- Learn to guide the core mindfulness practices found in the secular mindfulness training, Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams.
- Learn the essentials of asking questions to investigate meditation experiences.
- Develop and refine your own practice of embodied mindfulness.
- Enhance your capacity for applying mindfulness in your personal and professional life.
- Understand the historical context of contemporary mindfulness approaches.
- Contribute to bringing mindfulness-skills into the emerging 21st-century culture.
- Integrate mindfulness exercises into volunteer and professional activities such as education, counseling, ministry, and business.
Applicants should have:
- Completed an 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training Class or equivalent
- A minimum of 1-year of regular mindfulness meditation practice
Exceptions concerning these requirements are at the discretion of Dr. Menard.
- Email the following to Cmenard@illinois.edu
- A brief essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following question: How has mindfulness meditation impacted your life and why do you want to take the instructor course? Also include when you completed the 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training Class (or equivalent), your experience of this class, and any other relevant mindfulness experiences, training, and attendance at silent retreats.
- Day/Time: 15 classes meet for 2-hours and 15-minutes each week (Day/Time TBD)
- Cost: $1200
- Location: Quaker Meetinghouse (1904 E. Main St. Urbana)
- Instructor: Christopher Menard, PsyD
- CEU’s are available upon request
- Participants will prepare for each week’s class by:
- engaging in daily mindfulness practices from Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
- completing weekly readings
- practicing leading a Finding Peace in a Frantic World meditation at home each week and then leading the meditation again in class to receive feedback
- Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a weekend or longer silent mindfulness retreat to deepen their personal practice and to prepare for the role of mindfulness instructor. The cost of this retreat is not included in the course fee. Retreat options in 2020 can be found here: Insight Chicago, IMS, and Spirit Rock.
Note: For those actively involved in teaching mindfulness after this course, a supervision group is also available.
Note: This 15-week course is not the two-semester U of I PSYC-546 doctoral student mindfulness based interventions practicum class.
Email questions to Dr. Christopher Menard at Cmenard@illinois.edu