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Teacher Training Academy

Why was the Teacher Training Academy created?

When 1 Giant Mind launched in 2011, we set out on a mission to transform as many lives as possible through teaching meditation. Through our smartphone app, we introduced a simple yet effective learn-to-meditate course that has taught hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Despite this great success, we recognized that there’s nothing like learning in-person from an expert teacher. So we’ve gone back to the basics to take 1 Giant Mind to the next level and we have created a meditation teacher training academy. Our mission continues to teach as many people as possible but now we have expanded our program to training expert teachers worldwide.

What is the cost for participation?

The standard cost of tuition is $3999 USD and includes a year of training, teacher development, mentoring, and support. We regularly offer special discounts so be sure to inquire with our program liaison after you've submitted your application. It is always free to apply!

How do I know when I’m personally ready to take the Teacher Training Academy?

If you have met the minimum qualifications for enrollment then you are eligible for the program. The program does take dedication and time so it’s important that you’ve considered your available time and your readiness for the commitment.

Are there any refunds?

Yes, if you have completed the program and but were not certified, you will have the opportunity to retake the program as many times as you'd like for up to a year from the date of your log-in to the online program. If you have retaken the program within the year and still have not been approved for final certification, then you will be refunded 50% of your tuition; as long as your refund is requested before the end of the year.

How is learning meditation with a teacher different from learning on an app?

Learning with an app is proven to be effective in getting people started with the practice of meditation but it lacks the kind of support we need to both make it a daily habit and advance our personal practice. Nothing will ever replace learning meditation in person with an expert teacher. The experience is far more personal, intuitive, and impactful in making meditation stick. Also, the relationship between a teacher and student creates a powerful relationship that supports ongoing personal development.

Is the Academy accredited?

No.

Can someone really be trained effectively through online training?

Yes, our unique teacher training program has been designed based on years of teaching experience. Utilizing cutting edge online learning technology, Jonni Pollard and the 1 Giant Mind team have crafted a unique curriculum that combines theory, practical exercises, and live teacher/student interaction. The program provides graduates with the foundational knowledge to effectively begin teaching meditation right away. However, it is only when a teacher applies what they have learned as they step into the world and begin teaching that the real training begins.

Are any discounts available?

Special discounts and promotions are available at various times and 1 Giant Mind announces these from time to time through partners and special promotions. Discounts can vary by region to help offset the currency exchange rate to the US dollar. When applicable, discounts are applied upon payment at checkout.

Is there a payment plan option?

Tuition is due in full prior to commencing the program.

Requirements & Lifestyle

Do I have to change my lifestyle to be a meditation teacher?

One of our core values is embodied leadership. Simply put, this means that to be effective teachers, we must lead by example. Only by embracing a regular practice of meditation, self-care, and a balanced lifestyle free of unhealthy habits, can we truly inspire and lead others. While we don’t expect perfection or flawless people, a commitment to embodied leadership is an important prerequisite for anyone seeking to teach effectively.

Do I need to be an experienced meditator to enroll in this program?

Yes, you should have at least six months of a personal daily meditation practice to be eligible for certification. Participants must also have learned the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique* either with a certified teacher or through the 12 Step Meditation course available through our free 1 Giant Mind Learn Meditation app.

Do I need any prior teaching experience to taking this program?

Previous teaching experience is good to have but not required to complete our program.

What should I do if I don’t feel ready for the program and want to get better at meditating first?

A first and easy step is to download our free 1 Giant Mind Learn-to-Meditate app available on Google Play and the Apple Store. The 12 Step Meditation Course provides basic introduction to the Being Technique. To build even more confidence, we encourage you to continue on with the app's 30 Day Challenge where you can use our helpful tools to track your practice and aid you in making meditation a daily habit. After regular practice of meditating twice a day, you will establish a routine with confidence to take your practice to the next level by sharing it with others.

Teacher Training Program

What will I experience in the 10-day free trial?

In the 10-day free trial you will get access to the 16 unit online training program. This will give you the opportunity to get an overview of the entire program and a deeper exploration into the curriculum.

What if I need to take a break in the middle of the training?

If you need to put your training on hold for any reason, you may do so for up to two weeks. After two weeks, you will be “reset” back to the start of the program at no charge. This structure ensures that you retain the program material and to allow yourself the best opportunity to gain certification. You will have up to 24 weeks to complete your program.

If I don’t like reading and prefer to learn by watching video, can I still get through the program?

Yes, while we encourage both reading and watching the material to maximize your learning experience, you can choose one or the other and still effectively complete the practice portion of program and advance through the program.

Can I start the program whenever I would like?

Yes, you can begin the program when you like, however we strongly encourage students to take advantage of our scheduled start dates so that you can experience the added benefits of training alongside other students to connect, share, and study with.

