|meditation hall, Spirit Rock|
Many of you know that I was in the first Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. The 18 month program ran from 2007 to 2009. It consisted of three 10 day retreats held for the most part in silence. There are readings, homework, and telephone conferences in between the retreats. There is a core group of yoga and Buddhadharma teachers such as Anne Cushman, Phillip Moffit, Mark Coleman, Anna Douglas, Janice Gates, and Chip Hartranft. There were different guest teachers at each retreat such as Judith Lasater, Tias Little, Stephen Cope, and Sarah Powers, among others.
It was the first training that spoke to my entire being as a yoga practitioner and Buddhist. My only regret was that Jack Kornfield was not a larger part of the program because I love his books and teachings. I can sit and listen to him for hours.
Now there is fabulous news! From Spirit Rock's website:
"Two yoga teachers will get full tuition scholarship to 18-month MYMT Program
Yoga teachers working with disadvantaged or under-served populations—for example, in prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, or inner city schools—offer life-changing skills to their at-risk students. But they often struggle with stress, burnout and financial challenges. Now, through a new scholarship program at Spirit Rock funded by a grant from the Yoga Dana Foundation (YDF), two such teachers will have the opportunity to nourish their own yoga and meditation practice—and bring the benefits of mindfulness training back to the communities they serve."
The above link gives all the information you need on the application process. The scholarships will provide full tuition and room and board for the 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training beginning in January 2011. I can't tell you what an awesome opportunity this is to attend a training at one of the premier dharma centers in North America. I was honored and blessed to have taken part in the inaugural program. And the food is fantastic!
The teaching population to whom these scholarships are geared toward is one after my own heart. My work with domestic violence survivors is pure joy. They are my teachers and they have inspired me to pursue a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology.
Sometimes the path rises up to meet you and after my yoga therapy training in India next year, I want to somehow combine all my yoga/yoga therapy training with the degree so as to truly bring yoga to the people.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity, but you need to apply by October 25.