Mindfulness Teacher Training: Detailed Program Overview
3 Teaching Intensives
Held In-Person or Online (due to COVID-19). 5 days each.
The teaching intensives are the heart of our program and are a requirement for graduation. Connect, practice teaching + get feedback with your cohort + direct access to the core faculty.
- Intensives are 5-6 days each (4-5 nights)
- Practice teaching + 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 model teaching and then you get the chance to lead it.
Logistics + Covid-19 Precautions
At this time, we are planning for these intensives to be held in person. However, we will continue to follow state and federal guidelines around gathering in groups in response to Covid-19 and may adjust to an online retreat format as needed.
Teaching intensive Room + Board are included in the training fee.
For any intensive that is held online instead of in person, full pay participants will receive a $300 reduction in tuition (per retreat) – please note: this does not apply to scholarships payments.
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 videos + 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 + your core faculty mentor to ask questions, discuss + 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 + 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 + support.
Go deep, get personal + get help around things you’re grappling with.
Ask practical questions like “How to get people to sign up for classes? Where are am I going to teach?” as well 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 Daily Meditation Practice + Weekly Practice Groups (1x week)
The expectation is that you have a daily meditation practice. We offer pre-recorded guided meditations for you to use that are relevant to the curriculum as you go through the course.
Once per week, there’s a 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 + 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.