Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did you create A Course in Mindful Living?

In studying the research and the world’s wisdom traditions, and through his own extensive teaching, Elisha Goldstein, PhD has identified that there is an “x” factor that helps sustain positive brain change, allowing a much deeper integration of mindfulness training and practice so that it changes from a concept or fleeting experience to a way of being. In A Course in Mindful Living, he has created what he plans to be the Gold Standard in Online Mindfulness Training.

Why is A Course in Mindful Living so effective?

This unique mentorship program offers a step-by-step curriculum where you’ll work on consistently integrating mindfulness practice into your daily life. You’ll be supported by Elisha, as well as a dedicated mentor, and an accountability group as you do the work to deepen the learning experience so that, by the time you complete the training, you’ll have developed a truly self-sustaining mindfulness practice.

Why do we need A Course in Mindful Living?

Other online mindfulness training programs fall short on the integration step with the result that the benefits from training are short-lived. This course is a game changer – you’ll take what you’ve learned off the cushion into your life, reaping the benefits for months and years to come.

When does this course start and end?

A Course in Mindful Living begins October 2, 2017 and ends April 10, 2018.

Who is this program for?

This course is for anyone interested in creating or deepening a meditation practice – parents and grandparents, teachers, students, artists, business and/or medical professionals, retirees. 18.5 continuing education credits (12.5 CEs for Home Study and 6 CEs for Live Sessions) will be available for psychotherapists, social workers, and nurses.

What meditation experience level is recommended and/or necessary to take this course?

This program is designed for all levels, so it won’t be too basic or too advanced for any participants. Perhaps you’re new to the concept of mindfulness, you’ve read a few books on the subject, you’ve taken some mindfulness-based 8-week course, or you practice mindfulness every day – whatever your background, we invite you to join us in solidifying the concepts and practice of mindfulness in your everyday life.

How much time does A Course in Mindful Living take?

You should plan about 1-3 hours per week to attend the calls and work through the material. The good news is that you can work through it all on your own time. The content is on-demand, so if you miss a live session, you can view a recording afterward.

You can and should go at your own pace as you work through the activities that are posted every 2 weeks. Some of them are super fun – like posting an audio track that inspired you that week, or creating or redesigning your meditation space. How long you spend on that kind of stuff is up to you!

Does the course have a set schedule or is it self-paced?

ACIML SCHEDULE

Every two weeks a new part of the course will “unlock.” This will include a new teaching, meditation, informal integration practice, and experiential activities to be done at your own pace during that time period.

At the beginning of each month, there is a live kick-off Q&R webinar with Elisha. This will be recorded in the event that you can’t attend a session. You’ll also have the option to send in questions in advance.

Around the 3rd week of each month, you will meet online with your mentor and mentorship group at a time that they’ll designate (usually an evening or weekend morning, TBD). This will also be recorded in the event that the time doesn’t work for you. You’ll also have the option to send in questions in advance.

If you wish, you have the option to join an accountability “pod.” This is a group of peers in a similar geographical location to you. We will provide a set of guidelines for each pod to help you support one another in your practice, and we encourage you to connect live online or in-person at least monthly.

The intention here is to build a really supportive environment to facilitate optimal integration of the material. The degree of support that you need is up to you and may even change as you progress through the course.

Will I get to ask questions?

Yes, the course in interactive! Participants will be able to ask questions during the live online classes, small group mentorship sessions and in the online classroom.

Is A Course in Mindful Living psychotherapy?

No, it is not. This is an educational program and not treatment for any physical or mental health condition. Participants take responsibility for their own experience in the program. Elisha and the Mindful Living Faculty do not have a professional or therapist relationship with participants.

Could A Course in Mindful Living be helpful for psychotherapy, coaching, or mindfulness training?

Yes. Mental health professionals are required to obtain 36 hours of continuing education credits every two years, 25% of which must be live. A Course in Mindful Living is an opportunity to turn this substantial and time-consuming requirement into a substantive and immersive retreat. Many mental health professionals wish they had the time and bandwidth to attend longer retreats to deepen and explore mindfulness practices. That’s what this course is all about: learning how to transform the things we need to do (the demands and responsibilities of our lives) into opportunities for cultivating joy and peace.

So many of us are drawn to mental health professions because we want to help and we want to heal. Often, we encourage clients, friends, and family to develop their own mindfulness and self-care practices yet are too busy taking care of them to really take care of ourselves. Recognizing how much time we all spend giving, Elisha felt that there was a real need for a program where the supporters can finally be supported, where we can learn to become fiercely loyal and committed to meeting our own needs, in addition to the needs of others.

Through your personal experiences in the course, you will learn skills and exercises you can share with your students or clients. The program is not intended to be a mindfulness teacher certification course. We are considering adding a certification course for ACIML graduates in the future.

