Courage to Teach CPD Weekend

Bringing Whole-Heartedness to Our Mindfulness Teaching

Tutors: Barbara Reid & Heather Regan-Addis
Dates: 31st May- 2nd June 2019
To Book: Please email
Times: The weekend begins at 7pm (evening meal at 6pm) on the Friday evening, between 8am and 8pm on Saturday and between 8am and 3.00pm on a Sunday.
Location: Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, Eskdalemuir (nr Lockerbie). Please visit the Samye Ling website to book your accommodation and meals. For more information and directions, please click here.
Cost: £ 150  for the weekend including materials

The root of the word ‘courage’ lies in the French word coeur, meaning heart, and in this CPD weekend we will explore wholeness and whole-heartedness. When we train and practice as mindfulness teachers, often the emphasis is on what we do and how we do it. We rarely pause to consider ‘the who’: the person of the teacher and how this person shows up. Who are we when we teach? How fully do we ‘show up’ in class? How does our sense of who we are shape our relational work in class? How we sustain our sense of who we are so that we can show up with wholly, with integrity? The Courage to Teach.

This weekend offers space to listen deeply and inquire into ‘the who’: what has brought us to mindfulness, the journey we are on, how this fits with our work or place in the world, and what is calling us forward.  Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, author of ‘The Courage to Teach’ (with whom Barbara Reid, one of the tutors has trained), the approach we take over the two days will be to create space in community for us to reflect deeply and personally on our identity and integrity as teachers, the inner and outer landscapes of our teaching work, and our human wholeness.

Drawing on stories, poems, objects and wisdom tales, and using a form of open, honest questioning, we will take part in a journey of self-enquiry through journaling, conversation, silence and sharing.  In this way, contemplative ‘Courage to Teach’ retreats foster exploration of themes of identity and integrity, careful listening and deep connection with others and the challenges they are encountering, the holding of trustworthy space where we can experience our sense of vocation and purpose, and attending to the inner dimension of our lives and the impact we have on communities within which we live and work.

This weekend is open to all Mindfulness teachers or those on a Teacher Training pathway.

Meet your facilitator, Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid, PhD, is a tutor with the Mindfulness Association and a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. She has been teaching eight-week Mindfulness-based programmes to generic groups drawn from the general public, and for staff in education, healthcare, public services and third sector organisations. She holds a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Approaches with distinction from Bangor University, where she taught as part of the core team up to 2017. Her professional background is as a university teacher and researcher in public services management and social policy. She is a supervisor of teachers and trainee teachers of Mindfulness Based Approaches, and is the co-author with Rebecca Crane of “Training Mindfulness Teachers: principles, practices and challenges” which appeared in: Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: an international handbook, ed. Donald McCown, Diane Reibel & Marc S. Micozzi (2017: Springer)

Barbara will be assisted on these two days by Heather Regan-Addis, Director of the Mindfulness Association.

To hear more about this course from Heather Regan Addis, please visit her blog post ‘Mindfulness Meditation: Serendipity and Trust’.

Here are some things people said about this last one…

“…. [a weekend] that allowed/invited me to express what was alive for me personally in real depth.”

“The permission to truly trust the process to allow insights to arise respects each individual experience with validity and a real sense of wholeness…”

“In two days I got clarity on something I’d been contemplating for a while…”

“The content was not easy, but the way it was presented, with each element being guided, made it feel very manageable…”

“Supports inner learning and helps on the journey of embodying the teaching of mindfulness.”

“I know that I am deeply, deeply nourished by the weekend.”

“Please run it again!”