The MEM training is composed of training modules and participation of prerequisites, classes, online work and individual sessions.

In all, each participant trainee must have undertaken a minimum of 400 hour of study with minimum 150 hours taken during our training in oder to qualify from the MEM training. 

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Middle Earth Medicine Teacher Training

For those who want to teach embodiment workshops that include conscious dance and creativity. Our training is small and intimate – ensuring there is time for each person’s growth and process. The training includes group work as well as 1:1 mentoring and supervision in-person and online.

It includes regular meet-ups and gatherings, a series of workshops as prerequisites and two intensive modules of teacher training. 

The focus of the training is: 

Physical Embodiment – dance, movement, grounding exercises, music, dj skills

Emotional Intelligence – emotional wellbeing, sharing, free expression, story-telling

Mindfulness – meditations, practicing presence 

Spiritual Integrity – prayer, kindness, spiritual maturity, breath work

Soul Purpose – knowing your gifts, taking action, 

We also explore publicity and marketing, music and dj skills

It includes:

Online membership platform

Apprentice Circle online

Attending conscious dance online and in-person where possible

Attendance at a minimum of two intensive gatherings and weekend workshops 

Assisting at workshops, intensives and regular online work

Two modules of teacher training

Pre-Training Hours: Recognised Teacher Training Hours

Those applying for training need to have two years minimum of conscious dance experience with trained teachers, or 400 hours of embodied practice. 150 hours must be spent on the training.

You are asked for a list of classes, workshops that you have attended. This is carefully considered by us, so as to ensure an understanding of conscious dance has been reached.

The participants of any MEM training program must first join our membership platform and then our apprenticeship circle. Our aim is to build a relationship with each individual so as to know the best possible course that we can journey together with. We teach about the consciousness of dance, offer experiences to help embody and give places on online dance gatherings particularly for those who cannot attend local classes.

This leads to intensive gatherings, deeper work and two intensive training modules for participants to train to hold space for others. The apprentice platform covers many of the necessary enquiries into inner work, leadership qualities, understanding shadow work and archetypes, with a process of understanding their particular gift and talent.

The apprentice circle (Triad Two) is 3 hours per month of mindfulness, movement, personal development, with weekly movement classes of one hour. Plus the library of documents, videos, meetups and peer support on offer in the membership platform (Triad One)

Participants must complete a 13 week course with us, prior to the apprenticeship circle, which examines archetypes necessary for developing one’s own craft and the qualities of leadership. It involves inner work on themselves, an understanding on why they choose the path of their particular offering and what is needed to bring it more fully into the world.

There are two 5 day intensives for the training itself (Triad Three) which includes continued apprenticeship hours online and 1:1 mentoring.  

All Apprentices and teachers in training, are required to assist on workshops and intensives during the apprenticeship and training of Middle Earth Medicine.  

Essential Requirements: Embodiment of Movement Practice

Applicants must show a level of embodiment and be conscious of embodied emotional expression, grounded presence, be able to move through emotion and negative thought, to recognise blocks and limitations. They need to be able to verbally express their process, and speak honestly from the heart.

All teacher trainees are expected to have an understanding of body language in themselves and in others and be able to recognise others’ processes and the patterns that may emerge.

Essential Requirements: Awareness, Mindfulness and/or Meditation

It is necessary to be aware and to encourage mindfulness, to listen to the body and heart. Mindfulness around other participants is also important, to listen and share experiences.

We encourage trainees to know their own ‘story’ to be able to digest it in a way that they can share it as a teaching for others, not from any sense of victim but from a place of embodied healing.

We encourage each participant to engage with thought process but not to over – think, not to analyse to the detriment of movement, to process with movement, to engage the heart and to bring the mind more fully through the body rather than being detached or dissociated.

Mindfulness comes in many forms, we use conscious dance and mindfulness in meditation, creativity, connection to nature and with drum journeys. We embody this in order to be present and to stay conscious and aware as a teacher, not to be distracted by our own process. 

