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New Meditation Teacher Training

Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher

Accredited Training Course

With Maggie Kay

14 January – 29 April  2018

For health, well-being & care professionals,

therapists, coaches and trainers.

Only 10 places available

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Course Info

15 week course to learn, practice and teach four powerful meditation practices:

1. Mindfulness of Breathing

2. Development of Loving Kindness

3. Ask Your Inner Wisdom

4. Ah/Om Manifestation

Resources

– Thrivecraft Meditation Foundation Certificate home study course (video/audio/e-docs) taught by Maggie Kay – life time access

– Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Training home study course (video/audio/e-docs) taught by Maggie Kay – life time access

– One-to-one personal mentoring and supervision session with Maggie (in person or skype

– Three group meetings (option to join first and last live in Cornwall) or can be joined by video live stream and/or watched late

– Exclusive private Facebook group with Maggie for group support and to ask questions anytime

– Invitation to attend Thrivecraft monthly support group in Totnes, 4th Friday of the month

– Completion bonus – half price discount voucher for a future Thrivecraft Workshop

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Professional insurable qualification – IICT accredited – graduation certificate

Maggie Kay is an IICT member and approved training provider www.iict.co.uk

All inclusive investment:

£950   £750 early bird rate

(or 3 payments of £260)

if booked before 31st Decemeber 2017

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Thorough and practical supervision and training

in meditation teaching

includes homework and teaching practice,

group support,

supervision and mentoring.

Principles   *   Technique   *   Preparation   *   Practice

 Maggie Kay introduces the teacher training course.

Programme (15 weeks)

Module 1: Thrivecraft Meditation Foundation Certificate – personal practice

Week 1: Mindfulness

Week 2: Loving Kindness

Week 3: Inner Wisdom

Week 4: Manifestation

Week 5 – Study and Practice

Sun Jan 14  10.30-1.00  Introduction to course – at Thrivecraft Home Hub or Live Stream

Home study of Thrivecraft Meditation Foundation Course – 2 hours a week

Home meditation practice – 20 mins daily at least 5 times a week

 

Module 2: Accredited Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Training – teaching practice

Week 6 / 7: Mindfulness

Week 8 / 9: Loving Kindness

Week 10 / 11: Inner Wisdom

Week 12 / 13: Manifestation

Friday Feb 16    12.00-1.30 pm    Introduction to teacher training – Facebook Live Stream

Home study  of Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Course – 2 hours a fortnight

Home meditation practice – 20 mins daily at least 5 times a week

Teaching practice – teach each meditation twice (audio or video record each once)

Module 3: Accredited Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Training – completion

Week  14/15:  Submit Completion Statement and audio/video

Week 14/15:  1-1 Mentoring and Supervision Session with Maggie

Week 15: Graduation

Home meditation practice – 20 mins daily at least 5 times a week

Sunday Apr 29   10.30 -1.00    Graduation – at Thrivecraft Home Hub or Live Stream

1.15 pm   Optional celebratory lunch

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 For more info or to apply

email Maggie at

maggie@maggiekaywisdom.com

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All inclusive investment:

£950   £750 early bird rate

(or 3 payments of £260)

if booked before 31st December 2017

 Eventbrite - Accredited Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Training


Diving for Pearls Book Launch Party

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Maggie Kay invites you to

come and celebrate the

publication of her first book

Diving for Pearls:

The Wise Woman’s Guide to Finding Love 

At

Totnes Natural Health Centre

the Plains, Totnes, Devon

On

Friday 29 September

publication day

From 6pm

 For an evening of

celebration and refreshments

 

Plus

Guided meditation

Reading from Diving for Pearls

Q&A with Maggie

 

 And an opportunity to have

your book personally signed by Maggie Kay

 

Click orange button

For more info and to book tickets

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Meditation and New Year Angels

For me, 2015 started with much excitement as I began printing out the manuscript of the book I have been writing for the last nine months – Diving for Pearls: Discovering Inner Wisdom – new book from Maggie Kay.  The pages were literally rolling out of the printer on the stroke of midnight, much to my delight at having completed it.

In fact, I watched the new year London fireworks on TV with the first few chapters in one hand and my wonderful husband Pat’s hand in the other, buzzing because I had just managed to finish writing my first good draft that evening.  I had been aiming to complete my book by the end of the year, but had given myself some licence to go over that if necessary.  When I realised I was nearly there on the morning of the 31st, however, I went all out to get it done in time for the dawn of 2015, forgoing meals and typing with happy fervour.

At Pat’s suggestion, we read out a chapter to each other before bed in the wee hours. I hadn’t shared my book with anyone before so was thrilled that he absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read it all.  I feel so supported by Pat who has been nudging me to get on with book writing for years.  And now I’ve finally done it!

