Teaching Presence in Relationship: An Interpersonal Mindfulness Training for MBSR Teachers
With Florence Meleo-Meyer and Phyllis K. Hicks
July 26 - August 2, 2013
Become more attentive, aware, and capable of meeting interactions with others in new ways.
The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program is offered as a follow-up to graduates of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. It was developed by a group of seasoned MBSR teachers and is based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue. The program encourages ongoing work with interpersonal stress by cultivating awareness, mental stability and calmness associated with formal silent meditation and integrating these qualities directly into our relationships with others.
Interpersonal Mindfulness has been taught by MBSR instructors in various locations including: the University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin Medical Centers and Schools, adult learning programs in Oregon and Georgia, and in private psychotherapy practices in North Carolina. The program is a collaborative effort between the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.
Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to graduates of the MBSR program as a skillful means to deepening engagement in life, to meet challenges that emerge from social contacts and relationships, and to experience greater freedom internally and interpersonally.
- Experience first-hand the practices of Insight Dialogue
- Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of Insight Dialogue and Interpersonal Mindfulness methods and practices
- Examine the neurobiology of relationships
- Expand and enrich their capacity as MBSR teachers to effectively interact and communicate with MBSR program participants
- Examine, in detail, the elements of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program curriculum and become familiar with support materials available to download and utilize during and after the training
- Reflect on specific contemplative themes and practices offered in the curriculum
- Teach various elements of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and receive feedback from instructors and participants
- Learn about teaching their first Interpersonal Mindfulness Program with the support of supervision
Key Considerations & Eligibility - To be eligible for this training, participants must meet the following requirements:
- Participate in a regular personal meditation practice
- Previous participation in at least one 5 – 10 day silent, teacher-led retreat
- Previous participation in at least two 5 – 7 day Insight Dialogue retreats*
- Previous participation in at least one of Oasis’ Professional Training Programs, beyond the basic MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine program**
- Currently teach MBSR
* Second Insight Dialogue Retreat requirement can be met with one of the following:
- Two Interpersonal Mindfulness and Inquiry Retreats
- A level one Interpersonal Mindfulness Program Training
- Participation in a Metta online program such as Whole Life, Stepping Stone Sangha or Relational Insight Meditation
**MBSR/MBCT training from another institution may be applicable. Please include training components, dates, and instructors in the registration form.
Format – The first four days of this training are presented primarily in retreat form. Noble silence is practiced throughout this part of the retreat except when we are actively meditating in dialogue together. Opportunities will be available during the subsequent three-day training period for participants to speak and network, further supporting personal and professional connections.
About the Teachers
Florence is a Senior Insight Dialogue Teacher. She teaches courses and retreats in Interpersonal Mindfulness, which is based on Insight Dialogue. Florence has taught meditation for over 30 years. She is certified as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher as well as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher. She has studied in India and the US with … Continue reading
Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is a Senior Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a faculty member for Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers Council. She has also taught for Metta’s Whole Life Program. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist and minister. For twenty-five years she has … Continue reading