Essential Requirements: Emotional Literacy

We expect those in training to be able to understand and embody the experience of exploring emotion, to give it a healthy movement connection and understand why it is important to have this experience themselves so that they understand what their students can potentially go through. 

We must teach from experience and demonstrate how to be able to move with emotion rather than block it. It is also important not to push the dancers to ‘feel’ and to ‘expect’ emotional expression. 

To recognise that people will express what is needed in their own time and trajectory which includes when they feel safe.

It also needs to be recognised that people express emotion more easily in different ways, there is no ‘one size fits all.’

We encourage participants to move beyond the fears of emotion, the inhibitions and to recognise the limitations we have imposed on ourselves as human beings. Emotion is welcome.

We also encourage an understanding that there is a difference between talking about feelings and emotions themselves. Feelings are often talked about and discussed with an attachment to the story. Whereas emotion has physical and emotive expression.

Essential Requirements: Quality, Support and Mentoring

We undergo mentoring on a regular basis, trainees are expected to send in self reflection forms, to take part in our mentoring program, and use peer support as well as supervision. At present there are four mentors on our program. They have been part of MEM for many years and have taken part in our mentoring training.

Our training is not a school curriculum that is disseminated en masse. It is a dynamic relationship with the Apprentice Circle and mentors working and growing together, simultaneously as a group and as individuals.

Apprentices are understood as having individual skills, abilities, interests, experiences, life stories and needs, and the mentorship and guidance offered is to nurture and help cultivate each person wherever they are at. One of the important ways they can learn is by working alongside and supporting the more experienced teachers. 

There are no simple boxes to tick or benchmarks to meet in the curriculum but a deep learning through commitment over time. However, there are some protocols and principles to be adhered to.

 Tasks and challenges are given/offered by the facilitators & mentors over time, as is appropriate for each persons stage and growth. The trajectory will not be the same for everyone, though each will be treated with the same respect, fairness and value. Everyone is treated as an individual who has their own timing for their development.

Essential Requirements: Ethics and Boundaries

We have our own code of ethics and principles which can be sent on request. Apprentices need to take interest in the ICMTA (international conscious movement teachers assoc) codes. Boundaries between students and teachers need to be in place as well as between students and encouragement of boundaries and teaching healthy responses to boundaries is imperative.

Essential Requirements: Health and Safety

All trainees once teaching are expected to have adequate insurance and a first aid certificate. They must have a first aid kit and an accident record book in their class/workshop.

Desirable Elements: Insurance

All teachers and facilitators must hold up to date insurance and to check insurance of any venue they use, as well as to be insured teaching online work.

Desirable Elements: Psychological Literacy

We work with what it means regarding transference and countertransference, pinpointing areas where this might be noticeable but also where it can be unconscious and how to recognise when that starts to happen. 

We take seriously the position of the leader/teacher/facilitator, and the power that can hold. 

Our training from the beginning recognises the shadow aspects of the leader, as in grandiosity, ‘my way or the highway’ syndrome, petit-tyrant as well as the abdicator, relinquishing one’s authority by not showing up, being too focussed on one’s own process, sharing their own process before it is digested fully.

We recognise we are all storytellers and those stories hold our individual medicine.

We also encourage leaders to follow, rather than always be in the lead, to follow the group and their particular needs. To be guided by the group energy and to be able to meet those needs.

Desirable Elements: Awareness of Mental Health issues

A consideration of mental health issues is discussed in depth. We each have specific training in mental health awareness. We look at how to spot the issues, and what needs to happen next. We recognise that the dance regards some of these issues is not always appropriate and we hold a list of suggested groups and facilitators that are suggested instead of. 

Ethics and Principles 

It is expected that all members of MEM are committed to its code of ethics and principles. We are also guided by the ICMTA’s code of ethics.

The core training mentors and teachers are asked to sign up to ICMTA code of ethics also. 

The co-trainers at present, alongside Caroline Carey are, Ayla Willow, Elixxchel Lily, Ben Cole

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