Mindfulness Teacher Training Course (MTTC)
We offer a Yearlong Mindfulness Teacher Training
provides every participant a set of mindfulness-based tools and practices for daily life.
provides tools to support ourselves, others, animals and the environment.
General Structure for the Course with Christopher and Ulla
Introductory four days residential programme - practices, tools, communication, teachings,
Two long weekends during the year-long course
A week-long teaching with further training in facilitation and public speaking.
A monthly online meetings with the participants in the months outside residential periods.
Monthly online meetings of participants in small groups
All participants share and explore themes.
We will encourage regular mediation/mindfulness practice, formal and informal
Participants will have a theme per month to develop, explore and share with others.
We offer a Certificate at the end of the Course stating a full presence in the MTTC.
Obligations for a Certificate
Full Participation in all four residential meetings
Attend the monthly online meetings
Regular online meetings within the learning groups
Regular written reflections on the themes and questions provided by the teachers
Participation of two 5-day silent vipassana / insight meditation retreats with any teacher
A month-long teaching project at the end of the year
15 Questions about the MTTC
1. What is the core purpose of the MTTC?
We offer tools for change. We wish to create Agents of Change, both inner and outer. Mindfulness practices serve as a pillar of support.
2. What does the MTTC offer?
The MTTC offers residential programs ranging from a long weekend to a weeklong for transformation and empowerment. The MTTC will generate a depth of sharing and communication. MTTC will offer a unique programme with a view to bringing the best out of a human being. There will be online guidance with opportunity for video conferencing. Participants will also attend two silent week long retreats with any teacher of their choice in 2020 or 2021, as part of the course.
3. Is there a key feature of the MTTC?
We offer tools for change. The course addresses five main themes - mindfulness, tools, empathy, communication and leadership. Right from the start, we will offer training to develop the power of the voice. Participants will learn to exercise their authority to speak in front of others, give talks and answer questions. Participants will receive guidance on the tone of voice, construction of language, content and the communication of authority.
4. Why has the MTTC been set up?
We offered two MTTC trainings in 2017. More than 100 attended. We have received requests to lead another. We believe caring people need to become Agents of Change. This will require a depth of mindfulness of issues, dedication, and development of wise skills, as well as self-knowledge. The MTTC will make a contribution to a skilful approach to inner and outer work.
5. How does MTTC differ from other mindfulness courses?
The MTTC has squeezed the honey out of a variety of mindfulness courses. The MTTC intends to take participants to a new level of human potential. We offer a course with a depth of exploration to open the heart and mind to profound insights and wisdom. We will also make wise authority/leadership as an important focus. The mornings consist of inner practices, the afternoons consist of developing engagement/empowerment/leadership in small groups and the evening program brings everybody together for inner-outer exploration. The teachers have decades of experience in the exploration of mindfulness and the related themes.
6. Will the MTTC use Buddhist language?
7. Do I need to have attended Buddhist retreats before joining the MTTC?
No. The MTTC has not set such limits for participation in the Course. We invite people who are committed to inner and outer change. The Course is suitable for people who are emotionally stable, caring and wish to make a contribution to the welfare of others.
8. How much contact will participants have with the teachers?
Participants will receive personalised attention from the teachers. Teachers will discuss with participants their strengths and weaknesses and respond to them.
9. Christopher is the founder of the MTTC and senior teacher. How much will he be available?
Christopher will attend all four residential courses along with Ulla. The two teachers will be assisted on the residential meetings as well as in the online training by two assistent teachers. There is the opportunity for e-mail contact.
10. Will there be an opportunity to explore ideas to help become Agents of Change?
Yes. We will encourage and explore important issues, inner and outer. We will discuss a number of important issues of our time. We wish to empower participants to address with others some of these issues in daily life.
In alphabetical order
Ideas only have validity if applied. Participants will take notes and address the application of ideas/insights. We will explore ways for Agents of Change to work together.
11. Will participants have the opportunity to support each other?
Yes. We will provide the email addresses of everybody including teachers. The participants will meet in small online groups to practice with each other on a monthly basis.
12. What are the commitments of participants between the two residential sessions?
The teacher and participant will draw up a plan together for a skilful course of action for the participant. An Agent of Change includes the inner and the outer. Teachers will be available by email between the residential sessions.
13. Will everyone receive a certificate?
We will provide a certificate to each participant stating that you have completed fully the MTTC.
14. Is there anything participants can do before the MTTC starts?
Yes. Go to any classes, workshops, retreats that you sense will support mindfulness and insights. Maximise your time outdoors in nature. Keep a journal detailing your experiences, qualities, and limitations. Find a person or group with whom you can share your experiences. Read essays/books and listen to audio/Youtube on the development of a wise and compassionate life.
15. Anything to add?
Yes. You have much to contribute. Your voice of wisdom can make a real difference to the lives of others.