Where did my mindfulness adventure start?

I have been committed and practicing mindfulness since my journey started in December 2008, when I attended my first 10-day Vipassana silent mediation retreat (I have completed 3 more 10-day silent retreats since then – December 2009, December 2011 and September 2013).


I started MBSR as a student…

In Term 4, 2009 I attended my first 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course. In August 2011, I attended the seven day Intensive MBSR and MBCT Teacher Training which involved 60 hours of training. The training was aimed at health professionals and educators with some knowledge and practical experience in mindfulness, and with a serious interest in bringing MBSR/CT into their lives and work. The program reflected the integration of personal experience and professional application that is central to the approach. The program offered a theoretical framework and intervention techniques for teaching MBSR/CT in clinical and community settings.

In January 2012, I attended the Teacher Development Intensive that was run by the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This eight-day residential training program/retreat included: 92 hours of direct instruction, comprehensive investigation of the underpinnings of the MBSR curriculum; extensive first-hand experience about how to teach MBSR; exploration of our identity and integrity as a teacher of MBSR; refinement of our personal meditation and yoga practice as it informs your ongoing development as an MBSR teacher; integration of key principles of the MBSR model into other mindfulness-based approaches and interventions and participation in an ongoing supportive learning community. If you would like to know more about this retreat/program – please click here.


Now I am training in Mindful Self-Compassion

Following on from this training in MBSR, I have just started training to be a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher. I will be following the training as set out by the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion here. I undertook the Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day intensive in July 2017 and then completed the 6-day MSC Teacher in Training in September in Auckland.


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