Meditation Teacher TrainingLearn to teach meditation and mindfulness
Learn to teach meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of Melbourne Meditation Centre Director, Matt Young.
Gain the confidence and experience necessary to guide and teach.
Write and record your own guided meditation scripts.
Understand what techniques to teach and in what order.
Work through real-life case studies and scenarios.
Learn how to set up and market your own classes.
Enjoy the support of an experienced teacher and the company of like-minded and supportive peers.
A friend recently asked me to review some meditations that she had created and it was during that process I truly realised how much I had learnt and how valuable the guidance and resources you provide was for me.
Thank you very much! Elizabeth D
Our next Meditation Teacher Training Courses are scheduled for:
June 2, 2018
- June 2, 9, 16 & 23
at The Base Yoga: 2/12 Langmore Lane, Berwick
For this course only, please register directly through The Base Yoga.
Please note that in order to participate you must have completed a Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course. These can be completed at any of our venues and run for 6 weeks. For this Teacher Training Intensive in Berwick, you may also elect to complete the Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course online. However, you will be required to participate in a Retreat or Mini-Retreat in order to receive your Accreditation with Meditation Australia.
July 1, 2018
- Sunday July 1
- Sunday July 8
- 2 week break
- Sunday July 29
- Sunday August 5
at the Australian Yoga Academy, Prahran.
Please note that in order to participate you must have completed a Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course. These can be completed at any of our venues and run for six weeks. People living in regional areas (or interstate), may elect to complete the Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course online. You are also encouraged to participate in a Retreat or Mini-Retreat prior to graduation.
September 24, 2018
Block 1: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.
Block 2: November 12, 19 & 26, December 3, 10 & 17.
At our Clifton Hill venue.
January 28, 2019
Block 1: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, & March 4.
Block 2: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 & June 3.
Note the 7-week gap between Blocks 1 & 2.
At our Clifton Hill venue.
Course Details & Features
12 x 90-minute OR 4 x 5-hour sessions.
$1250 / $1000 concession.
Industry Standard Qualification
Comprehensive course notes provided
Lifetime access to online resources
Practical & Experiential
Our Meditation Teacher Training course is open to anyone with an interest in guiding or teaching meditation. There are two prerequisites:
1. You must have completed, or be participating concurrently, in one of our Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Courses.
2. Ideally, you will have two or more years meditation experience.
Why is participation in the Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course a compulsory prerequisite?
You might be wondering why we ask you to complete a ‘Beginners’ Course, especially if you have years or decades of experience, or have completed numerous other meditation courses. You might well feel that you have the basics covered and would be wasting your time and money relearning the foundations. We understand these concerns. Almost all our prospective teacher training students have them. Interestingly, I’ve not heard a single student express regret at participating in the Beginners Course and most students actually say that they were surprised at how much they learned. Some have even said they got as much (or more) out of the Beginners Course as Teacher Training itself.
There are numerous reasons why even experienced students get more out of the Beginners Course than they expect:
Our approach is unique, drawing, as it does, upon the teachings of a number of unusually innovative teachers and traditions. We’ve spent a couple of decades refining and experimenting in order to present meditation in an unusually clear, accessible style that suits the needs and temperaments of the contemporary world — and we continue to experiment and evolve.
Our course has obvious similarities with other meditation and mindfulness courses (e.g. MBSR) but it also has some very significant differences. If you do decide to
Every teacher (or school) presents meditation in their own way, using their own terms, concepts
Our focus on the Teacher Training course is not on teaching you how to meditate, but on how to teach meditation. 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
Completing the Beginners Course allows you to participate from the perspective of a Teacher Trainee. Past students, many with decades of experience, have agreed that the Beginners 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 by completing the Beginners Course you are provided with an opportunity to participate in the course from the unique perspective of a trainee teacher.
Finally, the Meditation Association of Australia requires that accredited Teacher Training courses involve a minimum number of contact hours. Your participation in the Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Course ensures that you meet these requirements.
I hope this explanation makes it clear why we insist that you complete the Beginners 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 Beginners and Teacher Training Courses concurrently. Participation in one of our urban day or annual retreats will also enhance your appreciation for the material covered
Who is the course suitable for?
The course aims to equip you with the skills necessary to successfully teach meditation and mindfulness, to enhance your personal and professional abilities, and to gain the knowledge necessary to conduct a meditation group or class.
- how to present meditation in easily digestible and understandable terms
- how to lead/guide a meditation skillfully
- how to establish an appropriate setting for a meditation class
- common misconceptions and difficulties and how to overcome them
- how to answer challenging questions
- the role(s) of a meditation teacher
- your ethical responsibilities as a meditation teacher
- how to explain meditation to potential clients or organisations
- brochure design and advertising considerations
- starting and running a small business in the alternative health industry
The course is broken down into six, two-week modules:
- Teaching Methodologies
- Guiding Meditation Skillfully
- Understanding What to Teach: Meditation Types & Processes
- Talking about Meditation: Communicating with Students
- Physiology, Psychology and Neuroscience of Meditation
- Business Essentials, Ethics, Course Preparation, Outlines and Plans
The course itself includes practical work, case studies, opportunities to guide the glass, group and assignment work. Also, each course is unique in that it is tailored, to the degree possible, to the needs and interests of the participants.
Course Requirements & Certification
The Melbourne Meditation Centre currently offers two levels of accreditation, in line with standards set by the Meditation Association of Australia.
Level 1 (Basic) Accreditation
By successfully completing our Meditation Teacher Training course, in conjunction with our Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Course, you graduate with Level 1 Accreditation and receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate satisfies the requirements of insurance providers and potential employers. Minimum Contact Hours: 18* | Total Hours: 60
Level 2 (Meditation Australia) Accreditation
Level 2 Accreditation requires completion of an additional 20 hours of training. These extra hours can be completed at home in your own time, though we recommend that you complete an additional 6 to 12 contact hours where possible.
Students completing these additional hours can then apply for Provisional Membership with Meditation Australia.
Most students find it possible to complete the requirements for Level 2 Accreditation over the duration of our 12-week Meditation Teacher Training Course. Contact Hours 27 – 40 | Total Hours: 80
- To meet the minimum contact hours for Level 1 Accreditation you need to attend all 4 OR 12 teacher training sessions.
- To meet the minimum contact hours for Level 2 Accreditation you need to attend all six sessions of a Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Course AND all 4 OR 12 sessions of a Meditation Teacher Training Course.
- If you miss any of the required sessions you can make them up by attending workshops, mini-retreats or full retreats.
Course Registration & Payment
If you are accepted (or if you have already completed one of our Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners courses) you will then need to register online for the course. Registrations for Teacher Training courses usually open roughly two months before the course is due to commence. However, you may express interest and hold a place in the course earlier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To guarantee a spot you will need to make a non-refundable deposit of $250, and payment in full is required before the commencement of the course. Payment in full at the time of registration is preferred, however payment in installments is also accepted, and allowances can be made to cater for those with special financial needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Meditation Teacher Training course accredited?
Successful completion of the course provides you with Industry Standard qualifications and a streamlined application process to become a Registered Meditation Teacher through Meditation Australia.