Things took an interesting turn on New Year’s day when our Jeep broke down while food shopping in the neighboring village.  Yet, even that was somewhat charmed because a lovely young farmer man with typical practical confidence and know-how spent an hour trying to start it – a bearded angel in oily jeans and a pick-up truck.  I had actually put out a prayer for a mechanical angel to show up, and he did!

Despite his good-willed attempts, this angel didn’t manage to get the Jeep going, bless him, but my sister Katy, who lives in the village, kept me company at her house and supplied me with tea while we waited for my vehicle recovery service. (She also bought the helpful young man some bottles of beer as a thank you which he appreciated).  As I was there, I helped Katy get some boxes into her attic and she passed on to me some lovely clothes that she no longer needed.

The recovery guy got the Jeep started first time with the help of some injector fuel (or something – I don’t quite understand) and an enormous set of jump leads, and I was able to drive home. Pat was waiting to help me unpack the shopping, having been tipped off by Katy by phone that all was well.

So, although it was dark and raining by the time I got back and things hadn’t at all gone according to plan that day, I was left feeling totally blessed, supported and loved by beautiful caring people – whether strangers or family.

I actually kind of enjoyed the whole adventure, and am reminded that if we meet ‘adversity’ with that spirit of love and acceptance, we can have fun and encounter much goodwill and human kindness along the way.

As I have just been explaining in my new book, Diving for Pearls, I nearly always find the silver lining in any clouds that come my way these days.  I put this down to the clarity and positivity that my experience of meditation brings into my heart, mind and soul.  The awareness – or mindfulness as it is often called – generated by meditation gives you the opportunity to respond creatively to things that happen to you and draw good fortune to you.  This means that you can truly be master of your own universe and encourage things to turn out for the best.

If you are thinking about learning to meditate or having some support with an existing practice, I have a wonderful homestudy online meditation course available which results in a qualification as an accredited Thrivecraft Meditation Practitioner.

This easy-going four week course gives you tips and support as well as a thorough introduction to four fantastic meditation techniques that foster mindfulness, positivity, manifestation power and inner wisdom.  Simply watch the videos, listen to the audios and try out the guidelines I am laying out for you.

As a special encouragement to help you establish your new meditation rhythm early in the new year, I have decided to offer this course at 25% off until the 31st January 2015.

To claim your 25% discount, click on ‘enter promotional code’ on the Eventbrite booking page, and enter the code newyearoffer – this will reduce the quoted course price by 25%.

So what are you waiting for?  Click right here to find out more and have a sparkling start to 2015.

Happy New Year!

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Thrivecraft Meditation

Practitioner Certificate

With Maggie Kay

Online home study course – 4 wk

Thorough, enjoyable, relaxed and friendly

instruction and practice in meditation

Thrivecraft Practitioner Certificate

Principles   *   Technique   *   Preparation   *   Practice

 Suitable for experienced and new meditators alike

Wk 1 - 1 

Four meditation techniques taught and guided

Talks on related topics

Home practice instruction

Participant experiences, comments and Q&As

Two hours of video per week/ meditation (approx)

Links to bonus videos

Written materials (e-documents)

 Meditation Practices Covered:

Mindfulness of Breathing

Development of Loving Kindness

Ah / Om Manifestation

Ask Your Inner Wisdom

Week 1.  Mindfulness

What is meditation, introduction to practitioner course, posture for meditation, what is mindfulness, mindfulness of breathing meditation explained, guided mindfulness of breathing practice.

Week 2.  Loving Kindness

Q&A on mindfulness, higher consciousness with meditation, loving kindness meditation explained, guided loving kindness practice.

Week 3.  Manifestation

Q&A on loving kindness, hinderances to meditation, antidotes to hinderances, principles of manifestation, Ah/Om manifestation meditation explained, guided Ah/Om manifestation practice.

Week 4.  Inner Wisdom

Q&A on Ah/Om manifestation, what is inner wisdom, Ask Your Inner Wisdom meditation explained, guided Ask Your Inner Wisdom practice, where to go from here.

 

  The Thrivecraft Practitioner Certificate is a prerequisite

for the Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher Certificate

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Thrivecraft is an Approved Training Provider

Accredited by the IICT

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For more information and to book the

home study online audio/video course

click orange button below:

to claim your 25% discount

enter the promotional code newyearoffer

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In this video extract from meditation practitioner course, below, Maggie Kay describes the benefits of meditation.


What Helps When You are Feeling Down?

Having just navigated my way through a few days of (rare for me) ‘down time’, its got me thinking…

What really helps when you are feeling down?

Well, the starting point is simply this:

1. Accept how you are feeling.

The energy we put into resisting our feelings when difficult emotions are bubbling under the surface is incredible.   Instead, we keep ourselves zombie-like – plodding along in a low-grade  half-life – not happy, but not engaging with what’s going on either.

