well with my love of knowing things I do like looking at related courses to Buddhism and meditation, this may not be of any practical use to your starting a group and its format but it maybe of use in helping you in some way??? I did recently look at a course for meditation instuctor and here is the guts, which may help you review your knowledge/weak points, so you can improve any area and help/answer questions in a better manner.
but all the groups I have gone to started with a 45 silent meditation (sometimes a guided meditation was offered) and one group always ended in metta.
then a tea break and either a talk or group discussion (sometimes the group was paired off or small groups were formed depending on size).
hope it is at-least of some help if not expressly part of what you were asking.
Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor - Diploma
The Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness diploma teaches individuals and health professionals to become qualified instructors of relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness. It has been designed to give you the tools you'll need to be a competent instructor, helping both yourself and others down the path toward relaxation, enhanced well-being and effective meditation practice.
On this course in Relaxation, Meditation, and Mindfulness students learn how to teach relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness individually and to groups. Techniques include:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Inductions to relaxation
Breathing exercises (4 techniques)
Imagery (two sequences)
Mindfulness (6 Practices)
How to teach techniques to a group
How to run meditation and relaxation workshops
Module 1 - We start by building a solid foundation in your understanding of:
1.1 Meditation Practice and its origination
1.2 Proven Scientific benefits of Meditation
1.3 Types of Meditation Practice
1.4 Practice Techniques
1.5 Structuring Your Meditation Practice
1.6 Understanding the Importance of Posture
1.7 How to let go of disturbing thoughts and feelings
1.8 The difference between mindfulness and concentration
Module 2 - we build on this foundation by exploring and practicing more in depth concepts, including...
2.1 Integrating Meditation Practice with Life's Daily Activities
2.2 What exactly is the power of "Now"
2.3 Maintaining Mindfulness during practice
2.4 Dealing with resistance to meditation
2.5 Breathe Awareness Techniques
2.6 Physical discomfort in practice
Module 3 – Develops the promotion of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness as excellent tools for stress reduction and enhanced wellbeing. We also cover a variety of practical material related to your work as a Instructor, including...
3.1 Principles of Meditation Instruction
3.2 Right-Brain / Left-Brain Considerations
3.3 Communicating the Benefits of Meditation
3.4 How to use meditation and mindfulness for quick and easy stress reduction
3.5 Planning Meditation Classes and/or Private Instruction
3.6 Communicating with your students the benefits of meditation/mindfulness
3.7 Promoting your Meditation Instruction Services
Accredited Post Graduate Qualification in Relaxation, Meditation, Mindfulness requires 60 hours of learning and 16 hours of supervised skills development.
Assessment for the Diploma in Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness occurs through:
1. Supervised skills development practice
2. Two Session Plan Outline (one 1hr and one 3hr workshop)
3. Delivery of 10 minute relaxation session
4. Reflective learning journal
5. Record of Fifteen to twenty minutes of personal practice twice daily for six weeks.
6. Two book reviews, from a reading list A4
7. Production of a recording (C.D.) of progressive relaxation and guided meditation.
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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.John Stuart Mill