MENTORING IS ONE MORE DOORWAY INTO THE ‘ROOM’ WHERE WE CAN ACCESS AND INTENTIONALLY CULTIVATE WHAT’S DEEPEST AND BEST IN US
as an individual, a developing mindfulness teacher, or a professional bringing mindfulness into our work with others. A Certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, I bring to mentoring a love of both practice and teaching, seeing them as complimentary means of cultivating growth, compassion, and wisdom. I view mutual care and respect as an expression of mindfulness practice, and therefore invite an open investigation of teaching challenges, miscommunications, breakthroughs, and strengths. My passion for mentoring comes from a dedication both to your learning, and to the skillful sharing of mindfulness in the world.
As a mentor, I work with individuals aiming to investigate more closely the challenges, obstacles, insights, and degrees of freedom that arise in your practice. In my work with new or qualified teachers, I delight in exploring with you what is happening in the teaching process: in you, in the group or client, and in the unfolding curriculum. Either through a 10-session process while you are actively engaged in teaching the full MBSR course (required for MBSR Teacher Certification), or as part of fulfilling good practice guidelines for ongoing mentoring and development, I enter the teaching process with you, in steadfast, caring support of your development as a teacher, practitioner, and whole-hearted human being. In this way, mindfulness mentoring supports the transformative possibilities that lie within the practice itself: discovering who we really are, and cultivating our innate capacities for flourishing.
Mentoring Structure and Time Commitment
Mentoring generally is scheduled for 60-minute sessions, but other arrangements can be made based on your needs and availability. Sessions can be scheduled on an occasional basis, or, if you are teaching MBSR, for 2 – 5 sessions per MBSR course cycle, or for 10 weeks as you teach a full MBSR course cycle, as is required for MBSR Teacher Certification with the Global Mindfulness Collaborative (GMC).
Mentoring Structure and Methodology
As a mentee, I invite you to turn toward your experience with curiosity, openness, and care, exploring both the pleasant and unpleasant dimensions of your practice, your life, and if relevant, your teaching. As a way to deepen and develop your practice, we look at obstacles to bringing wakefulness into moments of your daily life, at where you feel ‘stuck’, your patterns of reactivity, as well as moments of insight and newfound freedom.
If you are teaching, we take a deep dive into the MBSR curriculum, the art and science of relational teaching, and how to more effectively, wisely, and kindly meet both the challenges and beauty that arise in teaching. We draw on the MBI-TAC rubric as a way of exploring your edges of growth and learning. I encourage you to consider recording or filming your teaching during an entire MBSR cycle, or prior to individual mentoring sessions, and to share clips of film to review together during our sessions. You may want to share moments of guiding practice, of group/individual dialogue and inquiry, of a particularly challenging interaction, or of a skillful clarification. Other supportive information and documentation, including consent form language for course participants, is sent once we establish a mentoring relationship.
My hope and intention is for mentoring to be accessible to all who are called to study mindfulness, deepen your practice, and/or teach MBSR. Two levels of pricing offer flexibility based on your financial capacity. Benefactor rates reflect actual costs, including decades of study and training. Your generosity will help to ‘pay forward’ support for increased and more equitable access for those who cannot afford the base rate. Please contact me directly to inquire about financial assistance, which may be available based on need.
Individual Hourly Mentoring Rate:
- Base rate: $150
- Benefactor rate: $200
10-Week Individual Mentoring:
- Base rate: $1300
- Benefactor rate: $1600
Small Group Hourly Mentoring Rate:
- Base rate: $180
- Benefactor rate: $225
How to get started
Mentoring for individual sessions can be arranged at any time. If you are interested in scheduling the 10-week Mentoring process while teaching a MBSR course cycle, contact Janet for more information, and at least 6 weeks prior to the start of your MBSR course to apply.