Zen Dialogue Training

Open Mind Zen Dialogue Training

What is Zen Dialogue?

Zen Dialogue is in many ways a synthesis of Zen and Mindfulness meditation traditions & Western psychology. It helps one deal with both the personal and the transpersonal aspects of the Self and assists in integration of both.

Zen Dialogue embodies an understanding of related methods rooted in traditions of Western psychological techniques such as IFS and Voice Dialogue by identifying and communicating with inner voices or parts. However, it adds a unique contribution of insights and approaches from Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology.

Zen Dialogue is based on working with the controlling part of the ego instead of doing an end run around it. Some spiritual disciplines treat the ego as something to be overcome or done away with, but Zen Dialogue emphasizes respect for the ego and how it impacts one’s life. It alsohelps uncover unconscious aspects or “voices” that sabotage us and get in the way of healthy functioning.

Zen Dialogue can help give voice to parts of ourselves that are unconscious or disowned as well as those which are conscious or owned. Unconscious parts are discovered through a carefully facilitated and directed process of inner inquiry that can lead to a renewed sense of joy and satisfaction with life, as well as a renewed sense of purpose. It can help us get in better touch with our own spirituality and psychological health, regardless of our beliefs or the tradition we practice. Sessions can be conducted in person or via Zoom.

For more information or to book an individual session, contact us at (321) 427-3511 or email ZenDialogueTraining@gmail.com.

How Do I Become A Facilitator of Zen Dialogue?

Those who have trained to be facilitators in the Zen Dialogue Method include nurses, psychologists, teachers, counselors and religious leaders. Many have found it an invaluable tool in working with clients, patients or group members in deepening their understanding of their practice and life.

If you wish to take the training, you must first attend a weekend Zen Dialogue Retreat. During that time, you’ll receive a good understanding in how the technique works in a group setting. Then, you’ll need to experience between 2 to 4 individual sessions with a certified facilitator. The individual sessions can be done before a group retreat also. After completing these prerequisites, you can apply to the training program.

Zen Dialogue Certification Program Format

The Program consists of 40 hours of personal and group training, consisting of:

  1. A weekend workshop (16 hours). This workshop will primarily be one-on-one work with group observation led by a Zen Dialogue Group Facilitator.
  2. Two supervised sessions via Zoom or in person (2 hours). Led by a Zen Dialogue Facilitator.
  3. A 3-day workshop (20 hours). One-on-one and group work led by a Zen Dialogue Group Facilitator.
  4. Two supervised sessions via Zoom or in person (2 hours). Led by a Zen Dialogue Facilitator.

Upon successful completion, the participant will be Certified as a Zen Dialogue Facilitator authorized to lead individual sessions, and will be listed on the website.

For more information on Zen Dialogue Training or to schedule an individual session, contact us at (321) 427-3511 or ZenDialogueTraining@gmail.com