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MNDFL Sound Practitioner Training

Stay tuned for Fall 2018 dates

5 MONTHS. 125 HOURS. REAL TRAINING.

We are offering a 5 month, 125 hour sound practitioner training program that will give you the necessary knowledge and experience to facilitate sound meditation classes and sound baths.

The 5 month curriculum includes access to five weekend retreats, a six part series of in-depth workshops and unlimited classes at MNDFL. Workshops include guided practice sessions with Sara and guest lecturers, guidance on how to facilitate private and group sound sessions, and lots of room for your own exploration of how to integrate sound into your current practices and teaching.

CURRICULUM (YEP, 125 HOURS IN IV PARTS)

I. An introduction to sound as a tool for meditation presented by Sara Auster and guest teachers.  Topics will include:

  • Therapeutic Properties of Sound
  • Cymatics
  • Nada Yoga
  • Mantra and Vocal Practices
  • Deep Listening
  • Instruments used to facilitate Sound Bath Meditations

II. A thorough exploration into facilitating sound meditations, as taught directly by Sara and guest teachers

III. The ethics and conduct of facilitating sound experiences, how to craft and deliver instruction, as taught by Sara and special guests

IV. Sound Practitioner Labs: you facilitate practice sessions in a supportive community and receive feedback from peers and experienced practitioners

Specific details on what happens when, in DATES below.  

REQUIREMENTS (CHECK, CHECK, CHECK)

  • Completed Application - DUE DATE: January 20th, 2017 (applications received on a rolling basis until then)
  • Attend 5 sound classes at M N D F L (or more!) or elsewhere
  • 1 year or more experience as a certified meditation or yoga instructor or consistent meditation or musical practice (the more experience in this regard, the more likely you'll be accepted)
  • Interview with Sara Auster
  • Full attendance in the program (have to miss something? we get it! everything will be recorded but there aren't make up classes with the teacher in-person)
  • Daily practice (you're expected to develop an at home sound practice every day)
  • Completion of weekly readings and homework (one to two chapters per week)

DATES (NO HOLIDAYS, WE SWEAR)

INTRO SESSION

Tuesday evening WORKSHOPS 7:15-9:15pm:

Workshops include:

  • Guided meditation
  • Talks by the teachers
  • Practice sessions by participants
  • Q&A

WEEKEND IMMERSIONS

• Introduction to Sound as Therapy and Deep Listening, Structure of a Sound Bath Meditation w/ Sara and Guest Teacher Katie Down, MT-BC, LCAT

• The Science of Sound, Cymatics and Intro to Singing Bowls w/ Sara and Guest Teacher Wendy Young, Princeton University Music Department

• How to Develop your own unique Sound practice w/ Sara and Guest Teachers: Grammy Nominated Silvia Nakkach, founder of The Vox Mundi Project,  Stephanie Rooker, Founder of Voice Journey Sound Center and Gong Master Robert Hall

• Sound in a Clinical Setting, Managing Group Dynamics and Introduction to Biosonics Tuning Forks w/ Sara and Guest Teacher John Beaulieu, ND, Ph D

• Individual Presentations

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday 11 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

MENTOR MEETINGS: Once a month check-in with Sara.    

STUDY GROUPS: We will break up into 4 or 5 smaller groups, depending on individual locations and work schedules, to meet once a month outside of Tuesday evening and weekend sessions.  Groups will be responsible for assigned reading discussions and practice exercises. 

FINE PRINT (CAVEAT)

Application alone does not guarantee entry. Meeting all requirements + successful interview with lead teacher = invitation to participate. We are accepting no more than 22 applicants.

Price: TBA - includes all weekend retreats, workshops, four-month membership to MNDFL, and credential as Sound Meditation Facilitator.

No refunds once the program has started. (sorry). 

Graduating from the program does not guarantee employment at M N D F L or teaching in our corporate or school programs. It does mean we back that you're trained to teach and will also give you the business skills to begin doing that on your own.