MBLC-YA Teaching Skills Retreat
The Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young Adults (MBLC-YA) is a mindfulness and self-compassion course for 11-18 year-olds that is delivered over 10 sessions usually at a rate of one per week, each session lasting from 40 minutes to one hour. Each session explores themes such as ‘Your amazing mind’ (which looks at the developing adolescent brain with its different trajectories of emotional development and development of executive function and explains that our brains are hardwired for survival rather than happiness, so these tricky minds are ‘not our fault’), ‘Staying present’ (learning to settle the mind a little and and ground awareness in the body), ‘Dropping anchor’ into the present moment (using the support of breath, body or sound), distraction, attitude, appreciation, and what it might mean to live a mindful life – one that is in alignment with what we value.
This retreat is a 5-day teaching skills retreat to enable participants to confidently deliver the MBLC-YA. The retreat consists of live delivery of the full MBLC-YA curriculum in order that participants may experience the full lessons in the manner that they would be delivered in a classroom or elsewhere, and affords participants the opportunity to practise delivering session extracts in a safe and encouraging environment. The retreat counts as an annual 5-day retreat for CPD purposes.
For those who are already teaching adults, but not young people, the training will also highlight the differences to be aware of when working with adolescents. This retreat is open to those who have completed Teaching Level One (Introductory Teaching Skills), including those not already working in schools.
Pre-requisites for delivery of this course include completion of the Mindfulness Association‘s ‘Level 1 – Being Present’ mindfulness training, which is delivered over 4 weekends, spread out over approximately 9 months, followed by the ‘Teaching Level 1‘ course, which is delivered over two weekends and, finally, attendance at the residential 5-day MBLC-YA teaching skills retreat.