Introduction to Teaching MBSR Live Online: An Intensive for New MBSR Teachers

“East Coast Mindfulness is offering an online course to train MBSR teachers to teach the MBSR curriculum online. I have every confidence that this valuable professional training can amplify and deepen your skillset and personal practice as an MBSR teacher, as well as the technical support necessary to extend your reach through the internet.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living

NOTE: This training is for MBSR teachers who have taught 1, 2, or 3 (possibly more) cycles of MBSR. If you are an experienced MBSR teacher, please see our advanced training, Train to Teach MBSR Live Online, which can result in certification through East Coast Mindfulness to teach MBSR Live Online.

Introduction to Teaching MBSR Live Online is a 3-day, 27-hour intensive during which early MBSR teachers identify what is essential in each class of an MBSR course (orientation, All Day, and 8 classes), 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 trainer,
  2. give feedback, and receive feedback from, your training colleagues about teaching online, and
  3. receive feedback from the trainer about your online teaching.
To support your learning, you will receive a short manual with guidelines for teaching an online MBSR orientation. You will also spend up to 6 hours between sessions working on your own to complete practical assignments to help you teach online.

Acceptance into the training is by application. Training is capped at 4 participants to ensure time for exploration and questions. This course will be taught by Rebecca Eldridge, who trained faculty at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School to teach their first online MBSR course.

During this training you will—

  • Consider what is essential in each of the 10 classes 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 of the 10 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

Required Technology and Preparation:

  • High-speed internet connection

  • Please, no phones

  • Join on a computer that has a full-sized screen on which you can see at least 25 Zoom participants, without having to scroll

  • Ensure that your computer is situated on a stable surface (instead of resting on your lap, etc.)

  • Video and microphone capability (so that you can be seen and heard)

  • A place for practice that allows for being undisturbed

  • Current version of Zoom installed

Already teaching MBSR? We also offer a 9-session, 20+ hour Group Mentorship program for MBSR teachers of all experience levels: whether you’ve taught 1 or 100 MBSR courses. We explore assumptions about:

• what MBSR is and what it is not
• what “good teaching” of MBSR is and isn’t
• your personal and professional experience of teaching MBSR
• your personal meditation practice, and more

This program is limited to 4 participants

Upcoming dates to be announced, so check back!

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): $1900

TIER 2 (Our Cost): $1600

TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $1300

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

Applications for this program will be accepted once the program dates are announced.


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

  • Program Schedule

    Upcoming dates to be announced, so check back!

  • 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): $1900

    TIER 2 (Our Cost): $1600

    TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $1300

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

  • Apply

    Applications for this program will be accepted once the program dates are announced.


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

  • Common Questions

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund less a $75 processing fee 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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