Fundamentals in Teaching MBSR: 7-Day Intensive
PLUS optional 3-Day Intensive: Introduction to Teaching MBSR Live Online

Fundamentals in Teaching MBSR: 7-Day Intensive is the first step in the pathway toward becoming a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through East Coast Mindfulness. This course is designed for people with an established practice and a desire to learn how to share the benefits of mindfulness with others. A commitment to maintaining a personal relationship with practice and to developing the skills necessary to offer the MBSR class in person are necessary. Participants must be willing to show up authentically within the training group, and to bring their unique wisdom as well as their full humanness to bear in learning to teach MBSR.

This 7-day online intensive training establishes the foundational principles of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and curriculum. Participants study and experience the ethos, underpinnings, mindfulness practices, and attitudes that are the basis of MBSR. Language, pedagogical methods, and skills for engaging participants will be observed, investigated, and practiced.

This course will be taught by Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher, Senior MBSR Teacher Trainers.

During this training you will—

  • Study the MBSR Curriculum, Protocols and Program Standards
  • Guide other trainees in standard MBSR meditation practices
  • Practice teaching components of the MBSR course curriculum to your fellow trainees
  • Give and receive feedback to yourself and other trainees
  • Investigate the ethos of teaching MBSR: for populations, in contexts, in the marketplace

At the end of this training you will be able to—

  • Demonstrate basic MBSR teaching competencies
  • Describe MBSR themes, intentions, and practices
  • Teach Mindfulness-Based practices
  • Deliver didactic presentations on stress
  • Articulate the intersection between your personal practice and teaching MBSR

  • Completion of an 8-Week MBSR course for personal growth, in one of these 2 formats:
  • In person, with a Certified MBSR teacher in your area, if possible
  • Online live with a Certified MBSR teacher (this does not include participation in recorded versions of an MBSR course)
  • Regular personal mindfulness meditation practice of at least one year
  • 3+ day silent, teacher-led retreat in mindfulness tradition in a group setting (not a solo retreat). Retreat must be led by a live teacher (no videos of teachers).

Optional 3-Day Intensive: Introduction to Teaching MBSR Live Online

Introduction to Teaching MBSR Live Online is a 3-day intensive for trainees who successfully complete the 7-day Fundamentals. You will identify what is essential in each class of an MBSR course, and gain practical experience in expressing the essence of those classes through the online format. Emphasis is on finding your own voice and online style, while honoring the rigor of the curriculum and the needs of your participants.

Using Jon Kabat-Zinn's original MBSR curriculum and documents published after it, as well as your previous MBSR teacher training experience, your own MBSR teaching experience, and your personal meditation practice, you will:

  1. teach parts of the curriculum online to your colleagues and trainers,
  2. give feedback, and receive feedback from, your training colleagues about teaching online,
  3. receive feedback from the trainers about your online teaching, and
  4. complete practical assignments to help you teach online.
Training is capped at 12 participants to ensure time for exploration and questions; minimum is 6 participants. This course will be taught by Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher, Senior MBSR Teacher Trainers.

Already teaching MBSR? The Introduction to Teaching MBSR online program is available as a standalone course, as well. If you're an experienced MBSR teacher, check out our advanced program on teaching MBSR online.

During this training you will—

  • Consider what is essential in each session of an MBSR course, and what adaptations need to happen to convey the essential online
  • Explore your authentic, unique way to bring the MBSR curriculum alive online
  • Teach aspects of the MBSR curriculum online to your fellow trainees
  • Give and receive feedback to yourself and other trainees around teaching online

At the end of this training you will be able to—

  • Identify essential elements in each of the sessions in an MBSR course
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in teaching MBSR Live Online
  • Authentically express interactive and didactic teaching through the online platform
  • Connect with your online MBSR teaching colleagues for continued support and learning

  • Successful completion of Fundamentals in Teaching MBSR

Required Technology:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability: no phones, iPads or other tablets, please
  • Current version of Zoom installed

Each program is limited to 12 trainees, with a minimum of 6 participants

Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

TIER 1 (Supporting Others):
Fundamentals: $3400
Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $4900

TIER 2 (Our Cost):
Fundamentals: $2900
Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $4400

TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate):
Fundamentals: $2400
Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $3900

If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

Please review the information below regarding the dates for application submission, and so on. The button below takes you to a secure online application for the program.

Application timeline for February 2021 program:

  1. Submit application online by Wednesday, January 20, 2021. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
  2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Thursday, January 21, 2021, with acceptance status.
  3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Sunday, January 24, 2021.
  4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.

Application timeline for August 2021 program:

  1. Submit application online by Sunday, July 18, 2021. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
  2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Wednesday, July 21, 2021, with acceptance status.
  3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
  4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.


If you have questions, please email info@eastcoastmindfulness.com.

  • Program Schedule
  • Program Cost

    Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

    TIER 1 (Supporting Others):
    Fundamentals: $3400
    Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $4900

    TIER 2 (Our Cost):
    Fundamentals: $2900
    Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $4400

    TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate):
    Fundamentals: $2400
    Fundamentals and Intro to Teaching MBSR Online: $3900

    If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

  • Apply

    Please review the information below regarding the dates for application submission, and so on. The button below takes you to a secure online application for the program.

    Application timeline for February 2021 program:

    1. Submit application online by Wednesday, January 20, 2021. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
    2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Thursday, January 21, 2021, with acceptance status.
    3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Sunday, January 24, 2021.
    4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.

    Application timeline for August 2021 program:

    1. Submit application online by Sunday, July 18, 2021. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
    2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Wednesday, July 21, 2021, with acceptance status.
    3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
    4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.


    If you have questions, please email info@eastcoastmindfulness.com.

  • Common Questions

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund if you notify us via email (info@eastcoastmindfulness.com) at least 7 days prior to the first day of training (this will give us time to notify someone on the waitlist). No refunds will be granted thereafter.

Questions? Please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com


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