August 3rd 2019- Jan 11, 2020
Mission Statement :
Who is this training for?
This 180 day training program is designed for those with a meditation background who wish to deepen their understanding with the intention to effectively share this modality with others.
What you will learn:
• In depth view, study and practice of fundamental meditation elements
• Ethics and guidelines
• How meditation is taught in different traditions
• How to teach meditation in a variety of environments, including corporate, medical, workshops and retreats
• Specific examples of full length mindfulness courses
• Working with group dynamics
• Trauma informed techniques
• The role of meditation when taught alongside other therapeutics modalities including yoga, talk therapy, and mental health
• What to expect as a meditation Instructor? Advice on marketing, sales, pricing etc.
• and LOTS more
• The course will require roughly 4-5 hours of weekly commitment including meditations, reading and study
• Daily meditation practice
• Upkeep of meditation log and journal
• Attendance to the monthly Saturday all day classes
• Attendance to monthly virtual group sessions
• Pier group monthly in person get togethers
• Morning meditations at Sacred Roots Healing Center
• Highly recommended (but not mandatory) 5 night silent Joshua Tree Retreat the first week of January 2020
About Our Teachers
Wendy N. Block started practicing meditation at age 18, studying different traditions, including Buddhist, Hindu, and Advaita paths with various teachers. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation for the past 15 years, and has helped organize meditation programs in Long Beach for the past 10 years. She has trained with cognitive psychologist Zindel Segal to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Wendy teaches MBCT, Mindful Self Compassion, and Buddha’s Path classes. She completed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program at InsightLA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has been teaching MBCT for Kaiser Permanente for the past three years. Wendy co-leads the Long Beach sitting group, as well as the North Orange County Sitting Group.
She currently works as a therapist integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy.
is a Senior Meditation teacher for InsightLA and is an authorized teacher in the Theravada Buddhist lineage. Cayce’s meditation path started over 25 years ago and includes nearly 6 years of living and working at meditation retreat centers. He has studied and practiced in a variety of traditions and draws from many different lineages in his teachings.
Currently Cayce teaches meditation at two mental health facilities in Southern California. He is a founding teacher for the InsightLA Long Beach branch, where he regularly teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion, and other mindfulness and meditation offerings. Cayce is the Sacred Roots Resident Meditation Instructor and has been for 6 years. He currently leads workshops, retreats and offers one-to-one mentorship. IG: @caycehowe
Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh
teaches Dharma and secular mindfulness, is a corporate real estate attorney and a dedicated Dharma practitioner with particular interest in integrating the insights and cultivation from retreat practice into daily life and work. While he was taught meditation as a child, he found his own practice in 1993 in Transcendental Meditation, which he used to navigate the intense work stress of being an attorney. In 2006, at his first retreat at Spirit Rock,Gullu found his spiritual home in Vipassana and Theravada Buddhism. Since then, he has cumulatively done over 200 days of meditation retreat including the Spirit Rock one and two month sits.
Gullu completed InsightLA’s one-year Mindfulness Facilitator Training Group in 2013, Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program in 2016 and the 3 training modules required to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He regularly teaches both secular and Buddhist classes and groups at InsightLA, has taught mindfulness at the University of Southern California and has been a guest lecturer on mindfulness at UCLA Law School. For 6 years, he has led an intimate weekly sitting group and watching new meditators find their own fruits of practice is one of the most rewarding things he has done.
Gullu is deeply inspired to share meditation in the legal and corporate community as an antidote to stress, a way to cope more effectively with the challenges of work and live and to inject more sanity, compassion and wisdom into this world. He also aspires to lead residential and commuter retreats locally to offer deeper practice to his community. As part of the Spirit Rock Teacher Training Class of 2020, he looks forward to his continued growth in the Dharma and working more with a Sangha who see the Dharma as a path for personal and collective liberation.
is a Los Angeles based yoga and meditation teacher with 15 years of teaching experience. She teaches with MNDFL in NYC and InsightLA, the Den Meditation and Wanderlust Hollywood in Los Angeles. She also tours annually with the Wanderlust Festivals around the country. She has trained intensively in mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation with meditation masters in the U.S. and Burma. She teaches workshops and retreats and is available for private mentoring in meditation practice or for life coaching.
is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology internationally in group and one-to-one settings, and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche.
has been practicing meditation for over 17 years. She offers mindfulness meditation and Dharma classes, Insight meditation residential retreats, and individual sessions locally and internationally.
Since 2012, Celeste has taught thousands of students the essentials of mindfulness meditation, as well as traditional Buddhist Dharma teachings at InsightLA where she is a senior teacher. She also works with various nonprofit organizations and companies bringing mindfulness to the workplace in unique and innovative ways, collaborates with artists and wellness experts, and mentors new teachers and students internationally.
Celeste strongly believes in the power of mindfulness to heal and reconnect us to our inherent sense of ease and well being, and to change our world. She draws on her training in Buddhist psychology, Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing work, and over a decade of silent Insight retreat practice. She has received formal teaching authorization in the Theravada Buddhist tradition from Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield.
This training will be held the first Saturday of the month at Sacred Roots Healing Center, Long Beach CA: August 2019 – January 2020 (second Saturday in Jan) from 10-4 pm
Prerequisites include one of the following:
- 200 hour yoga teacher training
- Equivalent study of reiki // martial arts / qigong / tai chi // psychologist // MFT, LCSW
- Extensive practice regiment TBD. Please submit practice/retreat history and why you would be a good fit for this program.