What should I ask the teacher to make sure they are equipped to teach me mindfulness?
This is an important question. You could ask if they:
- o Have their own personal meditation practice?
- o Do regular silent retreats?
- o Have trained in a reputable form of group-based mindfulness training (such as MBSR)?
- o If so, what form of training did they do?
All Openground teachers engage regularly in professional development, silent retreats and ongoing personal practice. The CFM and MTIA recommends a sequence for MBSR teacher training involving foundational training, initial teaching, supervision, advanced training and certification.
You might like to read this article from Rebecca Crane in the UK about standards and competency in teaching.