Our habit of blaming ourselves can mean that we’d rather remain in a state of brittle denial.  We can’t admit to ourselves that we feel this way as we would judge ourselves for being so.  It is better to pretend that we are okay.

But if we can just surrender for a few moments – really allow ourselves to feel how we feel – yes we feel the pain more fully, but we also begin to let in a little love and tenderness.  Much like we would if we were giving attention to a friend who was having a hard time.

Rather than being lost in this no-man/woman’s-land, it is better if we can NAME what we are feeling.  Naming it means that we are no longer subsumed by it.  Part of us is now standing outside and looking in, and we can feel some compassion for ourselves.

And having accepted how we are, we have the option of turning towards something more positive.

2. Take ONE tiny step.

When we are feeling down, everything can feel overwhelming.  We don’t WANT to do anything to help ourselves.  It’s all too much.

So my suggestion is this – choose ONE thing from the list below.  Just one.  One thing that appeals a little bit…

*  have a bath

*  go for a walk

*  make a fresh juice or a wholesome soup

*  listen to a guided meditation

*  get closer to nature / go outside

*  confide in a good friend

*  clean and tidy up

*  read something inspiring

*  count your blessings

*  have a nap

*  hang out with positive people

*  enjoy some exercise

*  listen to uplifting music

*  pray to receive support

*  do something to help someone else

*  channel inner guidance

*  reflect on your good qualities

*  make love or have a cuddle

*  look for beauty in everything

*  find the hidden gem/lesson /meaning in your issue

3. Take another step

What you will probably find is that once you’ve taken one step, you feel inclined to take another.  And some positive momentum builds from there.

For example, this morning, still feeling a wee bit under par, I decided to do one thing nice thing for myself – have a bath.

That prompted me to read some inspiring words from a book while the bath was running.  After my bath I did a little light housework and made a fresh juice for breakfast.

It is a bright day and I could hear the church bells ringing, so I went for a walk, pausing at the church door to listen to the congregation singing a hymn.

On the way home I popped in at our caravan in a nearby field and told it out loud how wonderful it is and how much I love it.

During my walk, all these ‘how to lift yourself up’ ideas came to me, culminating in the inspiration to write this blog.  My hope is it might support you too if you are feeling less than wonderful today.

4. Find the hidden gem

There’s always a nugget of gold buried in our difficult emotions.  Our feelings are trying to tell us something, bring our attention to something that will open understanding and meaning to a situation or experience.

I reckon the hidden gem in my ‘down time’ these last few days has been a) the need to rest and restore at the end of a very busy, productive year b) the opportunity to release some grief  from the past (see below) and  c) the prompt to write this blog and share something that might be supportive to others going through a bit of ‘down-time’.

This is my Facebook post about my hidden gems:-

“Emerging out of 5 day inner journey. Started with feeling of ‘flatness’, low energy, tinge of unhappiness, lack of customary inspiration/creativity, desire for more sleep, not wanting to do anything or communicate much…

Felt curious – was this just me being tired at the end of many months of huge activity and productivity? A bit weary after 10 days of tending to son Jamie being acutely unwell?  Raw after an emotional sort-out with my husband Pat (the resolution of which was postponed around Jamie’s illness). Was astrology / weather getting me down?

Counted my blessings that there wasn’t much in the diary and I could potter on with undemanding filing and accounts. Then yesterday, it dawned on me – memories of Decembers caring for ill, dying and bereaved loved ones in years gone past, and not being too well myself.

So it seems I was just releasing a bit of seasonal grief and heartbreak, perhaps triggered by Jamie being ill again. Felt better as soon as I realised this. Better to feel the raw grief rather than the depressive blanket of nothing that holds it out of awareness.

Reminded that its healthy to feel these things, lovingly acknowledge buried feelings, that we only feel these things when we are ready to, that I must be experiencing a deeper healing around these issues than ever before.

Thinking of going along the Movement Medicine dance class this evening – a beautiful way to honour, heal and release any anguish still stored in the body. That and I think I’ll put up the Christmas tree now – to remind myself of all the many, many loving, celebratory, happy memories that Decembers have given me too…”

5. Love is the answer

Giving a little attention where it is due is a profoundly loving act.  That’s all we are doing when we honestly accept  how we are feeling – truly loving ourselves just the way we are.

It gives us the momentum to take a positive step, and maybe even another, and another…

And opens up the possibility of gaining some wisdom and insight from our experience, some meaning, some letting go.

And so I’ll leave you with this song sung by Aloe Blacc, Love is the Answer.

This was shared by my Facebook friend today, the very lovely Mark Bajerski.  (Check out his wonderful biography, Diary of an Accidental Psychic.)

Love is the answer, that’s for sure, and we need only begin with one tiny step to let it back in to our life.