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MBSR-TT Eligibility, Fees and Logistics

For additional details on this program please see:

Program OverviewMBSR-TT Faculty MBSR-TT Calendar  | MBSR-TT FAQ

Apply for the 2019-2021 Cohort

Eligibility for our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR-TT) Program

Please note that MBSR-TT is is an "advanced training" in that it's designed for those who have already done significant training in meditation, yoga, or related contemplative disciplines. For those newer to this work we recommend first taking our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) or other kinds of training in the study, delivery, and teaching of contemplative practice (e.g. yoga teacher training, introductory mindfulness teacher training with other institutes, etc.).

Clarity in Understanding What MBSR is:

It's essential to understand that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a specific 8-week mindfulness course, created originally by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970's and further refined by many teachers at the Center for Mindfulness at U Mass, and by other institutions such as the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD and Mindfulness Northwest. MBSR is not a general term for teaching mindfulness or for other mindfulness classes. If you are not yet familiar with MBSR, please see our MBSR page for more on this powerful mindfulness training class.

Prerequisites for application to MBSR-TT include:

  1. You have taken the MBSR Course itself, preferably twice.
  2. You have sat at least one 7-day silent teacher-led meditation retreat, preferably several.
  3. You have received training in teaching, leading, or facilitating courses in mindfulness, yoga, or similar contemplative disciplines.
Note that if you have not yet trained as a teacher or facilitator in the contemplative fields then MBSR-TT is not yet for you. Feel free to contact us before applying if you are unsure whether you meet the above prerequisites.

Looking for Fundamental Training in Teaching Mindfulness?

Our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) which is designed to give you a foundational understanding of mindfulness training and how to implement it in a variety of settings. It is both a pathway towards MBSR-TT and a complete training in it's own right if you wish to offer mindfulness training in formats other than MBSR.

Fees and Payment Schedu

  • Tuition for MBSR-TT is $3900 per year for those new to Mindfulness Northwest's teacher training or $3120 for Alumni of our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP).
  • Payment of $1300 ($1040 for MTTP Alumni) is due at the start of each of the six quarters (payment plans which spread each payment into monthly installments are an option).
  • Portfolio Review and Certification fee: $750 (all participants).
  • Total cost of training, portfolio review, and certification: $8550 ($6990 for MTTP Alumni).

Scholarships and Social Justice

Mindfulness Northwest's mission is to bring the healing possibilities of mindfulness training to all people and we recognize that tuition can be a barrier. If this is true for you we warmly invite you to apply for a scholarship. Please let us know if your intention is to serve underserved communities in your future work as an MBSR teacher as that will be weighed into the scholarship award decision.

Application Process and Deadlines

Please fill out the application form including your non-refundable $50 deposit to begin the process. Applications for the 2019-2021 cohort will be accepted starting on September 10th. Anticipated start date is January 11, 2019. Please see the MBSR-TT Calendar page for current dates. 

Those who have not attended our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) are asked to also provide a letter of reference from a professional who can speak about your experience, training and readiness for this training.

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