12 or 4 week formats
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Practical & Experiential
Meditation Teacher Training
Learn to teach meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of Melbourne Meditation Centre Director, Matt Young.
In 2015 our Meditation Teacher Training Course will run three times:
Monday nights, 8:15 — 9.45pm.
Block 1: February 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 2 & 16.
Block 2: April 28, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, & June 2.
At our Clifton Hill venue.
Sunday afternoons, 1 — 5:30pm.
July 5, 12, 19 & 26.
At our Elsternwick venue.
Monday nights, 8:15 — 9.45pm.
September 21 & 28, October 4, 11, 18 & 25.
November 9, 16, 23 &30, December 7 & 14.
At our Clifton Hill venue.
Only 20 places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Full cost of tuition for the Meditation Teacher Training course is $990 or $880 concession.
The course is open to anyone with an interest in guiding or teaching meditation; however, ideally, students will be expected to have two or more years meditation experience.
Students enrolling in the Meditation Teacher Training course must have completed the Basic Meditation Course. Please note that there are no exceptions for this requirement, regardless of your previous experience. By completing The Basic Course you are introduced to essential principles and practices that we refer to during the Teacher Training course. Past students, many with decades of experience, have agreed that The Basic Course provides a crucial platform for the Teacher Training course, introducing a relatively broad range of techniques and providing an opportunity to participate in the course from the unique perspective of a trainee teacher.
Note, that it is possible to complete the Basic and Teacher Training Courses concurrently, as they both run on the same evening in Clifton Hill. It is also recommended that you complete an Intermediate Course or Workshop.
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.
Course Requirements & Certification
Provided that you complete the relevant course work and assignments and your attendance is satisfactory (that is, you attend at least 9 of the 12 sessions) you will be awarded with a Certificate of Meditation Teaching, which can be used to obtain the necessary insurance most places require in order for you to teach.
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:
- Introduction to Teaching Meditation
- Guiding Meditation Skillfully
- Understanding What to Teach: Meditation Types & Processes
- Talking about Meditation: Communicating with Students
- Course Preparation, Outlines and Plans
- Business Essentials
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 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 11607, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Meditation Teacher Training course accredited?
At present, to the best of our knowledge, there are no officially recognised meditation teacher training courses in Australia. Government accreditation is not available.
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 Worker 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 at Simply Silence or 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.
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.