Become a meditation teacher, expand your knowledge, learn from industry leaders. Introducing the Happy Melon Meditation Teacher Training program. A 6 week, 80-hour, one-of-a-kind program combining the science, history, philosophy and teaching methodology of meditation. This course has been developed by senior teacher Meg James in collaboration with industry experts and the Happy Melon teaching team. Grow and thrive as a teacher through teaching practice, attendance of in-studio shadow classes and personalised 1:1 mentoring sessions.
Sunday 2nd May, 2021 – Sunday 6 June, 2021
Early Bird: $3,000 / Full Fee: $3,750. Full details below.
Since its inception, Happy Melon has been at the forefront of the modern meditation movement, as a first-of its-kind mind and body studio that blends mindfulness with movement. As Melbourne’s premier meditation studio, Happy Melon is a place of nurture and community, built on the foundation of teaching practices that bring people together.
In 2021 we’re incredibly proud to be launching our best-in-class 80-hour Happy Melon Meditation Teacher Training program, which was developed by our expert accredited teachers and reflects our commitment to the integrity of the practice as well as our diverse and dynamic community.
This unique 80-hour course is specially designed for those who are looking to become meditation teachers, and to those who are looking to further deepen their practice and knowledge through an intensive training program. Our one-of-a-kind program, developed by our senior teacher Meg James, brings together industry experts Sacha Stewart, Zoe Kanat, Daniel Cerny, Annemaree Rowley and Simon Davey, in a robust training program that combines the science, history, philosophy and teaching methodology of meditation with the opportunity to grow and thrive as a teacher through teaching practice, attendance of in-studio shadow classes and personalised 1:1 mentoring sessions.
Following this program, students will be Australian Meditation Association certified and equipped to bring meditation and mindfulness to their communities and organisations with integrity.
What you will gain:
Course Requirements and Certification
The Happy Melon Meditation Teacher training is fully accredited with the Meditation Association and is comprised of in-person training sessions, 1:1 mentoring sessions and practice teaching hours (40 contact hours) in addition to assignment work, shadowing meditation classes at Happy Melon, weekly reading material and a daily meditation practice for the duration of the 6-week course (40 non-contact hours).
The course itself includes theory, practice, group exercises, regular opportunities to guide the class and valuable connection time with your Happy Melon mentors and peers.
Includes topics on the following:
In order to qualify for a Provisional Membership with MA, students must:
Module 1 - WESTERN HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICES
Module 2 - EASTERN HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICES
Module 3 - STRESS, MENTAL ILLNESS, TRAUMA & RELAXATION
Module 4 - THE HAPPY MELON TEACHING METHODOLOGY PART ONE
Module 5 - THE HAPPY MELON TEACHING METHODOLOGY PART TWO
Module 6 - THE BUSINESS OF TEACHING MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
Meg holds a degree in Psychology with Swinburne University, an Advanced Diploma of Yoga and Meditation Teaching with the Australian Yoga Academy and an ICF accredited Certificate of Life Coaching with BYCA. She has spent the past 6+ years teaching meditation and mindfulness and working one-on-one with people from all around the world. Meg gently encourages her students and clients to feel their feelings, listen to their intuition, develop their sense of self and manage the thoughts that keep them awake at night. Meg's meditation recordings have been shared internationally through multiple apps such as Insight Timer, Happy Waves and Keep it Cleaner, reaching over 2 million meditators.
Sacha is a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher through Melbourne Meditation Centre, is a member of the Meditation Association of Australia, plus a certified 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher through The Practice Bali Yoga. She holds a double diploma in Kinesiology and Mind Body Medicine from the College of Complimentary Medicine, and is a certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches USA. With her formative career as a producer in the advertising and film industries, she knows the pressure of the corporate world, and experienced first-hand how much impact stress had on the mind and body. Her passion became to educate others in mindfulness and wellbeing practices, to give them the opportunity to use these tools to empower themselves to create work / life balance, increase their vitality, and develop a greater sense of peace and happiness within.
Zoe Kanat is a qualified meditation teacher, mindfulness educator, trained Psychotherapist and Counsellor. She is a tutor at Monash University, Department of General Practice, as part of the Health Enhancement Program led by Associate Professor Dr Craig Hassed. Zoe is also deeply passionate about the art of relaxation, the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra and has spent several years personally and professionally practicing and studying in this area. She is a qualified Yoga Nidra facilitator, specifically in The Daring to Rest Program developed by teacher and author, Karen Brody. In 2019 Zoe assumed a position on the board of Meditation Association of Australia, the national peak body representing meditation and mediation teachers. Zoe is passionate about sharing the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation in a direct and accessible way.
Annemaree is a teacher of classical Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness practises and Meditation with over 30 years of experience. The underlying principle of her work is that a healthy body and a calm mind promise exemplary personal and professional accomplishment in all facets of life and her focus is on relieving anxiety and stress for those she works with.
Jess is a graduate of the Chopra Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training Program and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program led by world-renowned author and holistic medicine advocate Dr Deepak Chopra, Ayurveda and Integrative medicine expert Dr Sheila Patel, and Vedic Educator Dr David Frawley. Alongside teaching, Jess has over 15 years’ experience in various senior roles within large NGOs, specialising in organisational strategy, program design, social enterprise and social impact measurement. She truly believes that a regular meditation practice enables people to work and live with greater clarity, creativity and efficiency and regularly coaches CEOs, senior management and teams on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation in the workplace. Jess brings a depth of understanding of the intersections between ancient yogic wisdom, modern science and psychology to all of her classes and transcendental meditation courses to help bring greater peace, ease, freedom and inspiration to our busy lives.
Daniel has many years of clinical experience as a Naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, he offers a deep insight and respect for the intimate connection between the mind and body, creating space for others so they can feel at home within themselves. In ever-changing world, the mindfulness practice offers refuge, nourishment and connection. The ability to reconnect with our inner sanctuary — a place of peace, stillness and love, and to develop the inner resources to calm and overactive mind, take greater care of ourselves and to live a fuller and more purposeful life.
Simon grew up in rural New Zealand which set the tone for a unique and calm upbringing – one he is incredibly grateful for. After finishing his Physiotherapy degree he made the move to Melbourne where he quickly realised how much stress a big city can create. Seeing there was a need for a home-like space where people could slow down and reconnect, he co-founded Happy Melon, a first-of-its-kind studio that blends mindfulness with movement and has meditation at its core. Over the past 5 years, he has led the business to where it is now as one of the leading wellness studios in Australia.
Within the Happy Melon business we currently facilitate a multitude of weekly meditation classes, regular workshops, corporate programs and courses. To continue to guide the students who have completed our Happy Melon Meditation Teacher Training course and are interested in further developing their skills, we intend to offer the opportunity to practice teaching within these settings as part of an ongoing mentoring system.
These positions are limited in number and will be granted via an application process.
When: Sunday 2nd May, 2021 – Sunday 6 June, 2021
6 x 6-hour sessions, 10am - 4pm
Training Location: Happy Melon Studios
Early Bird: $3,000 (payment required before March 31)
Full Fee: $3,750 ($500 non-refundable deposit required)
Payment Plan: available on request
Spaces are limited to 20 participants so please register early!
The workload outside of the contact hours consists of the following components: