Mindful Life Program (MLP)
June 23 (evening) – June 28 (11:00 a.m.)
Light on the Hill Retreat Center
Van Etten, New York
Leaders: John Bruna and Mark Molony
The Mindful Life Program Teacher Certification program is a one year training that provides participants with the opportunity to develop and embody their own mindfulness practice and become certified by MLP to teach others. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, teaching candidates will earn certification to teach the MLP Foundations Course as well as facilitate lectures and seminars on mindfulness. The mindfulness teacher training is a one-year program that consists of:
- 2 five-day residential workshops – to begin and end the year-long training
- Teacher Training Manual, Companion Journal and coursework
- Daily practices including mindfulness and meditation practices and self-reflection
- Reading, written and group assignments
- Monthly group teleconferences with instructors
- Two individual weekend retreats on your own
- Action learning assignments that include supporting the instruction of three beginners in aspects of MLP practices
- Ability to attend MLP Foundations Courses during the year at no additional cost
“The practice of mindfulness is much more than present moment awareness. Mindfulness includes and facilitates the cultivation of concentration, wisdom and the ability to make healthy choices that foster genuine happiness and a meaningful life.” – John Bruna
The training begins with this 5-day workshop in June, led by John Bruna and Mark Molony. The emphasis is on experiencing and understanding the Mindful Life Program approach within the context of diverse mindfulness approaches. Following the workshop, participants will have monthly assignments and mentoring. Participants will be paired with different peer partners throughout the year to discuss reflections on their personal practice and progress and course content. The latter half of the certification program involves direct teaching experience with volunteers outside the course. At the end of the year there is a final retreat leading to teacher certification.
Online Information Sessions: Prospective applicants can learn more about the Mindful Life Program, the instructors, the comprehensive mindfulness curriculum as well as the teacher certification curriculum and requirements, and the application process in information sessions lasting 45-60 minutes via an online live streaming format. Two sessions are still available: February 5 and February 21. Please see the MLP calendar for times and free registration.
Cost and Application
The total cost ($4,800) includes both week-long residential workshops, the full year of coursework, and individual supervision. Upon application approval, a deposit of $1,000 is due by March 20th with two installment payments due April 15th annd June 15th of $1900. A payment plan may be available on an individual basis.
John (Chophel) Bruna is a counselor, educator, mindfulness and dharma teacher. He has been cultivating his spiritual path since 1984. With the motivation to live a meaningful life, John had careers in counseling and in education as a teacher in a low-income urban high school.
Having found his spiritual teacher, Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, John traveled to Gaden Shartse Monastery in India and ordained as a Buddhist monk and trained in the Tibetan Geluk tradition.
After more than six years of monastic life, John returned to life as a layperson. Drawing upon his education, training, and diverse life experience, John has dedicated his life to helping others overcome their personal obstacles and challenges. He facilitates a variety of workshops and public talks throughout the United States. In addition to the Mindful Life Program, John is the founder and director of the Way of Compassion Foundation. Click on this link for a more complete biography.
Mark Molony is a Mindful LIFE practitioner, therapist, and coach who lives in Melbourne, Australia. His intention is to support others in generating new sustainable ways of being in themselves and with others that will encourage genuine happiness in their lives.
Mark first became involved in Mindfulness practices and meditation in 2001 when he experienced a major health challenge and looked to support his recovery through mindful awareness practices. Since then Mark’s personal learning in mindfulness has grown as has his practice and experience in teaching mindfulness to others in a range of settings. Over the last 15 years Mark has been fortunate to work with a broad range of inspirational friends and clients who have shared their LIFE challenges and their learning’s with him.
Mark is an engaging and experienced facilitator who loves what he does and derives great joy and gratitude in exploring the Mindful life with others.