Does the certificate of completion mean that we have permission to teach what we learn in our own mindfulness/ meditation classes if we are qualified meditation teachers?

This is a great question! ACIML is a course for people’s personal transformation and not a professional teacher training course. However, we have a lot of therapists, educators and people in business who take what they’ve learned and integrate it into their work.

Although we provide the high level touch (course material, live mentorship, and peer-based accountability groups) like a certification course, this course is not intended as a teacher training. We will be offering a teacher training in the future, and a prerequisite will be having taken ACIML already.

Does A Course in Mindful Living offer Continuing Education Credits?

18.5 continuing education credits are available for psychotherapists, social workers, and nurses. There are 2 forms of CE credit available – 1) Home Study for pre-recorded interviews and 2) Live Online Event for the live sessions with Elisha.

For more information on either form of credit, including specifics on professions and State requirements, click the relevant link below:

Home Study



Live Online Event

 

Note: CE credits for these events must be purchased separately through our CE provider:

Purchase 12.5 CEs for $20 for Home Study  

Purchase 6 CEs for $20 for all Live Online Events

 

What makes A Course in Mindful Living different than other mindfulness trainings, books, and videos on YouTube?

There are two major distinctions that make A Course In Mindful Living the most dynamic, integrative, and supportive program online today.

The first distinction is that this course is offered over a 6-month period. Mindfulness skills build gradually – each month a new theme is introduced in a step-by-step progressive curriculum that allows you to build on the skills that you’re developing over time for a much deeper integration of the methods.

The second difference is that this online course gives participants the high-touch support that’s essential for the real integration of these methods into daily life. ACIML offers a highly enriched learning environment that includes biweekly live training sessions with Elisha and a dedicated mentor, optional peer-based support groups, and a thriving and super-engaged online community. This is all in addition to the on-demand experiential practices, talks, guided meditations, written teachings, and bonus interviews with guest experts. The course also provides ample opportunities to ask questions and get specific about how to integrate mindfulness into your life.

How old do you need to be to take the A Course in Mindful Living?

You must be 18 or older to register.

If you are under 18 but wish to take this course, please have a parent or guardian register for you. Parents or guardians must also send an email to hello@acourseinmindfulliving.com giving their permission for you to take the course.

Do you have any Community Guidelines?

Our hope is that you will enjoy a rich experience of community, including opportunities for potential collaborations with other participants in this course. We aim to take a transparent and common sense approach to the general code of conduct in the community and in how we moderate.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the guidelines below.

Please do:

– Post threads and conversation starters in relevant areas.
– Get to know your fellow members!
– Respect other members and moderators in the community.
– Share your ideas! If you have a creative or practical idea on how to use the tools in this program, please start a thread to share your idea with the community and invite collaborations. That’s what this community is all about!
– Stay on track when commenting in a thread. If you need to go off-topic, start a new thread (if one doesn’t already exist).
Notify us if you’d like to suggest a special interest section on the forum.
– Send any account issues or copyright infringement notices to our support team.

Please do not:

– Spam. Just don’t do it. You will risk getting banned from the course.
– Use the discussion areas, comments sections or any contact forms for unsolicited advertising of your work, products, or causes. If you have information that you think may be of interest, such as specific applications for some of the methods in the course, please ask if people are interested in hearing about them before posting.
– Encourage or feed heated discussion, engage in personal attacks, or link to offensive topics or websites.
– Post any links to malware or piracy sites.
– Go extremely off-topic. Just open a new thread if you wish to take a conversation in a new direction.
– Post thread titles or comments in ALL CAPS.
– Solicit donations (however well-intended).

Do I have to participate in the “social” aspect of A Course in Mindful Living?

There’s no requirement or need to keep up with the community written messages. The core elements of the course are: monthly Q&R sessions with Elisha, monthly mentorship group and the course curriculum, that you’ll do at your own pace. There is also the the option to participate in an accountability pod. Most importantly, the program has been created so you can engage it in the way that works best for you.

Are there any risks in this program?

This is ultimately a program in learning to take care of your mind and body in the most powerful way. A Course in Mindful Living will include powerful subjects like mindfulness, self-compassion/compassion, gratitude, and acceptance. As with any personal growth work, psychological material may get stirred up for you that is uncomfortable. Please engage in A Course in Mindful Living at a pace and a depth that feels good to you. And if need be, please reach out to professional help if that would serve you.

Do you have an Affiliate program to help spread the word?

If you would like to tell others about A Course in Mindful Living – and are interested in receiving benefits for those who enroll through you – please email us at hello@acourseinmindfulliving.com.

Does the course include support for individuals?

Yes, in addition to the live online classes with Elisha, you’ll receive a special level of support through the small group mentorships with a member of our faculty. You also have the option to join an accountability “pod” for additional peer support.

What topics are covered in A Course in Mindful Living?

Each month our learning and practice will be focused on a different topic.

