- 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, social justice, counseling, ministry, and business.
Applicants should have:
- Completed the 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 questions: How has mindfulness meditation had an impact your life? Why do you want to take the instructor course? What is your current mindfulness practice? Also include when you completed the 8-week U of I Mindfulness Training class, 10-week Finding Peace in a Frantic World class, or equivalent and who taught the class.
- 10-week training meets for 2-hours each week
- Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:30am, May 25th through July 27th, 2021
- Cost: $800
- Location: Online via Zoom
- Instructor: Christopher Menard, PsyD
- CEU’s are available upon request
- Participants will prepare for each week’s instructor training class by:
- engaging in daily mindfulness practices from Finding Peace in a Frantic World (FPFW)
- completing assigned weekly readings (1 – 1.5 hours)
- meeting with a classmate weekly via Zoom to practice facilitating FPFW meditations (1-hour)
- Participants are encouraged to attend a weekend or longer silent mindfulness retreat every year to support the building of a strong foundation of practice to support teaching. Retreat options can be found at these locations: Insight Chicago, IMS, and Spirit Rock.
Email questions to Dr. Christopher Menard at Cmenard@illinois.edu