Become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher

Through EMI's *IMTA Accredited 300-Hour Training!


**Enrollment for 2020-21 training is now OPEN.**

Apply now!

* IMTA — International Mindfulness Teachers Association, the leading accreditation agency for mindfulness teachers.  EMI was the first mindfulness teacher training organization to be fully accredited by IMTA.


Our next 300-hour IMTA Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training & Certification program begins with a weeklong mindfulness retreat, September 21 – 29, at our Windhorse Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA.  As of this time, we are planning to hold the September, 2020 retreat as an in-person retreat at our retreat center.  If the Covid-19 pandemic makes that unsafe or inadvisable, we will instead offer an online guided home retreat on those same dates to kick off the 2020-2021 300-hour Mindfulness Teacher Training (MTT). 

Our Unique Focus

Bringing Trauma-Informed Mindfulness
to Underserved and At-risk Communities

EMI is Accredited

The EMI 300-HIMTA Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Programr Mindfulness Teacher Certification is an accredited training program (AMTTP) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Upon completion of EMI’s 300-Hr Training, you can become an IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P).

Learn more about the benefits of IMTA certification here.

What You'll Learn . . .

  • Classical and modern scientific foundations for mindfulness practice

  • Training in empathy, resilience and compassion

  • Mindfulness teaching methodologies including: body scan, basic mindfulness of body and breath, insight and awareness meditation

  • Mindful yoga routines for enhancing wellness

  • The art of teaching mindfulness

  • The art of facilitating mindfulness-based interventions

  • The art of group facilitation

  • How to develop an effective teaching and facilitation style

  • Detailed Learning Outcomes

Two Retreats

Opening Weeklong Mindfulness Retreat
The first retreat focuses on deepening your personal mindfulness practice, including mindful yoga and other mindful movement practices.
Concluding Training Retreat
The final retreat focuses on further deepening your personal mindfulness practice, while learning to teach mindfulness and building confidence as a mindfulness teacher-in-training.
Both retreats are seven days, six nights, including arrival and departure day. Retreats will be held in Deerfield, Massachusetts at our beautiful rural retreat center accessible from airports in Hartford, Boston and New York (via Amtrak). Read more about: Retreat Logistics.

Online Learning

Seven months of intensive online learning through video lectures, readings, exams, and written assignments including: 
Three Online Courses 
Course 1:  10-week Fundamentals of Mindfulness Practice course
Course 2:  8-week Art of Teaching Mindfulness course
Course 3:  6-week Engaged Mindfulness Training course


Detailed Course Outline



Community of Practice

The program includes ongoing participation in a robust, online Community of Practice (CoP). 
Here you will share your learning about the key concepts of the training with your fellow participants through guided discussions. Participants will also log their daily/weekly practice requirements online in these groups.
Some of the richest learning will occur through engaging with your entire training cohort (limited to 40 participants) online. You will also be assigned a smaller online study group that will be guided by a group mentor and meet bi-weekly via video conference.

What You'll Receive . . .

  • A professionally competitive and cutting edge training fully accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), allowing you to become a IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P) upon completion of this training

  • The highest quality instruction available in the mindfulness field provided by renowned teachers with 20 to 40 years of mindfulness practice and teaching experience

  • A thorough education in both the classical and scientific foundations of mindfulness practice and teaching

  • An in-depth training in trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive approaches to teaching mindfulness based on the latest research and standards in the field.

  • A wealth of online materials to support the deepening of your mindfulness practice and teaching and facilitation skills

  • Individual contact with highly experienced mindfulness teachers and mentors, including two one-on-one mentoring calls

  • Peer support within a robust online community of practice

  • Certification as an EMI 300-Hour Mindfulness Teacher upon successful completion of Level One

  • CE credits for counseling and social work professionals (see details below)

  • A year of transformational and life changing learning

  • Certificate of Completion: upon successful completion of Level One you will be certified as a 300-Hour Mindfulness Teacher. Upon successful completion of Level Two you will be certified as a 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher. (Separate costs and enrollments for each level)



mindfulness facilitator retreat

What You Will Be Able to Do . . .

  • Refer to yourself as a Certified EMI 300-Hr Mindfulness Teacher.

  • Apply for certification with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P).

  • Engage in your personal mindfulness practice with increased confidence and benefit.

  • Guide and facilitate basic mindfulness meditations, body scan practices, empathy and compassion training meditations, and basic mindful yoga sessions with individuals and small groups.

