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Mindfulness Facilitator Training

Be the change you want to see in the world !

Do you envision a more spacious, quiet and authentic atmosphere in the environments that you move in? Do you want to be an agent of that transformation?

The first part of this new millennium has brought sweeping changes to the rhythm and quality of our lives. As we have gained a new network of communication through the internet, cell phones and social media we have lost mental space, quiet time and capacity for introspection. To rebalance our lifestyle in this new context we have to make clear decisions on where to invest our time and energy. Even though we may be longing for a more balanced and embodied life we can easily be swept away and distracted by the overwhelming influx of information and  predatory demands for our attention.

In this training you will learn mindfulness tools that support your intentional attention and presence. You will learn a set of 12 practices on how to  bring mindfulness to your own life and how to facilitate some of these practices for others in your home and /or working environments.

When we want to bring changes into our environments we first have to embody them ourselves. As you gradually learn how to quiet your  mind you may find that you are longing for a different rhythm and context and you start to recognize that the story of our dominant culture of speed, constant availability and consumerism does not have to be necessarily “ your story.”

As you start to move away of the pressure to achieve a “ better, skinnier and more efficient “ body you may find that as  you slow down you become  more respectful of your needs. You  want to cultivate ways to be fluid and resilient instead of working towards a “beach body”.When you are invited to let go of the pressure of always being “ positive “ you may find a voice that acknowledges suffering without shame, guilt or victimhood and  the voice that emerges sounds more authentic to you.

As you learn deep listening skills you may find that you hear things from a different place and your responses become more compassionate and embodied,

In a mindfulness facilitator training we will explore some of the main elements of Wisdom traditions from the East and West. You will learn Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga postures, Qi Gong sequences and Breathing techniques both for your own practice and how to facilitate them for others. You will learn how to facilitate intentional meetings and create “ contemplative recipes “ on how to infuse your life and that of others with more pauses, reflection, deep breathing, embodiment and intention.The only prerequisite for this training is a sincere desire to create a more attentive, balanced and compassionate world. Duration: 4 weekends
Fridays 6-8.30pm ; Saturdays 9-5.00pm; Sundays 10-4.30pm. Training in between weekends will continue with home study. practices and assignments. Participants are assigned a mentor and study group.
2018 dates:                                                                                                                                 
September 21- 22                                                                                                                      
October 19-21                                                                                                                         
November 16-18                                                                                                                       
December 7-9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Training weekend schedule:                                                                               
 Fridays 6.30 -8.30pm; 
Saturdays 9.00am-5.00pm;                                                                                          
Sundays 10.00am  – 4.30pm                                                                                                  
Once a  month meetings with your mentor and study group will be arranged at the first training weekend.
Cost : $ 300 per training weekend – $1200 total. The Training location is in a residence that also serves as an event space in the Elmwood Bidwell neighborhood in Buffalo.This course can be taken for personal and/or professional development.
Limited Space available. Please request more information and/or application as soon as possible at mala8now@gmail.com
Prerequisites : a strong interest in contemplative practices.                                                                                                                          The 8 week  ” Alchemy of contemplative living ” course regularly offered through MaLa Education is recommended, but not a requirement.

What participants said about the 2017 Mindfulness Facilitator Course:

“The Mindfulness Facilitator Training was a very powerful and life changing program”

” This training has helped me so very much in my personal and professional life”

” Has brought more balance and openness into my life”

“Thank you so much for offering this training and this safe and welcoming space. I have found out so much about myself and have learnt tangible tools to bring mindfulness to my environments.”