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David Nichtern

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training 2019

With David Nichtern

This training will help you gain a more complete understanding of meditation practice and an overview of the stages of the Buddhist path. It will also help you to deepen your own practice, and develop your ability to present these teachings in a clear and genuinely helpful way to others in both a group and 1-1 setting.

Training Details

The program is aimed at those who wish to become more skillful in presenting meditation – such as yoga teachers, health care professionals, social workers, psychologists, educators, and fitness trainers. It will also be appropriate for those who simply want to deepen their own practice and understanding.

After successful completion of Level 4 and the full training program, Teacher Trainees will receive a certification of completion from Samarasa to teach meditation classes, lead group practice sessions, and work with individual students within the yoga studio environment or other appropriate contexts.
This program is taught by David Nichtern, who is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism.

About David

David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), and Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and also mentors individual students in person and via Skype.

He is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He created a weekly live broadcast available on YouTube and has online workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His book “Awakening From The Daydream – Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life” was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.

David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das. Jerry Garcia and many others.

David’s Podcast
www.davidnichtern.com
facebook.com/davidnichtern

Training Overview

Our weekend trainings will be very concentrated. There will be ongoing study and practice requirements between each level for those who continue to Levels 2, 3 & 4 and who opt to take the full 100-hour certification from Samarasa.

See below for 2019 Training Dates.

Investment for full training:

  • Early Bird (before 4/26) – $1275
  • Full Price – $1400

Level 1: Introduction to Mindfulness

+ The Path of Meditation

June 7th- 9th – Early bird (before 4/26) $250, Regular $275

Level 1 can be taken as a stand alone workshop. It is required for but not limited to Teacher Trainees. Open to all.

  1. Learn the foundations of meditation practice.
  2. Understand and experience the benefits of meditation.
  3. Overview of the Buddhist path and stages of practice.
  4. Move toward helping others with their meditation practice and personal journey.

Level 2: Guiding Groups 

July 19th – 21st

  1. Continue to deepen and extend your practice and study.
  2. Develop clarity and communication skills for presenting meditation to others in a group setting.
  3. Intensive breakout sessions in which you will be giving talks in a group setting and receiving feedback from the Teachers and other Teacher Trainees.

Level 3: Providing Personal Instruction

August 16th – 18th

  1. Continue to deepen and extend your practice and study.
  2. Learn to work with presenting meditation in a one-to-one setting.
  3. Intensive breakout sessions in which you will practice giving personal meditation instruction and receiving feedback from the Teachers and other Teacher Trainees.

Level 4: Sealing The Practice

September 20th – 22nd

  1. Practice Teaching Sessions
  2. Final Teaching Presentation
  3. Final Exam
  4. Final Ceremony with David

Samarasa Meditation TT 100-Hour Certification Course Requirements:

  •   4 Full-weekend Levels (in sequence 1-2-3-4) in person with David at Samarasa.  (Please note that the required Buddhist Studies Workshops and Modules are INCLUDED in the level weekend dates listed below.)

    • Level 1 – June 7th – 9th
    • Level 2 – July 12th -14th
    • Level 3 – August 16th – 18th
    • Level 4 – Sept. 20th – 22nd

 

  • 4 Group Practice Sessions :
    • TT’s are required to attend four 3-hour intensive meditation sessions either in person at Samarasa or via Zoom (for out of town students only.) Please see specific dates below.
      • Sunday, July 7th – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, August 4th – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, September 1st – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, September 15th – 2p to 5p

 

  • 2 Specialized Modules:
    • Trainees are required to choose 2 out of 3 offered specialized modules for deepening their study. Topics will include: the science behind mindfulness practices, trauma sensitive training for mindfulness teachers and the business of meditation.
    • Each module will be offered the Friday afternoons of Level 2, 3 and 4. See dates for level weekends above.

 

  • 2 Buddhist Studies Workshops with David at Samarasa:  
    • There will always be a Buddhist studies workshop the Friday evening before each level of the TT at Samarasa so students can choose any 2 out of the 4 Friday evenings listed above (June 7th, July 12, August 16th or September 20th.)

 

  • Personal Practice:
    • An absolute commitment to a minimum of 5 sessions of mindfulness meditation per week during the entire program – minimum of 20 minutes per session. Students are asked to keep a personal log of meditation sessions. Journaling (please do not journal during sessions) is optional.

 

  • Final Exam: 
    • Your final exam will consist of making a mock teaching presentation to the Assistant Director (during Level 4 weekend) as well as a written (via email) exam. These are required for certification.

 

  • 2 Mentoring Sessions:
    • Trainees are required to schedule 2 personal meetings with the Assistant Director to discuss your practice before the end of the program, either in person or via Skype/Zoom.

 

  • Reading assignments:
    • Reading assignments will be at the end of your Level 1 Manual.
    • As indicated there are 3 required books to be read (at your own pace) in their entirety as well as several recommended additional readings.

 

Recommended (not required) Support Materials:

  • You can find many of David’s teachings concerning the dharma online. They have proven to be very supportive tools for trainees in the program.
  • The entire library of online talks is here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/David-Nichtern

 

  • Specifically Recommended for our 100-hour TT:

 

  • Gentleness & Precision

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45045587

 

  • Meditation & Working with Strong Emotions

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/58671522

 

  • Going Deeper with Your Meditation Practice

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/57519887

 

  • Sense of Humor

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44235367

 

  • Meditation, Contemplation & Action

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/43204684

 

 Upon successful completion of all of the above requirements you will receive your Samarasa – 100-hour Meditation Teacher Training Certificate. Your name will be posted on Samarasa’s list of certified mindfulness meditation teachers and you will be eligible to teach meditation classes at Samarasa. Of course you may present your certification as you see fit in other appropriate contexts.