Dialogue and inquiry is the communal, heart-throbbingly beautiful conversation that is the hallmark of MBSR and, by extension, all authentic mindfulness-based programs (MBPs). Emerging as a response to the expressed experience of program participants, this intimate form of dialogue is, by its very nature, self-revealing, deeply human, and ennobling. Identified as one of the central capabilities in the development of mindfulness-based teachers, this 3-day course is oriented around extended periods of silent mindfulness practice and the spoken practice of dialogue and inquiry.
As a community of learners, we’ll interweave silent practice with dialogue and inquiry. Through silence we’ll learn how to be responsive and to listen. Through speech we’ll learn to be active and expressive. Requiring attunement to both silence and speech, our practice of dialogue and inquiry will include:
- Viewing and reflecting on video recordings from my MBSR classes,
- Practice Teaching in small groups as a way of learning to respond to common themes that program participants speak about during weekly sessions,
- Inquiring directly into our innate bravery and luminosity and our conditioned habits and patterns,
- Weaving dialogue with one person into the communal conversation and consciousness,
- Offering and receiving peer and instructor feedback,
- Identifying personal strengths and areas needing additional attention, and
- Recognizing within us the sources from which dialogue and inquiry springs and flows forth.
The invitation is to practice diligently and to speak honestly about what we find difficult, delightful (and everything in between) in our teaching. The intention of the course is to support one another as students of mindfulness and as evolving MBP teachers. The essential aspiration is to serve others by becoming more embodied, heartfelt, and relationally wise teachers.
This module is for MBSR teachers and other MBI teachers who have followed a professional mindfulness teacher training, as well as people with experience integrating mindfulness into large social institutions such as medicine, business, law, and government.
Saki asks participants to be:
- Highly motivated to be a learner
- Consistent, daily mindfulness practice
- Willing to respect the dignity and nobility of the “other” when receiving and offering feedback.
Saki on Video
At the CvM Summer School of 2018, Saki Santorelli held an inspiring lecture on the essence of being a mindfulness teacher. On the heart that leads us there. On the dance between form and formless. On the path that the Buddha, zen master Dogen and sufi master Rumi showed us many centuries ago. ‘Our task is not to follow or copy them, but to get inspired by them. So that we can find out for ourselves again what it means to transmit this gift of mindfulness, in our time, in this society.
To see the full lecture of Saki, please click here.