. Please register early.

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Sample Topics

What are we learning? How are we meeting this moment? 

Focusing on the pandemic and the last year: What has it been to meet our own suffering, recognizing suffering and trauma at the micro, macro, meso and global levels. Avoiding burnout—or knowing burnout when it arrives. What does self-care mean for us as teachers in this moment? 

 

A view of the role of technology in shrinking our globe, expanding our practice: Benefits, draw-backs and the big "don't know.” Note: This session will not cover specific technical skills or specific “how to’s.” Rather this is about stepping back and looking at the big picture of how this format may enhance practice uptake, community, and connection—or hinder. What are the lessons in simplicity vs novelty or the “cool” factor?   

Personal practice: How we meet ourselves, how we meet our teaching.

How has teaching MBSR and the curriculum informed and/or changed your own meditation practice? An exploration of the dialogue between practice and teaching. 

 

What are we teaching when we’re teaching MBSR? How to balance “the very big M” with an anti-racist, inclusive approach? How do we teach without falling into identity politics and political correctness?

Looking at the MBSR curriculum through a lens of inclusion and diversity: Broad strokes and specifics. This program will look at curricular elements such as the practice of focused attention with various foci, the “zones of experience” or the the window of tolerance as a wise element of teaching, and more general approaches of radical welcome.  

 

Teaching Online - An MBI:TAC Approach

This Live-Online Workshop is for ALL Mindfulness-Based Program Teachers who have taught a minimum of three (3) courses in-person.

This Live-Online Workshop is for MBSR Teachers who have taught a minimum of three (3) MBSR courses in-person.  The immediacy of this workshop is to support those who may be faced with canceling upcoming MBSR programs because of the need to maintain social distance.

This course trains Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teachers to offer the 8-week MBSR course live online, with skill, ease and interactivity. 

Our approach highlights how to translate your skills as an MBSR teacher into the live-online environment, demonstrating how to maintain essential teaching elements such as embodiment, relationality and adherence to the MBSR curriculum and ethos - in short, the competency domains of the Mindfulness Based Intervention Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC).

During the training, we will travel together through the 8-sessions of an MBSR course, clarifying both the technological and pedagogical components needed to successfully convey MBSR live-online.

Pre-Requisite: Must have trained in MBSR to a minimum of Level 1 status (or equivalent) to attend this program.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify and analyze the differences and similarities in teaching MBSR in-person and online

  • Employ video conferencing to create an effective classroom environment

  • Encourage and sustain participants’ confidence in participating in live-online MBSR classes

  • Skillfully guide and appropriate adapt mindfulness practices in the live-online environment

  • Apply effective pedagogical methods for enhancing the interactivity of the online classroom

  • Identify how the MBI:TAC domain competencies show up in the online format