Become a Mindfulness Teacher

The world needs you!

Bringing mindfulness to at-risk individuals and underserved communities.

Level One Cost:

Tuition:  $5,975

Early Bird Tuition: $4,975 (if paid in full by August 1, 2017)

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

***Application to 2017-18 Level One Training is Now Open!


What You'll Learn . . .

Applicant Prerequisites:

    • Consistent mindfulness meditation practice (at least three days per week) for four years or more (exceptions considered on a case by case basis).
    • 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 silent mindfulness meditation retreat at an approved meditation center (exceptions considered on a case by case basis).
    • Consistent daily (non public) computer access with high speed internet connection.
    • Familiarity operating in an online environment.

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


What You Will Receive:

  • The highest quality training and 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.
  • A wealth of print and online materials and resources to support the deepening of your personal mindfulness practice and mindfulness teaching and facilitation skills.
  • Individual contact with highly experienced and fully qualified mindfulness teachers, trainers and coaches, including two one-on-one mentoring calls with senior EMI faculty.
  • Peer support within a robust online community of practice, including small group work and one-on-one peer support.
  • Tools and guidelines for starting a mindfulness-based program within your agency, institution, organization or community.
  • Certification as an EMI Mindfulness Facilitator upon successful completion of Year One.
  • CE credits for counseling and/or social work professionals.
  • A year of transformational and life changing learning.

You Will Be Trained To:

  • Guide and facilitate basic mindfulness meditations, 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, e.g., lead a mindfulness group in a prison for prisoners or staff; in a psychotherapy or medical setting for clients, patients or staff; in a community agency or nonprofit organization with clients or staff; in a school setting with students, teachers or administrative staff.


2017-18 Training


  • First Retreat: Sept. 24 – 30, 2017
  • Second Retreat: May 5 – 11, 2018

Three Online Courses:

  • October 2017 – May 2018

Retreat Logistics

Mindfulness Facilitator Certification (MFT-300)

Year One: Includes two weeklong retreats and nine months of intensive online learning including video lectures, in-person webinars, community of practice discussions, mentoring and more. 

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Mindfulness Teacher Certification (MTT-500)

Year Two: After successful completion of the Year One MFT-300, you can pursue a second year of deeper training with the EMI Mindfulness Teacher Training (MTT-500). 

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If you are a:

  • social worker
  • counselor, psychotherapist
  • medical professional
  • correctional officer or counselor
  • probation or parole officer
  • law enforcement professional
  • victim or restorative justice advocate
  • teacher/educator
  • minister or chaplain
  • nonprofit professional
  • community activist, organizer or leader
  • violence prevention advocate
  • drug and alcohol treatment provider
  • healing arts practitioner
  • community volunteer or student

Or anyone aspiring to work with at-risk individuals and underserved communities who wishes to become a skilled mindfulness teacher, this program is for you!  

This training is ideal for:

  • Committed mindfulness practitioners who want to share mindfulness with clients, professional colleagues, organizations or institutions and/or your community;
  • Professional, paraprofessional or volunteers working in social services, criminal justice, law enforcement, mental health, education and/or medical fields who wish to deepen their personal mindfulness practice and learn the art of teaching mindfulness;
  • People committed to bringing mindfulness practice to individuals and communities who could benefit from, but often lack, access to high quality mindfulness-based programming;
  • Someone invested in their own lifelong development as a mindfulness practitioner who aspires to become a skillful and ethical mindfulness teacher or facilitator of mindfulness-based interventions and programs.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness refers to our capacity for being present and attentive to what occurs within and around us, moment-to-moment.

With Mindfulness we can approach our lives and daily challenges in a reflective and ethical manner with kindness and compassion.

Being mindful allows a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our state of mind, our behaviors and ultimately our overall health and quality of life.

Through practice, mindfulness is a skill that promotes overall well being and happiness and helps us effectively manage the stresses of our busy lives.

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Cancellation Policy

CE Credit

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

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.

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