Facilitated by our expert team of mindfulness trainers and offered in a variety of training progressions, our Meditation Teacher Training pathway has been designed to provide you with the knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and tailored support to run your own meditation courses.
This pathway is both a personal and professional development opportunity. Not only will you become fully equipped to teach others how to meditate, your own personal practice and understanding of the healing applications for meditation will grow exponentially.
2021 Training Options
Please note from Friday 2nd April onwards, our Yarra Valley Living Centre face-to-face training retreats will no longer be operating. In the meantime, we have the following training available for your to enrol in. For more information about our retreat centre closure, please click here.
FOUNDATION-LEVEL MINDFULNESS-BASED STILLNESS MEDITATION (MBSM) TEACHER TRAINING (PREVIOUSLY CALLED MODULE 1)
4-NIGHTS | 1-5 MARCH
STARTS 11AM MONDAY | FINISHES 2PM FRIDAY
The only entry criteria for this foundation-level training, is your own established meditation practice.
This 5-day meditation teacher training immersion will set you up with a solid foundation for teaching the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s signature style of meditation – Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation (MBSM).
The 40-hours of face-to-face training includes 30 hours of education sessions, 10 hours of hands on teaching practice (in small groups), plenty of guidance and support from our expert MBSM trainers, and a comprehensive MBSM teaching reference manual.
- Become proficient in delivering your own 8-week MBSM courses, with support from a teaching reference manual
- Understand the benefits of Mindfulness meditation for healing, personal development and spirituality
- Learn about the strengths and limitations of the thinking mind and the causes of excessive thinking
- Review the stress response, the relaxation response and their impact on health and healing
- Examine the application of mindfulness to manage emotions like grief, anxiety and depression
- Explore the links between meditation, neuroscience and neuroplasticity
- Experience the importance of ‘stillness’ and ‘spaciousness’
- Receive guidelines for leading intentional, gratitude and loving kindness meditations
A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the course.
Price is per person and includes GST, 4-nights accommodation, comprehensive teaching reference manual and materials, complimentary 12-month Student Membership with the Meditation Association of Australia, delicious plant-based wholefood meals, snacks, teas and dandelion coffee. Optional extras include transport and purchases from our resource centre. Click here for further information on transport.
|$1,990 pp||Multi-Share room (same-sex dorm)|
|$2,380 pp||Twin/Double room|
|$3,398 pp||Single room – subject to availability|
A $550 deposit is required at the time of booking to reserve your place, and the remaining balance may be paid in instalments.
Our Master Trainers
Paul has been working in the field of mind/body medicine for over 30 years as a counsellor, psychotherapist, meditation instructor and natural therapist.
Paul teaches mindfulness-based styles of meditation, which develop wisdom and compassion through awareness of body, emotion, mind and spirit as one integrated Self. His passion is teaching meditation in a way that emphasizes both its simplicity but also its deep profundity. Paul is an excellent communicator; he teaches with great clarity, breadth, depth and humour. He boasts that he can teach anyone to meditate, even those with a busy mind and a busy lifestyle.
Paul’s teaching of Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation brings together insights from Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, Chinese Medicine and Spirituality. Paul co-authored the book Meditation an In-Depth Guide with Ian Gawler and has served as a Board Member and President of the Meditation Association of Australia.
Maia Bedson has been working in the area of natural therapies for over 25 years as a meditation teacher, counsellor, nutritionist and practitioner of various mind/body medicine modalities.
As well as MBSM, she has trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has qualifications in counselling and human services; and other letters of the alphabet!
Maia has been teaching meditation to varied groups of people in numerous settings for many years. She uses her diverse skillset and personal experience to inspire and support others on their path to wholeness and, in particular, helping people access their inner wisdom and true nature.
Meditation Teacher Training - Bookings & Enquiries
To learn more or to register in our upcoming Meditation Teacher Training, please email email@example.com or use the form below to submit your booking request/enquiry and a member of our client services team will be in touch shortly.
Did you know that Gawler Members receive significant discounts on retreats and trainings?
For one low-cost annual fee of $39 Concession, $85 Individual or $120 Family, the following discounts apply off your enrolment fees:
5% OFF your first retreat or training
10% OFF your second retreat or training
15% OFF your third retreat or training
20% OFF your fourth and subsequent retreats or trainings
Book in for ALL 3 Trainings and you will save upwards of $895!
There are plenty of other perks too. To review our full member benefits and to sign up today please visit gawler.org/joinus
The Yarra Valley Living Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training pathway is accredited with the peak meditation teacher’s professional body, Meditation Association of Australia (formally ATMA).
As an added value to our graduates, we now offer a complementary 12-month membership with Meditation Australia as part of our training programs.
Completion of our Foundation-level MBSM Training includes a complimentary 12-month Student Membership.
Completion of our Foundation-level MBSM Training PLUS 40 hours of further training through our centre (80 hours in total), includes a complimentary 12-month Provisional Membership.
Completion of our Foundation-level MBSM Training PLUS 70 hours of further training through our centre (110 hours in total), includes a complimentary 12-month Full Membership.
Please note: Complimentary 12-month memberships are included as part of the course registration process and are not compulsory. You may choose to take up the offer or decline the offer, however, the training price remains the same.