The Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley present

The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program

The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program
The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program

A Two-Year Online Training in Awareness and Compassion-Based
Practices with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach

A Two-Year Online Training in Awareness and Compassion-Based Practices with
Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach

Now more than ever, the world needs mindfulness

We created The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program to give people the training they need to share this life-changing practice with the world.

As a student of the program, you will:

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    Learn to teach mindfulness meditation with tools for body, heart, mind, and community
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    Acquire skills that apply mindfulness and self-compassion to relationships, conflict, trauma, organizational wisdom, and societal change
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    Develop skills for leading groups and teaching a wide range of mindfulness practitioners with cultural sensitivity
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    Grow and deepen your spiritual path

A Personal Letter From
Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

Dear friends,

We are excited to share our two-year online Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with you. Our Teacher Certification Program has been in the making for over 30 years. And today, especially given the need for qualified mindfulness meditation teachers, training to teach is more compelling than ever. By joining this training, you will become part of a worldwide movement of people dedicated to bringing mindfulness meditation to local and global communities—people from all walks of life who are committed to mindful living and compassion, evolving consciousness, and personal and social transformation.

In this time of global challenges, the pandemic, climate crisis, and continuing racism and divisiveness, people are longing for wise ways to navigate, heal trauma, find resilience, and foster well-being. The teaching of mindfulness and compassion offers a powerful transformative medicine. The first three cohorts filled to capacity, so we encourage those interested not to miss this chance to enroll for the cohort beginning in 2023.

The program has both psychological and spiritual depth. It combines our powerful online curriculum with teachings led by guest faculty including Eckhart Tolle, Dan Siegel, George Mumford, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Kristin Neff, and many more. Our program will begin and end with live virtual events. These online events will include small breakout sessions, live Q&A sessions, and opportunities for one-to-one connections to virtually meet other students from around the world.

As you journey through the curriculum, you’ll meet regularly with fellow students and 24 times in your small mentoring group with one of our highly trained teachers, who will serve as your Mentor, to practice and refine your skills. Many graduates report that the mentoring groups were a highlight of the training, providing community, guidance, and support for the entire two years. We’ve also added a new cultural sensitivity and racial awareness training, offering a unique and powerful opportunity for students to apply their deepening mindfulness practice to promote community building across the social chasms of race, ethnicity, and other divides.

Upon completion of the program, you will be certified by both the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Continuing Education credits will also be available.

This is an extraordinary learning experience. We will lovingly support and challenge you to do your own internal work to strengthen your practices of mindfulness and compassion, while honing your skills to bring this greater awareness to others. In this way, we invite you into a transformational journey to bring healing and connection to our suffering world.

We hope you can join us!

Tara & Jack

How Is the Program Organized?​

During the program, you will engage in:

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    Two special live virtual weekend events
    Featuring Jack, Tara, and many of our Mentors and guest faculty. These online events will include small breakout sessions, live Q&A sessions, and opportunities for one-to-one connections to virtually meet other students from around the globe. You can participate from anywhere in the world. All sessions will be recorded and available for playback if you need to watch some sessions at a later time.
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    Online video and audio learning
    An in-depth curriculum with new teachings every week, designed and taught by Tara and Jack.
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    Individual and group mentorship
    Mentorship sessions with highly qualified instructors to help support your learning, address your personal questions, and inspire growth areas.
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    Group practice sessions
    Opportunities to connect with your peers for feedback and support.
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    Cultural sensitivity training
    An innovative introductory racial and cultural awareness training with both recorded lessons and racial affinity group discussions that support deep introspection. These teachings are woven throughout the curriculum to serve your own awakening in this domain, and to support your capacity to teach a wide range of meditation practitioners with respect, understanding, and attunement.
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    Additional live sessions
    With Jack, Tara, and special guest faculty. Presented throughout the program, these additional online teachings will offer you the opportunity to go deeper into various topics with time for Q&A.
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    Practicum
    During your second year, you will engage in a Practicum where you initiate mindfulness classes in your local area to share and demonstrate your growing skill set. During this time, you will be supported by monthly teachings and broadcasts, monthly mentoring, and Peer Group meetings.
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    Exclusive podcast series
    Dive deeper and enhance your training with the exclusive MMTCP Podcast series featuring many of our guest teachers.

Why Become A Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher?

Teaching as a Gateway to Inner-Realization and Freedom

If you really want to learn something, teach it. Learning to share these practices and teachings with others will profoundly deepen your understanding, awareness, compassion, and well-being.

Supporting Others in Healing and Awakening

There is genuine gratification in being able to support others in their healing, personal growth, and spiritual awakening. Through the program you will become trained in a wide variety of skills and have the joy of teaching them to benefit others wherever you are.