Month 1: RELAX
Month 2: FOCUS
Month 3: TRUST
Month 4: SAVOR
Month 5: CONNECT
Month 6: ACCEPT

How is the program organized?

Each month offers a live training session with Elisha and a live mentorship session with a member of the faculty. To support what’s covered in the live sessions, the program includes pre-recorded video, audio, and written content delivered online and available on-demand. The materials include guided meditations, didactic teachings and interactive discussions. Participants will also have the option to join an accountability “pod” if that is of interest.

Can I download A Course in Mindful Living materials to my own computer?

Yes, you will be able to download audio meditations from Elisha. All content will be archived in the online classroom so you can stream on the go.

How long can I access A Course in Mindful Living materials?

You will have unlimited access to the course materials.

Do I need any special technology?

You can view course content from any recently updated web browser or mobile device with an internet connection. For the Live Classes and Private Mentorship sessions, you may also need a telephone to call in and participate if you don’t want to use your computer’s audio.

What does the program cost?

The cost of the course is $549. This includes the entire program, Elisha’s live events, the monthly mentorship groups with a member of the mindful faculty, the accountability pods, and all the additional bonus resources.

During our initial launch period, will be offering special promotional pricing and details can be found at http://acourseinmindfulliving.com.

Does A Course in Mindful Living require a lot of reading?

The focus on the program is the live sessions and experiential practices, rather than extensive readings. Each month there will be short readings, videos and practices provided online. There will also be short emails to help keep participants engaged and on track.

All participants will be provided with a course handbook that summarizes the live sessions, details the practices and homework assignments, and optional handouts during the course for further study.

There will also be a “book of the month” suggestion from Elisha or a member of the faculty.

Are there any suggested readings?

We will be providing reading and resources throughout the course. There is also a Book of the Month Club built into the program to help support your learning.

When are the Q&R Webinars with Elisha?

Webinars with Elisha will be held at 9 am and 5 pm Pacific Time on the following dates:

  • October 3, 2017
  • November 7, 2017
  • December 5, 2017
  • January 9, 2018
  • February 6, 2018
  • March 8, 2018
  • April 10, 2018

In case you can’t make a session, all of the live calls will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

What if I can’t make the live calls?

The live classes with Elisha be recorded and will be posted in the online classroom following the live event.

What if I will be traveling or away during part of the course?

All of the monthly Live Q&R sessions with Elisha and the live mentor sessions are recorded and shared within a few days so you can watch them at a time that works for you. The videos, guided meditations, activities, and lessons are all on-demand so you can work at your own pace. You can mark your progress within the course so it’s easy to pick up where you left off. Also, the course content and recordings will continue to be available after the course has concluded.

Prior to leaving for your trip, we recommend that you download the audio meditations to your mobile device, if possible. This will allow you to continue your meditation practice no matter where you are in the world, even if you don’t have internet access.

How About Participating From Around the World?

Elisha hosts a monthly Live Q&R at 9:00 am Pacific and 5:00 pm Pacific on the same day. You can view the schedule within the FAQs (look for the FAQ “When are the Q&R Webinars with Elisha?”). Details for each webinar are posted in a special events section within the course. Each event has a link to a handy tool so you can see what the time will be in your local time zone. All of the Live Q&R sessions are also recorded and posted within a few days so if you’re unable to join the session live, you can watch recording at a time that is convenient for you.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on geographical location. Live mentor sessions are monthly and typically take place in the 3rd or 4th week in the evening or on the weekend. These sessions are also recorded and archived in case you can’t join live. If a mentor session schedule does not work for you we can switch you to a different mentorship group upon request.

The videos, guided meditations, activities, and lessons are all on-demand so you can access them anywhere, anytime as long as you have an internet connection.

Is there a money-back guarantee or refund policy?

Absolutely. With our 30 day money-back guarantee, you can test out the first module of the course without any risk. Watch the live calls, connect with others in the private community, and put the content into action. If you don’t feel that we’ve delivered on our promise for this program, then our team will happily refund 100% of your money. We just ask for two things: The first is that you give the program a good shot. The second is that we want to hear your feedback. This way, we can continue to improve the program and make it better in the future. If you’re not happy, then it wasn’t a good fit; however, we’re confident you’ll love the program and really enjoy the experience.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, if you have a group of 3 or more people interested in taking the course, you qualify for a 15% discount on tuition. Please contact support for more information on group discounts.

Do you offer scholarships?

The course costs $549 which equates to about $3 a day. Scholarships (full or partial) are available for those for whom payment would be a hardship: young adults (18-26), elders (65+) on a limited income, people that are unemployed, on disability, or dealing with serious illnesses, or people in developing nations; however, anyone with financial need is encouraged to apply.

Each financial assistance request is assessed in terms of financial need and funds availability. If you are interested, please email us: hello@acourseinmindfulliving.com.