Upcoming MBCT Teacher Training Intensive: An opportunity to practice, learn and grow

Learning to lead Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups is much more of a process than a destination. Experienced MBCT facilitators and mindfulness teachers Susan Woods and Char Wilkins will soon be gathering with a small group of professionals who have had the opportunity to lead MBCT or other mindfulness-based groups, to more fully delve into the intricacies, challenges, potentialities and pitfalls of this work. Entitled MBCT Teacher Training Intensive (MBCT-TTI), this event takes place March 20-25, 2011 at the EarthRise Retreat Center in Petaluma, California, just north of San Francisco.

Focused largely upon the practice and skill of mindful inquiry (as described quite effectively in Susan’s recent paper on the subject, entitled Transparency in the Art of Teaching Inquiry in the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program) this intensive training environment combines aspects of retreat (extended periods of practice, silence and reflection) with a significant degree of experiential learning, supplemented with didactic material.

All unfolding within the beauty of the rolling hills of Sonoma County, just minutes north of the Golden Gate, this training affords attendees an opportunity to develop as teachers, therapists, practitioners and human beings.  Retreat-style accommodations are supplemented by light, healthy and largely organic fare with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, organics and an attention to presentation and detail that nicely supports the work of mindfulness.

There are still a few slots available if you or a colleague would be interested in attending. For details, visit the UCSD Center for Mindfulness Professional Training website, or contact the director, Steven Hickman at shickman@ucsd.edu

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