Learn How To Teach Mindfulness Using Proven & Successful Methods


Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate Course based on the latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness

As the benefits from Mindfulness practices are becoming more widely recognised and known, there is now a real opportunity for everyone, including teachers social workers and parents, who see the value of attention training and mindfulness exercises, to help others improve focus, mental resilience and impulse control.

In this 2 day certificate course you will not only be introduced to and learn the the powerful Mindfulness techniques that are helping individuals from all walks of life to have more balance and focus in their lives. You will also receive the tools and training to teach these techniques to anyone around you, including students and children.

The course gives you the background, science, practices and techniques to teach/guide others and to establish a regular practice yourself.

The course is based on the successful programme Mindful NZ Schools has been running the past three years as well as latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness designed by the original MBSR members
who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

This is an interactive course covering theory, activities and practices. You will have the opportunity to deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition, be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions. Participants also get the chance to guide classes for first-hand experience.


Tools & Documentation


In these 2 days we will cover so much ground and learn so many things that it would be almost impossible to remember it all afterwards but the best thing is that you don’t need to. You will get printed (or digital if you prefer) documentation on all aspects of what we learnt in the course.
For example: 

  • Templates on how to build dynamic and engaging lessons for children and adults.
  • A Mindfulness Facilitator Manual with key points for guiding and leading mindfulness sessions with inspiring and pedagogical tips on how to use language, your own authenticity and natural authority, to create a space where Mindfulness can ‘happen’ rather than ‘telling’ people what to do.
  • Example scripts that you can use as a starting point when you build your own lessons.
  • An 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • A powerpoint presentation with over 40 slides that you can use freely as a resource.
  • plus ongoing support, audio links etc.
“This course exceeded my expectations”.Angela B, psychologist, Auckland
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In Short-What will you learn?

This training will give you a resource to improve everyone’s, including students and children’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy. Activities and practices will be taught to help engage students in the mindfulness process and assist in internalising the mindfulness process.

Why should we teach Mindfulness to students and children?
Studies have shown that emotional regulation, social behaviour and academic achievement have noticeably improved for those who have received Mindfulness instructions.

Benefits such as:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better self-management
  • Less reactivity
  • Improved mental resilience
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better memory
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Better conflict resolution skills

are common and expectable result from regular Mindfulness practice.

It doesn’t matter if you never meditated or done one Mindfulness exercise in your life, this course is for anyone who are moved to establish their own Mindfulness practice and get the tools and resources to help others to improve focus, mental resilience and impulse control.

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ABOUT THE TEACHER

The course is held by Rita Riccola She is a registered NZ teacher and has been a Meditation and yoga practitioner for 25 years. She has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA. More recently she has been training teachers at Diocesan and Dilworth Junior College in Mindfulness to assist them in their effort to take the practices to their students.





“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
-Louise Dore, Auckland







Course Content – Day 1 & 2



  • What is Mindfulness?
  • How does it work?
    Evidence-based research results
    and the neuroscience.
  • Why Teach Mindfulness to Students and Children.
  • Breathing Exercise 1 and 2
  • Guided Body Scan
  • The STOP Method
  • How to build a MIndfulness Lesson
  • Tools & Resources




  • How to identifying patterns of thinking and reacting that keep us trapped.
  • Practical ways to work with  Difficult Thoughts and Emotions.
  • Turning boredom and restlessness into curiosity
  • Mindful Listening-expanded awareness.
  • The ‘Mountain meditation’
  • Training Session – Teaching Mindfulness
  • Questions and Answers, feedback/personal Enquiry into your own experience


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Course in Auckland 2-3 December 2017

TIME & PLACE
Venue: Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby Auckland

Saturday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook and ongoing support.

NOTE: It is possible to attend Mindfulness Introductory only, on Saturday
2 December 9.30pm-12.30pm

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Course in Gisborne 18-19 October 2017

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To Be Advised

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook and ongoing support.

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Course in Wellington 25-26 October 2017

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To Be Advised

NOTE: It is possible to attend a Mindfulness Introductory only, on Wedensday 25 October 9.30-12.30am

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook and ongoing support.

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Course in New Plymouth 28-29 October 2017

Saturday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To Be Advised

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook and ongoing support.

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Will I need to do more courses after this?
No, not necessary, The written material and training you get from this half day workshop will give you the tools and confidence to teach Mindfulness to students and children. You just need to establish a daily practice, which you will learn in the workshop how to do at home. Many people find being part of a Mindfulness group that meets regularly (typically once a week) is beneficial. Practicing in the company of other like-minded people is always rewarding and energising.

“Mindfulness makes me get more sleep and helps me to get fall asleep”
Year 5 student, Dilworth Junior, Auckland


“When I am trying to get to sleep I use the body scan. It really works!”
Student, James Cook High, Auckland


‘The body scan felt relaxing and calm which took all the anger away”.

Year 5 student, Dilworth Junior, Auckland

Mindfulness can’t be learnt by talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is
experiential. To be able to teach mindfulness you need to understand how
it works from the inside out. Teaching mindfulness is more about guiding
people to their own mindfulness practice. It’s about co-creating an
environment where mindfulness can ‘happen’
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Who is the course for?


