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    Why come to a Saturday MNCF SiTT Peer Teaching Group Workshop?


    The Mindfulness Network Community Friends Supporting Integrity in Teaching and Training peer teaching group is a collaboration between MNCF and SiTT that offers a dedicated space for both teachers and trainees in which to build confidence through teaching practice in a safe and reflective environment, supported by the Teaching and Learning Companion. The group comes together monthly alternating between a Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon to sit, practice and reflect on teaching, and to offer kindness, support and inspiration to one another. 


    The MNCF SiTT Community 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 MNCF SiTT peer teaching group 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.


    By coming along to a MNCF SiTT peer teaching group workshop you become part of an International community of mindfulness teachers and trainees. You will also become part of the wider SiTT community, a broader network of resource and support for integrity.


    MNCF and SiTT both 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. 


    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 atDonations – The Mindfulness Network (mindfulness-network.org)


    Who is it for?


    You are eligible for the MNCF SiTT 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.

    •         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"

    Objectives:


    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 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 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! 


    MNCF SiTT peer teaching group membership can demonstrate ongoing commitment, continued development and adherence to good practice. If you attend regularly you can apply to use the SiTT logo on your documentation.


    If you have any questions, please email us at communityfriends@mindfulness-network.org.


    Testimonials:

    "Thanks for organising our first MNCF SiTT 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 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 and Times:

    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 SiTT 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.


    • Saturday December 4th from 14.00 - 17.30 GMT 


    Please register for this peer group teaching workshop by visiting:

    https://mindfulness-network-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdeqpqD4sGNCdi7NGJfEL20HlC6NpFFtL

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes containing information about joining the workshop.

    2022 Saturday Morning 09.00 - 12.30 GMT Dates:


    • Saturday the 8th of January
    • Saturday the 5th of March
    • Saturday the 7th of May
    • Saturday the 2nd of July
    • Saturday the 1st of October
    • Saturday the 3rd of December


    Please register for the 2022 morning peer group teaching workshops by visiting:

    https://mindfulness-network-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvduqrqjosHtQ9ubGB_Qkzmmj3DKJTdK02 ;


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes containing information about joining the morning workshops. You only need to register once for the morning sessions. 

    Please note: If you  also wish to register for the 2022 afternoon session/sessions you will also need to click on the afternoon link below.


    2022 Saturday afternoon 14.00 - 17.30 GMT Dates:


    • Saturday the 5th of February
    • Saturday the 2nd of April
    • Saturday the 4th of June
    • No workshop in August
    • Saturday the 3rd of September
    • Saturday the 5th of November


    Please register for the afternoon peer group teaching workshops by visiting:

    https://mindfulness-network-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuf-ihqzopG9O1GeEZ5-Cuwaxwz6kBYKG_ ;


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes containing information about joining these afternoon workshops. You only need to register once for the 2022 afternoon sessions. 

    Please note: If you  also wish to register for the 2022 morning session/sessions you will also need to click on the link above.



    If you are an experienced Mindfulness Trainer, Teacher, Supervisor or SiTT group facilitator and would like to get involved by volunteering to run or support a MNCF SiTT peer teaching group workshop, please email us at communityfriends@mindfulness-network.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.

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