In light of the current circumstances, we’ve placed our weekly morning in-person public meditation sessions on hold for the time being. Please check out our other offerings listed below.
Free Virtual Community Practice Sessions
Every Tuesday, 12pm – 1:30pm Mountain Time, Sage Institute founder and Executive Director Sensei Sean Murphy will lead a live virtual practice session: 10 minutes of qi gong, 30 minutes of seated meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation, and about 35 minutes of discussion/Q&A. All are welcome to join these sessions! It’s okay if you don’t make the entire session — you’re welcome to stay for as long or as briefly as you’d like. These live meditation practice sessions are a wonderful way to practice with community and ask any questions you might have. Head over to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the code: 499-493-449
Wednesdays with Taos Mountain Sangha
We invite you to join us at the Taos Mountain Sangha evening sits every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm. At these sessions, Sean Murphy speaks twice a month, Sage Institute teacher Julie Tato speaks once a month, and other highly qualified and inspiring meditation teachers speak at other times.
Special Offer: Free Month of Unlimited Classes with Be Meditation
Our good friends at Be Meditation, an online meditation and mindfulness community, provide multiple live streaming group meditation opportunities daily, with a large variety of teachers and styles — and they’ve invited the Sage Institute community to join for FREE for one month of unlimited classes! Upon signup, use the code “sage21” to apply your discount.
Every Thursday for Be Meditation, Sensei Sean Murphy leads a 45-minute Zen-style meditation at 9:30 am Mountain Time, and you’re welcome to join! He will also be hosting a dharma talk on Saturday, March 27th from 12pm to 1pm Mountain. Please note that you must make an account and register for the class in advance in order to attend — the link to join the virtual session will be sent via email.
200-Hour Meditation Leader
While all spiritual traditions have carefully crafted methods for creating a balanced life, few Westerners have the opportunity to directly experience contemplative practice free of unfamiliar religious or cultural forms. While we introduce our students to the prevailing meditative forms in the West such as Zen and Vipassana, our 200-hour program has developed its own inclusive, secular approach to teaching contemplative practice, suitable for trainees of any tradition.
This certification program is ideal for experienced practitioners working in the fields of psychology, yoga, health, and wellbeing, as well as spiritual guides or ministers from from any tradition, or other experienced meditation practitioners who would like to share basic practice techniques with their students, clients, or community.
Payment programs, scholarships, and work-study opportunities are available (please inquire).
“In the beginning, when I came into this program, I was doing it for myself and for my profession. What I recognized very quickly was the importance of my own practice in order to bring what I was learning into my work with others. In deepening my own practice with these teachings, I’ve now been able to offer what I’ve been learning in a much more effective way and from a place of experience. I’ve gotten so, so much from this program around how our practice becomes our experience, which then becomes our offering. I can really see how this program could be used in so many ways in so many different professions… I don’t know that I can think of a profession that couldn’t benefit from the meditation and mindfulness training that Sage offers!”
Our program is built around a comprehensive curriculum in meditation and mindfulness-related practices, including:
— Mindfulness, Vipassana (Insight), Zen, MBSR
Basic Mindfulness Practices
Mindfulness of Mind Practices
Group & Interpersonal Interaction
— both within the class and for leading meditation groups
Psychological & Physiological Aspects of Meditation Practice
Creativity & Artistic Expression
Working with Difficult Emotions
Teacher Boundaries & Ethics
Inclusivity & Social Change
How to Create Meditation Groups & Classes
Instructing Meditation Skills & Techniques
|2||Personal practice history reflection|
|25||Initial Intensive Week|
|12||Formal Insight meditation practice (teacher guided)|
|12||Formal Zen meditation practice (teacher guided)|
|100||Biweekly online lessons & Zoom classes|
|18||Peer group & mentor calls (1-2 hrs/month)|
|12||Service to community or organization|
|9||Personal practice meetings w/ teachers & mentors|
|10||Research project/ presentation|
Our program is designed to accommodate students near and far. Currently, due to COVID, our ten-month program (August – May) will be completed entirely online, through closely guided online learning and video- and teleconferencing with Sage Institute mentors and teachers.
After an opening retreat-style week, modules will be released every 2 weeks. In addition, trainees will meet every 2 weeks for a live class, 1-3 times a month with peer groups, and once a month with their mentor.
We will consider gathering in person in the summer of 2022 for a closing intensive, overlapping with the incoming cohort and in conjunction with Sage Institute graduates. In this way, we encourage support and ongoing connection within our meditation leader community sangha.
The next training program begins August 23rd, 2021.
Tuition, Payment, & Terms:
The full tuition for the Sage Institute Meditation Leader Program is $2,950*
Early bird registrations
If you are approved and pay your tuition in full at the time of your acceptance, you’ll receive $100 off the tuition rate. Yes, the early bird and paid-in-full discounts may be combined for a total of $200 off!
To make a payment, you may use a credit card or bank/credit union transfer HERE, or mail in a check or money order to: Sage Taos, PO Box 1433, Taos NM 87557.
*Excludes cost of monthly books, which may be purchased new/used or rented from the library.
Who is the Sage Institute Meditation Leader Training for?
Applicants must have 3 years of formal meditation experience with acknowledged teachers from recognized contemplative tradition (including Buddhist, Yogic, Sufi, Christian, Interfaith, etc). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Our program is intended to be a transformational experience, for if the trainee is not truly and deeply on the path of transformation, how can they guide others?
However, this training is not intended to replace traditional spiritual practice modalities, or to produce spiritual leaders, but as in yoga training models, is intended to simply empower serious practitioners to share basic meditation and mindfulness skills with others.
Applications are now closed for the 2021/2022 cohort.
Please check back in the spring to apply for the next cohort!
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