“ I found the teaching weekends highly informative and the opportunity to have observed practice in a small group really helpful”
Dr Adam Burnel
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
"The Mindfulness Teacher Training course from Living Mindfulness has been tremendous. A wonderfully structured year to develop and enhance abilities to lead an 8 week MBSR or MBCT course and beyond. The support from Ratnadevi and Charlotte has been exceptional and I now really feel I understand the principles of teaching mindfulness and have the confidence and ability to do so. Also it has been a personal development through the year to enhance my own practice and expand my world of compassion and living a mindful life'
Dr Mark Dunn, consultant in critical care
has trained hundreds of mindfulness teachers in Scotland and supports an active community of practitioners through regular training and practise days. There are many pathways of training and there is no UK body who issues accreditations for teacher training. In line with the UK network for Mindfulness-based teacher training we recommend that mindfulness teachers are committed to regular formal and informal personal mindfulness practice, deepen their practice by going on mindfulness retreats on a yearly basis, and seek contact/ supervision with other mindfulness teachers. We believe that the embodiment of the qualities of mindfulness, such as openness, non-judgement, stillness, curiosity is essential to the effectiveness of the teaching.
Mindfulness Teacher Training Course 2020/21
facilitated by Dr Charlotte Procter and Ratnadevi (Dr Luise Holtbernd)
This year-long training course is for people who want to develop their understanding and teaching skills in mindfulness based cognitive therapy / stress reduction (MBCT/MBSR), with view to delivering programmes or integrating the approach into their work. Participants will have completed an 8 week MBCT/MBSR course, have had a regular daily meditation practice for at least a year and attended at least one retreat.
The course is in line with the UK guidelines for mindfulness teachers and at completion a certificate will be issued. The assessment will use the MBI-TAC criteria as developed by the Bangor Centre for Mindfulness. The course involves
7 full days of non-residential teaching weekends at Mulberry House, 21 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH 3 7DX; 7/8 Nov and 21/22 Nov 20; 19/20 June and 6 Nov 21.
Regular meetings with a peer support group, making up 40 hours over the course of the year.
Observed teaching session in support group setting with written feed-back from one of the tutors.
Ongoing email support.
Three individual 30 min supervision sessions with one of the tutors.
A 5 day residential meditation retreat in Ardfern, Argyll, 9-14 April 2021
Keeping of a logbook/diary throughout the course.
Provision of a comprehensive manual of course contents.
Cost : £1280
Early booking is advised. We are keeping the numbers low (12) to ensure maximum support for each individual.
more info and booking
‘Mindful Coaching and Inquiry Skills’ W/E 2:
Envisioning the Future
18/19 January, 10 am – 5pm at The Yoga Extension, Glasgow
cost £160 or £140 for previous participants or when booked in conjunction with W/E 3, 29 Feb/1 Mar
for mindfulness teachers, supervisors and others who work with people
In your heart of hearts, what do you hope to realise and achieve in this precious life time? If there was nothing stopping you, what might your life look like and what contribution to the world would you make?
In this part of the coaching and enquiry training we encourage ourselves and our clients to escape the prison of limiting views. Rooted in present moment awareness, we access the wisdom of the body and our intuition about what is wanting to be born. We will clarify our core values and get in touch with our ‘Future Self’.
One of the core skills in working with people is ‘coaching the client, not the problem’. Rather than trying to assuage our own fears by pressing for solutions, we explore ways to be truly open to outcome, relaxing into processes that brings the client’s own wisdom to the fore. We learn to empower the client by ‘acknowledging the essence’ and explore ways to transcend seemingly insurmountable impasses. It is not about ‘this or that’, but ‘both’.
This weekend is the second of a course and it can also be done as a stand-alone module. The weekend will include further teachings on working with the body, coming into the present moment, working with needs and values and stepping into action. It is a prerequisite for the course to purchase and study several chapters of ‘Coaching for Transformation’, Pathways to Ignite Personal and Social Change, by Martha Lasley et al. Details on application.
‘Mindful Coaching and Inquiry Skills’ W/E 3:
Honouring all parts of the internal community
29 Feb/1 Mar 2020, 10 am – 5pm at The Yoga Extension, Glasgow
cost £160, or £140 for previous participants and when booked in conjunction with W/E 2, 18/19 January
for mindfulness teachers, supervisors and others who work with people
led by Ratnadevi (Luise Holtbernd PHD), Certified Coach, Mindfulness teacher, Trainer & Supervisor.
Who is running the inner show? Ideally, we’d like our most integrated, wise and compassionate Self to be in charge, but often less mature parts of ourselves take over, to the detriment of our own and others’ wellbeing and happiness.
We are all familiar with the ‘inner critic’; other parts can be named the ’pusher’, the ‘pleaser’, the ‘procrastinator’, the ‘taskmaster’ and there are many more, all playing important roles in the psyche. Many of them have a protective function and other parts are ‘exiled’, less conscious wounded child parts. It can be immensely liberating to recognise that we are not our parts. We can un-blend from them, listen to them and understand their positive intent. We even thank them. Their methods may be out-dated and counter-productive, but they hold important values for us.
We don’t try to change the parts, and this form of radical acceptance can lead to profound and lasting change. Paradoxically, by separating out the different parts, we lay the groundwork for new levels of personal integration that can then lead to confident and inspired expression in action. The work is deep and safe, as we always acknowledge and respect the parts that have any concerns. This mindful coaching approach builds on Hal and Sidra Stone’s work with Voice Dialogue and Richard Schwartz and Jay Earley’s process of Internal Family Systems (IFS).
This weekend is the third and last of a course and it can also be done as a stand-alone module. The weekend will include further teachings on working with the body, coming into the present moment , working with needs and values and stepping into action. It is a prerequisite for the course to purchase and study several chapters of ‘Coaching for Transformation’, pathways to ignite personal and social change, by Martha Lasley et al. Details on application. Booking