Developing Inquiry Skills for Teaching Compassion
Tutors: Jane Negrych
Dates: 3-4 February 2024
Booking info: Please contact email@example.com for the booking link
Times: 9.00am to 17.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £165.00 including manual
This weekend is suitable for mindfulness teachers who wish to develop their enquiry skills for when course participants experience emotional difficulties.
One key focus of the weekend is ‘doing’ less and ‘being’ more in our enquiry practice. We will do this by exploring how to hold the space for a participant to explore their experience of a practice without imposing our interpretation on their experience. If a participant is able to come to their own understanding about their experience of a practice, the learning is deeper and the participant is more empowered. This requires us to let go of being the expert, listen deeply and teach through our embodied presence and way of being, rather than through intellectual concepts.
Another key focus is the additional holding of our participant’s difficulty required when strong emotions are present. Can we really be there, open and curious, in the mud with our participants, without trying to ‘fix’ their experience. We will do this by prioritising the first psychology of compassion of turning towards and ‘being’ with the difficulty with courage in our enquiry practice. We will be learning to trust that our holding presence is enough. At the same time we can learn to be sensitive to when we need to bring in the second psychology of ‘doing’ something to build our participants’ capacity to be with the difficulty, but without ‘fixing’.