  • Skillfully engage with and facilitate small groups and/or effectively engage students in a classroom or community setting.

  • Teach mindfulness and facilitate mindfulness-based interventions and programs in a manner appropriate to the interest, cultural and educational background and health status of the individuals and groups you are working with.

  • Begin supporting your clients, employees, peers, volunteers or community members with the healing and transformative power of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) and programs.

  • Begin integrating mindfulness-based techniques into your professional disciplines and practice, including therapeutic, counseling, case management, resilience building, teaching, caregiving, training and/or community engagement interventions and programs.

  • Begin the path toward Level Two 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Applicant Prerequisites

Prospective applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites prior to the start of the training in September.

  • Consistent mindfulness meditation practice (at least three days per week) for four years or more.

  • Significant experience with basic mindfulness of body and/or mindfulness of breathing style meditation practice.

  • Prior participation in at least one 5-day or longer, teacher-led, silent mindfulness meditation retreat at an approved meditation center. Read our list of suggested retreat centers.

  • Prior participation in an introduction to mindfulness course, or equivalent.

  • Consistent daily (non-public) computer access with high speed internet connection.

  • Familiarity operating in an online environment.


Level One (300-hr) Dates

2020-2021 Training  Dates:  
  First Retreat: Monday Sept 21, 2020 to Sunday Sept 27, 2020
  Three Online Courses: October 2020 – April 2021
  Second Retreat: Saturday May 1, 2021 to Friday May 7, 2021


Retreat Logistics

Level One (300-hr) Cost

Tuition:  $6,475

Early Bird Tuition: $5,475 (if paid in full by July 1, 2020)

Note: Tuition fees above include full program, plus two retreats with meals. Tuition does NOT include housing for the two weeklong retreats. Scholarships available. Tuition for Level Two (500 hour) is a separate cost. 

***Enrollment for the 2020-2021 Training is now open!


Certification Requirements

The EMI Level One Mindfulness Teacher Certification Path includes approximately 300 hours of online and in-person training and instructional learning over the course of one year.

  • Complete two weeklong residential retreats, all online course components and all online community of practice, small study group and mentor engagement requirements

  • Meet daily mindfulness and yoga practice requirements throughout the program

  • Complete 35 hours of documented practice teaching

  • Pass online exam with a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points. (Participants may retest every 30 days until attaining the required passing score.)

  • Submit a 5 – 10 page Culminating Project Paper designing a mindfulness-based intervention in your chosen career field or focus population (Participant’s paper must receive a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points and may be resubmitted until a passing score is achieved.)

  • Submit all required video recordings of guided mindfulness meditations

  • Receive a positive evaluation and recommendation for certification from one EMI core faculty and participant’s online Small Group faculty mentor

  • Complete a final phone or video conference interview with certification committee after all other requirements are satisfied.


Note:  The Engaged Mindfulness Institute reserves the right to ask any participant/student to complete further training and/or practice teaching at the student’s own expense prior to granting Mindfulness Teacher Certification.  EMI also reserves the right to refuse certification to any student deemed not to meet the qualifications and competencies required for certification or for whom the role and responsibilities of a mindfulness facilitator or teacher is deemed inappropriate.


Certification with IMTA: Upon completion of the above requirements, graduates of the EMI 300-Hr Teacher Certification can apply for certification with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P)

More Details . . .

CE Credit

Engaged Mindfulness Institute, #1402, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Engaged Mindfulness Institute maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2017 – 7/15/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 104 face-to-face and 48 distance learning clinical continuing education clock hours.


Prison Mindfulness Institute and Engaged Mindfulness Institute are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Prison Mindfulness Institute is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6730. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Cancellation Policy

We require a $500 nonrefundable deposit after your application is approved. All remaining program fees are nonrefundable if a registration is cancelled by the participant within one month (30 days) of the start date.
If a registration is canceled by the participant more than one month (30 days) prior to the program start date, a full refund will be issued, minus the $500 deposit and the $50 application fee. We reserve the right to substitute faculty at any time or to cancel or reschedule sessions due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the workshop is canceled by the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, registrants will receive full credits or refunds of the paid registration fees. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare or any other expenses related to attending the workshop.
All refunds will be processed within 30 days.

500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification (Level Two)

Level Two: After successful completion of the Level One 300-Hour Certification, you can pursue the next level of deeper training with the EMI 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification.

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