With the new international criteria for ongoing education and supervision for mindfulness teachers, as developed by the Global Integrity Network in 2016, the mindfulness field sees an increasing demand for experienced supervisors. Supervisors who are steeped in the mindfulness practice, and who are able to support, encourage and challenge their supervisees in their development, deepening their experience and understanding of the work in mindfulness.
Supervision is a profession in its own right. Becoming a supervisor is a process that requires time – time where you can develop and deepen your skills in the practice with colleagues. The training consists of 3 four-day modules in the course of roughly 1 year. This allows participants to digest the program at ease, and gives time to practice in between the modules. As with the mindfulness teacher training, this program is experiential. Learning to guide the process with presence plays a larger role than ‘getting the right skills set’. While each module offers theory, background material and skills practice, the sessions have a strong focus on the process, on guiding, and on meeting what is present in our supervisees as well as in ourselves as supervisors. In this program, you learn to supervise, while holding the space of your supervisee and yourself in a mindful way. For this reason, mindfulness practice will also be part of the program.
The first module will focus on the basic skills of supervision and its specific application in a mindfulness setting – either with new, first time teachers or with more experienced ones. The following modules will refine skills and deepen the practice, allowing more space to explore personal topics and themes.
There is frequently a striking parallel between our own themes and those present in a group, often depending on the particular session of the 8-week training. Apart from personal topics, we also look at organisational matters that are important while supervising. While participants can bring in various experiences from their own supervision sessions, the program is overall practice-based.