BECOME A MINDFULNESS TRAINER USING PROVEN & SUCCESSFUL METHODS?


Guide mindfulness with Integrity,
Confidence & Authenticity

Face to face training in Wellington

This course gives you the science, practices and tools to guide others and the inspiration, tools & resources to establish a regular practice for yourself.


Experience the Transformative Power of Mindfulness with this training held in central Wellington 10-11 October

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“This has been a wonderful course and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others!”
Nancy C.. Auckland, NZ

The ability to control attention is one of the key markers of a successful life. Regular mindfulness practices is a proven method to help increase focus and awareness, make it possible to self-regulate and shift attention when caught up in negative thinking and worrying. Mindfulness exercises are designed to train our awareness and the ability to stay calm under stress and turbulence as well as having better sleep and increasing resilience.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that underpins mindfulness widespread success and application as well as all the exercises that will help you establish your own regular practice and the additional training, tools and resources to successfully guide groups or one to one sessions.

Mindfulness is a proven method to help increase focus and awareness, make it possible to self-regulate and shift attention when caught up in negative thinking and worrying. Mindfulness exercises are designed to train our awareness and the ability to stay calm under stress and turbulence as well as having better sleep and increasing resilience.

The Key Points of Successful Facilitation

Mindfulness can’t be learnt by just 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 about guiding people to their own mindfulness practice. It’s about co-creating an environment where mindfulness can ‘happen’. In this ‘safe space’ everyone has the ability to come into a deeper contact with who they really are by continually being offered the possibility of surrendering to the present moment, exactly as it is, without an agenda or expected outcome.

During the two days we will be looking carefully at the basic neuroscience; how purposefully connecting with the body’s self-calming para-sympathetic nervous system leads to- lower stress and anxiety, increased attention and mental clarity, improved social and emotional intelligence and a host of other life-enhancing benefits.

In this course you will learn, as the teacher/guide, how to use language, your voice, authority and authenticity to create an environment, where a deep trust between participants naturally arises as well as a sense of freedom and safety.
To guide mindfulness is like nothing else, it is not teaching in a traditional sense, it is not therapy. It is more like ‘decluttering’ the over-filled, busy mind.

By establishing your own Mindfulness practice and the fundamental understanding of how mindfulness works from a more scientific point of view, you will build the foundation needed to effectively guide others on to their own mindfulness journey.

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.

Take out the guesswork

It could be a daunting task to design a mindfulness program if you didn’t know where to start…
The course is based on the successful program Mindfulness in Australia has been running the past seven years as well as latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness designed by the original MBSR members
who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn. There is a whole module where we go through how to design a program for your specific audience.

A Path to Healing

However you can’t just ‘add water’ and suddenly you are mindful. Recognising that the only way we get skilled at anything is to do it again and again – That is why this course comes with an 8 week online component where you slowly, day by day, establish a personal mindfulness practice. You learn all the classic formal practices within a context where they make sense and you get to incorporate mindfulness to your daily life at your own pace using guided audios. This self-paced online component goes even beyond the formal and introduces a path to forgiveness and acceptance that can heal frayed relationships and come to terms with ‘unfortunate’ life events.

Become a Facilitator

This training will give you a resource to improve everyone’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy. After the training you receive a facilitation pack with manuals, ready to use lesson plans, white papers, posters, articles and tools to use when you run your own mindfulness sessions.

“My perspective of life has expanded through this practice as I discover more about myself through awareness, non judgement and compassion not only for others but for myself. Thank you Rita”.Melissa M.
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WHAT DO YOU GET FROM THIS COURSE?

  • Guidance given by an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions.
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • Example of how to build mindfulness lessons that is engaging for people of any age.
  • Complete documentation incl. a 8 weeks self-paced mindfulness online course.
  • TRAINER WITH 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

    Rita-Riccola_profile-for-coco

    Rita Riccola is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers and the author of the book “The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance”.

    She is a former teacher and a trained mindfulness teacher who has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA.

    Rita has been a Vipassana and yoga practitioner for 30 years. In 2000-2002 she attended a number of Barry Long’s ‘Course in Being’ seminars, (Barry Long was one of Eckhart Tolle’s teachers).

    Her 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course has been taken by more than thousand individuals, including school teachers, life coaches, psychologists and counsellors in both New Zealand and Australia.

