Mindfulness Teacher Training: Detailed Program Overview
3 Teaching Intensives
Retreats in July 2023 and July 2024 will be held in person. The February 2024 retreat will be held on Zoom.
The teaching intensives are the heart of our program and are a requirement for graduation. Connect, practice teaching, and get feedback with your cohort and direct access to the core faculty.
- Intensives are 6 days, 5 nights
- Practice teaching and leading
- Get personalized, real-time feedback from peers and faculty
- Integrate course material with in-depth sessions led by core faculty
- Bond with your “small group” (mentor group)
- Daily guided meditation practice led by core faculty.
We have specifically chosen one location on the east coast and one on the west coast to more equitably spread travel costs.
Program Start: July 17-22, 2023 – 5 night intensive at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT
Mid-Program: February 16-19, 2024 – 4 night virtual intensive on Zoom
Program Culmination & Graduation: August 5-10, 2024 – 5 night intensive at Big Bear Retreat Center in Big Bear, CA
Room + Board at Intensives are included in your tuition.
Transportation: There will be a shuttle to Wisdom House from Bradley Airport outside Hartford for the Litchfield, CT intensive in 2023. There will be a shuttle to Big Bear Retreat Center from LAX for the July 2024 retreat.
Independent Study between Retreats
The program is broken down into 12 units – one per month – for you to study and practice on your own, online in-between teaching intensives.
- Each unit contains resources for reading, watching, and listening, as well as meditations to practice.
- You’ll receive discussion questions to explore on your own and with your small group.
- Each unit has a reflection paper to write, as well as prompts for personal reflection on what you’re learning.
Small Group Meetings (1x month)
Each month, you’ll join other members of your small group and your core faculty mentor to ask questions, discuss, and dig deep into program content.
Practice teaching and get real-time feedback from your peers and core faculty mentor.
Small groups are held once per month online.
Cohort-Wide Facilitated Calls (1x month)
This is a chance to discuss and digest the curriculum alongside core faculty as well as people in your cohort.
Different faculty members lead the group calls each month.
All cohort-wide calls are held online.
One-on-One Coaching with Core Faculty (1x month)
Unpack course content and get individualized meditation mentoring and support.
Dive deep, get personal, and get help around things you’re grappling with.
Ask practical questions like, “How to get people to sign up for classes? Where am I going to teach?”, as well as more personal questions like, “What do I really care about? How can I deal with a challenging relationship? How can I bring these teachings to my community?”.
Our mentors support you as a whole person – practically, professionally, and spiritually.
Structured, Regular Meditation and Practice Groups
The expectation is that you have a meditation practice. We offer pre-recorded guided meditations for you to use that are relevant to the curriculum as you go through the course.
There is also a regularly occurring guided online practice group for you to meditate with your peers, led by the faculty.
Create and teach 6 hours of mindfulness curriculum, and get personalized feedback from your mentor.
This can be a 6-hour day-long or split up into sections, along with 30 minutes of recorded teaching and a write-up.
To learn more about a central school mindfulness model for this training, see our blog post Mindfulness in Educational Settings: Spotlight on the Middlesex Program.