BECOME A MEDITATION TEACHER
The next step in deepening your practice could be to train as a meditation teacher.
As a professionally qualified meditation teacher you will:
- Serve your community, family and friends
- Share skills that improve lives
- Teach people how to deal with negative emotions
- Offer support for ongoing meditation practice
- Learn to design and sustain meditation courses
- Develop small business skills to promote your classes
- Deepen your own practice and understanding of meditation
Your students will learn how to:
- Meditate effectively
- Establish a meditation routine
- Think more positively
- Understand the mind and emotions
- Recognise negative emotions
- Uplift the mind
- Stay calm
- Use a variety of meditation practices
- Communicate more effectively
PERSONAL PRACTICE PRE-REQUSITE
Please be aware that graduates who wish to apply for membership of Meditation Australia must be able to verify that they have had a personal meditation practice for a least 2 years.
A regular personal practice assists a new graduate to work with their students from a place of self-understanding.
If you have completed meditation teacher training with an individual or organisation not shown below you may still be eligible for membership. This is dependent upon the competencies in the training program you completed and your meditation teaching experience, if any. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
These meditation teachers are proficient at fostering a range of skills, qualities and outcomes that may include self-understanding, interpersonal abilities, coping capacities, general life skills, improved performance, a developed sense of self, behavioural change, emotional balance, clear thinking, self-care capacities, awareness of and sensitivity towards others and general wellbeing.
Organisations that offer meditation teacher training in this catergory are primarily oriented to the development of spiritual/religious insights and capacities in those they train. This teaching may take place in the context of a particular religious or spiritual tradition and may or may not rely upon a formal curriculum. Study may involve dedication to a spiritual/religous way of life.
REGISTERED TEACHER TRAINING ORGANISATIONS
When considering your choice between meditation teacher training courses, look for the MA Registered Training Course logo. This will let you know that the course meets MA’s curriculum standards and therefore qualifies you for membership.
How to register your teacher training course with MA
Registered meditation teacher training courses must meet MA’s Curriculum Guidelines and Membership Criteria as well as our professional and ethical standards. If you would like to enquire about registering a meditation teacher training course, please contact us.
Mindfulness Training Institute (MTIA)
Australia and New Zealand
0401 904 995
Professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
The Mindfulness Training Institute is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing excellent and sustainable professional training in evidence based mindfulness approaches (MBSR and MBCT) in Australia and New Zealand.
The training offers a heart-opening, engaging and rigorous grounding in the relational, cognitive, emotional and body-based personal and professional development work necessary for good teaching.
MTI offers an internationally recognised training pathway, which can be undertaken with some flexibility by students within their own time frame. It includes:
- Pre-requisites (attending the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course and a silent, teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreat)
- A Study Module (integrating theory and practice)
- An eight day Intensive residential (providing an in-depth exploration of the curriculum through a range of didactic, experiential and small group work. It will provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading and inquiry with mentoring from the instructors – usual teacher/student ratio 1:10
- Supervision of your MBSR/CT teaching work
Melbourne Meditation Centre
Clifton Hill and Prahran, Victoria
0410 562 843
The Melbourne Meditation Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training Course provides you with the confidence, understanding and skills required to teach meditation and mindfulness in a very gentle, accessible style. The course focuses on developing your competence as a teacher but will also provide valuable insights into your own personal practice. The course is practical and experiential, includes real-life case studies, group discussion and opportunities to put your new skills to the test in class. Our aim is to support and encourage you to develop your own teaching style rather than to present you with a template for ‘our way’ of teaching.
Integrative Restoration Institute – iRest®
Venues across Australia and Internationally
07 5527 9269
iRest® or Integrative Restoration is a complete path of meditation, which includes the practice of yoga nidra that has been contextualised to our modern, secular setting by its developer Dr. Richard Miller.
This training provides the principles and practices to safely and effectively incorporate iRest into your professional teaching or clinical work as well as your personal life and includes in-depth, interactive dialogue, experiential sessions, practicum and supervision and is supported by extensive training manuals.
Become a leader helping others:
- Deal with post-traumatic stress
- Overcome sleep disturbance
- Reduce chronic pain and depression
- Rediscover their essential wholeness and resiliency
Yarra Valley Living Centre
Yarra Junction, Victoria
1300 651 211
The Yarra Valley Living Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training pathway, currently offered over three separate training immersions, is a world-class, experiential learning experience. All three immersions are designed to provide you with the expert guidance and support in deepening your own meditation practice and equipping you with the knowledge and experience to be able to run your own meditation courses.
Module 1: Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM)
4-night immersion, Monday – Friday – Running three times yearly
Graduates who complete this first foundational module in the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training pathway, will gain the skills to be able to facilitate an 8-week mindfulness-based stillness meditation (MBSM) course, with support from a facilitator’s manual.
Module 2: Guided Imagery and Contemplation
4-night immersion, Monday – Friday – Running twice-yearly
Graduates who complete this second module in the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training pathway, will gain additional Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) experience, and the skills to be able to be able to deliver a six-week Imagery and Contemplation meditation course, with support from a facilitator’s manual
Module 3: Extended MBSM
3-night immersion, Thursday – Sunday – Running once yearly
This third module in the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s meditation teacher training pathway, is a follow-up training to Module 1, and has been specifically tailored to help graduates of Module 1 to deepen and expand their own practice of mindfulness-based stillness meditation (MBSM), as well as their competencies in teaching this style of meditation.
Note: All meditation teacher trainees will need to complete Module 1 in order to study Module 2 &/or 3. Following on from Module 1, Modules 2 &/or 3 may be completed singularly in any order, i.e. Module 1 alone; Module 1, then 2; Module 1, then 3; Module 1, 2, then 3; or Module 1, 3, then 2.
