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MBSR Practicum 2013 Intensive teacher Training in MBSR

MBSR Practicum: Groundwork for Teaching

A seven day investigation into the practice of teaching MBSR

Expressions of interest now being sought

Date: 24 June – 1st July 2013
Venue: Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand

With Bob Stahl from Centre for Mindfulness Boston and Timothea Goddard from Open Ground Sydney.

(It will be hosted by Marijke Batenburg and offered by Openground.)

Register your interest here.

Invitation to you

In discussions taking place between mindfulness colleagues across the Tasman, we have had considerable interest for this seven-day teacher training to be offered in New Zealand (to save people traveling to Australia or the US) and are in the process of finding out if there is enough interest to offer an in-depth training in Auckland late June of 2013. Registering your interest does not commit you to attending!

This training is for people who already have some experience with mindfulness. The pre-requisites involve attending an eight-week MBSR program, and also a silent meditation retreat, and the cultivation of a regular personal meditation practice - so it can take some time, dedication and planning to come to fruition. (For more info please see: Becoming an MBSR Teacher )

If you find yourself drawn to this work personally and professionally, we are happy to discuss this process of preparation with you.

What is MBSR?

For over 30 years, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been the gold standard for teaching mindfulness in a secular setting for the relief of physical and psychological suffering. MBSR has been widely researched and is the basis for many other clinical interventions (MBCT, MBRP, MBEA etc) and informs others (ACT). It is an eight-week evidence-based experiential course which engages participants physically, emotionally, behaviorally and intellectually. It uses mindfulness meditation training as the basis of a program that is practical, inspiring and transformative. It has been widely researched over the past 30 years and is at the cutting edge of integrative and preventative medicine.

Our Intention

It is our intention to offer an in-depth investigation into the important teaching/learning elements in the MBSR program including leading practice, contemplation, inquiry, didactic and group processes, as well as skill development in these areas. We will practice the different meditation practices together, explore the intention and language involved in each, practice inquiry, undertake didactic explorations, explore group processes and have time to contemplate the deeper implications of this work personally and professionally.

We hope that this particular training will add something of value to your ongoing mindfulness practice and be a significant step in being able to offer the MBSR program with integrity and depth. The process will invite the integration of personal practice and professional application that is central to MBSR teaching. As this mindfulness endeavour is a lifelong path, it reminds us all to remain open, humble and questioning whilst we are engaged with it.

Participation in the Practicum program is recognized as a valid and valuable MBSR training experience within Australia and New Zealand, and when applying for more advanced courses around the world.

Both of the teachers of the Practicum have strong links with the Center for Mindfulness and are experienced and accredited teachers of MBSR.

Structure of the Intensive MBSR Practicum

Intensive Seven Day Residential Training
In a rural retreat centre Mana Coromandel just outside Auckland, we will explore the MBSR program using a range of didactic, experiential and small group work and provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading with supervision from the instructors

Specific areas of focus will include:
• Refining and deepening personal mindfulness practice (through formal and informal practices, in silence and in dialogue)
• An exploration of the development of MBSR, the theory underpinning it and the research into its efficacy
• Exploration of key aspects of the program including intention, use of language, group process, didactic material, exercises, use of poetry/stories, skillful leading and inquiring into practice
• Exploring the value of mindfulness in attending to physical and emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, pain and stress within ourselves and our clients
• On-going self-inquiry
• A post-training individual interview in which to reflect on readiness to teach and next steps

Learning objectives

Practicum participants...
• Explore in detail our approach to instructing people in MBSR
• Develop an understanding of the theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific underpinnings of MBSR
• Explore each of the practices theoretically and experientially (including body scan; awareness of breath, body, sounds; open awareness; hatha yoga; loving kindness)
• Practice teaching skills in the areas of communication, leading practices and mindful inquiry.
• Refine and deepen personal meditation practice.


