Foundations in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Teacher Training Level 1

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Foundations in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Teacher Training Level 1

with Elaine Retholtz

Opening Session: Sunday, September 15th | 9:30am – 1:00pm
MBSR Orientation: Friday, September 20th | 9:30am – 1:00pm
MBSR Course: Fridays, October 4th – November 22nd | 9:30am – 12:00pm
MBSR Daylong Session: Sunday, November 10th | 9:30am – 5:00pm
8 Week Seminars: Fridays, October 4th- November 22nd | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Closing Session: Saturday, November 23rd | 2:00pm – 5:00 pm

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Deadline for submitting the application is: July 31st, 2019
Notification of acceptance will be made by: August 15th, 2019

In this nine-week program, students attend all sessions as a participant/observer of an MBSR program (includes orientation, all eight-week sessions plus the All-Day session) participate in ten concurrent session professional training seminars.

In this first step in the MBSR Teacher Training pathway teacher trainees engage fully in the 8-week MBSR program as participants and as observers. In addition, they engage with other trainees and the instructor in a 3.5-hour seminar exploring the underpinnings, approach, and teacher qualities in which the program is steeped. Full attendance at all sessions is required, excluding emergencies or weather cancellations. Meets the requirements for the next step on the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway.

Previous participation in an 8-week MBSR course
A minimum of one 5-7-day residential meditation retreat
A minimum of two years of personal meditation practice

Commitment Required
This is an intensive course! Attendance at all MBSR classes and seminars is required, in addition to the MBSR Class ongoing practice assignments between classes, there are readings, journaling and other assignments.

$1,940.00 (NYI member benefits do not apply) Payment plans and very limited financial aid is available. If you are interested, please fill out the application and submit with the application fee. Please note that as part of our commitment to diversity and equity, we have an intention to increase the participation of people of color in the MBSR Teacher Community. To help bring this to fruition, we are holding a portion of MBSR Teacher Training spaces for people of color (PoC).

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Elaine Retholtz

Elaine RetholtzElaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 1988. In addition to teaching Dharma at New York Insight, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life. Elaine is committed to deepening her own understanding of issues of diversity and the way racial conditioning in the United States affects all of us — both as individuals and in relationship to the institutions we are a part of, including New York Insight. She’s been involved in New York Insight’s diversity efforts for many years, serving on the diversity committee, and working with others to create spaces – for diverse groups of practitioners as well as for white practitioners meeting separately – to explore these issues within a Dharma frame.