Mindfulness Teacher Training

iBme Mindfulness Teacher Training

Authentic Real World Mindfulness

A year-long teacher training program for bringing mindfulness to young people.

June 2021 – June 2022

Early decision +
scholarship applications due Dec 31st.

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You want to make an impact.

You know mindfulness works, but you need more tools + confidence to launch it in your life + career.

You want to bring mindfulness to your community – but haven’t quite put the pieces together to make it happen.

Your teens are being left out – and you want them in!

This teacher training is for you!

DO IT! The kids need it. But more importantly than that, we – humanity – we need it. So that we can be kinder to each-other and support one-another.

Salomeh G.
iBme TT Graduate

What Will I Learn?

It was hand-in-glove in terms of usefulness in the real world.

John B.
iBme TT Graduate

Mindfulness Teacher Training movement class

Learn how to . . .

  • Show up in an authentic way
  • Bring a fun, lively approach to teaching mindfulness
  • Meet the challenge of a diverse audience
  • Help students navigate difficult social situations + make meaningful relationships
  • Integrate mindfulness as a way of life
  • Develop sensitivity + responsiveness to who’s in the room
  • Communicate on many levels – intuitive and relational level, as well as cognitive
  • Dive deep into important issues that are happening in the world

There’s no one way of teaching mindfulness or leading meditation. We want you to develop your own voice, draw from your experience + not be confined to the “right way” of teaching. We give you the practice to be responsive, authentic, + meet the moment as the best teacher you are.

Khalila Archer
iBme TT Core Faculty

A Lively, Fun Approach to Teaching

Learn why play is an essential part of our Mindfulness Teacher Training curriculum.

Holistic Mindfulness Education

“It’s neuroscience + psychology, nature connection, social justice, adolescent development . . all these different fields. The program brings them together in a really comprehensive look at what mindfulness teaching can be. ” – Topher S., iBme TT Graduate

Socially-Engaged Mindfulness

Gain tools to include social justice, inside and outside the classroom, and bring the lens of social justice into mindfulness education.

Socially engaged mindfulness – iBme Teacher Training

. . . and much more. Want to learn more? Read our CURRICULUM

Why do this program?

This teacher training helped me become a teacher that’s able to tap into what’s real; what’s happening; what’s alive, and speak from an authentic place inside of me.

Sara Shapouri
iBme TT Graduate + faculty for 2021 cohort

Personal Growth + Healing

  • Gain Confidence to step into the next stage of bringing mindfulness into your community.
  • Find your Voice. Find a way of teaching that resonates with you.
  • Deepen your Personal Practice. Be more present, patient + self-aware.
  • Time + Space to Go Deep in a community of like-minded adults.

What do you really want out of life? Who do you want to be? What kind of impact do you want to have in the world? It’s the space to go deep – this program affords you that.

Dan V.
iBme TT Graduate

Personal growth – iBme Teacher Training

Make an Impact

  • Tap into what’s real, relevant + alive. Integrate mindfulness into daily life + topics like money, identity and social justice.
  • Become a more compassionate, patient resource for young people.
  • Bring mindfulness to your community in a way that fits – so no one is left out.
  • Build integrity + social responsibility as a teacher. Lead in a way that doesn’t cause harm + navigate spaces without perpetuating systems of oppression.

One-on-One Coaching with Core Faculty

Toronto Teen RetreatGo deep, unpack course material + talk about things you’re grappling with during monthly one-on-one meetings with your mentor.

We’re there to support you in all areas of life – not just your teaching + meditation practice.

Accessible Teachers, Small Group Size

We’re shooting for a 50-person cohort with 7 core faculty – that’s a 7:1 teacher – student ratio!

You’ll also be part of a “small group” for mentoring + support, led by one of the core faculty. Capped at 8 people, the groups are a chance to bounce ideas off of one-another, go deep + practice teaching.

The small groups, peer feedback + conversations create a real sense of intimacy – personal, professional, and spiritual – that extends far beyond the training.

If I didn’t understand something, I could always ask, and the teachers were very accessible – which has not been my experience with other programs.