    She have provided staff training for numerous schools across New Zealand to help integrate mindfulness practice to the curriculum. These courses are designed to meet the growing need in all sectors to offer Mindfulness training.

    “This Course Exceeded My Expectations”.Angela B, psychologist, Auckland
    “Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness. This has come at exactly the right time for me as I look towards a less cluttered lifestyle, on the physical plane as well as the emotional and spiritual. Thank you once again,

    Anne C.
    “I’ve really loved this course – both the online component and the two day course, I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU :-)”
    Natalie E. Auckland, NZ
    “This has been a wonderful course and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others!”
    Nancy C.. Auckland, NZ
    “The 8 week course has allowed me to re connect with the person I used to be and ignite my passion to forge forward, to help others find their passion, peace, connection and love within themselves. So they too, can help others to find their way in life. Thank you for this experience and training”
    Sia, Sydney, AUS
    “Since this course I have been using these skills with my students and I want to thank you so much. Your course is amazingly comprehensive and has given me a full toolbox while also taking me on a personal journey”.Naomi M.
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    WHAT YOU GET

    Part of the training is a 8 week online course that you can do in your own time. This component is part of the accreditation and will help you to establish (or deepen) your personal practice by weekly engaging lessons and keeping a daily journal.
    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.
  • 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • Videos Recommended videos and talks to watch as a complement to the course
  • A MINDFULNESS FACILITATOR’S PACK

    This training comes with the components needed to run successful mindfulness sessions for groups or one-to-one weather you want to add mindfulness to your skillset, bring it to the classroom, add mindfulness to the services you already offer or start a career as a meditation teacher.

    One of the many recources is a 60 page facilitation manual covering:
    • The Foundation of Mindfulness
    • The two-folded mechanism at work when you practice mindfulness
    • The best time to run sessions
    • How to set up the room properly
    • How to introduce mindfulness for the first time and “break the ice”
    • 3 ground rules for the group
    • Guiding point for all formal mindfulness practices
    • What is it that we really train in Mindfulness?
    • How to find your authentic voice?
    • Leading mindfulness is not a ‘performance’ – What is embodiment?
    • How to lead effectively with confidence?
    • 6 things to remember when speaking
    • Key qualities to develop for facilitators
    • How do you make the the group feel comfortable and sharing their experience?
    • The purpose of each formal mindfulness exercise explained

    and much more for example;

  • Templates on how to build dynamic and engaging lessons for children and adults.
  • 8 Weeks Ready To-Use- Lesson Plans that complies with the objectives of the curriculum for personal development, that you can use as they are or as a starting point when you build your own lessons.
  • 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • A powerpoint presentation with over 60 slides that you can use freely as a resource.
  • A Certificate of completion of the training- accredited with IMMA (international Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance).
  • Ongoing support.
  • As well as:
    More Than 30 resources to expand on all aspects of Mindfulness; articles, white papers, videos and posters to assist you in your efforts to guide mindfulness effectively

    • A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatised Children
    • Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Children
    • The Brain House Poster
    • Conflict Resolution Tool Box Poster
    • 8 Week Work book for Students/Practitioners
    • How To Designing A Programme
    • Coping Strategies For Children and Teachers
    • The Feeling Wheel
    • Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults
    • Simple Activities to Strengthen the Attention Muscle



    Why Choose This Course?

    Internationally Recognised Accreditation
    Our courses are accredited with IMMA (International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance). After completion you will be eligible to apply for IMMA membership.

    These courses are designed to meet the growing need in all sectors (education, medicine, psychology, social work, physiotherapy, business etc) for evidence-based strategies that lead to self-regulation, emotional awareness and lowered stress and anxiety.

    Leading Trainer
    Learn Mindfulness from a professional educator with more than 30 years experience of mindfulness and meditation.

    Highly evaluated courses
    Hundreds of professionals and individuals have taken the 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course. The trainings receive consistently high evaluation and reviews.
    See testimonials here

    All Age Groups
    The program is designed and has been successfully implemented for all age groups from 4 year old pre-schoolers to 80 year old seniors.

    Life-Time Access
    When you register for an online course or a face-to-face training you receive lifelong access to the course material and all the resources provided. Ongoing support is available.

