Don’t worry. We have students from all over the world. This course is almost entirely “asynchronous.” This means that you can participate at the hours of the day that work best for you. There are several live webinars but they are video-recorded so those who cannot attend live can watch them later.
All those who satisfactorily complete the course, will receive a course completion document. This is not, however a certification course, which would require a much longer training.
Yes, you’ll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of your assignments require it. There are discussion forums, live one-to-one practice teaching fellow students via Zoom. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning, and this course is structured entirely around best practices.
We realize that emergencies can arise. We will work with you to try to find a solution—and the more advance notice we receive, the more likely it is that we can find a solution. But please realize that, because all students move through the course together, we can do only so much to accommodate late assignments, even for emergencies.
You will be free to do your coursework at whatever time of day suits your schedule. We expect you to log in and do some work (often just 15 minutes) on multiple days each week. Also, during several weeks of the course, you will need enough flexibility to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with classmates for practice counseling via internet video (using Zoom). This is usually quite easy to do.
You should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on your coursework; 2-3 of those hours will be for guided meditation practice.
Under Yoga Alliance’s temporary provision for online training, this course will count for Ananda’s Level 2 (300-hour) Yoga Teacher Training.
Ananda Meditation Teacher Training is NOT a prerequisite for Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training.
Yes, you can take the meditation teacher training after this course.