MTTP Syllabus \ Agenda

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Topic details and sequence subject to change as we go along!

Opening Retreat "Entering the Stream": 3 days, early September

  • Topics: exploring intentions, cohort-building, immersive practice, program logistics and overview
  • Audience: required for MTTP Cohort; those considering future cohorts also invited
  • Location: Samish Island Camp (Skagit County, WA)

Learning Block 1: 5 weeks, mid-September through mid-October

  • Practice: Body Scan; beginning with Mindful Yoga
  • Science Topic: Classic Stress Physiology 
  • Sources Topic: Early Buddhism (the Buddhism of Analysis and Peace)
  • Teaching Topic: history of MBSR; definitions & applications of mindfulness
  • Location: distance learning

Study Meeting: 1 day, mid-October

  • We will gather for a 4-hour meeting before the opening evening of our week-long Roots of Mindfulness retreat. A "mini" version of the Study Weekend to discuss materials studied during Learning Block 1.

Intensive Retreat "The Roots of Mindfulness": mid-October 

  • Practice: deep practice of all MBSR practices
  • Study: "The Roots of Mindfulness" - unpacking the Satipatthana Sutta of early Buddhism
  • Audience: required for MTTP Cohort; open to wider mindfulness practice community
  • Location: Samish Island Camp (Skagit County, WA)

Learning Block 2: 4 weeks, late October through mid-November

  • Practice: Mindful Yoga
  • Science Topic: The New Psychology of Stress
  • Sources Topic: Mahayana Buddhism (the Buddhism of radical, non-dual acceptance)
  • Teaching Topic: MBSR curriculum, part 2;  engaging with poetry
  • Location: distance learning

Study Weekend 1: mid-November

  • Practice: leading the Body Scan
  • Teaching: holding space with kindness & clarity
  • Science Topic: Stress Physiology (guest instructor)
  • Sources Topic: Early Buddhist Roots & Theravadin critiques
  • Teaching Topics: holding space; classroom logistics; discussion formats
  • Location: Bellingham, WA

Learning Block 3: 5 weeks (+2 week break for winter holidays), late November through mid-January

  • Practice: Sitting Meditation (settling practices)
  • Science Topic: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Sources Topic: Contemporary Buddhism and Yoga; MBSR curriculum
  • Teaching Topic: learning styles & multiple intelligences
  • Location: distance learning

Study Weekend 2: mid-January

  • Practice: leading Mindful Yoga (guest yoga instructor) & Walking Meditation
  • Teaching: inquiry & dialog
  • Science Topic: Cognitive Neuroscience (guest instructor)
  • Sources Topic: Mahayana Buddhism
  • Teaching Topic: making skillful use of small groups
  • Location: Bellingham, WA

 Learning Block 4: 6 weeks, late January through early March

  • Practice: Sitting Meditation (cultivation practices)
  • Science Topic: Science of Compassion
  • Sources Topic: Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism on Compassion
  • Teaching Topic: warming the heart with poetry and story
  • Location: distance learning

Study Weekend 3: early March

  • Practice: teaching Sitting Meditation (settling practices)
  • Teaching: flow of activities; developing a one-day workshop (Practicum Prep)
  • Science Topic: Attention and Perception
  • Sources Topic: Contemporary Buddhism and Yoga
  • Teaching Topic: using contemplative exercises; using poetry in class
  • Location: Bellingham, WA

Practicum Delivery Period: March & April (to be completed by Study Weekend 4)

Design & deliver a one-day mindfulness workshop in your community or workplace, ideally co-taught with another MTTP participant. 
Group and pairs check-in meetings with the instructors TBA.

Weekend Meditation Retreat: mid-April

Join with a wider group of mindfulness students in a teacher-lead weekend meditation retreat.

  • Location:  Samish Island Camp (Skagit County, WA)
  • Audience: open broadly to mindfulness class graduates with the MTTP cohort mixed in as participant-observers

 Learning Block 5: 6 weeks, mid-March through late April

  • Practice: more with Compassion and Cultivation Practices
  • Science Topic: Transformational Learning
  • Sources Topic: Special populations (e.g. those with chronic pain, psychological disorders, etc.)
  • Teaching Topic: appropriate disclosure and other issues in "taking your seat"
  • Location: distance learning

Study Weekend 4: late April

  • Practice: teaching Sitting Meditation (cultivation practices)
  • Teaching: pulling it all together - logistics, business of teaching, web tools, finance
  • Science Topic: Science of Compassion 
  • Sources Topic: Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism on Compassion
  • Teaching Topic: leading compassion practices with heart and accuracy
  • Location: Bellingham, WA

Closing Retreat "Opening to the World": early June

  • Practice: participant-led retreat in all MBSR practices, intention-setting, graduation ceremony
  • Audience: current MTTP cohort only
  • Location: TBA (somewhere in the Bellingham / Seattle area)

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