Delivered by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson
The insights experienced from mindfulness training often brings a desire to celebrate and share the ‘treasures’ found. Knowing that others could benefit from mindfulness can ignite an aspiration to become a mindfulness teacher. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to complete this teacher training and to be unsure about who to approach with these treasures. It can feel demoralising and disheartening when it seems difficult to connect with people who could really benefit from what you have to offer. We asked ourselves what we could do to help, and we have created a unique training course to support you in finding your way to share what you have learnt with others. The answers are not as complicated as you might think when you know how to ask the right questions.
The practical objectives of this workshop are threefold. Firstly, participants should leave with a clear understanding of the particular ‘treasures’ that they have discovered this far on their mindfulness journey. Secondly, participants should be able to identify their heart felt connections to people and places where these ‘treasures’ will make a difference. Thirdly they will be ready to take simple yet effective steps to turn their aspirations into action.
Note: This workshop is for people who have completed a mindfulness teacher training programme and are considering what do next! If in doubt please contact us on the details below.
The workshop will be delivered via Zoom by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson.
Full day Sunday 31 October (10.00 – 5.00 pm) and one follow up session on Monday 8 November (7.00 pm – 8.30 pm)
Cost for both dates £80.00
There are sponsored places available for individuals experiencing unemployment/ financial hardship at £20.00. Please get in touch.
A maximum group of 16 participants will be accepted.
To book a place on the workshop please contact Bill (email@example.com) and make payment.
Vin Harris has studied and practiced under the guidance of many great Tibetan teachers since he became a Buddhist in 1974. He has always aspired to follow the example of his teacher Akong Rinpoche by putting spiritual values into practical action and has been one of the team responsible for the construction of the Temple and College at Samye Ling.
Having practiced meditation for more than 40 years whilst establishing a successful business and managing a wide range of inspiring projects, Vin attributes many of his achievements to an ability to work skilfully with the inner environment: finding creative solutions to the many business and interpersonal challenges that inevitably arise.
When he was introduced to secular Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight by Rob Nairn, Vin became one of the founding Mindfulness Association Board members as he was inspired by it’s potential to help so many people. Vin has a BA in English & European Literature and a Masters degree in Business and a PG Diploma (with Distinction) in Mindfulness Studies with Aberdeen University.
Bill Paterson (PhD Philosophy) career illustrates a commitment to work with people of all ages and ability so that they might realise their unique potential. Bill has been practicing mindfulness and compassion for over 10 years, and teaching mindfulness for over 7 years. He has worked at the front line of mental health, teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to adults with anxiety and depression. Bill is a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) accredited teacher, and has taught in both schools and at the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) during a two-year secondment.
He has completed a four-year mindfulness training programme and a two-year teacher training programme with the Mindfulness Association (MA). He is recognised as a qualified mindfulness teacher by both the MA and the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). He has created a very successful business regularly teaching both the MA’s Mindfulness Based Living Course and the Compassion Based Living Course, also Insightfulness Based Living in the public, private and third sector of Scotland; Home Start, teachers, NHS and Social Care staff, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scotland Police, St. Andrew University, Edinburgh University, and UK military veterans to name a few. Working with five different mindfulness teaching organisations from Scotland, Bill played a key role in the co-creation of Mindful Nation Scotland and its launch in the Scottish Parliament in September 2019.