Three Training Levels
The MBSR Teacher Training Path consists of three levels. Each of the three levels has a number of steps. Learn more about the Teacher Training Path
Level 1 has two components:
A) 10-Week MBSR Essentials
B) MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT)
LEVEL 1-A: MBSR ESSENTIALS
MBSR Essentials is the first step in Level 1 of the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway. It meets equivalency for Foundations training offered through Brown University’s School Of Professional Studies, and recognized by all members of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, including the Mindfulness Centre at Brown University (MC@B).
The 10-Week Online MBSR Essentials offers a highly experiential exploration of the MBSR curriculum, cultivating evidence-based teaching competencies and understanding from the inside out. Whether you intend to teach MBSR or integrate mindfulness into your professional field in other ways, Essentials is a special opportunity to deepen practice. As we discover greater degrees of freedom in our own lives, we are able to bring the essential transformative elements of mindfulness to others in the service of minimizing harm and maximizing human flourishing.
Upon successful completion of MBSR Essentials you are be able to:
- Teach mindfulness workshops.
- Teach introductory mindfulness meditation classes.
- Get listed under the Global Mindfulness Collaborative and Mindfulness Center at Brown website directories.
Please note, after completion of MBSR Essentials you are not qualified to teach to the 8-week MBSR curriculum. This happens only after completing all aspects of Level 1, which includes MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT) – see below.
Pre-requisites for MBSR Essentials:
- Complete the 8-Week MBSR Course with a Qualified or Certified MBSR Teacher - live online or in-person. This is the first stage before any teacher training (i.e., completing the 8-Week MBSR as a stand-alone program).
- Attend at least one qualifying 5-7 day Insight or Mindfulness silent retreat.
- A minimum of two years of personal meditation practice.*
* Each application will be evaluated on its individual merits.
LEVEL 1-B: MBSR INTENSIVE PRACTICE AND TEACHING (IPT)
MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT) is the second formal training on the pathway to teach, providing a deeper dive into the MBSR curriculum's form and essence and greater clarity to its intention, content and flow. True to its name, this training is an intensive immersion in MBSR that strengthens teaching skills and personal practice.
As a trainee, you will expand your experiential and cognitive understanding of MBSR through practice teaching, receiving feedback from peers and trainers, study and self-reflection, mindfulness practice, and the support of the learning community. The IPT aims explicitly to develop teaching skills as well as the embodied presence and qualities of heart that support freedom from suffering for ourselves and those we serve.
Upon successful completion of the IPT:
- Trainees begin to teach the eight-week MBSR program as “Qualified, Level 1” teachers.
- Get listed on the Global Mindfulness Collaborative (GMC) as "Qualified, Level 1" teacher.
Pre-requisites for IPT:
- Successful completion of MBSR Essentials or its equivalents, such as 10-Week MBSR Foundations at Brown University.
- Presenting 3 workshops or short intro classes. These can use elements from the 8-week MBSR curriculum.
- Attend another qualifying 5-7 day silent Insight or Mindfulness retreat.
Level 2 has two components:
A) MBSR Group Practice and Teaching (MBSR GPT)
B) MBSR Individual Supervision
LEVEL 2-A: MBSR GROUP PRACTICE AND TEACHING (MBSR GPT)
The Group Practice and Teaching (GPT) training marks the entry into Level 2 of the MBSR Teacher Training program and is designed to support your continuing development and refinement as an MBSR teacher. With the dynamic support of the GPT group and trainer, you will investigate the intentions and components of various curricular elements, and have opportunities to reflect and practice teaching according to specific needs and requests. Explorations of pedagogical issues, MBI-TAC domains, teacher competencies, and teaching as transformational practice are woven organically into the GPT program. Personal meditation practice continues to be the cornerstone of all investigations and is intrinsic to the course.
LEVEL 2-B: MBSR INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION
Individual Supervision of the MBSR Teacher is the final course in Level 2 of the MBSR Teacher Training program. This training offers the MBSR teacher continuity and connection through the close relationship with their mentor throughout the full eight-week MBSR teaching cycle. This MBSR teacher training program is designed with the intention of providing individual guidance and support, as well as clarifying concepts and deepening understanding of the underlying principles of the MBSR program. Through the intention and commitment to work directly and intensively with their mentor, the trainee is able to refine and update the teaching of the MBSR program.
Pre-requisites for Level 2:
- Successful completion of MBSR IPT.
- Teach your first MBSR 8-week cycle. Mentorship is strongly advised during your first cycle(s).
While in Level 2, you are encouraged to continue developing your skills and understand through:
- Skills workshops for MBSR Teachers
- Further retreats
Once you have taught at least six MBSR cycles and attended a minimum of four qualifying retreats (from which at least 2 out of the 4 are 7 days long), you can prepare for certification and submit materials. Mentorship/supervision at this juncture is required. This is someone who can also provide feedback on your readiness to go through the certification process.