LIVE training sessions via Zoom
This is the heart of the training and will take place twice a week. We'll go through the SOMA Programme activities as they would be taught to young people. You'll also join live meditations to deepen your understanding of the key themes of the curriculum as well as the teaching skills of guiding and inquiry.
On demand video lectures & meditations
You'll have access to more than 30 video meditations to support your personal engagement with the course themes as well as lectures exploring the science and theory of the SOMA Programme. These are on-demand so you can access them when it suits.
Mini practice pods
You'll join rotating practice pods of 3-4 people where you'll connect with your fellow students. In these virtual mini-group meet-ups you'll practice guiding meditations and leading the inquiry process as well practice teaching aspects of the SOMA Programme.
All teenagers and young adults have amazing strengths within.
Qualities like kindness, resilience and wisdom.
Mindfuness is the practice that empowers this potential.
In an uncertain world, now is the time to support young people's flourishing.
The most powerful way to build this sense of safety is through positive social connection. For this reason, the SOMA Programme takes an approach we call “relationship before content”.
The curriculum isn’t death by powerpoint. Instead, it's packed with activities that are designed to foster interaction, connection and trust. This is the basis for learning!
What we’ve found is that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. You have to be responsive to the needs, dispositions and aspirations of the young people you’re working with.
For this reason, flexibility is a cornerstone of the SOMA Programme.
The SOMA Programme is not a rigid curriculum. Instead, it consists of 45 activities underpinned by a rigorous structure. You can develop lessons and courses to flexibly meet the needs and learning styles of the young people you’re working with.
With the SOMA Programme, you can help young people recognise and appreciate the best in themselves.
You can help them grow the foundations of wellbeing:
Social connection, Openness to enjoyment, Meaning & purpose, and Action & agency.
LIVE interactive zoom calls
These will take place on
Tuesdays (7pm-9pm) and
Thursdays (7pm-8pm) starting on Tuesday, 28th September 2021.
They'll run for 12 weeks with breaks in weeks 5 and 9, giving you a chance to catch up on anything you miss.
Your time is precious so we've designed the training to be as flexible as possible.
As you progress through the course, you'll access the weekly video meditations, supporting lectures, and recorded zoom calls when it suits.
Flexible practice pods
In the second half of the course you'll join rotating practice pods with your fellow students, giving you the chance to develop your teaching skills.
You'll meet up virtually in groups of 3 to 4 people and arrange these at times that suit you.
And all you need to access the training is a laptop or computer that can access zoom. It's really easy. If you have any concerns about the technology side of things just send us an email and we can walk you through things before the course starts: firstname.lastname@example.org
What technology do I need to access the training?
All you need is a device that can access the internet and access zoom. Ideally you'll have a laptop, tablet, or computer, but you could follow the course with just a smartphone. You can test zoom here: https://zoom.us/test. If you would like some help or have any concerns just ping us an email: email@example.com.
Do you need previous experience or qualifications to join the training?
In a word, no. The only prerequisites to join the training are that you have an established regular personal mindfulness practice and have completed some form of introductory mindfulness of training like an introductory course. If you're not sure whether you meet these prerequisites our intelligent booking form will let you know as you book.
I’m not a school teacher, can I still do the training?
Yes! Anybody can train with us. The only thing that is necessary is that you already practice mindfulness and have a passion to bring this practice to young people.
I’ve only just started practising mindfulness, can I join?
It depends. How long have you been practising? If just a week, then we recommend that you take some time to develop your own practice first. If you'd like to do an introductory course with us email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you've been practising for at least 3 months and have regular ongoing practice you'll be eligible to join.
What are the pre-requisites?
To join the training you need to have an established regular personal mindfulness practice and have completed some form of introductory mindfulness training like an introductory course. If you're not sure whether you meet the prerequisites our intelligent booking form will let you know as you book.
I don't meet the pre-requisites, where should I do my initial training?
You can do it with us. Just ping as an email: email@example.com and let us know you're interested. We regularly run online introductory trainings and we'll let you know when the next one is.