    Be part of a Community
    Connect with like-minded people that support each other.

    WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

    “I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have conducted other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled”.Sarah A.
    “I am extremely grateful for your teachings…you are truly inspirational”.Wendy R.
    “Thank you, this wonderful experience, which is now forever a regular practice in my life”.Susan H.
    “I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have attended other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled.”.Sarah A.

    Some of the organisations that have provided this course to members of their staff

    Some of the organisations that have provided this course to members of their staff

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    Book now and receive the online component that you can do in your own time, today!
    After the 2 day training you will receive more than 30 resources to expand on all aspects of Mindfulness; manuals, articles, white papers, videos and posters to assist you in your efforts to guide mindfulness effectively. A certificate will also be issued after completion.

    Pay securely via credit card or invoice. Payment plans are available.


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    COURSES 2024

    AUGUST


    2 Day Training in Wellington 14-15 August 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.00pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.00pm

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    COURSES IN 2024

    JUNE

    2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Training In Auckland 26-27 June 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

    Venue: Eden Garden in Epsom, Auckland

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    AUGUST

    2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Training In Auckland 21-22 August 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

    Venue: Eden Garden in Epsom, Auckland

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    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.)

    COURSES IN 2024

    June

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 19-20 June 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 26-27 June 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    July

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 17-18 July 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    August

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 14-15 August 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 28-29 August 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    September

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 11-12 September 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 25-26 September 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    October

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 9-10 October 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    November

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 12-13 November 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 27-28 November 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
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    December

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Training 11-12 December 2024

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

    Cost: $445
    Including: Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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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



    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 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)

    WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH THIS TRAINING?

    Whether you just want to be more present in your own daily life and maybe share these techniques with the people closest to you, which is wonderful, or you are looking at starting a new career, both these options are possible with this training. There are innumerable applications of the material and knowledge you receive from this course, you will be able to create your own program to run, for example:

    » One-to-one sessions to reduce stress and anxiety for your existing or new clients
    » A wellness strategy in the workplace for both staff and management
    » Daily short sessions to improve attention and focus in the classroom for students of all ages
    » Group sessions to help improve wellbeing in nursing homes or mental health facilities
    » Teenage groups for better self awareness and emotional regulation
    » Public mindfulness classes for general relaxation and wellbeing
    » Emotional intelligence programs for children at home or in preschool
    and much more.

    NEW COURSE

    DECODING DISCONNECTION


    Too often we are trapped in the prisons of our own minds. When we listen to the inner chatter too much, are constantly connected and distracted by devices, lose connection with community and each other in meaningful way, fail to truly listen to others -we lose contact with ourselves, others and nature- all important for our wellbeing and mental health.

    Intentionally cultivating a connection to nature has been shown  reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. The constant demands of this fast-paced world, work and life in general can be corrected. Reconnecting with ourselves, others and the natural world are all necessary to maintain inner calm, mental clarity.



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    Decoding Disconnection is a 1 Day Virtual Online course/retreat where you will learn mindfulness based strategies to purposefully connect with the energy of nature and release the grip of the constant, often critical inner chatter.

    COURSE DATES:

    Sunday 31 May, Wednesday 3 June
    9.30am-3.30 pm
    Cost: $195 (incl.resources and
    8 week online mindfulness training).

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    Register for this course Today and get immediate access to the 8 week online component to start practicing today using easy-to follow guided meditations.

    WHAT DO YOU GET FROM THIS COURSE?
  • Guidance given by an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions.
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • Example of how to build mindfulness lessons that is engaging for people of any age.
  • Complete documentation incl. a 8 weeks self-paced mindfulness online course.

  • Make a Booking & Receive The Online Component Today!

    Pay securely via credit card or invoice. Payment plans are available.

    After the 2 day training you will receive more than 30 resources to expand on all aspects of Mindfulness; manuals, articles, white papers, videos and posters to assist you in your efforts to guide mindfulness effectively. A certificate will also be issued after completion.

    Make a Booking & Receive The Online Component Today!

    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 Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance).

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    “Since this course I have been using these skills with my students and I want to thank you so much. Your course is amazingly comprehensive and has given me a full toolbox while also taking me on a personal journey”. Naomi M.

    “Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you see? What do you hear?”Jon Kabat-Zin