Courage to Teach

London, 27-28th October 2018

Bringing Whole-Heartedness to Our Mindfulness Teaching

Tutors: Barbara Reid & Heather Regan-Addis
Dates: 27-28 October 2018
To Book: Please email [email protected]
Times: The course runs from 10am till 5pm on Saturday and Sunday
Location: Kagyu Samye Dzong, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA. 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.

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.