Salomeh G.
iBme TT Graduate

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Program Overview

Northeast Teen RetreatDates: June 2021 – June 2022 (12 months)

Anticipated Intensive Dates: In person or online (in response to COVID-19)
June 15-20, 2021
January 14-18, 2022
June 14-19, 2022

Course Structure:

  • Three Teaching Intensives (included in program fee, 5 days each)
  • Independent Study between retreats
  • Small Group Meetings (1x month)
  • Cohort-Wide Facilitated Calls (1x month)
  • One-on-One Coaching with Core Faculty (1x month)
  • Structured Daily Meditation Practice + Weekly Practice Groups (1x week)
  • Practicum

Upon completing of the program, you will receive:

  • Certification from iBme
  • Graduate Level Credits (available for Teachers)
  • Opportunity to receive certification from International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association. (IMTA). We’re the only youth education-focused IMTA accredited program, which allows you to become an internationally certified and recognized mindfulness teacher.

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Curriculum

Adult mindfulness retreat

Origin and Definitions of Mindfulness

Unit 1: Mindfulness, Awareness, and Attention

Mindfulness of Self

Unit 2: Stress, Relaxation, and the Body
Unit 3: Emotions and Thoughts
Unit 4: Forming the Adolescent Identity
Unit 5: Trauma, Addiction, and the Descent

Mindfulness in Relationship

Unit 6:Teaching as Mentorship
Unit 7: Mindful Communication
Unit 8: Social Justice, Intersectionality, and Power

Mindfulness in the World

Unit 9: Play, Culture, and Creative Expression
Unit 10: Nature Awareness
Unit 11: Building Mindful Communities
Unit 12: Livelihood

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Prerequisites

Mindfulness teacher smilingTo be part of this TT, you’ll need a strong background in the study and practice of mindfulness, including:

  • A consistent mindfulness meditation practice for at least three years
  • A minimum of 10 days total of teacher-led silent mindfulness meditation retreat practice, including at least one retreat of 5 days or more (e.g., two 5-day retreats, or one 7-day retreat and a 3-day retreat)
  • At least three years of experience working with adolescents
  • Experience teaching classes or facilitating groups is suggested.

Who this program is FOR…

This program is FOR you if . . .

Northeast Teen Retreat

  • You want to make a difference. You care about raising young people who are committed to the planet.
  • Your teens are left out. You feel that the mindfulness movement is being directed towards white kids, affluent students, and cultures that don’t include yours.
  • You want to dive deep
  • You’re looking for community
  • You want to build a business or teaching practice with mindfulness as the core.
  • You’re ready to step up + invest in yourself. You have more to give + want the tools to do it!

Bring Your Whole Self!

Who this program is NOT for…

Retreat TeacherThis program is NOT for you if you . . .

  • Are new to mindfulness practice. We’re so glad you’re fired up about mindfulness AND we believe that effective teaching comes from deep personal practice.
  • Aren’t willing to explore vulnerability in a group.
  • Want a pre-set curriculum or script for teaching mindfulness..

NOTE: You can’t half-ass this program!!!

This is a graduate-level program that takes investment, vulnerability + a willingness to carve your own path.

What kind of people do this program?

Social workers, musicians, yoga teachers, high school teachers, healers – you name it!

If you’re interested in bringing mindfulness to your school, college or community

Retreat TeacherOR

You want to deepen your mindfulness practice as a foundation for working with young people

. . . this training is for you.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Public and Private School Educators
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Adolescent Counselors & Social Workers
  • Health and Wellness Professionals
  • Experiential Educators
  • Professionals who work with young adults in any capacity

Why learn with us?

Experience. We’ve led thousands of teens and young adults in deep transformative mindfulness programs, and more than 50% of our teens come back. Teens are committed to our programs + they work!

Diverse Faculty. Our faculty brings different cultures, racial backgrounds, + styles to the table.

We’re Leaders in the Field.

Small groups, intimate access to teachers.