Is there ongoing support from 1 Giant mind after I graduate?

Yes, we are committed to your personal and professional development as you progress on your journey of becoming a masterful teacher. Our ongoing support and continuing education includes regular webinars aimed at refining your teaching skills and learning best practices. You will also have access to an online library of teacher resources, program materials, and tutorials only made available to certified teachers.

What are the tests like?

Our tests are a variety of fun exercises that help you develop greater comprehension of the material. They are not your typical, boring multiple choice questions. Our assessments are adaptive and dynamic which means they change based on how you learn. Think of each assessment as an opportunity to put learnings immediately into practice. If an answer is incorrect, you can review the material at your own pace and try again. The program was created to support developing your comprehension. Once you have demonstrated the required level of competency, you are able to move onto the next section or unit.

What does the training program consist of?

_Online Training_: The first and most important part of the program is your online training. Broken down into 16 units, the program delivers key learning objectives that are presented in both reading and video formats. After each learning section, you will be given practice exercises to assess your comprehension before advancing through the program. There are also hours of real classroom lectures led by Jonni Pollard that reveal a greater practical application of the material. _Live Video Calls_: Live, weekly video calls will allow you a more interactive experience through moderated group calls led by your teacher, Jonni Pollard. The benefit of these webinars are to ask questions directly to Jonni and gain a more personalized insight into the program material. _Practical Exercises_: The third component focuses on practical exercises and real-world applications of your training. This includes giving your own practice introduction talks and Learn-to-Meditate courses for the purpose of feedback and refinement before entering the world as a certified teacher. _Final Certification Review_: Upon successful completion of the first three components, teachers-in-training are required to attend a live webinar with Jonni for a final review. This final evaluation will be the last step in determining your eligibility for certification.

Are there practical exercises as well as theory?

Practical exercises are introduced in the program and require learning scripts, preparing introduction presentations, and completing practice meditation courses.

Can I retake the training again after I have graduated?

Teachers who successfully graduate the Teacher Training Academy are encouraged to attend weekly webinars, drop in scheduled weekly video calls, facilitate and learn from the community and retake the program if you are inspired.

Can I take this program at my own pace?

Yes, because this is an adaptive learning program, you can take the program at your own pace. However, if you would like to graduate with your cohort within 10-12 weeks, you may need to adjust your weekly time commitment to align with your classmates.

Can I try the program before I enroll?

Yes, you can request a 10-day free trial of the program. During this free trial period you will have access up to Unit 3, Section 6 of the 16 unit program.

Will the Teacher Training Program require me to travel to a specific location?

No, the Level 1 program is delivered to you online, allowing you the freedom to take the program wherever you choose. All that you need is access to the internet and a mobile device such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Is there any personal development offered in the program?

Yes, the entire program is also designed to expand your own personal awareness and your ability to be your most powerful and authentic self.

Are the live video conference calls mandatory?

It is not compulsory to join the live video sessions, however it is strongly encouraged. All video conference calls are recorded and made available for enrolled students and certified teachers to watch on demand.

What is the teaching style of the training program?

The program reflects the teaching style that has made Jonni Pollard one of the most sought after meditation teachers in recent years. Jonni teaches theory and practical techniques in a clear, concise and easy-to-follow format. His style is relaxed, relatable, and engaging as he focuses on ensuring that students comprehend and retain the teaching. The reading, video and practice exercises are designed to make the learning experience both enjoyable and effective.

What is the live interaction component of the training?

As a part of the group learning format, we offer regularly scheduled video calls with Jonni. These moderated video calls allow you to pose questions and get feedback directly from Jonni. Jonni will be available to answer questions about the most recent unit you are working on and provide additional guidance where needed. We've created these live calls to help you develop your teaching practice post graduation and help you on your way to becoming a masterful teacher. If you miss a call, no problem. They are all archived and available only to enrolled teachers and certified teachers.

Is this training scheduled at specific times in groups?

Yes, the program provides scheduled start dates when you can begin with a group of students from around the world. Group learning, also known as cohorts, provides the value and support of a shared learning experience. Some students prefer this as it helps in being held accountable and motivated to complete the program. If you prefer to start on a date of your own choosing and don’t necessarily want to be a part of a cohort, then we also offer that as an option. You will still have the opportunity to communicate with other enrolled students around the world but who may be in a different stage in the program.

What is the time commitment?

