Teaching Presence in Relationship
With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer
May 1 - 8, 2015
A professional training designed to prepare MBSR instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness as a follow-up to the 8-week MBSR program
Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to MBSR graduates. Based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Participants experience greater freedom internally and interpersonally as they integrate meditative qualities directly into relationship.
- Participate in a regular personal meditation practice
- Previous participation in at least one 7 – 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 (8-week training)
~ Completion of a Metta online program such as Introduction to Online Insight Dialogue
**MBSR/MBCT training from another institution may be applicable. Please include training components, dates, and instructors in the registration form.
In this training, participants will
- 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
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. During the subsequent three-day training period opporunities are available for participants to speak, practice, guide and be guided in smaller and larger groups, and to network, further supporting personal and professional connections.
Additional training opportunity
For those who are interested to further deepen their practice following the training, Phyllis has kindly offered to guide extra practice on Saturday May, 9 and Sunday morning May, 10. This teaching will be on Dana (=generosity) basis, while extra food and accomodation for 2 extra nights (approx. E95 for double room and E145 for single room) will have to be paid for in addition. We’d like to see how many people are interested. If you are, please tick the box on the registration form and we will contact you with further details as soon as this training offer is definite.
Co-Sponsors: The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program is a collaboration between The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.
Host: This training is hosted by Present Mind, Amsterdam. Please visit http://presentmind.net/participant-information/ for event details, including dietary info and financial assistance.
About the Teachers
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
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