Why come to a Peer Group Teaching Workshop?
2023 dates coming soon, please check back.
The Peer group teaching workshop offers a dedicated space for both teachers and trainees in which to build confidence through small group teaching practice in a safe and reflective environment, supported by the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching and Learning Companion (MBI-TLC) The group comes together monthly alternating between a Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon to sit, practice teaching in small groups, reflect on teaching strengths and learning edges, and to offer kindness, support and inspiration to one another.
The Mindfulness Network Community Friends is not just about coming together to practice teaching ..... it is more about becoming aware of togetherness through practice
Part of the intention of the Peer group teaching workshop is to cultivate a shared sense of integrity and good practice within the group. In the absence of International guidelines, we ask all participants to adhere to the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based teachers. The peer-led model is intended as an additional support to mindfulness teaching and training and not as an alternative in meeting Good Practice Guidelines
The Mindfulness Network recognise the value of community and peer support in the field of mindfulness teaching and training. Connection with other teachers is invaluable in long term commitment to personal practice and authentic teaching. Peer reflection presents a unique opportunity to learn about oneself by listening to and learning about another. By coming along you become part of an International community of mindfulness teachers and trainees from different training and professional backgrounds.
Peer support also offers reciprocal benefits and can therefore lower the financial commitment of continued professional development, CPD. This saving can transfer to lower course costs for the general-public making mindfulness more accessible across social economic boundaries.
These peer group workshops are free, however, a donation however small will help us to improve our support for mindfulness and compassion teachers. Find out more at: Donations – The Mindfulness Network (mindfulness-network.org)
Who is it for?
You are eligible for the Peer Teaching Group Membership if:
• You have completed - or are in the process of completing -mindfulness teacher training with a recognised Mindfulness teacher training organisation (Not just CMRP Bangor)
• You are currently teaching and receive regular supervision from a suitably qualified Mindfulness Supervisor
• You maintain Standards as outlined in the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness -Based teachers.
"All we really ask is that you come with an open heart and a willingness to be part of a community that is mindful, heartful and of value to us all"
1. To facilitate a community of mindfulness teachers and trainees that support one another to uphold integrity and meet good practice guidelines.
2. To enable mindfulness teachers to use relationships within the community as an opportunity to practice teaching, self-awareness and common humanity.
3. To lower the financial commitment of meeting ongoing good practice requirements for the mindfulness teaching community.
What to expect:
Each workshop starts with a short sit of around 10-minutes to allow us time to settle and fully arrive together. We find it works best if people enter the room and join the practice in silence. This helps us to create a focused intention for our time in the space as well as making sure that we start on time!
After that we will invite you to introduce yourself by sharing your name, and context of teaching before moving into small peer groups (maximum of 3 people) to practice teaching. This can be guiding a recognised mindfulness-based practice* or practicing conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching.
Each group member will have the opportunity to teach the other two as participants for up to 30-minutes followed by 10-minutes of reflection through kind eyes starting with the teacher sharing teaching strengths (what do I feel comfortable with?) and learning needs (where are my edges?) followed by peer reflection on the experience of being a participant. We encourage you to practice mindful speaking and mindful listening, and share feedback with kindness, and compassion, in the same way as you would like to receive support.
After everyone has taught, we then regroup with the invitation to share the experience of teaching, with time for any questions before a short sit together to end the session.
Honoring confidentiality, vulnerability and mutual respect allows us to create a safe space for whatever arises during the teaching practicals. We have found that it can be tremendously helpful to share so we can see that we are not alone!
Peer teaching group membership can also demonstrate ongoing commitment, continued development and adherence to good practice.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
"Thanks for organising our session, I really enjoyed it. It's great to be exposed to different styles and learn things from other teachers/trainees. I was a bit apprehensive about sharing the space with established teachers, but everyone was so nice and supportive. It's great to get (peer) feedback given through "kindly eyes". Carmelo.
"Thank you MNCF for this wonderful opportunity to meet other teachers. I was a little nervous beforehand not knowing what to expect and feeling rusty with guiding a practice. I found the session valuable and was able to share difficulties and challenges with other participants. I feel less isolated and more motivated to keep up with my teaching. Karin Laudin.
"Many thanks for facilitating the session yesterday. It was so nice to meet you and others involved in the Mindfulness Network. I learnt a lot from the session and I am really excited to start my MBSR teaching journey next year through the TTP" Bianca.
A space in which to practice teaching is one of the most requested events, so we hope to meet you in a zoom room soon!
*A recognised mindfulness-based practice or practicing conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching would be from Breathworks, Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Mindfulness for Life.
Dates, times, preparation and registration:
So that the workshops are available to as many mindfulness trainees and teachers as possible, we alternate each month between a morning workshop and an afternoon workshop.
The peer group teaching workshops will run in accordance with the MNCF Guidance for Facilitators. This provides an opportunity for members to practice / demonstrate skills relating to the Mindfulness-Based teaching with kindly reflection around the MBI-TLC in a supportive environment.
Please prepare a maximum of 30-minutes of mindfulness-based teaching before the workshop. It can be helpful to bring along a copy of the Teaching and Learning Companion to refer to during the reflection. To download a copy, please see below.
2023 dates coming soon
Please register for both the morning and afternoon peer group teaching workshops by visiting:
After registering, you will see a page that says meeting registration approved with the dates and the link to join the meeting. You should also will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes containing information about joining the workshops. You only need to register once for all of the 2022 sessions.
If you are a Mindfulness Trainer, Supervisor or experienced Teacher you may like to get involved by volunteering to run or support a Peer group teaching workshop. There may also be opportunities to run other practice sessions, silent retreats and online workshops around a relevant or topical theme, to encourage donations that will support the Mindfulness Network's bursary schemes and help widen access. If this is you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mindfulness Network and its volunteers take every care in their preparation of events to make sure they are appropriate for the audience. Please be aware that you are choosing to participate in our freely offered events at your own risk. We invite you to carefully consider your own personal circumstances and experience when joining these events. The Mindfulness Network Terms and Conditions apply (though payment and cancellation policies are not relevant for freely offered Events) and the Mindfulness Network can not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage, suffered during or in relation to the event, however this may be caused.