Dr Bob Stahl

Bob Stahl, a long-time practitioner of insight meditation, lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Buddhist Studies, and now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in six Bay Area hospital medical centers in California. Bob studied with the renowned Burmese masters Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw, Hlaing Tet Sayadaw, Dr. Rina Sircar and Pokokhu Sayadaw, and has experience with 32 parts of the body, 4 elements and charnel ground meditations. Bob is a Faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness, UMass. and has been teaching Practicum level training for 12 years. He is also a dharma teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

Timothea Goddard

Timothea has trained and is accredited in MBSR with the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM), UMass, USA and is recognized as a trainer by the CFM; she has been offering MBSR Practicum level training and supervision since 2007. She has worked in private practice for 20 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy as well as MBCT and MiCBT (currently completing the Grad Dip in MiCBT with Dr Bruno Cayoun). Timothea also works with organizations to design and implement programs for stress development, leadership and facilitation. She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the insight tradition. She is the Director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related programs. She is involved in ongoing research projects in co-operation Masters and PhD students in Australian universities on the impact on the MBSR program on anxiety, depression, empathy and self compassion.


Applicants are required to:
• engage regularly in a personal meditation practice and have retreat experience. This retreat experience needs to be at least one silent, 5 -10 residential, teacher-led retreat - preferably in the Theravadan tradition. (Please note that the 7 day training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli was not a silent meditation retreat, but a training retreat.)
• have a hatha yoga practice
• have a professional background which involves working with people (in a clinical, educational or communications area)
• have attended an eight week MBSR/CT program with an experienced teacher. (Please check with the Director of training about this basic aspect of the practicum.) If this is impossible for geographical reasons, then an online course will be available, involving listening to a weekly recording of the program and meeting with a teacher for up to an hour a week for eight weeks.


Early-bird if fully paid by 1st April, 2013: NZ$2600 inc GST
Paid after 1st April, 2013: NZ$2875 inc GST


We are pleased to have Mana Retreat Centre assist us with the registration payments. They are well set up for this. So the full fee will be paid into the Mana account. This can be done via their website.
This is a secure site. Payments options are;
* Direct Credit BNZ Coromandel 02-0304-0312089-00 ( Preferred for NZ$ payments )
* Cheque payable to: Mana Trust
* Credit Card Payment ( Preferred method for Overseas Currency payments )

Receipt A receipt will be issued from MBSR Practicum 2013 - Marijke Batenburg with GST number.

Accommodation The accommodation available is listed on the Mana website. Shared rooms are offered with linen provided.

Meals Please make your choice on the registration form


Mana Retreat Centre, 608 Manaia Rd, R D 1 Coromandel 3581


If driving see these instructions

If coming by air
When arranging your travel ensure you arrive by 11am on 24th June 2013. When departing be aware that we will have you at the airport by 5pm on Monday 1st July

Transport from the airport
The Retreat centre is a 2.5 hr drive from the airport. The registration fee includes transport that will collect participants at the airport. There will be enough buses laid on to accommodate all requests. There will only be one run from the airport leaving at leaving at 11.30am on Monday 24th June.

There will be a return bus leaving for the airport at 2pm on Monday 1st July


Your own meditation stool if that is preferred

What is provided at the centre

Meditation cushions are provided. However if you prefer to use a stool, please bring your own.


A 100% refund will be issued if cancellation is received up to 23 March 2013
A 50% refund will be issued up to 24 May, 2013
However, in either of those two circumstances, if a substitute person can be found there will be a full refund less a $100 administration fee.
No refunds will be issued after 24 May 2013

Notice of cancellation must be provided to Mindful Psychology via email to and will be confirmed by reply email.
Mindful Psychology cannot accept responsibility for correspondence that is delayed or for failure of delivery.


Books These books are required pre-reading for the program:

McCown, D., Reibel D., Micozzi, M.S., Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, New York: Springer, 2010
Kabat-Zinn, J, Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, Delacorte Press, New York, NY, 1990.

An understanding of Buddhist psychology is an important base from which to teach MBSR effectively. Here are some starting places to explore if you haven't already:
Goldstein, J., Insight Meditation, Shambala, 2003
Thera, N., The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, Weiser, 1996.
Koster, F., Liberating Insight: Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Insight Meditation, Silkworm Books, 2004.

Discuss the training

If you wish to discuss the training further, you can contact:
Timothea Goddard, Openground:
Marijke Batenburg, Mindful Psychology:


For personal, professional or training matters, please contact Timothea Goddard at
For logistical matters concerning venues and payment, please contact Marijke Batenburg at