Accreditation. We’re the only youth/education-focused IMTA accredited program. This Allows you to become an internationally certified and recognized mindfulness teacher.

Our Approach to Mindfulness Education

We don’t give you a script; we give you a toolbox.

We believe . . .

  • that education should teach the HOW, not just the WHAT
  • in raising people that are committed to the planet
  • that communities + cultures are valuable parts of society
  • that mindfulness applies to all areas of life – nothing is outside the range of practice.
  • in connection to self, connection to community + connection to the world
  • that play is an important part of learning!

Mindfulness – Not just for White People!

In mindfulness meditation in the west, this is something that’s very dominated by white culture. Being able to look up at this team of teachers from diverse backgrounds + ethnicities – that is a huge strength. If none of the teachers looked like me, I don’t think I would have been able to feel comfortable.

Salomeh G.
iBme TT Graduate

Hear from the participants of our Mindfulness Teacher Training program how diversity sets our program apart.

Faculty

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Jessica Morey, MA

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Khalila Archer

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Charisse Minerva Spencer, MA

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Enrique Collazo

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Sara Shapouri

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Anthony Maes

Guest Faculty
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David Treleaven

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Rod Owens

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Doug Worthen

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Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

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Miki Kashtan

Praise for the Faculty

Shining stars in the field.

“They’re shining stars in the field. I was completely impressed with their teaching acumen. Not only in terms of the history + science of mindfulness, but it’s application in very diverse settings.”

John B.
iBme TT Graduate

The caliber + quality of the teachers was incredible.

“It was so rich. The caliber + quality of the teachers was incredible. I thought each one of them brought something different to the program. And the proof is in the pudding – meaning that, hearing their teachings and sitting in front of them, you can tell they’ve cultivated a lot of self-awareness through their practice.”

Salomeh G.
iBme TT Graduate

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Program Fee

$7,500 (includes room and board at three retreats)

Partial Scholarships are available. Priority is given to early decision applicants.

For any retreat 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 those on scholarship.

The $7,500 Program Fee covers:

  • Three 5-day residential retreats with room and board
  • Online curriculum
  • Individual personal/professional mentoring
  • Practicum supervision
  • Monthly small group meetings
  • Guidance for structured daily meditation

iBme is committed to training diverse leaders in the growing field of secular mindfulness who can serve a wide range of communities reflecting racial, gender, economic, and religious differences.

Hear What Other Students Are Saying…

Truly transformative – both to my own practice and to the way I bring mindfulness to my students.

Adam L.

“This program was truly transformative – both to my own practice and to the way I bring mindfulness to my students and school community. The curriculum was vast and deep, including not simply your business-as-usual mindfulness techniques and protocols, but also an exploration of our relationship to nature, best practices around trauma-informed teaching and mentorship, a firm grounding in the neuroscience of attention, affect, empathy, and compassion. and countless less tangible lessons in wisdom, play, culture, and community. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the training was the profound engagement with the way social and racial justice and anti-racist work intersects with and is reinforced by mindfulness. I’d recommend this course to anyone who works with youth and wants to support them in their work to make a better world for themselves (and for us). Thanks iBme!”

Adam L.
English Instructor, Marlborough School

Rich, Rigorous, Unapologetically Inclusive

Valerie S.

“The rich, rigorous, stimulating curriculum unapologetically inclusive of today’s most urgent issues for teens alongside the structured time for personal practice with the support of a wise and deeply committed teaching team has enriched my life and greatly supported the teaching and facilitating that I do. It’s inspiring to be part of a program that is dedicated to confronting the issues of our world for the benefit of young people, all people and the planet…”

Valerie S.
Brooklyn Schools teacher, Storytelling Master Practitioner

Helped me connect mindfulness to social justice in a really welcoming way.

Soroosh V.

“The training helped me connect mindfulness to social justice in a really welcoming way. Before, I just didn’t have the lingo. I was introduced to a whole new way of coming into a space that I wasn’t aware of + hadn’t practiced. iBme TT introduced me to that and showed me the important and benefit of having that awareness.”