Serving the Healing of Our World

Teaching mindfulness and compassion directly contributes to the evolution of global consciousness and the healing of our world. Your deepened understanding of systemic racism and other divisive societal conditioning that causes suffering will help inspire justice and compassion in our communities and a heightened caring for our earth.

Serving the Healing of Our World

Teaching mindfulness and compassion directly contributes to the evolution of global consciousness and the healing of our world. Your deepened understanding of systemic racism and other divisive societal conditioning that causes suffering will help inspire justice and compassion in our communities and a heightened caring for our earth.

Right Livelihood

Many of us wish to align our way of earning a living with our deepest values. Teaching mindfulness and compassion has the potential to contribute in a wholesome way to your own livelihood. The demand for meditation instruction is increasing not only among the general public, but also for those involved in EDUCATION, BUSINESS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, HEALTH, PRISONS, MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION COUNSELING, COACHING, AND INDIVIDUAL AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION.

Right Livelihood

Many of us wish to align our way of earning a living with our deepest values. Teaching mindfulness and compassion has the potential to contribute in a wholesome way to your own livelihood. The demand for meditation instruction is increasing not only among the general public, but also for those involved in EDUCATION, BUSINESS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, HEALTH, PRISONS, MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION COUNSELING, COACHING, AND INDIVIDUAL AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION.

The Blessings of Community

Participation in this teacher training program will give you the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually in an international community of practitioners dedicated to breaking down the barriers to connection. In addition, the intimacy of your small mentoring group allows for a gratifying depth in relationships. Your emerging local and virtual network will give you enormous support in your personal and professional growth.

Certification

With successful completion of this teacher training program, you will receive a certificate from the Awareness Training Institute and our partner, the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. This credential will support you in establishing meditation classes, workshops, and trainings in communities, organizations, and institutions throughout the world. You will also have access to an MMTCP Alumni Association to continue a rich, nourishing engagement with our global community.

Meet Your Teachers

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack cofounded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Jack has taught in centers and universities from Harvard to Stanford, mentored corporate and social change leaders, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is a grandfather, husband, and activist committed to racial equity and inclusivity, and to ecological and economic justice. His many books have been translated into 22 languages and sold more than 1.5 million copies. They include The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

Tara Brach

Tara Brach is an internationally known meditation teacher, has a PhD in clinical psychology, and is author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion, and Trusting the Gold. Her popular weekly podcast on emotional healing and spiritual awakening is downloaded about 3 million times a month. She has offered presentations at a range of venues including the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, the American Psychological Association, Harvard Medical School, Washington DC Superior Court, Smithsonian, the New York Times, and Salesforce. Tara is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and has been active in bringing meditation into schools and prisons, to those struggling with addiction, and to other marginalized communities. Tara has taken numerous trainings in understanding and undoing systemic racism, and has worked with her colleagues at IMCW to apply these insights to their own community. As a cofounder and teacher of MMTCP, she is deeply engaged with the leadership team in promoting equity and inclusivity in all facets of MMTCP.

Guest Teachers

During the training, we will invite a number of colleagues to join as guest teachers for live teachings followed by Q&A. You will also have the opportunity to learn from a range of renowned senior meditation teachers through the exclusive MMTCP Podcast series.

These guest teachers include:

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Christiane Wolf

Christiane Wolf

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle

George Mumford

Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy

Joanna Macy

Jonathan Foust

Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer

Konda Mason

Konda Mason

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff

Larry Yang

Larry Yang

Mushim Ikeda

Mushim Ikeda

Peter Levine

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Thomas Hübl

Trudy Goodman

Van Jones

Van Jones

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Mentorship Program

The mentorship program is a critical and fulfilling part of your journey in The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. Small Mentor Groups facilitated by a highly qualified Mentor provide you the opportunity for creating lasting connections with your peers while you refine your skills with a seasoned and experienced guide. Our Mentors were hand-selected by Tara and Jack, and most have trained directly with them to become meditation teachers. You will have an opportunity to select your Mentor Group from a list of Mentors and their available group dates and times before the program begins.

Throughout the program, your Mentor will:

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    Facilitate monthly mentoring group calls with a small group of up to 6 students
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    Hold individual Mentor calls to support your specific needs as a teacher in training (3 over the course of the program)
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    Follow a set Mentor program curriculum carefully designed by Jack and Tara to build your teaching skills
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    Guide you in using practices for inclusive teaching and supporting “difficult conversations”
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    Provide feedback as you exercise your skill building in these sessions
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    Wholeheartedly encourage and support the aspiration and intention of each student
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    Guide and support you to become a certified teacher of awareness
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    Serve as a role model in leading compassion-based practices for you to share in your own communities

Mentor Program Leaders

The mentorship program is led by our Mentor Director, Anne Cushman, and a team of Mentor leaders who regularly meet with Tara and Jack to help shape the Mentor Group curriculum and guide Mentors in delivering the highest-quality experience to their students.

