I can highly recommend the ACFT course to anyone who is interested in becoming
a mindful coach or to anyone who would like to become an MBSR teacher but is unsure
about the coaching part of the education.
While I was initially just focused on obtaining yet another professional qualification, I gained much more than I bargained for and my personal journey has been tremendous.
Hence my advice to anyone embarking on this journey is to focus on the process itself instead of the outcome. If I were to give any other advice it would be the more you put in and immerse yourself into the practice, the more you will get out.
It was exhilarating to experience the group coaching method as a participant, especially when we were dealing with complex topics such as, "What is Spiritual Intelligence" or "What does it mean to really give your full attention to listening to someone." The openness of the other participants and the total absence of pretence contributed to the profound learning that we all experienced.
Albert creates this "natural learning space" partly by being so open himself. He is something of a Tour de Force, sometimes a bit overwhelming, but always totally committed to passing on the central tenets of mindfulness and coaching. He creates a space in which people feel at ease, free to express themselves and to grow in their understanding and skills.
After the final three days I returned to teaching my first MBSR group with a more confident mindset, at ease with whatever the members of my group raised. I think that confidence is what Albert is especially good at giving to the members of his groups; "Just go and do it, now you have learnt how, you must go and practice", he tells us and we mostly do!
Albert, thank you for your patience, kindness and most of all allowing me to see
the strength of the commitment you engage with in this work.
As a mindfulness-based approach is central to the way I wish to work, I am inspired by this combination with coaching. Both coaching and mindfulness continue to surprise me by their potential to support a creative and regenerative capacity inherent, yet often left dormant within all of us. This is truly powerful opportunity for personal and collaborative growth.
I appreciate how much skill it takes to be subtle and when appropriate to be challenging. Your experience helped to provide an open space that allowed me to disengage from past confusion to remerge and reorient my vision afresh naturally.
The personal discoveries and experiences fostered by this course do seem sustainable and uncontrived as this was developed by consistent work to coming back and look deeply from one’s own unique view of the world.
Whilst the course did provide a clear structure this did not crowd or compromise my creativity.
The work in a group combined with some one on one coaching support was an optimal combination that supported my learning, confidence and integration within the course.
I found the pace appropriate, as the sessions were content rich yet there was enough time to relax and discuss and engage with deeper meaning and implications relevant to the field. This space allowed for personal alignment, enjoyment and integration.
I am also grateful for openness and supportive environment that was sustained by our group that assisted my learning by providing inspiration, feedback and an opportunity for further reflection.
I wish you and your team a successful future in this field, as I believe this work can truly benefit many both professionally and personally.
Thanks again for your support!
Voices of former ACFT participants
Albert G. Tobler, AC accredited
Co-Founder of London Meditation
Awareness is not the same as thought. It lies beyond thinking, although it makes no use of
thinking, honouring its value and its power. Awareness is more like a vessel which can hold
and contain our thinking, helping us to see and know our thought as thought rather than
getting caught up in them as reality.
The term "Awareness" means consciousness devoid of ignorance and dualistic fixation. It is the state of knowingness or wakefulness. It means to be "cognizant, conscious, awake, alert, watchful, and vigilant", adjectives that mean being mindful or heedful of something. Awareness implies knowledge gained through one’s perceptions, and the attitudes of others. Ignorance and obliviousness are the opposites of awareness. To be awake is to be fully conscious of something that you are doing.
Henry David Thoreau
I think self awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
Billie Jean King
Foundation Training Course (ACFT)
Course Recognition was granted by the Association for Coaching (AC)
The ACFT Course is a self-contained vocational training course as well as a key module organised and provided by Human Communication Ltd and recognised by the leading professional body Association for Coaching as a module in Level 1 of the Accredited Advanced Diploma (Mindfulness) Coach Training (AADCT).
The ACFT course introduces Mindfulness-based AwarenessCoaching (MBAC) to establish a sound basis for London Meditation’s approach to enabling people to learn, develop and grow.
Why Mindfulness-based AwarenessCoaching (MBAC)?
Psychological competencies for coaching are fundamentally grounded in awareness – both self awareness and awareness of others.
The AwarenessCoaching Foundation Training Course (ACFT) is structured to provide a greenhouse for awareness, growth and change to happen from within.
In this way, change occurs sustainably because it is truly internalised, whereas change promoted from outside (second-hand knowledge or advice) gets rejected after a few weeks.
