2 day Introduction to
Guiding Mindfulness



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

COURSE DURATION: 2 DAYS
ACCREDITED: Yes
CERTIFICATE: Yes
WHEN: 4-5 November, 16-17 November 2020 etc.
WHERE: Online Virtual Interactive Classroom
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As the benefits from Mindfulness are becoming more commonly known and acknowledged there is now a growing demand in organisations and work places for mindfulness training and trained mindfulness facilitators.

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.

Proven & Successful Methods

Mindfulness is a natural state of being human, yet in our increasingly distracted and fragmented world we now have to ‘teach’ mindfulness to re-empower people with their own natural ability to restore the fragmented mind to a state of wholeness and presence.

This 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 Mindfulness in Australia 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 opportunity to deepen your own Mindfulness practice and 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 a lot of ground and learn so many things that it would be almost impossible to remember it all. But the 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.

NEW! – 8 Week Online Course


When you register you also get access to a complete self-paced online course to establish your own mindfulness practice.
INCLUDING:

  • A 60 page Mindfulness Training Manual covering eight week lessons in downloadable PDF format
  • Guided Mindfulness audios for each weeks exercises that you can listen to on any device.
  • Videos Recommended videos and talks to watch as a complement to the course
  • Webinars invitation to members only webinars to expand and go deeper, share insights and ask questions.

Rita Riccola is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers. Her 2 day facilitation course has been attended by hundreds of teachers, counsellors, social workers etc. in both New Zealand and Australia. She have provided staff training for numerous schools across New Zealand in order to help them integrating mindfulness practice to the curriculum.
Rita is a former teacher and a trained mindfulness teacher with 28 yrs experience who has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA and attended many Mindfulness retreats. These courses are designed to meet the growing need for educators and human resource workers to offer Mindfulness training to all.

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“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 adults, teenagers 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.

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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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 do you get from this Course?


  • Guidance given by experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • 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

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

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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2020 COURSES

Course in Sydney 24-25 March 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

TIME & PLACE
Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual,an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Sydney 16-17 June 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Sydney 10-11 November 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual,an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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COURSES 2020

Melbourne 16-17 March 2020

TIME & PLACE
Monday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Melbourne 30 June-1 July 2020

TIME & PLACE
Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

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Melbourne 17-18 November 2020

TIME & PLACE
Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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COURSES 2020

Brisbane 9-10 June 2020

Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

TIME & PLACE
Venue: To be advised, Central Brisbane

Cost: $495
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Coolangatta 11-12 March 2020

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

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Venue: Green Mount Beach Hotel, 1 Hill St, Coolangatta

Cost: $495
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Coolangatta 3-4 November 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Green Mount Beach Hotel, 1 Hill St, Coolangatta

Cost: $495
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Adelaide 22-23 June 2020

Monday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

TIME & PLACE
Venue: To be advised, Central Adelaide

Cost: $595
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Perth 25-26 June 2020

Thursday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Fridayday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To be advised, Central Perth

Cost: $595
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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COURSES IN 2020

These trainings are held using the zoom video platform. To see available face to face trainings, scroll down and look under the location you are interested in (i.e AUCKLAND, CHRISTCHURCH etc.).

2-Day-Virtual Interactive Course 4-5 November 2020

Wednesday: 11.30am-4.30pm
Thursday: 11.30am-4.30pm
(There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

Cost: $395
Including: Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, an 8 week Mindfulness workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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2 day Virtual Interactive Course 16-17 November 2020

Monday: 11.30am-4.30pm
Tuesday: 11.30am-4.30pm
(There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

Cost: $395
Including: Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, an 8 week Mindfulness workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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2 day WEEKEND – Virtual Interactive Course 21-22 November 2020

Saturday: 11.30am-4.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am-4.30pm
(There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

Cost: $395
Including: Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, an 8 week Mindfulness workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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2 DAY WEEKEND – Virtual Interactive Course 5-6 December 2020

Saturday: 11.30am-4.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am-4.30pm
(There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

Cost: $395

Including: Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, an 8 week Mindfulness workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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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



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.




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.
Yes, you get a certificate after completing the 2 days training and the 8 week online component which is a 8 week self-paced course to establish your own practice.
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.
The 2 day course is an immersion into mindfulness facilitation, covering all ground; science behind it, practices, methods, tools and resources. It gives you a strong foundation and also ongoing support afterwards and many of the attendants start implementing these techniques in their profession directly after the course. With that said, in the end, it is your regular practice and self enquiry together with you own communication and coaching skills that leads to the ability to facilitate effectively. 
No, the course is for teaching everyone, adults, children, teenagers, although it has grown out of working with students.
Yes, it is accredited with IMMA (International’s Meditation and Mindfulness Alliance)

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Non-Religous



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.


Evidence Based


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.



For Anyone



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