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Mindfulness and Meditation – Teachers training program 2024

Discover the opportunity with Triple Gem of the North as we proudly present the return of our Meditation/Mindfulness Teaching Certification in 2024. This certification stands as a testament to achieving a proficient level of understanding and teaching capabilities essential for the practice of mindful meditation instruction.

To apply for the program, use this link.

Our comprehensive curriculum is meticulously designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise to guide others on their mindfulness journey. Throughout this program, you will explore:

• The core principles of mindfulness – understanding, practicing, and mastering its essence.

• The historical journey of mindfulness, tracing its evolution across time.

• The diverse pathways to mindfulness found in Eastern traditions.

• Nurturing your potential as a teacher, grounded in the wisdom of Buddhist scriptures, the Suttas.

• Unveiling the Bodhisattva mindset, illuminating your path towards enlightenment.

• Embracing the profound Buddhist way of life through the study of key Suttas.

• The significance of The Triple Gem – The Buddha, The Dhamma, and The Sangha.

• Forging a sense of mindful community and your role as a community member.

• Cultivating a lifelong commitment to teaching, utilizing the transformative tools of Insight Meditation and Mind Culture.

Join us on this transformative odyssey, where the wisdom of centuries converges with modern application, and where you'll emerge not only as a skilled teacher but also as a beacon of mindfulness within your community and beyond.

Welcome to the heart of our certification program, where transformative learning and personal growth converge. Immerse yourself in the carefully crafted content that paves the way for your journey to becoming a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher.

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to provide you with a holistic understanding of mindfulness and meditation, underpinned by the wisdom of both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. The program entails:

• Engaging Assignments: Dive into enriching assignments that comprise 35 hours of immersive Zoom training, serving as a bridge between in-person workshops

• In-Person Workshops: Embark on a journey of approximately 165 hours, spread across six weekends of in-person workshops. These weekends are carefully curated to provide a profound experiential understanding of the subject matter.

• Historical Meditation Insights: Gain insights into the key principles of historical meditation methods, spanning across Buddhist and Hindu traditions. This foundation will equip you with a deep understanding of the origins and nuances of these practices.

To Earn Your Certificate:

• Workshop Attendance: To earn your well-deserved certificate, attend a minimum of five out of the six workshops. While we highly recommend participating in all six workshops to maximize your learning, we understand the demands of life and offer flexibility.

• Hands-On Training: Immerse yourself in the practical aspect of teaching. During one or more sessions, you'll have the unique opportunity to facilitate a guided meditation class or similar activities, all while under the observant guidance of a seasoned monk.

This journey isn't just about acquiring knowledge; it's about embodying mindfulness and meditation, nurturing your teaching skills, and evolving into a beacon of wisdom within your community. Welcome to a transformative experience that's as enriching as it is enlightening.

Payment Options

Option 1 - Total Cost: $2700 ( $2500 if paid in full by December 31st 2023)
Option 2 - Installment Payment

  • Program Entry Fee (Due by December 31st,2023): $1000
  • 6 Payments of $290

Fees will cover lodging and food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) expenses, and guest teacher travel expenses. The meals will be Vegan. Please let us know if you have any additional food restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also provide your own meals if needed.


Training Schedule

Immerse yourself in a transformative journey at the serene Metta Meditation Retreat Center located in Janesville, MN. Our in-person retreats offer a profound opportunity to delve deep into the teachings of mindfulness and meditation. Each retreat spans a weekend, commencing at 6:00 pm on Friday and concluding at 3:00 pm on Sunday. Participants seeking an extended experience can opt to stay on Sunday night, with check-out scheduled before 10:00 am on Monday morning.

Feb 9-11: Overview and Historical Context Embark on your journey with an insightful overview of the program. This workshop delves into the roots of mindfulness, exploring its historical evolution and the diverse pathways it has taken in Eastern traditions. Our focus will be on "Understanding, Practicing, and Mastering Mindfulness Meditation."

Mar 15-17: The Student-Teacher Dynamic Learn the art of being both a dedicated student and an effective teacher. This retreat delves into various Buddhist teaching methodologies, drawing wisdom from several suttas to guide our exploration.

May 31-June 2: Journey towards Bodhisattva Discover the profound concept of the Bodhisattva, one who strives for enlightenment. We'll study Buddhist Sutras to gain a deeper understanding of the Buddhist way of life and cultivate the Bodhisattva mindset.

July19-21: Unveiling the Triple Gem Explore the significance of the Triple Gem – The Buddha, The Dhamma, and The Sangha. Delve into the wisdom and practices associated with each, enhancing your understanding and practice.

Oct 4-7: Forging a Mindful Community This retreat focuses on the creation and sustenance of a Mindful Community. Explore diverse approaches to community development and the guiding principles that foster its growth.

Dec 6-8: Insight Meditation and Cultivating the Mind Emerge as a lifelong teacher with a focus on mindfulness. Dive deep into Insight Meditation (Bhavana) and the cultivation of a cultivated mind.

Each retreat is a stepping stone on your path to becoming a skilled meditation and mindfulness teacher. These immersive experiences blend knowledge with practice, enriching your understanding and nurturing your ability to guide others on their own transformative journeys. Join us in embracing mindfulness and meditation as a way of life.


Example Schedule

Friday

5:30 PM - Supper

6:00 PM - Teachings

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion

9:30 PM - End of Day

Saturday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

4:00 PM - Teachings

5:00 PM - Meditation

6:00 PM - Supper

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion 

9:30 PM - End of Day

Sunday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00 AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

3:00 PM - End of Weekend Workshop 


Requirements
Minimum 1-year weekly meditation or more than 3 residential retreats under a qualified teacher.

You will have to submit a recommendation letter from your teacher if you are not part of Triple Gem community. If you are unable to provide a letter, please email us about your situation.

Submit your application before January 1st, 2024. Apply here.