Contemplative Facilitator Training – a 4 month, 100 hr training
“When any of us meet someone who rejects dominant norms and values, we feel a little less crazy for doing the same. Any act of rebellion or non-participation, even on a very small scale, is therefore a political act.”
— Charles Eisenstein
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible
The first part of this new millennium has brought sweeping changes to the pace, way, 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 introspection.To rebalance our lifestyle in this new context we have to make clear decisions on where to invest our time and energy.
Even as we are longing for a more balanced and embodied life we can easily be swept away and distracted by the overwhelming influx of information and demands .
In a Mala contemplative space we come together and question and explore some of the ways we organize our lives and become familiar with contemplative tools that support our intention and presence.
As we gradually learn how to quiet our minds we may find that we are longing for different environments and start to hear that the story of the dominant culture of speed, constant availability and consumerism does not have to be necessarily “ our story.”
As we start to move away of the pressure to achieve a “ better, skinnier and more efficient “body we may find that when slowing down we find ways to move that are respectful of our needs, histories and age and may choose that way of working with our body over “a six pack” and instead cultivate ways to be fluid and open and strong.
Letting go of the pressure of always being “ positive “ we may find a voice that acknowledges suffering without shame, guilt or victimhood and therefore sounds more authentic.
As we learn deep listening we may find that we hear things from a different place and our responses become more compassionate.
In a contemplative facilitator training we will explore some to the main elements of the wisdom traditions, mindfulness meditation, Yoga postures, breathing techniques and create our recipe on how to infuse our lives and that of others with more pauses, reflection, breathing, embodiment and mindfulness practices.
To be a contemplative facilitator does not mean being an expert or a professional: it means to be a human being who is invested in contributing to a more balanced life in the many environments that we move in.
As a contemplative facilitator we go about gently, without grandstanding or preaching, but from a place of spaciousness and embodiment to co create tin the words of Charles Eisenstein “ the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”
Whether you are an administrator, a nurse, a yoga teacher or a contractor, stay at home mom or an attorney, if you want to immerse yourself in a contemplative journey, gain insights, learn contemplative tools and learn on how to bring some of the techniques you learn to your family, friends and co workers come and join the MaLa journey.
Duration: 4 weekends
Fridays 6-8.30pm ; Saturdays 9-5.00pm; Sundays 10-3.30pm. Training in between weekends will continue with home study. practices and assignments.Participants are assigned a mentor and study group.
2018 dates: 2-3/4/5; 3-2/3/4; 3-23/24/25 ;4/27/28 /29 (and mid month study group and mentor meetings DTBA)
Prerequisites: a strong interest in contemplative practices. The 8 week ” Alchemy of contemplative living ” course is recommended but not a requirement. To register request the application form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty: Felicitas Kusch-Lango, Craig Zink, Niki Gernold
This training will count as Yoga Alliance Continuing Education CE Credits for certified Yoga Teachers.
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