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The iBme Teacher Training was created to offer a comprehensive teacher training program that supports a high standard for teaching mindfulness in communities. We believe that personal practice and retreat time is key to being able to show up as an engaged and authentic mindfulness teacher. With this in mind, we developed a model consisting of residential learning-retreats that combines intensive silent meditation with didactic teaching and relational mindfulness. Our program is supported by expert faculty and includes an online curriculum, daily meditation practice, a practicum, and personal mentoring.
Yes, a scholarship application is included in the admissions application, if needed. We will be as generous as we are able, however scholarship funds are limited and we will not be able to offer any full tuition scholarships. We ask that you consider paying as much as you can while also exploring other funding options in your local community to supplement any scholarship that iBme may be able to provide. Scholarship awards will take into consideration iBme’s intention to make mindfulness more accessible to underserved populations.
There is no fee for completing the applications.
If your application is submitted prior to December 31, 2016, you will receive an admissions decision in early February. Applications received after December 31 will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis with admission decisions made on a monthly basis. Space is limited so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.
For the inaugural group we are intending to have 30 participants.
The iBme Teacher Training focuses on training teachers in core skills related to mindfulness and adolescent development, and adapting those skills to specific community settings. We will not provide you with a standardized curriculum to implement. However, as part of the training you will be introduced to several different school-based models and have access to faculty who teach in public and private schools, colleges, wilderness programs, and through workshops, trainings, and retreats.
Is this training appropriate for people who are working in non-educational contexts, such as hospitals or youth detention facilities?
Yes, we will support professionals in various fields to be able to effectively offer mindfulness teachings to their particular community.
Each participant will have a personal faculty mentor, who will meet with them once a month to support on-going learning and meditation practice. Additionally, each student will be part of a small cohort that meets as a group once a month. All sessions will be held virtually, either by video or by phone.
What does the curriculum consist of between retreats, and what kind of learning activities does it include?
Between retreats participants will complete assigned readings, listen to podcasts, and commit to a daily meditation practice. Engagement with the material for each unit will include participating in an online forum and completion of a short reflection paper. The program will also include a practicum, in which you will develop and teach an introductory mindfulness class or program in a setting of your choosing.
The iBme Teacher Training does not identify with one meditation lineage, but draws from various traditions that have a foundation in mindfulness meditation and heart practices such as kindness and compassion.
The application requires that I list my meditation teacher. What if I don’t have a meditation teacher?
You can list the person who knows your meditation practice the best, or the name of the person you have taken a retreat or training with.
Some participants in the iBme Teacher Training may be part of an ongoing training path towards becoming an iBme teen retreat teacher, however, completion of the iBme Teacher Training is not a guarantee of teaching on retreats. Teaching at iBme will be by invitation and may include ongoing personal mentoring by iBme senior faculty along with criteria for further training and personal development.
The following centers offer several retreats per year that would fulfill the retreat requirement for the iBme: Insight Meditation Society, Dharma Ocean, Spirit Rock, Against the Stream Boston, Against the Stream International, Natural Dharma Fellowship, Zen Mountain Monastery, Upaya Zen Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Karme Choling, Shambhala Mountain Center, Vipassana Retreats (Goenka), and Shinzen Young