Australian Centre for Holistic Studies
Australia wide training
Lisa Forde, Principal
03 9807 4889
ACHS offers a Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Guiding and Teaching Meditation. You can study meditation teaching online and at our weekend retreats. Our training is in-depth and practical and covers a variety of meditation techniques. We provide one–to-one coaching as well as opportunities to interact with fellow students in a vibrant and friendly meditation community.
In addition to the thorough curriculum, you can expand into areas such as teaching meditation to children, chakra meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, creating original programs, journalling practices and more through our electives.
YIMI (Yoga & Integrative Medicine Institute)
Upper Brookfield Retreat, QLD
Zama Yoga Toowong, QLD
07 3162 1652
Meditation is the most rewarding and life-changing practice. For many who study and practice the art of meditation, it becomes a daily practice that nurtures them throughout their whole lives. Meditation offers benefits of mind shaped on the values of compassion, mindfulness and contentment. It cultivates unshakeable inner peace.
Whether you do this course for yourself or to teach others, it is a highly valuable practice to live by and share with others. Meditation is the innovative lifestyle medicine of the 21st century.
Study Yoga Nidra, Meditation for the Brain and Neuroscience, and Yoga Psychology & Spiritual Development, and receive a comprehensive course manual and assignments, plus guided meditation audios for home practice.
Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre
Pauline McKinnon and Associates
03 9817 2933
Pauline McKinnon is the Founding Director of the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre in Melbourne. The integrity of the SMT Teacher Training Course is derived from her 33 years’ personal and professional experience as a Stillness Meditation teacher and psychotherapist. Pauline is a pioneer in anxiety awareness and a leading authority on meditation and on natural anxiety management. This course is developed from the teaching of Australian psychiatrist Dr Ainslie Meares, who originated the use of meditation as a form of therapy. His approach is non-sectarian and unrelated to other forms of meditation. Pauline is the only person acknowledged by Meares as an exponent of his style of meditation.
03 9416 3272
There is an avalanche of research clarifying and linking the benefits of Meditation for a whole range of human ills, from obesity to Alzheimer’s, from stroke to depression recovery, and just about everything else in between.
Most of us want to help to make the world a better place – and here is a very practical way to do so!
You may not want to formally teach meditation – maybe you would rather hone your skills to learn at a higher level – or just work in a more disciplined way on yourself. You may want to take your practice to a deeper level or even explore some of the more Spiritual aspects of Meditation.
Whatever your interest, everyone would benefit enormously from this very structured and systematic approach to this ancient skill. As in our main Teacher Training Course, there is group learning and sharing, support and interaction, discussion and practice, all in a lively atmosphere of growth and exploration – and of course, T.T. lunches!
Trans Genesis Meditation Facilitation Training is a 110-hour course delivered part-time over six months to Perth local students and for participants at a distance online. It is like being on a retreat while engaged with your daily life!
The training has three aspects:
The enrichment and deepening of each trainee’s meditation and personal clarity, which is achieved through personal practice in class and at home, understanding legal and ethical considerations, energy self-care and self-esteem exploration.
Learning facilitation and promotional skills, which includes: listening, timing, building rapport, simplicity, effective communication, class formats, marketing and advertising.
Learning meditation techniques and coaching to develop your unique delivery style.
The training meets for weekly 2.5 hour classes, an induction day plus two days of practical sessions and mentored assessments and practicums. Additional hours are required outside class for practicums.
To be eligible, applicants require 2 years of prior meditation practice and commitment to personal growth, abstinence from non-prescribed drugs for at least five years’ prior and no or minimal use of alcohol.
Nature Care College
St Leonards, NSW
02 8423 8333
The Nature Care Professional Certificate of Meditation Facilitation qualification sees students graduate with the skills, techniques and personal practice to confidently teach Meditation groups and sessions.
As a Meditation Facilitator you will support participants with a range of meditation techniques, relaxation and visualisation methods, leading others to a deeper sense of relaxation, peace, acceptance and awareness and increasing physical and emotional health and well-being on a holistic level.
Studies include the exploration of various meditation techniques and the development of your own practices, the application of techniques in a clinical and professional setting, group facilitation and the practical aspects of running meditation classes.
With a wide range of flexible study options and alternative payment plans, the Professional Certificate of Meditation Facilitation offers the perfect pathway for those wishing to pursue a rewarding career as a Meditation Facilitator, in a caring and supportive environment.
Lifeflow Meditation Centre
08 8379 9001
This Teacher Training program is suitable for health care professionals and yoga and wellness instructors, as well as for those interested in teaching or guiding meditation in their school or community and those with a personal interest in meditation.
This practical, hands-on training program will equip you with the necessary skills, experience, understanding and confidence to successfully teach meditation and mindfulness, and to enhance your personal and professional skills.
Emphasis is placed on giving all participants the experience to develop the skills needed to lead groups and clients in meditation, and knowing how to choose which meditations are appropriate for their clients. Past participants have also found that the skills and knowledge learnt greatly enhanced their own meditation practice.
You will be provided with a comprehensive training manual and the resources to help you share this valuable skill with others. Please note that additional resources, including relevant texts and CDs are available for purchase.
Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity
East Melbourne, Vic
03 9412 3322
The Graduate Certificate in Guiding Meditation is designed for those seeking to learn the methods and skills of teaching meditation and meditative prayer in a variety of situations including primary and secondary schools, parishes, hospitals and other settings. The course includes the history and practice of meditation and lectio divina and provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their own spiritual gifts.
The following centres offer informal apprenticeship style training in meditation and meditation teaching.