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Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training
Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine

You are invited to take part in the Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training. This is a two-year course culminating in a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Meditation Teacher Training Certificate. The curriculum includes one-to-one coaching, small group training, practice sessions, teleconferences, online study, guided meditations, and in-person retreats at beautiful locations. You can take the course for your own development, to learn and practice meditations that suit your individual nature, and you can take it to develop skills as a teacher of meditation.

In our time, tens of millions of people are experimenting with meditation. Just in the United States, about 14% of the adult population, about 35 million people, said they had practiced meditation at least once in 2017. In urban areas of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and other countries, the numbers are also significant. People are attempting to learn meditation from books, audio programs, apps on their phones, television programs, and yoga classes.

There is a desperate need for trained meditation teachers to provide guidance to all these millions of meditators and want-to-be-meditators. "Meditation" is not one technique - the word refers to thousands of different practices with different effects. In a group of friends, one technique may be joyous and effortless for one, and would grate on the nerves of another. People need help finding the particular way of meditating that goes with their nature. All over the world, people are frustrated with their meditation experience and need access to personal guidance.

We need meditation teachers of all kinds and ages, from teenagers to retirement age and beyond, of all colors, all persuasions, all religions and all forms of atheism, all kinds of interests. The people coming for instruction in mediation are extremely diverse and it's good sometimes to work with a person who is like you. As well as learning from someone who seems opposite to you.

Dr Roche has been teaching and researching meditation for almost 50 years, and Camille Maurine has been teaching for over 40 years. You get the benefit of our wealth of experience, and all the thousands of people we have worked with over the decades.

From the scientific research, we know that meditation is an instinctive and natural human ability, part of our survival capabilities. Even the simplest meditation practice allows profound relaxation and a rest deeper than sleep, even for beginners. We also know that everyone is different, and that honoring individuality is a key to success in meditation. Therefore, a big part of our training is learning to notice and work with both the naturalness of meditative experience and the unique individual way each person interacts with the techniques. When approached in this way, meditation can be remarkably beneficial for emotional and physical health.

Textbooks

Dr Roche and Camille Maurine are the authors of these three books –

Meditation Made Easy, by Lorin Roche, published by HarperOne in 1998.
Meditation Secrets for Women, by Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche, published by HarperOne in 2001.
The Radiance Sutras, by Lorin Roche, published by Sounds True in 2014.

- These books were written as teacher training manuals, then edited to be easy and a joy to read.

Depending on your time available, the training could be completed in about a year, or you can take up to 5 years. Both may have advantages for a person.

In essence, a meditation teacher needs to be intimately familiar with:

* all the human senses, of which there are more than a dozen (balance, for example, and motion, and stretch-sensing, in addition to vision, hearing, and so on)
* all the human emotions (love, anger, fear, joy, surprise, pride, shame, envy)
* the world of physical sensations
* the interplay of relaxation and stress-release
* the instincts (homing, gathering, resting, nesting, bonding, protecting, socializing, and more)
* the wide array of desires motivating people (freedom, power, acceptance, status, communication, security, exercise, curiosity, order, serenity, and more)
* the elements as poetic and evocative gateways into contact with nature: earth, fire, water, air, and space
* the variety of meditative techniques which have been developed over the ages and the skill of inventing a meditation practice based on the student’s own personal experience.

Knowing all this is essential for any human being and increases the joy in living. Much of what it is to be human involves savoring our own experience and noticing what others are experiencing, really hearing them and seeing them. When we are familiar with the structure of human experience, we can communicate better and understand what others are attempting to communicate.

In the Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training, you get to practice and develop skills in all these areas, which enriches your capacity to listen to other people, to develop your own meditation practice, and to coach others in finding what works for them in meditation.

Apply for the training

To apply for admission to the Meditation Teacher Training, visit the registration page.

The training includes one-to-one coaching with Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine, in sessions that focus on your individual meditation practice and how you can develop as a teacher; in-person workshops where you get to immerse yourself for 5 or 7 days in the flow of meditation and teaching; tele-seminars this approach to meditation, and ongoing practice groups you are part of that let you get experience sharing and coaching others in meditation technique. You can take the training for your own development and education, and then later decide you want to be active as a meditation teacher, and you can also come in with the intent to get trained and out there teaching right away. It's individual.

The Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training
is a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Meditation Teacher Training, plus certification with the Pranava Meditation School. As soon as you register, you can begin with the lessons, explorations, and skill acquisition.

Meditation is a dive into aliveness, into the underlying creativity that sustains us all. The basic dynamics of life – breathing, listening, seeing, loving – are used as doorways into meditation. The scientific research on meditation indicates that it can provide a rest deeper than sleep and benefit our physical, emotional, and mental health in many ways. Human beings are naturally good at meditation and tens of millions of people are wanting to learn the practice. Well-trained teachers are needed.


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Camille Maurine photo credit: Josie Keys
Lorin Roche has been practicing, teaching, and researching this approach to meditation since 1968, and has a PhD from the University of California for his work on the language of meditative experience. Lorin and his wife, Camille Maurine, are the authors of Meditation Secrets for Women (Harper 2001) and Meditation 24/7 (Andrews-McMeel 2004). Lorin is also the author of Meditation Made Easy (Harper 1998) and The Radiance Sutras (Sounds True 2014). Lorin first began training meditation teachers in 1972. Camille joins Lorin in facilitating this dynamic training, sharing her more than four decades of embodied practice and teaching experience. www.lorinroche.com www.camillemaurine.com

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