Research shows that only changes that come about in such a way can become an integral part of consciousness and will therefore last.
Mindfulness – the core of MBAC – means pure awareness, attention without tension, returning to your senses, a relaxed kind of watchfulness, just seeing, not making an effort, not striving or even judging; an effortless awareness.
What makes a real Mindfulness Coach?
The central question for long-time mindfulness practitioners, curious individuals and organisations looking for mindfulness training is: "What makes a real mindfulness teacher?" The simple answer to that is that coaching is the mindful way to teach. Instead of telling people what’s right or wrong, we enable them to make their own decisions, arrive at their own solutions, based on their own experience.
When we’re having a Pathway Talk with prospective teachers (coaches), we explore the importance of being in the moment, without judgment and of being really present. We consider how it is possible to embody the qualities and competencies that we are looking for to facilitate our groups, or coach our clients. Then we examine if the expectations and conceptions of the potential trainee match with London Meditation’s requirements. If we are able to mutually agree to commit to this Pathway we’re ready to go...
When are you ready to coach?
Some people want to start teaching almost immediately they think they have some idea about the process and a little experience. After spending some time practicing – or even after some formal training – it’s easy to assume, "Oh, I could teach people to sit down and bring their attention to their breath and breathe in and out. Anybody can teach that."
But that is not true.
You can read the techniques in a book or listen to a CD and probably learn something from it. But teaching mindfulness (mindful coaching) is a big step on from practicing mindfulness.
In mindfulness coaching and training, we’re asking our participants and trainees to look inside themselves. We call it "checking-in" and it is about starting an inquiry into our minds, bodies and hearts; something that most of us ignore most of the time. It is profound. We really need to have coaches or facilitators who can be trusted, who are able to guide their participants through that personal experience from their heart; people who themselves are an embodiment of this.
Therefore we have an essential pre-requisite before you can enter the ACFT – the Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Intensive – the art of mindful listening and speaking!
That is very significant because many people haven’t really explored their inner lives through their practice. But a mindful coach needs to be able to do this and to have both the practise and experience to be able to respond to the coachees’ emerging issues, undisturbed and with full respect.
- What if intense thoughts come up?
- Am I doing it wrong?
- I can’t do it because my mind is racing.
- Oh, I keep falling asleep.
- Am I going to become totally self-centred?
- How can I find time to do this?
- If I’m not judging, how will I make decisions?
Coaches don’t give advice but they are able to share personal experiences. Even more importantly, they know how to enable participants or clients to allow themselves their own first-hand experiences, to gain insights by looking inside, to reflect on those insights and then, mindfully to proceed...
So what now – teaching or coaching?
The way we "teach" at London Meditation is to use the mindful coaching approach. We create a safe and supportive learning and working environment for our participants and clients by treating them with respect, in open awareness and non-judgementally... exactly the way the internationally known mindfulness coach Jon Kabat-Zinn suggests!
The insights gained by looking inside – once brought to our conscious mind – can then be applied in a structured and sustainable way to our day-to-day life, our businesses and organisations... Indeed, to whatever we want to develop! The rest is coaching as usual which means...
Mindfulness-based AwarenessCoaching (MBAC) helps you discover what works and doesn’t work for you in developing your vision, achieving your desired goals...
Mindful Coaching enables you to fully concentrate on what’s really important to you and to cope better with the things that seem to get in your way. Your desired outcomes become more achievable through this greater clarity and awareness.
The unique composition from...
... learning how to apply our special coaching model V.GROWTH:
Vision – Goals – Reality – Options & Obstacles – Way – Task Force – Happy Hour,
... knowledge about the psychological backgrounds, the underlying neuroscience and the implications of cognitive behaviour modification (CBM),
... how to apply coaching tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, SWAN and SMART, 360 degree and other assessment instruments, as well techniques from Gestalt Work, NLP and asking the right questions in order to discover the hidden solution – an approach we call mindful investigation,
... insights gained by looking inside (using secular active and mindful meditative techniques) allowing to re-encounter your true authenticity (you know – Authenticity is sexy!)
... supervised practice and having fun – because being "life positive" means consciously living a life of success and satisfaction (self-actualization)!
How will MBAC be imparted?
There will be...
