Meditation | Teacher Training | VIRTUAL

Join us for this 4-day immersion into meditation. Learn to deepen your own practice for your own development or as means of sharing with others. Also explore embodying your practice as a key principle for incorporating meditation into your classes.

Meditation Teacher Training T | Virtual | 30 hours

Sat-Sun 16-17 October, midway check-in 27 October & Sat-Sun 13-14 November 2021 10am -3pm
VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM with Martin Aylward

This 4 half-day course with a mid point check in between weekends is both experiential and skills based. The training is led by Martin Aylward, who has been practicing for over 30 years, and has been training Mindfulness teachers for 10 years. With plenty of time to explore your own development and practice, this course can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our 300 hour programme.

Course Overview

 The training is a potent way of deepening your own practice as the foundation for incorporating meditation into your classes. The training is not enough to lead meditations courses or purely meditation based events but will give you the tools to safely incorporate meditation into any classes that you may regularly be offering.

From the training you will gain:
  • different styles, approaches and goals of meditation 
  • the history of meditation across eastern traditions 
  • what meditation is and isn't 
  • establishing and deepening your own home based practice 
  • Obstacles to practice

Students are required to have a regular personal meditation practice for at least 1 year and are willing and open to practice reflective skills in relation to their experience  


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Course Content


The training will give students the following skills:

  • how to guide and support students in basic meditation practices within your classes
  • how to ground students’ busy minds in embodied awareness
  • how to be mindful of trauma and triggers in meditation, and sensitive and inclusive in teaching
  • the importance of skilful, precise and authentic language in teaching meditation




  • A 200-hour yoga teacher training is usually a prerequisite for joining any of our Level 2 trainings but not essential 
  • This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our 300-YA accredited programme Students can either register the hours as YACEP if the teacher is registered OR as part of the 300 hr Level 2.
  • The course is VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM via Zoom
  • You will receive 30 accredited Level 2 hours as a stand-alone course or towards our 300-hour training; 22 contact hours plus 8 hours of prep and homework
  • Once you have completed your 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher
  • The course is VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM. Catch up recordings will be available for the duration of the course for you to recap and revisit as well as for an additional 2 weeks after completion of the course. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
  • To gain a certificate of completion students need to complete at least 75% of the course

Teacher Bio

Martin has been practicing meditation intensively for 30 years and has been teaching dharma and guiding people in their practice since 1999

Aged 19, Martin left for India with a one-way ticket and no luggage. He spent most of the next four years in Asian monasteries, retreat centres and Ashrams where he developed a formal meditation practice based on Vipassana / Insight Meditation, while also exploring many different teachings and practice forms

He spent several months with Ajahn Buddhadasa at Wat Suan Mokkh in Thailand and sat annual month-long retreats all through the 1990s at the Thai Monastery in Bodh Gaya with Christopher Titmuss. After ten years of practice, Christopher encouraged him to begin teaching. He has also studied and practiced with various Buddhist teachers and traditions, including the Vajrayana practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Since 1995, Martin has lived with his family in Southwest France. With his wife Gail and their associate Ian Davidson, Martin co-founded Moulin de Chaves in 2005, a residential retreat centre where he lives and teaches, and where their children grew up.

They also co-founded the Dharma Yatra pilgrimages through France, with more than 200 people walking in silence for several weeks, sharing teachings and practices and camping together along the way. 

Martin is co-founder, with Mark Coleman, of the Mindfulness Training Institute They run year-long professional Mindfulness teacher trainings in Europe and the US, and the Institute now has more than 200 certified teachers around the world. He is also visiting faculty on the MSc in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at UCD, Ireland.


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Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

Saturday 16 October


Sunday 17 October 2021


Wednesday 27th October


Saturday 13 November 2021


Saturday 14 November 2021



  • The cost is £395 for the full 3-day LIVESTREAM ONLINE training
  • A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required on booking.
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  • If you do not pay in full, please ensure that you save your credit card details so we can process the final payment. This will happen 21 days before the start of the course and a receipt will be sent to you when the payment has been taken.
  • 300 hour students get a 10% discount on this training if they have booked three trainings with us including the core. Email us if this is the case and the discount will be applied when the balance is taken

Trainings at the Shala are run independently and all payments for training services are accepted on behalf of the individual teachers. 

  • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and anyone who is unable to attend this part can email us to request a link to the recording, which will be available for 14 days after the event. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
  • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
  • In the event that a workshop is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event