The Teacher Training Program is broken down into two phases. The first is the online certification training that takes an average of 10-12 weeks depending on your individual rate of progess. This first phase of your training prepares you with the essentials that enable you to begin teaching immediately after certification. A good estimate for typical students is about 10-12 hours per week of study and about 5-7 hours a week on average. The second phase of your training begins when you start teaching public courses. Our philosophy is that the fastest way to learn to become a teacher is by actually teaching. For the remainder of your program year, you will have access to continuing education via weekly live webinar classes. These teacher-development classes that will dive much deeper into developing your teaching skills and providing real-life feedback to your experience. In these sessions you will have access to Jonni to ask very specific questions about your personal teaching experiences. You will also have access to an ever-growing library of video and audio material that will be constantly updated in response to the common needs of teachers. At the end of the year, teachers will be have the option to renew their certication and continue having access to all teachers resources.

Is there a date that I have to complete the program by?

Once enrolled, you will have up to 24 weeks from your start date to complete the program. Requested extensions may be granted under special circumstances and on a case by case basis.

What does “adaptive learning” mean and what are its advantages?

“Adaptive learning” is a term to describe the intelligent algorithm used in our proprietary teacher-training program. Using AI (artificial intelligence) technology, our platform continuously personalizes the most optimal learning path based on your individual skill and knowledge levels. Adaptive learning is a game-changing approach that enables you to accelerate your learning performance. This new form of learning is designed to help you become a confident subject matter master in the 1 Giant Mind teaching system.

1 Giant Mind & Jonni Pollard

What makes 1 Giant Mind an expert in meditation training?

Jonni Pollard, co-founder of 1 Giant Mind and creator of its Learn Meditation program, has over two decades of experience as a student and teacher in both traditional and contemporary meditation techniques. Regarded as a master meditation teacher in multiple countries, Jonni has personally taught thousands of business leaders, teachers, wellness professionals and everyday people worldwide. Jonni’s teaching approach strikes a balance between upholding the historic roots of meditation and opening the door to a new, accessible ways of learning. The broader 1 Giant Mind team is a group of passionate professionals with extensive backgrounds in online education, technology, and media. This combination gives 1 Giant Mind a unique edge in delivering a seamless, heartfelt learning experience for those looking to master the role of a meditation teacher.

How does 1 Giant Mind define meditation?

Meditation is any technique that expands self-awareness. This includes various methods where eyes can be closed or open.

Who is 1 Giant Mind?

Originally founded in 2011 as a non-profit, we set out to bring meditation to as many people as possible. Led by Jonni Pollard and a small team of passionate meditators, we developed and launched one of the highest user rated learn-to-meditate smartphone apps available. In recognizing the limitations of a non-profit and its ongoing reliance on donations, we decided to transform the company into a purpose-driven for-profit company. In 2018 we returned to the U.S. to launch our Teacher Training Academy, an online education program that develops and certifies meditation teachers around the world. As a part of our commitment to making meditation as accessible as possible, our app remains free and our mission has expanded to developing and supporting one of the most important jobs in the world – the meditation teacher.

Will I have a chance to interact with Jonni Pollard?

Yes, during the year of your enrollment you will have access to scheduled video calls with Jonni where you can interact with him directly. In these video calls, Jonni responds to students' questions regarding the most recent program units. If you are unable to attend any session, they are archived and available to all enrolled students and certified teachers. As a part of your continuous development and support, these video calls will be available as a part of your first year's tuition.

If I have questions, can I communicate with someone from 1 Giant Mind?

Yes, we have a team that can be contacted through our support channels. Response times can vary depending on volume but your questions are important and we are to here to answer them!

What is Jonni Pollard’s training background?

Jonni has trained for over two decades in the traditions from where meditation derived. Starting in South India in his late teens, Jonni dedicated himself to learning under great masters of the Vedic tradition. A decade later, he was formally trained to become a Vedic meditation teacher, and began a private teaching practice in Australia. Jonni’s practice later expanded into the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. He regularly travels to continue his training and to date, Jonni has taught over 250,000 people to meditate through his programs, courses, and events around the world.

The Certification

Can I teach other techniques of meditation once I become certified?

Yes, being a teacher of other techniques does not prevent you from becoming a teacher of the 1 Giant Mind technique or require you to cease teaching other methods separately. However, it is mandatory that when teaching the 1 Giant Mind technique, you agree to never mix other techniques into the 3 Day Learn-to-Meditate course format. For this technique to be effective, it is imperative that it is taught as you are trained to teach it.

What does my certification provide?

An active certification provides you access to ongoing education and development. This includes access to regular live interactive webinars with Jonni Pollard, online teacher resources, program materials, and a community of active teachers around the world who help share resources, tips, and networking opportunities. After your first year, there is an annual renewal fee that covers the costs for updating the curriculum, producing the live webinars with master teachers, hosting costs, and overhead to respond to our network of teachers around the world.

Can I start teaching as soon as a I am certified?

