Gain the confidence to guide and teach meditation.
Understand what techniques to teach and in what order.
Learn how to write your own guided meditation scripts.
Work through real life case studies and scenarios.
Practice and discuss your concerns with like-minded students.
Industry Standard Qualifications Provided
I got so much out of this course. It has impacted my meditation so positively and I continue to see how much I absorbed from the course.
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
Meditation Teacher Training
Learn to teach meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of Melbourne Meditation Centre Director, Matt Young.
On course you’ll gain the confidence and experience necessary to guide and teach meditation and mindfulness. You will learn both what to teach, and how to teach and you’ll go away with lots of new ideas on where to start, how to set up and market your classes, as well as the accreditation necessary for insurance and teaching purposes. Most importantly, you’ll be learning to teach in person, with immediate access to an experienced teacher and a group of like-minded and supportive peers.
Our next Meditation Teacher Training Courses are scheduled for:
January 29, 2018
Monday nights, 8:15 — 9.45pm. 12 sessions.
Block 1: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, & March 5.
Block 2: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 & June 4.
Note the 7-week gap between Blocks 1 & 2.
At our Clifton Hill venue.
June 2, 2018
4 sessions from 12 — 6 pm, Saturday:
- 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
4 Sundays from 10am — 4pm.
- 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 6 weeks. For the July Teacher Training Course only, you may also 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
Monday nights, 8:15 — 9.45pm. 12 sessions.
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.
Please note that limited places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The Melbourne Meditation Centre was definitely the right school for me to get my teacher training. Great lesson content, delivery and location. I loved the assignments as they were practical and useful. I learnt so much and felt encouraged to start teaching while in the course. The other students were friendly and a great resource to learn more from. Finally, the online resources were easily accessible and very comprehensive. A really great course.Gabrielle E.
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
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 enrol, be prepared to have all your assumptions about meditation and mindfulness questioned.
Every teacher (or school) presents meditation in their own way, using their own terms, concepts and metaphors. Completing a course elsewhere does not guarantee that you will understand or be familiar with what we teach.
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 and techniques that we introduce on the Beginners Course and that we will necessarily refer to during the Teacher Training Course. Without this common understanding, we would spend much of our time on the Teacher Training course revisiting and explaining ‘basic’ ideas.
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 on the Teacher Training course.
Who is the course suitable for?
This Meditation Teacher Training course is suitable for health care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, massage therapists and yoga and wellness instructors, as well as for those interested in teaching or guiding meditation in their community (e.g. schools, TAFE colleges, wellbeing centres, etc.), and those with a personal interest in meditation.
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.
The course covers:
- 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. They also receive a streamlined application process and a 50% discount on the membership joining fee.
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
Applications for the Meditation Teacher Training course need to be made directly through Matt Young, who will conduct a short interview to determine whether the course is a good fit for you and vice versa. You can contact Matt on 03 9531 1607, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are accepted 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 email@example.com
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.
I achieved so much more knowledge than I thought possible to learn about meditation and self. It [the online course] was so detailed — and offered in a way that made sense and was easy to understand.Edward C.
Course Details & Features
12 x 90 minute OR 4 x 5 hour sessions.
$1250 / $1000 concession.
Comprehensive course notes and additional resources provided online.
Practical & Experiential
I am really enjoying the [Beginners] course and it has already taught me far more than I expected.Callum M.
Thanks so much for the wonderful teacher training course. It has re-shaped my understanding of meditation, challenged me to begin to practise what I’ve learnt, and given me heart to keep going. I have learnt a lot about myself, and about how people learn meditation. I know I’m just scratching the surface. Thankyou for your skillfulness, your openness, and your generous spirit in sharing so much of your experience with us. It has been a pleasure to be a member of this teacher training group.Liu P.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Meditation Teacher Training course accredited?
Our Meditation Teacher Training course is accredited through Meditation Australia, the peak body responsible for representing and settings standards for meditation teachers in the country.
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.
Will I be able to obtain personal indemity and public liability insurance having completed the course?
Yes. Given fulfilment of course requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. This can be used to obtain the necessary Public Liability and / or Professional Indemnity Insurance that many organisations require before they employ you, or allow you to hire their premises.
Will I be able to offer Medicare Rebates having completed the course?
No. As there is currently no government accreditation for meditation courses, meditation teachers are not able to offer rebates. If you are an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker or a qualified Psychologist you can offer clients a Medicare Rebate when offering meditation instruction as part of a suite of psychological services.
What actually happens on course?
The Meditation Teacher training course is presented in six modules. There will be various practical exercises and discussions which revolve around the themes, theory and ideas presented in these modules. Students will work individually and in small groups to complete these exercises and will also be set three assignments and a range of case studies and homework exercises. Each student will also be required to present a guided meditation to the class and encouraged to lead a meditation in their own preferred setting.
I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to experience your teaching. Teachers like you only come around rarely. While the first part of the teacher training course was challenging, you managed to create an environment where we all felt supported in sharing our confusion, meditation experiences and growth. I was really impressed by the way you dealt with the multitude of issues that were tackled during the learning. Your humble attitude to instruction was incredibly freeing. After only 16 hours of tuition, I feel confident that I have a meditation practice that I am happy to share and have the skills to allow meditators to speak for themselves. I feel released from the need to have all the answers, because the meditation experience is far more interesting from the student’s perspective! Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to continuing my learning with you sometime soon.Susanna D.
I must express my gratitude for the way in which the course with you has benefited my own personal life, through my work, relationships, and the way in which my attitude and relationship towards meditating has improved. I have no doubt that you will continue to share your passion and humble knowledge with students throughout Australia.Faye R.
Thanks for being a great teacher, for being humble and most importantly for me personally for being encouraging and not intimidating, you really do teach rather than lecture. Thanks — it made learning so much easier and enjoyable.Kim R.
I would like to thank you for conducting the Mediation Training Courses. I have benefited immensely from the two courses and am looking forward to completing more study in the area and hopefully becoming a meditation teacher in the not too distant future. I appreciated your non-judgmental teaching style and the opportunity to explore meditation in a relaxed atmosphere. It was quite a commitment for us (traveling so far) but we would do it all again! We are looking forward to future courses with you.Helen W.
I have enjoyed teacher training immensely, and learned a huge amount.Rane B.