What do the teens learn?
Students are experiencing increasing levels of stress. Gun violence, bullying, economic uncertainty, academic competition, all contribute to dangerous levels of anxiety. Students learn time-honored tools to access inner strength and cultivate outer stability.
Time-honored and evidence-based mindfulness practices give students immediate personal support. Students learn to explore the mysterious nature of consciousness, which can ignite an ongoing curiosity about the nature of life.
As sophisticated as we are, we are still influenced by our reptilian brain, which has been honed to trigger fight and fear responses for over 300 million years. The teen brain is also undergoing seismic chemical shifts, which influence judgement, perception, and responses. Learning about these physiological changes helps teens become responsible for themselves, and gain confidence during this turbulent stage of life.
Our culture and social structures have made some huge leaps in the last 800 years. Connecting the dots between the greater freedoms we have now, the broader personal responsibility and choices, and our levels of stress and uncertainty gives students new ways to work with their own experience.
What will I learn?
Indepth Philosophical, Practical & Experiential Training
The Inner Strength Teen Program Teacher Training includes a 5-day in-person training, 4 teleconference sessions, 3 full-day virtual mindfulness retreats, 30 half-hour guided meditation practice sessions by video-conference, and 12 weekly professional development conference calls once you start teaching.
The training includes conceptual overview, background reading, practice teaching sessions using the 100 page Teacher’s Manual, and mindfulness sessions to explore your own understanding of the practice.
Teaching the Inner Strength Teen Programis personally rewarding. New insights catalyze our own growth and transformation. Not only do we learn how to teach inner strength for outer stability, we develop that in our own lives.
from Our Teens
Experience joy as lightbulbs go off for students and they discover unexpected joy and depth.
A Comprehensive Training for Advanced In-Class Mindfulness Instructors
The Teacher Training will begin with a full weekend training. Over the course of the weekend, you will develop your understanding of how to teach mindfulness tools with an emphasis on a developmental context. You will learn how to work with difficult classes and what posture or inner attitude is most important for teachers of mindfulness to exemplify and transmit to students. This weekend will be followed by 4 interactive video conference calls. Participants will present to the group and being individual class reviews. In the final weekend, you will work in small groups and in the large group, refining your understanding of the specific lessons and the underlying objectives and goals. Once classes begin in the Fall, you will participate in weekly conference calls which are focused on the specific class experience. You will be given support both by Amy and by the cohort, which is growing into a dynamic collective of committed teachers of teen mindfulness.
The commuter or residential weekend will take place in Philadelphia.
3 Virtual Retreat Days
Full day virtual retreats to explore mindfulness practice.
4 Interactive Teleseminar
TBD Tuesday Evenings
In preparation for the 5 day training and continuing education.
Ongoing Development Teleconferences
Fall or Spring
Weekly 1-hour teacher development calls during your first semester teaching to plan the next week’s class, discuss challenges, share creative teaching tools.
Registration includes a copy of the 100+ page Mindfulness & Cultural Development Teacher’s Manual.This manual is only available for participants and includes detailed lesson plans, additional readings for teachers, additional teaching tools for the classroom.
Audio & Video
Access to teacher only audio resource page with sample lessons, guided meditations, and video sections specifically for teacher training.