Meditation and Critical Approaches to Contemplative Practice
8 January - 5 February 2024 | Mondays 18:30-21:30
Blending practice and theory, Harriet is turning Nourish’s signature approach towards meditation and contemplative practice in this new online CPD, delivered live via zoom.
Over 5 weeks, we’ll explore the contemporary landscape of meditation, taking a critical approach that centres justice, inclusion and care. If you’ve ever felt like meditation isn’t for you (or like you’re not doing it right, or often enough, or long enough, etc) then this course is for you.
Each week there’ll be a dual focus on practice, exploring ways to meditate/contemplate together, and on critical frameworks, tackling topics from the rise of mindfulness to the science and study of meditation.
At its heart though, this course is about YOU exploring YOUR relationship to, and practice of, meditation. Our aim to arrive at a place where meditation/contemplation feels like a resourcing, nourishing, fortifying aspect of your life and practice.
Week 1 – Welcome, Introduction to Meditation and Contemplative Practice
In our first session, we’ll begin by defining our key terms and principles of the course: meditation and contemplative practice. We’ll also ask the question of what it means to take a ‘critical approach’ and why this is important in our contemporary context.
Week 2 – A Brief History of Meditation
To understand how we arrived at where we are today, we’ll take a look back at historical approaches to meditation, from both yoga traditions and beyond. Without aiming to be exhaustive, we’ll try to orient ourselves in a fuller understanding of how the meaning and understanding of the word “meditation” has changed and shifted over time (much like the word “yoga”!).
Week 3: The Rise of Mindfulness
Perhaps now the most widely-recognised and popularised form of meditation practice in the world, mindfulness for many is now ubiquitous with meditation. We’ll take a closer look at the historical and social contexts of mindfulness, and also a critical reading of how it’s been co-opted by the forces of late-stage capitalism, virtue signalling and structural oppression to some often questionable ends.
Week 4: The Science and Study of Meditation
This week we’ll turn to the science and study of meditation, asking questions like: What can we know about what we’re doing? And how do we talk about it? How does positionality affect how you perceive meditation and contemplative practice? We’ll take a look at what neuroscience has to say about what might be going on when we meditate, and the limitations and challenges faced. What happens when we go from experiencing our meditation practice to trying to communicate, teach or study it?
Week 5: Developing our Personal Practice
In our final week together, we’ll turn our attention to the personal, with a workshop dedicated to exploring our personal (and if applicable, teaching) practices of meditation. We’ll consider questions like: what is my intention for meditation? What does it do for me? What does it mean for me? We’ll also consider the practicalities of meditation, alongside working to dismantle and reframe limiting attitudes and ideas about what our meditation practice “should” look like. Above all, what is YOUR expression of meditation, and how do we know how to check in with our needs and desires around meditation as they naturally shift over time?
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in deepening their experience, knowledge and understanding of meditation and contemplative practice. We welcome interested students, teacher trainees, and yoga teachers.
This module is offered as part of Nourish’s 300 hour teacher training, but can be taken by any teacher wishing to improve their skills in this area as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The module will run as five weekly sessions of three hours, and combine theory, practice and skills development.
Nourish Yoga Training’s 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is registered with Yoga Alliance (International), and is completed as a series of standalone modules which can be taken over 3 years.
What happens if I can’t attend a session live?
All sessions are recorded and uploaded to our online Classroom after each session for you to catch up on if required. Live attendance is encouraged wherever possible for you to get the most out of the live experience with the facilitators and peers, although we understand that everyone has busy lives and schedules. In some circumstances, an individual tutorial with Harriet may be offered to support your learning if you need to miss multiple sessions.
You will be given access to an online Classroom for the course, which will host all the course materials, readings and recordings. There are no required books for this course, and we endeavour to provide you with as many resources as we can.
We believe in the importance and value of this training, and would like to offer a scaled pricing system, which enables attendees to pay which tier feels most appropriate for them. Please note there are NO further discounts available (i.e. no student discounts, etc).
Community price £169
Standard price £199
Supporter price £229
About the facilitator
is the founder and lead trainer of Nourish Yoga Training. Movement, yoga, and our minds have always fascinated her. From a young age, Harriet has nearly always been involved in some form of dance, martial art, gymnastics or sport. She found yoga as a thirteen year-old and it firmly secured its place in her heart. Harriet’s teaching emphasises empowering students to embrace and nourish their bodies and minds, with a focus on embodied movement, cultivating intuition and fun. She relishes the opportunity to make practice matter in everyday life through social justice & making yoga accessible and inclusive. Harriet is currently registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT® 500, YACEP®).