Anne Cushman

Anne Cushman (she/her), Director of Mentoring

The mentorship program is led by Anne Cushman. Anne has been integrating mindfulness, embodiment practices, and creative expression for over 35 years. She is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she founded a multiyear dharma training for yoga teachers. She is the author of the memoir The Mama Sutra, the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, the mindful yoga book Moving Into Meditation, and the India pilgrimage guide From Here to Nirvana, and her essays on spiritual practice in daily life have appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and many other publications. She is currently deeply engaged with the MMTCP Mentor Leadership Team in building personal and organizational practices that promote equity and inclusion. She mentors meditation students and writers worldwide and leads retreats and courses with a focus on creativity, embodiment, and daily life practice.

Dalila Bothwell

Dalila Bothwell (she/her)

Dalila Bothwell embraces a dharma-meditation practice centered on love for community, land, justice, and 12-step recovery. Dalila is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program, formally educated in nutritional science and food studies, and was a director for New York Insight Meditation Center for nearly a decade. She has also served with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Insight Meditation Society.

Solwazi Johnson

Solwazi Johnson (he/his)

Solwazi Johnson has been teaching for over 20 years with a focus on vipassana. He has studied in Thailand, Burma, India, and South Africa. He is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a graduate of the four-year Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. Solwazi is also the guiding teacher for a Buddhist ministry program in a US federal prison.

Debra Kerr

Debra Kerr (she/her)

Debra Kerr is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program. She is a Core Teacher at East Bay Meditation Center, where she also guides the Every Body Every Mind Sangha for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her meditation practice is influenced by both Theravadan and Dzogchen teachings, and she is dedicated to using the tools of Buddhist practice to dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and exclusion.

What Will I Learn?

The mindfulness teacher training curriculum aims to imbue learners with the transformational principles underlying meditation and guide them in skillfully offering these powerful practices to others. Trainees will learn the application of meditation to relationships and societal change, explore the interface of meditation with Western psychology and cutting-edge science, and develop teaching skills and receive guidance on how to establish classes and workshops.

Specific Content Includes:

Core practices

Develop your practice with mindfulness, body scans, movement, concentration, inquiry, open awareness, and meditations that awaken a compassionate heart.

Training in the domains of mindfulness

Practice awareness as it relates to your body and your feelings, emotions, mind states, and awareness itself. Learn how to expand the field of mindfulness to include wise relationships with others and the entire living world.

Skill-building lessons

Become skilled and confident in giving talks, conducting individual and small group sessions, guiding meditations, and responding to questions.

Transformational applications

Use meditation to address physical pain, emotional challenges, trauma, relational difficulties, interpersonal conflict, and domains of collective, societal suffering.

The ethics of teaching

Understand and learn to handle ethical issues that arise in teaching and in the student-teacher relationship, including awareness of, and taking responsibility for, the teacher’s impact on students from diverse backgrounds.

Mindful movement

Complement sitting practices by learning mindful movement, teaching embodied awareness in movement, and engaging students with a rich, grounded, somatic experience of meditation.

Cultural sensitivity

Build the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that will enhance your capacity to teach a wide range of mindfulness practitioners across culture, race, gender, ability, and other societally conditioned divides.

Engaged spirituality

Transform consciousness by actively engaging mindfulness and compassion to end social injustice, racism, violence, ecological harm, and other expressions of suffering.

Cultivating community

Learn to design and promote classes and workshops with inclusive facilitation skills in order to create a nurturing and caring community of dedicated learners who learn with and from one another.

“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. We are in it together, and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.”

TARA BRACH

Praise for Tara and Jack

“To begin to meditate is to look into our lives with interest and kindness and discover how to be wakeful and free.”

JACK KORNFIELD

Certificate of Completion

Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Sounds True, and the Awareness Training Institute.

The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: it not only sponsors groundbreaking scientific research but also helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

While The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program does offer a certificate of completion and Continuing Education credits, please note that it does not offer any credits or a degree from the University of California.

What Is the Tuition?


One-Time Payment of

$8,700

12 Monthly Payments of

$733

24 Monthly Payments of

$371


This program is likely to sell out. Please apply as soon as possible.

Questions? We are here for you!

Please see the Admissions page & FAQ page for answers to the most common questions.

Need more help?

Reach out to us at admissions-mmtcp@soundstrue.com or schedule a call with one of our friendly program specialists.

“If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Dalai Lama

Affiliated With

Greater Good Science Center
Awareness Training Institute

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