Workshop InformationFor Mindfulness, Meditation and Meditation Teacher Training
Mindfulness Workshops with Eric Harrison
|Mindfulness||2 June||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||7 July||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Teacher Training||4 & 11 August||2 Saturdays||See below.||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||18 August||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||20 October||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Teacher Training||10 & 17 November||2 Saturdays||See below.||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||24 November||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||8 December||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
We meditate in chairs, not seated on the floor or lying down. The workshop introduces you to a range of practices. Some are long, but some of them are quite short. These ‘spot-meditations’ will help you shed the unnecessary stress rapidly and restore a sense of balance and control during the day. Nor do you always have to sit down to meditate. You can easily relax whenever you walk, wait or do exercise. A spot-meditation well done can restore you to a base-line level of arousal in less than a minute.
People meditate for a variety of reasons: to control an overactive mind, to sleep better, to wind back anxiety, to manage illness or distress, to be more focused and productive, to get more pleasure in life. If you understand what happens in your body and mind when you meditate, you can confidently adapt your practice to suit your own goals and lifestyle.This workshop will also teach you how to meditate without having to rely on a group or a teacher. You will learn to read the physical and mental signs of success and know how to deal with the bugs that arise (distraction, fatigue, bad mood, runaway thought. . .)
Meditation is based on just two abilities: relaxation and attention. Both are natural and intuitive but we hardly ever develop them as skills. We can all relax: we all fall asleep eventually. Most babies can do it perfectly but it becomes harder as we get older. Meditation trains us to relax quickly and consciously at any time, even with a stressed, busy mind.
Relaxation is a physical skill, whereas learning to pay attention is a mental skill. In meditation, the training of attention starts very simply. Focusing on the breath or the body more deliberately than usual accelerates the process of relaxation, while the act of focusing calms the mind.
You are likely to get good results immediately. It is easy to meditate when you are being guided by someone in a place free from your usual distractions. However it still takes practice to develop meditation as a reliable, do-it-yourself skill. I suggest a minimum of 15 minutes a day in total, five days a week, for two or three months, if you want to consolidate it. The guided meditation CDs that come with the workshop will help you achieve this.
Mindfulness Teacher Training Workshop
$500 or $400 concession. Class limit: 15
A workshop over two Saturdays:
- 8 am to 4 pm on the first Saturday
- 8 am to 2pm on the second Saturday
4 & 11 August
10 & 17 November
This workshop is for anyone who is in a position to help others with relaxation, stress, anxiety, pain or illness. It is suitable for health professionals (psychologists, doctors, nurses, counsellors, physiotherapists, yoga instructors) as well as teachers, trainers and parents.
The prerequisite is that you have already completed a Mindfulness Course or Workshop. Even people with years of experience in other kinds of meditation find this essential to get the most from the Teacher Training.
This workshop aims to give you the ability, understanding, confidence and teaching experience to share this skill with others. You will be encouraged to prepare one or two meditations to deliver to the class and to learn through the sympathetic analysis of each others’ presentations. It is assumed that you will develop a teaching style and content that is personal to you and your situation.
The course also examines:
- How to explain meditation to others;
- How to structure and guide an individual meditation;
- How to structure a class and a course;
- How meditation complements other disciplines;
- Practicalities such as money, self-promotion and resources.
You will be provided with a 20-page manual of useful information, including lesson plans for a course and a workshop, and authority to use the books and CDs from Perth Meditation Centre. Given fulfilment of course requirements, you will also be awarded a Certificate of Meditation Teaching. This can be used to obtain the necessary Public Liability Insurance that many organisations require before they employ you, or allow you to hire their premises.
To express your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Eric on 0410 421 908.