Certified Mindfulness Minister Objectives

Registration Deadline January 26

As a Certification Candidate, you will be trained to deepen your personal practice and teach the following Ministry Objectives to your members. The following Ministry Objectives are important because they guide members’ to use mindfulness to deepen their connection with spirit.

 

Our minds and guts can distract us from our own hearts and relationship with spirit.

 

With practice, members improve focus, become more tuned into the subtilties of their relationship with spirit, and open up to healing and connection. As a Mindfulness Minister candidate, you will teach 1 – 3 of these objectives in a single class, sermon or counseling session. During your mindfulness ministry practice, you will teach two classes, give two sermons and facilitate two counseling sessions.

 

Ministry Objectives

 

To support Focus and minimize distraction, member will practice mindfulness of:

 

  • physical sensations

  • sounds in their environment

  • breath sensations

  • mental emotions

  • distorted emotions

  • mental responses to their instinctual impulses

  • mental responses to their heart emotions

  • thought sequences

  • their natural tendency to justify and explain

  • desires for change

  • instinctual responses to their healing

 

Member will also be able to:

 

  • disengage from their correct and faulty logic

  • practice awareness of the part of their consciousness that directs their attention

  • practice awareness of the form their thoughts take

  • disengage from the content of their thoughts

  • be mindful of how their mind & gut acts to protect

To support Dwelling in the heart, member will practice mindfulness of their:

 

  • physical sensations in their heart area

  • authentic emotions

  • desire for certainty

  • presence of spirit

 

Member will also be able to:

 

  • allow their authentic emotions to exist naturally

  • use mindfulness exercises to support their own natural healing process

  • allow physical responses to pain and joy

  • practice embracing uncertainty

To support Integration with spirit, member will practice:

 

  • patience for their own mindfulness practice

  • surrender to spirit

  • prayer for healing and gratitude

  • waiting for awareness of spirit

  • trusting in spirit’s power in our lives

  • humility in letting go of desires

  • allowing spirit to define one’s desires

  • accepting spirit is more resolute, pristine, correct and magnanimous than ourselves growing into perfect relationship with all beings through atonement

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Is this course online or in person?

All of our programs are offered online.

 

How will I participate in online classes and how long are the classes?

Online classes meet twice per month, virtually, for six to ten months, depending on your program. We use Google Meet. When logged in, you will be able to view your instructor and classmates. You will also be able to ask questions by speaking or type questions and comments in the chat. Classes are 90 minutes long.

 

What do I do if I miss an online class?

All online classes are recorded, so you can view the class recording on our training platform for up to two months. You do not need to attend classes live to become certified, but you do need to attend both one-day retreats live (as works with your time zone).

 

How much homework will I be responsible for?

You will be responsible for one hour per week of reading and writing to fill certification requirements. And you will need to practice mindfulness meditation as described by your instructor for a minimum of 90 minutes per week for the first five months of the course; and increase your practice to a minimum of 120 minutes for the remaining months of the course. As a certification candidate you will also perform your student teaching or clinical practice. This will involve prepping for lessons and sessions, conducting mindfulness sessions, and documenting your experience during these sessions.

 

If you are not enrolled in a certification program, all homework is optional.

 

How much does the program cost?

If you are a certification candidate, your monthly investment in yourself is $99 USD per month. Monthly payments can be cancelled at any time, however, any payments made before cancellation will not be refunded. Cost is different If you are not enrolled in a certification program.

Monthly course investment includes:

 

  • Participation in 90-minute online classes, twice per month.

  • Continued digital instruction via discussion forums between classes.

  • Unlimited access to recorded classes.

  • Two 1-day online retreats.

  • Two or three in-person weekend workshops in Asheville. This is optional and requires an extra $100 fee per workshop for meals and facilities.

  • One certification if all requirements are filled. Additional certifications are $300 each.

  • Unlimited access to coaching curriculum, normally sold for $89.00.

Monthly 1-to-1 coaching is suggested for the individual program and Teacher, Counselor, Healer & Minister certification programs. Coaching is required for the Coaching certification program). Coaching is discounted by half for students. Instead of $198 per month, you pay $99 USD per month.

 

Monthly coaching investment includes:

 

  • Up to two private Mindfulness Coaching sessions per month with Sarah Vallely.

  • Additional training in curriculum not shared in course workshops and classes.

  • Personalized & focused guidance for your sitting mindfulness practice and daily mindfulness mindset.

  • Deeper skills and experience to strengthen your work with students and clients.

 

How do I get certified?

Counselors, coaches & healers will meet with six clients, three sessions each. Teachers will teach six classes to a small group. Ministers will teach two classes, hold two counseling sessions, and give two sermons. All certification candidates will need to complete course training (in-person or online) for their specific program and participate in two 1-day retreats virtually and complete all the necessary paperwork, including prep materials, session notes, and practice reflections.

 

How long is the course?

Mindfulness Counselor 12 classes spread over 6 months

Mindfulness Coach 14 classes spread over 7 months

Mindfulness Teacher 20 classes spread over 10 months

Mindfulness Healer 20 classes spread over 10 months

Mindfulness Minister 20 classes spread over 10 months

Individuals (non-certification) 12 classes spread over 6 months

 

All programs have an in-person option. If your program is 6 – 7 months long, you will participate in two weekend workshops in Asheville, NC. If your program is 10 months long, you will participate in three weekend workshops in Asheville, NC.

Can I cancel my program or move to another cohort?

Yes, you can cancel your monthly auto-payment at any time. However, any payments made before cancellation will not be refunded. Any monthly payments you have made can be transferred to another cohort, therefore you will not pay more if it becomes necessary for you to switch cohorts.

Course Syllabus
 

This is a combined syllabus for all programs, since many students work towards two certifications.

Classes 1 – 7 (Weekend 1)

  • Mindfulness of thoughts

  • Mindfulness of emotions

  • Mindfulness of distraction

  • Improving resilience with mindfulness

  • Introduction to the mental, gut and heart centers.

  • Tips for teaching students with attention challenges

 

  • At home practice: minimum of 90 minutes of practice per week.

  • Homework: two reflections per month (written or video) and postings to digital forum.

  • Reading: chapters 1 – 14 in Tame Soothe Dwell by Sarah Vallely

Classes 8 – 15 (Weekend 2)

 

  • Mindfulness techniques to tame your mind

  • Mindfulness techniques to soothe your gut

  • Mindfulness techniques to settle attention within your heart

  • Mindfulness techniques for breaking cycles of distorted emotions (ie. shame, resentment)

  • Mindfulness techniques for improving relationships, including relationships with addictive substances

  • Counseling, coaching and teaching instruction

 

  • At home practice: minimum of 90 minutes of practice per week.

  • Homework: two reflections per month (written or video) and postings to digital forum.

  • Reading: chapters 15 - 26 in Tame Soothe Dwell by Sarah Vallely

  • Clinical practice for counselors and coaches; prepare for student teaching for teachers.

 

Classes 15 – 20 (Weekend 3)

 

  • Mindfulness techniques for integrating conscious with divine

  • Mindfulness techniques for healing

  • Mindfulness techniques for deeper emotional awareness

  • Mindfulness techniques for deeper spiritual awareness

 

  • At home practice: minimum 120 minutes per week.

  • Homework: two reflections per month (written or video) and postings to digital forum.

  • Reading: chapters 27 - 55 in Tame Soothe Dwell by Sarah Vallely

  • Healer and minister instruction.

  • Student teaching and healer and minister clinical practice.