Is there a difference between a meditation teacher and a meditation facilitator? You bet there is.
A meditation teacher has deep, extensive subject knowledge and directly instructs through lectures. A teacher is a ‘sage on the stage’, is able to teach many aspects of the practice with wisdom and respond to participant issues expertly.
A meditation facilitator exposes participants to the subject, and creates an opportunity for discussion and practice. A facilitator creates a trusting environment, and participants are encouraged to contribute to the conversation and learn from each other as well. A facilitator does not need to know all the answers.
Why this distinction matters
In recent years, there has been a tidal wave of people discovering the powerful effect of mindfulness meditation in their lives. Perhaps you are one of these people. You know the power of this life skill.
And perhaps you want to do some meaningful work in your life? And maybe you want to help others?
Although taking meditation teacher training would be a lovely endeavor, doing so is not practically within reach for most people. Most meditation teacher training programs take months or up to 15 years to complete, costing between $6,000-$8,000+. Most programs will make you a sage but won’t necessarily teach you how to successfully create a successful program of participants. This is a huge commitment which most people cannot fit into their lives.
But as a mindfulness and/or meditation practitioner, you can facilitate this practice for others. To become a meditation facilitator, here is what this might entail. A good facilitation course would teach you:
to promote, coordinate and grow a program
foundational facilitation skills
to build trust
to authentically, compassionately and egolessly share your experiences about mindfulness and meditation
to lead guided meditations skillfully
the risks of facilitating
to handle questions
If you have a good, personal foundation in mindfulness and/or meditation
maybe becoming a meditation facilitator is in your future?
Becoming a meditation facilitator is much more within reach.
You don't have to quit your day job. You can enhance your life greatly by helping others discover this practice.
However, you want to do this right, and get some training under your belt. You want to be able to tell people that you have been properly trained and certified, too.
If you are curious about becoming a facilitator check out this short Facilitator Training course & Certification program, see the Free Preview, or contact me at Wendy@TheCalmMonkey.com.