Last week, I completed six Masterclasses in Mindfulness-Based programmes with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). The mindfulness training was held in Porto, Portugal as it was run in conjunction with Ser Integral Centre for Mindfulness. I took part in this training upon completion of a five-day silent retreat help by the incredible Chris Cullen and Yuka Nakamura, where I delved deeply into my own practice to more fully understand how best to use the skills to help other people. One of the key learnings of the OMC is that the teacher has to embody the mindfulness attitude in order to best help others.
The masterclasses were given by Chris Cullen, one of the founders of the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Dr Maret Bassett-Dymond who co-developed the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting programme and Dr Ruth Baer, a clinical psychologist with over thirty years of research in how mindfulness, when done correctly, works.
Mindfulness Training is a buzz word at the moment and there are many options to choose from. I chose to invest in the training with the OMC as it has stringent rules for the teacher to abide by. I have a supervisor who has also been trained by the OMC who I check-in with to make sure I am running my programmes to best help the people in my class. It is a safe method and it is a warm and open circle where friendships develop.
In the coming weeks, I will be offering a Mindfulness for Beginners programme and I am excited to bring my teachings and learnings to help others. Mindfulness has given me enormous strength and insight over the last few years. I have been practicing it for over 5 years and when I decided I wanted to teach it, I researched many options. For me, safety is paramount. Mindfulness can be described as a set of life skills. It is an awareness of how we react in the present moment. It deals with our mental health, something we all have. So if you find a teacher who has not been given adequate training and supervision, there might be little in the way of a result you had hoped for.
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