Yes, upon certification you can teach in-person groups and individuals the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique* through the 1 Giant Mind 3-Day Learn to Meditate Course.

How many people can I teach after I graduate?

The number of people you teach is at your discretion but we encourage all new teachers to start with small groups. This helps teachers gain the experience required to ensure all students have gained competency in the course format. As teachers develop greater teaching skills, they are encouraged to teach larger groups.

How much can I charge for my meditation classes after I graduate?

After graduating the program, you will be part of a vibrant community of teachers who are certified in the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique* and can share best practices and tips for appropriate pricing. We encourage you to review other teachers’ pricing models in different regions to help determine the right pricing for you and your market.

How long does my certification last for?

Your certification commences on your certification date and is active for one calendar year. To maintain your certification status after the first year, you will be required to renew. Annual certification renewal is available to all teachers in good standing who have met the minimum requirements and have paid their annual renewal fee.

Can I retake the training if I don’t pass the certification?

Yes, you will have the option to retake the program from the start within the first year at no extra charge.

Once I’m a certified teacher, what is the format for teaching the 1 Giant Mind Being Technique to my students?

The course format, known as the *3-Day Learn to Meditate Course* is a 3 day, 90 minute session course that is offered in person to groups as well as individuals.

If I practice a different meditation method, can I still become certified in teaching the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique*?

Yes, we welcome teachers who use other meditation techniques, however, learning the 1 Giant Mind Being technique is essential for acceptance into the Teacher Training Academy. Admission into the program requires that you have at the very least learned the 1 Giant Mind Being technique from a teacher certified to teach it, or have completed our 12 Step Meditation Course on the free 1 Giant Mind Learn Meditation smartphone app.

What if I complete the program but do not qualify for final teacher certification?

In the event that you graduate the online portion but do not qualify for the final teaching certification, you may retake the program at no additional cost as long as you complete it within the year from the date of your original enrollment. If for any reason you do not earn your final certification to teach after taking the program again within the year, then we will refund 50% of your tuition cost.

Are there multiple levels of certification?

Yes, this Teacher Training Program is the first of several programs that can certify teachers to teach other meditation techniques and skills. These advanced levels and upskilling programs will be offered over time and made available for teachers who are demonstrating full competency and capability in their current level.

The Technique

Will I learn how to teach other meditation techniques?

In this program you will learn to teach the first of the 6 meditation techniques in the 1 Giant Mind meditation system; the 1 Giant Mind Being Technique. While this program focuses on teaching the Being Technique, you will gain an understanding of the 5 other meditation categories and be given an overview of their differences, benefits, and how they all relate to each other in sequence, and as a system. Teachers who seek to expand their practice, will have the opportunity to take advanced level programs that will provide teacher-training and certifications for the other meditation techniques. 1 Giant Mind will begin offering these advanced programs sequentially over time.

Is the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique* religious?

No, this technique is an agnostic mental process that awakens deep self-awareness. Although some traditions and religions may practice a Being technique as a part of their practices, the technique itself does not require any specific beliefs or religious orientation.

What is the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique*?

The 1 Giant Mind Being meditation technique is practiced twice a day, sitting with the eyes closed for 20 minutes. It involves effortlessly repeating a sound called a mantra quietly in the mind. This leads the mind into a quiet, more subtle state of awareness, beyond thinking; referred to as Being. 1 Giant Mind recommends new meditators practice the Being technique first, to establish a baseline of self-awareness. With this baseline, other techniques become easier to practice and their benefits more readily experienced.

What meditation style will I be certified to teach?

You will be trained to teach the 1 Giant Mind ‘Being’ Technique. This technique establishes a baseline of self-awareness and a foundation for which other techniques build from. The Being meditation technique is a mantra-based technique that is practiced twice a day and emphasizes effortlessness. When practiced daily, the 1 Giant Mind Being meditation technique has demonstrated measurable positive effects on stress levels and general wellbeing.

Is there evidence to support the effectiveness of the *1 Giant Mind Being Technique*?

Yes, since 2015, we have collected data from more than 6,000 users of the 1 Giant Mind app. This data is sourced from the Personal Stress Survey (PSS) that is integrated into our app. We track the effectiveness of the technique by asking users to take the survey before and after they complete the 12 Step Learn Meditation course. Our data continues to demonstrate that the 1 Giant Mind technique has a profoundly positive impact on the reduction of stress and shows an increase in our capability to meet life’s challenges and demands.

Is there a specific tradition from which this technique is derived?

Co-Founder and program creator Jonni Pollard’s primary studies were within the Vedic tradition that derived from India and have been practiced for millenia. Jonni has also studied in a variety of lineages and traditions that have assisted in him universalizing these techniques so that they are accessible and effective for all walks of life.