About the Teachers
The Mindfulness Standard is dedicated to providing teachers that have completed high level training programs that enhance competencies, but more importantly they are deep practitioners of meditation and embody those qualities in their personal and professional lives. They are dedicated to continuing growth in teaching mindfulness. The Mindfulness Standard has screened all of the teachers listed to ensure that they have completed the required training to achieve teaching competencies required for Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI) programs. We have listed teachers from competent to highly advanced. To find a teacher in your location please use the search engine below.
Ethical Guidelines and Basic Standards for Teacher Training
The teacher-training path for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other Mindfulness Based Programs (MBP’s) are both rigorous and intensive. Teachers on the training path must have a personal practice that they continue to deepen over time. They must also be committed to completing specialized and intensive trainings that help support this precise and delicate process.
There are two main organizations which were formed by senior teachers to support standards of practice for the mindfulness field. These organizations have the mission to support standards of training and teaching ethics for the MBSR and MBI field. The Mindfulness Standard lists only teachers that have completed teacher training through training institutions affiliated with these organizations.
The highest-level teacher is a level 4.
*There may be subtle nuances between training intuition training levels.
To learn more about the Global Mindfulness Collaborative:https://www.brown.edu/public-health/mindfulness/global-collaborative
To learn more about the International Mindfulness Integrity Network (IMI):http://iminetwork.org/background-imi-network/
To learn more about Good Practice Guidelines for Teacher MBSR:https://www.brown.edu/public-health/mindfulness/ideas/good-practice-guidelines-teaching-mbsr
Standards of Practice
Level 1 - Trained Teacher
Teacher has established their own practice
Foundational MBSR teacher trainings (120-200 hours)
Retreat Practice – minimum of 1 silent retreat
Level 2 - Trained Teacher
Continued dedication to personal meditation practice and retreats – minimum of 2 silent retreats
Completed mentoring or supervision
120 additional hours of training
Taught at least 3 to 8 full courses depending on which training institution attended.
Level 3 - Advanced Teacher
Continued dedication to personal meditation practice and retreats
Training in scientific foundations and research of mindfulness
Assessment of teacher competencies by a senior teacher trainer
Level 4 - Senior Teacher
5 years of teaching plus certified by validated training institution
7 years of personal mindfulness practices
5 years of education specific to scientific foundations and research of mindfulness
Taught a minimum of 15 MBSR classes
Attended 5 or more silent retreats
Ongoing mentorship with senior teacher trainers.