Soroosh V.
Graduate Student, Master of Pastoral Studies, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

An expanded view of what mindfulness education can be.

“I’m walking away with an expanded view of what mindfulness education can be. It doesn’t need to be a teacher at the front of the class teaching students how to follow their breath – it can be about play, communication, how to navigate treacherous social situations and make meaningful relationships.”

Topher S.
Study Abroad Program Director

Personal healing + freedom from a lot of old stories

“I’ve done SO MUCH personal growth over this past year – it’s incredible. It’s had me reflect + revisit areas of my life that I hadn’t in a while. It’s been a lot of personal healing + freedom from a lot of old stories, which is fantastic.”

Dan V.
Middle School Asst. Principal

Helped me develop the confidence I needed

“The practice teachings helped me develop the confidence that I needed to bring this out into my community. I’ve been meditating for years, but it’s one thing to sit and meditate and another thing to actually go out and teach. The program content was multidisciplinary + holistic – incorporating everything from body awareness to play in the learning cycle. It’s experiential learning, as well as the fundamental sitting practice.”

John B.
Educator, Consultant

I can be of better service for my students

Salomeh G.

“Participating in iBME’s inaugural Teacher Training was a profound gift. Being a person that works in schools + an educator, it gave me a deeper dive into myself + my own practice so I can be of better service for my students in helping them navigate in this very unjust world.”

Salomeh G.
Community Schools Manager

Thriving connections + bonds. . . I feel privileged to be a part of this community.

Karen B.

“The 2019-2020 TT was comprehensive, stimulating, engaging and relevant. The year yielded gifts that were far beyond what I had imagined even in meeting the challenges of Covid. I have used much of the curriculum in the mindfulness community that I teach in with very positive feedback. My own personal practice has expanded and become richer in every way. Finally, the connections I made and the bonds that were forged in our cohort still thrive months after our training officially ended, and this has been a source of continued growth for all of us. Deep bow of gratitude to our core teachers. I feel privileged to be a part of this community.”

Karen B.
Guiding teacher at Long Island Center for Mindfulness

Opened me up

“This training opened me up to some really important things. It’s helped me look more deeply into important issues that are happening in the world right now, and contemplate how I can share them with my students or anybody! How can we be more thoughtful of others? How can we come back home to ourselves, to our bodies, to nature? How can we incorporate more playfulness into our lives? I was able to take information, turn it around, give it a try + teach it in the classroom – to integrate these practices in a more authentic, holistic way. Mindfulness as a way of life.”

Pam M.
Educator, Yoga Teacher

An opportunity to go deep, be present + be a resource for young people.

“This program basically created my life as a teacher of mindfulness. It was a great opportunity to go very very deep – in getting to know who I am, how I relate with other people, how the world works, how the brain works . . . It’s given me this wealth of knowledge. It’s made me be able to be present + be a resource for young people.”

Ingrid K.
Teacher

Robust practice giving and receiving feedback in an openhearted way.

Shea R.

“The entire learning style of the iBme Teacher Training has really influenced my own work teaching and facilitating groups and organizations. The hybrid structure of experience-based learning, small group peer support, and robust practice giving and receiving feedback in an openhearted way really inspired my own pedagogy in teaching Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).”

Shea R.
Somatic therapist, NVC teacher + Social Justice Activist

FAQs

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at teachertraining@ibme.com.

Why is iBme offering a mindfulness teacher training program?

Do you offer tuition assistance?

Is there an application fee?

When will I know if I’m accepted?

How many people will the program be open to?

Is there a set curriculum to implement in schools and youth settings?

Is this training appropriate for people who are working in non-educational contexts, such as hospitals or youth detention facilities?

What does the mentoring consist of?

What does the curriculum consist of between retreats, and what kind of learning activities does it include?

Is the training based on a specific meditation lineage?

The application requires that I list my meditation teacher. What if I don’t have a meditation teacher?

Will this training prepare me to become an iBme teacher on a teen & young adult retreat?

Are there recommended retreat centers to meet the prerequisites?

What if I don’t teach youth? Is this TT still for me?

Will this program be offered again?

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