“Many religious traditions use water for purification and that is why water is really powerful. Water itself is living instruction or living dharma.”
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
Mindfulness for Earth (M4E) Teacher Training Programme
Introduction to the Mindfulness for Earth (M4E) Teacher Training Programme 2023/2024:
The M4E Teacher Training Programme 2022/2023 will be delivered by the CALM International Training Faculty (for more information, please visit the ‘Faculty’ page within this website). The M4E Teacher Training Programme will be delivered Live Online via ZOOM Retreats. Maximum of 25 students.
Register before 31st January 2023
Concessionary Programme Fee for low income, students, health/care workers, educators and Police Officers/Staff (please ask for more details).
Payment Terms & Conditions: Non-Refundable Deposit as the Admission Fee must be paid to enrol on the 1-year programme. The remaining balance of the course fee must be paid in 5 equal monthly payments starting from 1st April 2022 – 1st August 2023. This course fee includes a voucher for a 1-Year FREE ‘CALM Monthly Retreat Membership’.
This One-Year Programme will run from March 2023 – February 2024. The LIVE Online Retreats via ZOOM will run from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM (U.K. time).
On completion of ALL requirements, the students will be certified as a ‘Fully Accredited Associate Mindfulness for Earth Programme Trained Teacher’ by CALM, and will receive a certificate by CALM. For students who does not qualify for this level will receive a document with ‘Confirmation of Attendance’ until they complete ALL requirements to become a M4E Associate Trained Teacher under CALM.
Mindfulness for Earth (M4E) Teacher Training Programme
Introduction to the M4E Teacher Training Programme
The M4E Teacher Training Programme is a one-year training programme and is delivered by a group of highly experienced and internationally acclaimed mindfulness instructors/trainers (for more information about the trainers, please visit the ‘Faculty’ page within this website). The M4E Teacher Training Programme aims to develop skills in teaching and integrating mindfulness-based methods of the M4E International Programme within the context of young people and adults. The M4E Programme has been designed in accordance with the UK ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses’ and is certified and delivered by CALM: Centre for Advanced Learning of Mindfulness, Sri Lanka.
The curriculum of the M4E Teacher Training Programme consists of six modules. The M4E Teacher Training Programme is based on the eco-contemplative framework developed by Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi through her PhD at University of Dundee, Scotland (U.K.). The students will learn the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, together with the nature-based mindfulness practices of the water element and Bohmian dialogue.
Furthermore, this on-year study programme introduces students to the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness, which is also known as the ‘deep path’, as well as the Western scientific applications of mindfulness, also known as the ‘wide path’.
The graduates of the M4E Teacher Training Programme will qualify to deliver the eight-workshops-structure of the M4E Programme as a four-week and eight-week formats.
What is MBSR, MBCT and M4E?
Programmes that employ mindfulness for the treatment of mental and physical disorders such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain (Zylowka et al., 2008) are known as Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs). MBI’s, such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), were developed by Kabat-Zinn (1990) for dealing with mental and physical disorders such as anxiety, long-term-stress and chronic pain. The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale (2002) for coping with depression. The MBSR and MBCT programmes are based on the ‘wide path’ (the western view of mindfulness),
The novel M4E has been developed by Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi during her Ph.D. research (at the University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K.) to help recognise and transform our negative habitual tendencies through cultivating positive mind qualities such as mindfulness, compassion, empathy and resilience, as well as recognising the interdependent nature of the phenomena in alleviating suffering of oneself and Mother Earth (Andrahennadi, 2019). The M4E programme is grounded within the ‘deep path’ of the Buddhist philosophical view of mindfulness, combined with the mindfulness-based methods of the water element and Bohmian Dialogue.
What is the ‘Deep Path’ and the ‘Wide Path’?
Richard J. Davidson, a well-known neuroscientist, and Daniel Goleman, a well-known psychologist and science journalist, are considered two of the initiators of the mindfulness movement in the West beginning in the 1970s. In their book, The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body (2017), Richard Davidson and Daniel Goleman refer to the traditional Buddhist framework of theory and practices of mindfulness as the ‘deep path’ and the modern western applications of mindfulness methods such as MBSR and MBCT as the ‘wide path’. While the origins of the Buddhist framework of mindfulness date back over 2600 years, the current western applications of mindfulness have been in existence for over forty years (Williams & Kabat-Zinn 2013).
Emphasising the benefits of the ‘deep path’, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained that “Buddhism offers many techniques for relieving stress and finding calm in the situations we face every day.”
Goleman and Davidson (2017) considered the acceleration of the modern movement of mindfulness to be a ‘wide path’, which has led to a dilution in the meaning of mindfulness thus missing the significance of its application through the ‘deep path’. In the view of Goleman and Davidson, “in the wake of the tsunami of excitement over the wide path, the alternate route so often gets missed: that is, the deep path, which has always been the true goal of meditation” (Goleman & Davidson 2017, p. 7). Ricard and Singer (2017), who are both famous neuroscientists from France, have stated that further reaching towards our better nature through penetrating introspection is the true goal of meditation.
Pre-Requisites for Training to Teach the M4E Programme
Please note that in order to qualify to apply for this teacher training programme, you need to have completed ALL of the following pre-requisites:
1) At least one-year of previous regular meditation practice and a deep interest in committing to cultivating a daily meditation practice.
2) Taken part in an onsite or live online course entitled ‘Mindfulness for Earth (M4E) 8-Week Course’ (visit ‘Online’ training page within this website).
3) Demonstrate that you have the skills to work with individuals and to facilitate groups. Please visit ‘Enrol’ page within this website to register for the M4E TT Programme, when you enrol on this course, you’ll receive the complete brochure of the M4E Teacher Training Programme together with the ‘Booking Form’ by email.