...lectures, group work and plenum discussions as well as self-experiential relaxation and meditative techniques in the following 2 Training Components (two 4-full day residential weekend seminars and 2 private online sessions of 90mins each betwen the tuition weekends):
- Weekend 1 (Thu – Mon): Key Coaching Skills & Principles
- The history and future of coaching
- The V.GROWTH Coaching Model
- Active listening and the art of asking questions
- Structuring the coaching process
- Beginning, middle & end of a coaching session
- SWAN, SWOT, PESTLE, HistoGram, Gestalt & Co
- Coaching philosophy & how to write your own
- Weekend 2 (Thu – Mon): Fit for Practice
- Group Coaching and Coaching Culture
- Marketing for coaches
- Open up your own coaching practice
- Evaluation of coaching outcomes
- CPD and AC accreditation scheme
These add up to a minimum of 68 hours of class room tuition in total. Both components have to be completed successfully to be awarded the Certificate of Training.
In addition, we expect the reading of recommended supporting literature, practising with the newly taught coaching skills, tools and meditative techniques during the weeks on your own at home (self-coaching and personal formal and informal mindfulness practice), and with friends, colleagues (peer-coaching). We will also require written reports about your practise experience and you will get feed-back from your trainer using email exchanges and online coaching between the intensive study weekends.
In this way, you will both learn and practice your growing ability to coach (enable) and discover how to integrate your new mindful lifestyle into your daily routines (authenticity!).
In this way – through coaching – we will support you to apply an approach of inviting, instead of advising or "selling" mindfulness, of allowing participants or clients to experience mindfulness in their own way and in their own time, in openness and with peace of mind.
That’s what we call the mindfulnesstraining way of "teaching" Mindfulness (MBAC) at London Meditation.
The Coaching Provider
Human Communication Ltd. (the legal body of its labels London Meditation and mindfulnesstraining) is an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (AC) (OMAC HCL0106OM) agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions of membership.
Human Communication Ltd. offers this AC recognised Foundation Training with over 68 hours delivered classroom based tuition and additional distance learning to individuals and as tailor-made in-house training (on request!).
The ACFT is also considered as an entry level to the Association for Coaching (AC)’s Accreditation Scheme (from skill to competence!) and forms Level 1 of the AC Accredited Advanced Diploma (Mindfulness) Coach Training (AADCT).
Your ACFT Trainer Team
Albert G. Tobler (Master Executive Coach, Trainer and Supervisor)
- Association for Coaching (AC) Accredited Master Executive Coach
- Member of the AC Accreditation Assessor Team
- Member of the Blackswan Executive Coaching Bench
- 35 years of international work experience in Learning and Development
- Co-founder of London Meditation
- Developer of MBAC, AwarenessArchitecture, Coaching based on introspection and meditative techniques as well as MbM-Management by Meditation™
Susann Herrmann, Dipl-Psych. (MA)
(Clinical & Occupational Psychologist, Senior Mindfulness Teacher and Supervisor)
- Mindfulness Training Retreats with Jon Kabat-Zinn
(MBSR in Mind-Body-Medicine, Mindfulness in medicine and psychology)
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Training Retreats
with Mark Williams and John Teasdale
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training Retreats:
Graduated from the Teacher Development Intensive in MBSR and the Intensive Residential MBSR Practicum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (the home of Jon Kabat-Zinn) led by Melissa Blacker and Florence Meleo-Meyer
- Mindfulness Training Retreats
with Saki Santorelli, Bob Stahl, Melissa Blacker, Christina Feldman, Sharon Salzberg and John Peacock
- Self-Compassion Core Skills Training with Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and Steven Hickman
- Insight Dialogue Retreats with Gregory Kramer
- CBT Trainings with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
AwarenessCoaching Foundation Training
Dates & Timings for the two weekends:
ACFT: Key Coaching Skills & Principles – 2017:
- Autumn Group – Nov: Thu 02.11 - Mon 06.11
ACFT: Fit for Practice – 2017:
- Autumn Group – Dec: Thu 14.12 - Mon 18.12
Please arrive on Thursday between 4 and 6pm in time to get settled into your room before dinner at 6.30pm and orientation in the evening.
The training ends on Monday at 2pm after lunch.
AC Certificate will be awarded by successful graduation from all ACFT components!
- Tuition Fee:
£ 1400 incl. VAT and 2 private online sessions (90 mins each)
(does not include Seahorses accommodation fee)
- Accommodation charges including full board at Seahorses Guest House:
- Twin ensuite: £ 400 incl. VAT
- Triple ensuite: £ 320 incl. VAT
To enrol for the ACFT course please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us to help you make up your mind.
If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.