MBSR Teacher Training and Development
The Mindfulness Center at Brown is a global leader in research and training offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training track towards becoming an MBSR Teacher.
Become an MBSR Teacher
The Mindfulness Center at Brown is a global leader in research and training offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher-training pathway towards becoming a Certified MBSR Teacher.
Our teacher-training track is a four-step process that allows anyone that has completed the MBSR 8-week program and one qualifying retreat to embark on a journey to learn how to teach MBSR. The MBSR teacher training programs are for new students and mid-stream learners furthering their professional MBSR training.
You will learn from widely-known and deeply experienced MBSR instructors and teacher-trainers on your pathway to becoming a Certified MBSR teacher from the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
Please review the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching MBSR
The pre-requisites to begin MBSR teacher-training involve both formal learning and personal practice experiences and are outlined here:
- Completion of the 8-week MBSR class, in-person or live, online
- Participation in a 5-7 day silent, teacher-led silent retreat (LINK TO QUALIFYING RETREATS PAGE)
- Two years of consistent formal daily meditation practice preferred, with a minimum of one year
- Yoga or other contemplative movement practice experience
- A graduate degree (or completion of graduate degree equivalence document, which is submitted at the time of Foundations application). While professional and graduate degrees in psychology, social work, medical school, nursing or education are most typical, those who’ve been working in business, law and finance sectors--and have completed other pre-requisites are welcome to apply.
Recommended Schedule of Programs and Retreats
Please note: We recommend a minimum of six (6) months between your MBSR Foundations and Teacher Advancement Intensive (TAI) courses. During this time you can deepen practice, study, assimilate the learning from MBSR Foundations, take a second retreat, and offer the three required introductory programs prior to the TAI.