Certificate to Teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR Teacher Training Pathway provides a life-enriching process for those interested in teaching mindfulness in the MBSR eight-week format, which is the longest researched and evidence-based mindfulness program known to support health and well-being.

Proven Training from Some of the Most Experienced Teachers in the World

Developed by the Global Mindfulness Collaborative and in partnership with the Mindfulness Teacher Training Alliance (MTTA), this is a rigorous Certificate training to develop competencies as an experiential teacher of the mechanisms and tools of MBSR. The development was overseen by Florence Meleo-Meyer, who worked with a team of GMC MBSR teacher trainers. Florence apprenticed with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness in the  1990’s.  She co-founded and was Director of the Oasis Institute at UMASS, which was the first professional MBSR teacher training organization to offer a formal curricula and certification to teach MBSR.  

The GMC is an association of many of the longest trained MBSR teachers and trainers, who are committed to MBSR standards of practice, integrity in the research and its applications, teacher competencies and personal development, and ethics in training and teaching.

In the years since Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMass) in 1979, there has been an organic and steady evolution of teacher training, beginning with internships, weekend intensives and eventually, a fully defined teacher training pathway.  This pathway, created at UMass Center for Mindfulness in 2000, has been refined by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and further refined by the Global Mindfulness Collaborative (GMC). 

Successful completion of all elements of the training leads to Certification as an MBSR teacher by the Global Mindfulness Collaborative of which the MTTA is a member and has collaborated with MHI to offer this training.

GMC teachers and trainers adhere to the global ethics, embodied practice, and current standards for teachers and teacher trainers as articulated in the International Mindfulness Integrity Network.  MHI aligns with these standards and practices; more on MHI’s policies and guidelines may be found here.

Two Training Levels then Certification

The MBSR Teacher Training Path consists of four programs and four retreats distributed across two levels or milestones of training.

  • Level 1: Become Qualified to teach MBSR
    • MBSR Essentials
    • MBSR IPT
    • Two retreats 
  • Level 2: Further development of teaching skills
    • MBSR Group
    • MBSR Individual Supervision
    • Two more retreats
  • Certification as an MBSR Teacher

PLEASE NOTE:  Three of the four required retreats must be in-person.  Only one retreat may be taken online as meeting the requirements to become certified.

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