Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation Teacher Training
Begins January 26 | Application Deadline January 11
Learn to incorporate the science of compassion, the healing arts of lovingkindness meditation (also known as metta), and the liberating wisdom of the Buddhist tradition into your mindfulness teaching and practice. Develop the qualities needed to successfully offer compassion meditation; self-compassion, loving presence, and wise listening, in a 12 week training with accomplished Buddhist teacher-practitioners. Cultivate your own voice in practice sessions that ready you to integrate wisdom, compassion, kindness, caring, and balance into an approachable and skillful teaching style.
Research indicates that the cultivation of compassion has many beneficial effects, including: improvements in personal relationships; decrease in inflammation; improvement in cardiac function; a boost in pro-social activities like helping others; enhanced ability to feel compassion for oneself and others; increased calmness and ability to handle stressful situations; better engagement and communication in relationships; and increased job satisfaction and decreased job overwhelm.
IDP is offering this training to mindfulness and meditation teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lovingkindness and compassion practices, as well as to caregivers, therapists, educators, life coaches, social workers, yoga teachers, and experienced meditation students who wish to effectively offer these practices to their clients, students, patients, and others.
IDP LKMTT recognizes the transformative power of compassion developed through secular Buddhist practices integrated with science and psychology.
This 50-hour training includes:
Two intensive in-person daylong workshops:
Exploring the source texts, history, and current scientific research on lovingkindness meditation, self-compassion, compassion, gratitude practices, and other related modalities.
Teaching step-by-step guided meditation instruction.
Providing experiential learning and practice of meditation techniques
Helping you develop a curriculum suited to the needs of your group
Three intensive online interactive video workshops exploring topics relevant to compassion and lovingkindness development, including dealing with difficult emotions, RAIN technique, and coping with burnout and developing resilience.
One final intensive weekend workshop for participant presentation of personal project: a curriculum and practice designed to the specific needs of their audience/group/clientele, with teacher and peer feedback and encouragement.
This program is led by an exceptional pair of talented and experienced teachers to give you the mentoring you need to confidently and wisely lead others to develop their minds and hearts. IDP recognizes that our influence as a meditation teacher training center depends on the integrity of our teacher-practitioners and our deep respect for the Buddhist traditions upon which these practices are based. We offer all our trainings to awaken everyone to the deep interdependence shared by all living beings, for the benefit of all.
Four year regular mindfulness/meditation practice, and
Successful completion of mindfulness or meditation teacher training OR two years of teaching mindfulness OR a career in teaching, social work, psychology, or profession which includes mentoring or healing. Yoga teachers, massage therapists, coaches, caregivers and those who work with mentoring and guiding others are welcome to apply.
Completed Application Form
Attendance at weekends and workshops
Daily personal LKM and gratitude practice
Study Group Support Meetings - minimum of 9 hours
LKM practice teaching for family, friends, clients - minimum of 10 hours
January 26 - 10-5pm
February 3 - 10-5pm
March 2 -10-4pm
March 3 - 10-1pm
Interactive Online Meetings: February 12, 19, 26 - 7:30-9:30pm
This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives. Scroll below for scholarship opportunities. Space is limited. Please register early to save your seat.
Supported $500: suggested for students, seniors, and unemployed
Basic $850: suggested for members
Patron $1050: suggested for those who can pay the full cost of this program, and wish to help support scholarship students
Payment and Refund Policies
· Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program tuition. The remaining 50% of the program tuition must be received by January 18, 2018.
· Because we can accept only a limited number of applications, we cannot offer refunds.
· Payment plans can be arranged for the Basic or Patron Tuition rates only. Contact us if you’re interested in arranging a payment plan.
Limited scholarship funds are available and are awarded in order of request. Please indicate on application if you wish to be considered for a Work-Study discount or a Person of Color scholarship.
Daylong Intensive 1: It Starts with You
Discover the sources of lovingkindness and compassion training, understand self-compassion, learn foundational techniques to offer LKM, and establish or re-establish your own LKM and gratitude practice.
January 26 - 10-5pm
Daylong Intensive 2: The Transformative Power of Compassion
Explore contemporary research and understandings of compassion and its impact for self, family and society, develop your teaching abilities, and deepen your ere exploring gratitude practice, and developing lesson plans for how to work this practice through with your students.
February 3 - 10-5pm
Video Workshop 1: Holding Your Seat with Kindness
Exploring the special obstacles that may arise while teaching LKM and compassion practices;
in ourselves and in our students. Skillfully being present with suffering, difficult emotions, resisting the urge to give advice, enabling empathy, and developing self-soothing mechanisms.
February 12 - 7:30-9:30pm
Video Workshop 2: Building Your Toolkit
Learning, sharing, and developing tools, practices, and exercises to help students build compassion and expand their capacity to be with difficult emotions and thoughts.
February 19 - 7:30-9:30pm
Video Workshop 3: Staying Present and Open
Discussion and tools to work with compassion burnout, despair, and hopelessness. Learn about the quality of resilience and how it can be cultivated through the development of balance and wisdom, and recognize our actions have far-reaching though sometimes unseen impacts.
February 26 - 7:30-9:30pm
Weekend Intensive: Final Presention
Each participant will present guided instruction and meditation developed for the needs of their students/clients/group. Peers and teachers will provide encouragement and feedback. Discussion of other applications for compassion practices, interactive exercises, and time to share experiences and support with each other.
March 2 -10-4pm
March 3 - 10-1pm