  • Teachers
  • Yoga Trainers
  • Social Workers
  • Consultants
  • Psychologists
  • Team Leaders
  • Personal Assistants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Parents
  • Pastors
  • & anyone who want to add Mindfulness Facilitation to their skill set

What Participants Say


“What I liked best about the 2 day training was the relaxed, knowledgeable approach to Mindfulness”.
-Laura, Melbourne

“I liked the pace, experiential learning and the facilitators sharing her experience”
Alison, Sydney

“I’ve learnt valuable human, approachable ways to bring Mindfulness to my school and my own life”
Peter, Sydney

“ I’ve learnt that you can choose to change. The interaction between participants was especially valuable”
– Jen, Sydney

“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
-Louise Dore, Auckland

“I found Rita’s expert and gentle facilitating a wonderful way to explore mindfulness personally, whilst also guiding me to share mindfulness with others”.
-Suzanne Henwood, Auckland

“The Mindfulness Teacher Training 2 day workshop delivered some excellent material and provided participants with some definitive tools to enable them to develop their own teaching programs around. Rita’s knowledge and inclusive manner of facilitating made for an enjoyable experience”.
-Errol Alison, Wellington

“What I liked best about the course was the practical nature and the openness to ask questions”
-Wendy, Sydney

“I’ve learnt very practical strategies and meaningful discussions of experiences”
-Sarah, Christchurch


What do you get from this Workshop?


  • Guidance given by experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Learning simple practices to help students and children to relax the body, eliminate stress, calm the mind
  • Improve mental and physical well-being, by changing patterns of anxious thinking
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • How to build mindfulness lessons that is accessible for children of all ages
  • Written 8 weeeks lesson plans and practices including powerpoint and audio links
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“With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
equilibrium”.Rita Riccola



WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MINDFULNESS?


Mindfulness is a natural state of being human yet in our increasingly distracting
and fragmented world we now ‘teach’ mindfulness to re-empower
people with their own natural ability to restore the fragmented mind
to a state of wholeness and presence and to come in contact with the
calmness and stillness beneath the often, over-burdened mind.



HOW DOES MINDFULNESS WORK?


“Practicing Mindfulness has been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain, which is what allows us to learn, acquire new abilities, and improve memory.” DR. ROMIE MUSHTAQ

Mindfulness trains the mind to be observant and responsive to the many challenges we face every day.

Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Universities offer Mindfulness courses. Mindfulness is not just a trend but a proven method for success.



Why Mindfulness?


Evidence based results from around the world continue to show that the regular practise of Mindfulness has ongoing benefits for physical and mental health. Research over the past few decades has found that Mindfulness training helps to;

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Relieve Anxiety & Stress


In our fast paced lives, where we rush from one demand to another, there is very little time or space to stop and pause. Mindfulness offer the tools needed to connect with our inner intelligence, where we can access natural calmness beneath the busy minds.


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Let go of Anger & Frustration


Coming in contact with your direct experience in the mindful state allows us to become familiar with the patterns that direct our lives; our thoughts, emotions and reactions.


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OVERCOME WORRYING
& NEGATIVE THINKING


Pain is an inevitable part of being human but suffering is optional. In Mindfulness we learn how to manage our thoughts and emotions instead of letting emotions and thoughts manage us.

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STOP INNER CHATTER


Aimless thinking and inner chatter is draining our energy and clouding over the present moment. One of the most common benefits from regular Mindfulness training is greater mental clarity and a new sense of inner peace.


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Have Better Sleep


To be able stop incessant thinking and worrying is one of the great benefits of Mindfulness and it makes it easier to sleep in and have unbroken sleep throughout the night.


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STOP LIVING IN THE PAST


Mindfulness practices increasingly bring you more into the present with the growing awareness that going over the past keeps you stuck in the past.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness is a way of noticing where your attention is in the present moment without judging it good or bad. It’s about not wandering off into an imagined future or going over the past but fully engaging right here right now.

The ability to focus on one thing at a time is a skill and requires practice. Just as athletes train on a daily basis to maintain fitness and stamina, Mindfulness, which is a mental training, requires regular daily practice to experience the many well documented benefits especially of de-stressing, relaxing the body and generally self-managing in a new and empowering way.

Through guided, simple easy-to-do practisies you are training the mind to be more present in the moment. resulting in it to be less anxious, more alert and alive.

Everyone really and especially anyone

  • Who over-thinks
  • Thinks anxiously as a regular behavior.
  • Stressed people
  • People who engage in constant negative self-talk
  • People who can’t sleep because of incessant inner chatter
  • People who operate on ‘auto-pilot’ and are always ‘on’..
Current research tells us 20 minutes a day is required to achieve lasting benefits. This can be broken into two 10 minutes sessions-easily do-able when you experience the inner calm and rest from the robotic mind.
You will slowly (sometimes quickly) begin to experience a lightness of being, less anxiety, better sleep, easier communications and a general improved sense of well-being and have more energy. These are not empty promises but almost guaranteed if you follow the instructions, do the practices regularly and begin to live more Mindfully.
Meditation and Mindfulness are very similar the only difference being that Meditation takes many more forms;chanting, mantras as well as breathing and visualisations however Mindfulness meditation is a specific set of exercises that focus exclusively on the five senses.
Many places that run Mindfulness courses do so on a donation basis and are connected to spiritual centers. Mindfulness in New Zealand is an independent group and the trainers pay to live just like everyone else. Everybody needs to be paid for their effort as well as the cost of hiring venues and paying advertising to let people know the courses exist.

NON RELIGIOUS


There is no religion, dogma or beliefs attached to Mindfulness. Mindfulness has it’s roots in many contemplative practices but doesn’t require or impose on anyones belief systems. It’s a mental activity that has proven to be of great benefit for maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance.



The many benefits of Mindfulness have been well documented especially in the past 30 years since Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme that has led to the wide-spread, evidence based research and the acceptance of these non-religious, practical exercises anyone can do.





Mindfulness practice doesn’t require any preparation or beforehand knowledge about meditation. Anyone can experience the effect from these simple exercises.