So, now you want to share your meditation experience with others? Great! Mindful Boston is developing apprenticeship-based training programs for professionals who want to become skillful in teaching meditation.
Mindful Boston programs do emphasize your authentic relationship with becoming a mindfulness practitioner in your own personal life. You will need to work hard at building your own skills.
Mindful Boston is primarily a community of meditators. That means that our programs are not set up to be a quick way to get any kind of certification... even though it is very likely that you will get one. Expect that your learning will take the time that it takes, whatever that means for you as you learn within community. Artificially imposed external timelines are not the Mindful Boston style. You will be required to engage fully with your own practice.
When you come to study with Mindful Boston, you will attend programs, you will meditate in-person with other people, and you will build your own skills as a meditator. Our teacher trainings are designed for professionals who are planning to integrate meditation into their current work with clients and colleagues in an organic and sustainable (long-term) way.
Steps to take
Before starting any teacher-level work, you must complete an MBSR program as a participant. And, before taking MBSR at Mindful Boston, we do require that you take our Meditation Toolbox program first. Attending a CMN is not required, but recommended.
Craftsman-Level Meditation Teacher Training
After graduating MBSR, during at least a year of study and teaching, Craftsman Level trainees work on their own craft in order to earn an educational badge from Mindful Boston. As you earn a Craftsman Badge, you will be authorized to teach Community Meditation Nights (CMN) under the supervision of a senior-level teacher. There is a large apprenticeship component to the Craftsman Training.
Journeyman-Level Meditation Teacher Training
The next step after earning a Craftsman badge is the Journeyman-Level program where trainees learn to teach Mindful Boston's Toolbox class. Once you achieve your Journeyman Badge, you will be authorized to teach the Meditation Toolbox program. You will be able to customize the Toolbox for your own client populations and bring the Toolbox program with you to any location you work.
Mindful Boston does not train MBSR teachers, please go to the UMass Medical Center's Center for Mindfulness website and follow their instructions.
Teacher trainees will need to embody mindfulness and meditation practice in their own lives in order to teach their clients from a place of authenticity.
Therefore, just the completion of the participant-level MBSR is not really enough. You will need to be living this stuff. Our teacher training programs include an exploration of how to live personally within the practice of mindfulness while sharing/teaching with others.