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ATT: Advanced Teachers Training for MBSR and MBCT Teachers

Faculty: Susan Woods, LICSW and Pat Rockman, MD

June 14-19, 2015 • EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA

Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1125 + Room & Board

Embodying Mindful Presence and Investigating Mindful Inquiry

This advanced training is for MBSR and MBCT teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of universal principles for teaching mindfulness-based interventions. As such, the focus for this training is less about teaching to the structure of MBSR and MBCT and more about intentionally embodying mindful presence and strengthening the facilitation of mindful inquiry. Inquiry is both a practice and a skill. As a practice it is the ability to convey the philosophic underpinnings of mindfulness with an integrity that invites our participants to embark on a journey of discovery about the relevance of mindfulness practice as an approach for reducing stress and for the prevention of depression relapse. As a skill, mindful inquiry, demonstrates a willingness to embody the spirit of mindfulness with an oral congruity of where that understanding rests. The training is highly interactive and highlights the necessity of personal practice as a platform from which to teach.


The heart of this training program focuses on developing skills that strengthen an embodied mindful presence, mindful inquiry, and examines the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eight MBSR/MBCT sessions.  Over the course of the program we will pay attention to nurturing specific qualities associated with mindfulness, such as a present moment directed focus, an awareness that represents an inner and outer listening and a compassionate stance that incorporates a willingness to meet our teaching edges as they arise with generosity and kindness.  This training offers the time to nurture these qualities through silent mindfulness practice, through simulated patient-teacher encounters, discussion and personal supervision from the retreat leaders.

This advanced teacher training will be led by experienced clinicians, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders, Susan Woods, LICSW and Pat Rockman, MD.

Registration will be limited to 40 participants for this advanced training in order to provide an environment that promotes in depth learning in an atmosphere of intimacy and shared experience.        

Target Audience

This 5-day advanced teacher training intensive is intended for MBSR and MBCT teachers who have completed a 6-day foundational professional training in MBSR and/or a 5-day MBCT training. Participants will have taught several 8-week MBSR and/or MBCT courses and be licensed in their health field. All participants will have an ongoing personal mindfulness practice and have attended an annual 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreat; MBSR and MBCT professional trainings are not considered silent mindfulness retreat.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Advanced degree in a health-related field
  • Attendance at a 6-day professional MBSR training and/or a 5-day professional MBCT training
  • Teaching experience; the facilitation of a minimum of 3 MBSR or MBCT groups
  • Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
  • Have attended annual 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats

Application letter of no more than two pages stating the following:

  • State intentions/reasons for attending this advanced training
  • State professional training(s) in MBSR and/or MBCT
  • State number of MBSR/MBCT courses taught and where
  • Outline attendance at 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats  
  • Describe your daily meditation practice and in what tradition you practice
  • CV


At the completion of this training, the participants should be able to:

  • define the components and characteristics of inquiry
  • skillfully articulate the delivery and practice of inquiry 
  • demonstrate proficiency in embodying present moment directed skills  
  • describe the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills embedded in the MBSR/MBCT programs  
  • describe how the lens of mindfulness offers a radical shift for developing a different relationship to stress and for approaching difficult modes of mind and mood states
  • engage confidently in group process from a mindfulness perspective  
  • articulate appropriate professional and personal ethics

Participant Guidelines

  • Advanced degree in a health-related field
  • Attendance at a 5- or 7-day professional MBCT or MBSR training
  • Teaching experience; the facilitation of at least one MBSR or MBCT group
  • Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
  • Have attended annual 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats

Needs Assessment

The utilization of mindfulness in a clinical context is a burgeoning area of study and practice in the mental health field in the past few years. The number of research articles, books and popular press articles on the topic is growing exponentially each year and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year. The first level training in MBCT has been offered for the past four years through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, with increasing enrollments each year, as well as at other sites across the country and around the world. This has led to a growing number of practitioners who have some experience in teaching MBCT and are seeking further opportunities for professional development in the field.

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