2023 Original Love Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program
March – November, 2023
This Live, Online, Cohort-based program features peer support, mentorship, opportunities for deepened practice and experiential learning. Anyone who feels a commitment to sharing the peace, love and well-being that meditation can open up, whether with clients, students, friends, family, colleagues or other communities, are invited to apply for what we expect to be a life-transforming program.
166 Hours, 9 Months
This year we launch our first-ever Original Love Facilitator Training. Is it too soon? I’ve been pondering this question over the past half year or so, and every time, I’ve come back to the clear conclusion: the sooner more people embody the principles of balanced awareness, of open-heartedness and kind responsiveness that meditation practice can guide us back to, the better.
We all see the world is on fire. Our planet’s ecology is hanging on by a thread, war and wanton violence are raging, oppression and suffering are as widespread as ever. We desperately need systemic change on many levels, to ease this clear and present misery. Meanwhile the three poisons of greed, ill-will and misunderstanding are driving unhappiness individually, collectively and institutionally.
We need a massive, collective, global change of heart. What can deliver it? Yes, social, political, economic reform is needed. But we also need to change ourselves. We need to understand and tame the three poisons working within each of us. The Dalai Lama has said that if every eight year-old were taught to meditate we could end violence in one generation.
I can’t speak with the merest fraction of his authority, of course, but I do see how much beneficial change can come from our modest, humble practice of being still and quiet each day, of coming to terms with our unruly hearts and minds, of settling into ease, effortlessness and flow, of catching glimpses of a wider truth of our lives, which reveals that they are inseparably part of one great unnameable whole – all this can change us. It can change how we feel, how we relate to ourselves, and how we behave with others. It can change our priorities, it can change what we feel our lives are for, giving us a whole new sense of purpose, and a whole new way of approaching our decades upright on the earth.
All of this may be a drop of water thrown into the raging forest fires on our home planet. But like the little bird that kept flying to the lake then back to the flaming trees– trying to tame the wild-fire with whatever she could bring, even if it was a single drop of water– we too are adding to the good, if we do what we can, rather than doing nothing.
Hence, with excitement and humility, this year we offer our first Original Love Mindfulness Facilitator Training program.
Anyone who feels a commitment to sharing the peace, love and well-being that meditation can open up, whether with clients, students, friends, family, colleagues or other communities, is invited to apply for what I expect to be a life-transforming program. (We will consider all applications, but will prioritize people with at least three to five years of regular practice, as well as meditators who participated in last year’s Original Love One-Year program.)
By taking the course, a practitioner will acquire the skills and competencies needed to facilitate meditation practice for individuals and small groups, following the Original Love methods of mindfulness. These methods aim to help a meditator experience greater ease, well-being and self-compassion, as well as compassion for others and for this world, through regular practice. More than that, this program will also be an unparalleled way to deepen significantly in our own practice.
We believe that the process of facilitation can be simply an extension of our practice. In meditation we learn to meet the arising moment with openness and an attitude of allowing, and then naturally extend that wider awareness into our interactions with others. In the same way, we can learn to create a context for allowing, inquiry and compassion, and encourage the conditions for others to open up to the rich support that can be found right in the midst of present moment experience.
Through learning key facilitation competencies, we fill our own cup with ease, peace, and lovingness, we allow it to overflow, and we learn how to channel that overflow into a meaningful offering to others.
With gratitude and love,
Guest Teachers in the
Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program
How to Apply
This year-long journey will bring together a unique and dynamic cohort, committed to learning, exploring practice, and stewarding the peace, ease, and compassion that are the essence of Original Love… we are eager to meet you!
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis through March 3. (Now extended through March 12)
Please submit your application, and we will be in touch with you within 3 business days about next steps for registration.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah (email@example.com) or Jeremy (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’d like to discuss the training program over a zoom or phone call, you can book a 15 min chat here.
Every talk Henry gave deepened my understanding. The last talk in the course broke open deep insights about why I have been meditating (to understand why there has been so much pain in my life from childhood on) and how with understanding comes compassion and the ability and desire to end suffering for others
The Original Love program is accepting and accommodating to meeting you where you are. To let go without judgement of yourself. This actually makes it easier to commit to deepening one’s practice without the pressure of being perfect. Henry has the hard-earned knowledge and passion that truly resonates. He has been where we are now and is very supportive. I love how funny he can be too…
Henry’s capacity to meet students at all levels of experience and communicate teachings in the most profound and understandable way sets him apart. His compassion, backed with fearless willingness to support in every way he knows how is truly unique and amazing. He is one of the few that knows how to engage both the experienced seeker and the beginner – at the same time!
THE ENTIRE Original Love 1-Year Program (5 live courses and daylong retreats)
CLASSES WITH HENRY on mindfulness facilitator skills and competencies
SMALL GROUP Mentorship sessions with our experienced assistant teachers
PEER PRACTICE GROUPS For practicing your meditation guidance skills and getting peer support
5-DAY ONLINE RETREAT with Mountain Cloud Zen Center
How It Works
This 166 hour program is divided into five modules, made up of live, online sessions. Each module contains three pillars of activity:
1) Participate in an Original Love Course & Daylong Retreat to deepen your personal practice through the most recent teachings (see here for course topics)
2) Through supervision and training workshops, integrate your personal practice & course learning with the core Original Love facilitation competencies
3) In Mentorship Workshops and Peer Practice workshops, develop your own facilitation practice and practice your skills among peers and mentors.
Theory and Practice
Take a live Original Love Course
- 4 Sunday OL Course Sessions
- 1 Sunday Daylong Workshop
Developing Facilitation Competencies
- 1 Class with Henry on Mindfulness Facilitation Skills and Competencies
- 3 Small-Group Mentorship Sessions
- 4 Peer Practice Groups
- $3300 if you’d like to pay for the program in one installment.
- $3600 if you’d like to pay in 12 monthly installments of $300.
We have scholarships at different levels available for those who need one. Please contact Jeremy with a brief message explaining your situation, and we’ll respond promptly.
We welcome your interest in the Original Love 2023 Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program. If you have any questions about the program, or just want to discuss your thoughts about joining the program, don’t hesitate to contact Jeremy or contact Sarah, the managers of the Training Program, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions by email or set up a zoom call with you.
MEET THE TRAINING PROGRAM TEAM
Henry Shukman is an authorized Zen Master in the Sanbo Zen lineage, and spiritual director of the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His struggles as a youth, a spontaneous awakening experience at 19, followed by years of rigorous Zen training and his own deep healing process, all paved the way for Henry to develop Original Love, a well-rounded approach to spirituality and meditation.
Henry is the author of One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, A Zen Memoir.
Sarah Giffin is a core Original Love team member committed to creating joyful and engaging learning experiences. Sarah was an onsite resident and manager at Mountain Cloud Zen Center from 2017-2020, and is a passionate student of Zen and meditation. She has served the non-profit sector for over a decade as a group facilitator, trainer, and experiential learning designer, leading personal, professional, and youth development programs on a wide range of topics including wellness, community building, diversity and inclusion, creative arts and critical pedagogy.
Jeremy Riesenfeld is the Original Love Program Manager. Please contact Jeremy at any time if you need something, or have any questions. After 25 years of meditation practice in several Asian traditions, as well as 15 years as an acupuncturist, Jeremy is a big fan of both awakening and healing, and loves to support others in their process.