Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take MBSR before I apply to this professional training program?

Yes. Successful completion of the MBSR course prior to your application to the teacher training is required. If you haven't yet taken MBSR, go here for information and/or to register for one of our classes. If it has been more than 8 years since you took the MBSR course, we strongly recommend that you take it again before applying for MBSR teacher training.

Do I need to have taken MBSR with the Mindfulness Center at Brown? 

No. Having taken MBSR from a well-qualified teacher elsewhere is sufficient. If you have questions about whether the MBSR class you took meets this prerequisite, contact us at the email below.

Do I need to have a personal mindfulness practice to apply for this program?                          

Yes. We recommend a minimum of two years of regular formal mindfulness practice for entrance into the training program. If you don't yet have a mindfulness practice and would like to develop one, go here to learn about our mindfulness courses for individuals.

Do I need a graduate degree to take this program?

The graduate degree requirement is one avenue of assessing a potential MBSR teacher's level of critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills, a dedication to an area of study, research or professional development separate from mindfulness or meditation experience.

Often, the learning experiences that reflect these capacities occur outside more formal, academic venues. For example: Certificates in coaching, education, or writing; higher level yoga teacher trainings, massage therapy or bodywork trainings; or other non-academic but rigorous public learning experiences (i.e., not individually directed) may be equivalent to this requirement.

You are welcome to list your trainings to see if they would fulfill this equivalency prior to your anticipated training. In addition, there will be a brief written document required with the submission of materials for Teacher Certification in MBSR to demonstrate your ability to write and articulate your learning from these pathways.

If I began my MBSR teacher training elsewhere, may I continue to complete my training through the Mindfulness Center at Brown?

Yes. We welcome those have begun training at other programs and would like to continue and receive certification through the Brown Mindfulness Center. Please contact us at the email below to speak with someone who can help determine where you would enter the MBSR teacher training track at the Mindfulness Center at Brown. 

Where do the trainings happen?

We offer both in-person and live-online courses.  Our residential trainings happen around the world in partnership with our global partners, in our home state of Rhode Island, and throughout the United States. Our live-online courses include the MBSR Curriculum Study Group and Skills Building Workshop and Individual Mentoring.

How long does it take to complete this program?

The prerequisites can be completed within 3-4 months. Once you begin the professional training to become an MBSR teacher, the most common progression is 3-4 years.  During this time you will have attended three silent retreats and begun teaching MBSR. Because part of this training is experiential, some of the time is spent teaching, meditating and reflecting in order to more fully digest and integrate what is being learned. The program should not take more than five years to complete. 

In what language are the courses in other countries taught?

All courses held in the US are taught in English. Global Collaborative trainings are often taught in the language of the host country; some include English-speaking teachers; and some are taught in English with simultaneous translation provided by reliable and skilled translators. Please check the details of each program, especially those being offered outside of the US.

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