The ‘ADVANCED MINDFULNESS-BASED PRACTICES (AMBP) EIGHT-WEEK COURSE’ is delivered LIVE online via ZOOM. This mindfulness course is based on the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness (‘Deep Path’), as well as the Western scientific framework of mindfulness (‘Wide Path’). Aimed at deepening your mindfulness practice over a two-month period, in this 8-week course, the students will gain an in-depth knowledge and experience of the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness through exploring the ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Feelings, Mindfulness of the Mind and Mindfulness of Phenomena’. The students will also gain an in-depth knowledge and experience of the Western scientific framework of mindfulness, through the MBCT practices such as the ‘Body Scan’, ‘Three Step Breathing Practice’ and ‘Working with Difficulty’ practices. The curriculum of the LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ consists of 9 workshops that are delivered on a weekly basis over an 8-week period. The first 8 workshops are 1.5 hours in length, and the final 9th workshop is a 2-hour session run as a silent retreat.
AMBP 8-Week Course structure:
Deep Path: This LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-week Course’ will explore the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness, also known as the ‘deep path’, through the ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ namely, ‘Mindfulness of the Body’, ‘Mindfulness of Feelings’, ‘Mindfulness of the Mind’ and ‘Mindfulness of Phenomena’. The ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ will be explored together with the mindfulness-based practices of the water element under the themes of the ‘Waterfall’, ‘River’ and the ‘Ocean’. Aimed at students gaining an insight into the true nature of human suffering (e.g. depression/anxiety/stress etc.), the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will further investigate the Buddhist philosophical terms the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘True Nature of Phenomena’. The students will also learn how to recognise and cultivate positive mental qualities such as equanimity, empathy, resilience and compassion as a method to alleviating mental suffering. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘deep path’ into their daily lives.
Wide Path: The LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will further explore the Western scientific applications of mindfulness, also known as the ‘wide path’, through the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) framework. The students will learn key mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’, such as the ‘Body Scan’, ‘Mindfulness of the Breath’, ‘Three Step Breathing Space’, ‘Working with Difficulty’ and ‘Mindful Walking’ practices rooted within the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) curriculum. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’ into their daily lives.
Dialogue/Q&A: The group enquiry aspect of the LIVE Online AMBP 8-Week course is facilitated through the method of Bohmian Dialogue. The dialogue/Q&A sessions will support the students in reflecting on their personal experiences of the mindfulness practices and clarify any questions they may have. These sessions will also further help expand students’ knowledge of integrating the mindfulness practices from the ‘deep path’ as well as the ‘wide path’ into their daily professional/personal lives.
AMBP 8-Week Course: Home Practice & Group Supervision:
The home practice element of this course will be supported by recorded guided mindfulness practices and a journaling process throughout the 8-week programme. Each student will also receive a 1-hour ‘Group Supervision Session’ with the course leaders (date/time of this session to be arranged during the course). To support you on a personal and an individual journey, during each workshop, you will receive recommendations on how to integrate and reflect on the mindfulness-based practices through the journaling process. And this way, you will learn to develop a regular practice in work/home environments.
AMBP 8-Week Course: Registration and Attendance Certificate:
Please note that the first workshop of this 8-week course is the introductory ‘Calming the Mind’ workshop (therefore there are 9 workshop dates in total). All students who complete the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will receive a digital attendance certificate issued by CALM.
Places are limited to a maximum of 25 participants per workshop. Please click on the ‘Enrol’ button at the top of this page to reserve your place at the next LIVE online 8-week course (delivered via ZOOM). Attending this course will qualify you to apply for the Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices (AMBP) Teacher Training Programme 2021 (please visit the ‘Teacher Training’ page within this website).