In applying to join Mindfulness Northwest’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Program (MBSR-TT) I understand and agree to the following:

1. Program Completion. To receive a Certificate of Completion of the training, participants must attend at least 85% of the program. This includes attendance in a minimum of two MBSR courses as a practicum student, attendance at weekly video conferencing calls during year 1, and teaching your three MBSR courses which you organize.

2. Advancement to Certification. Advancement from completion of the MBSR-TT program into Teacher Certification review is not guaranteed – MBSR-TT faculty will make the determination that each participant is ready to advance to supervision and certification.

3. No guarantee of Certification. The participant acknowledges that participation in the supervision and certification process and payment of the required tuition fees do not guarantee that the participant will become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest MBSR-TT. The participant acknowledges that the MBSR-TT training program requires that the participant demonstrates “basic understanding of the fundamental principles of mindfulness and the teachings that underlie mindfulness and demonstrates competency in delivering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course with high fidelity to the MBSR Curriculum.” This determination of competency in mindfulness teachers will be based on, but not limited to, the criteria specified in the MBI-TAC (Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria).

4. No implied offer of employment. Completing MBSR-TT does not imply a promise from Mindfulness Northwest that we will provide you with employment as a mindfulness teacher.

5. Time Limit for Completion of Assignments.

The timing of Phase III is flexible. Our recommendation is to teach one MBSR course per quarter in the second academic year after Phases I & II but you are free to arrange these courses to suit your circumstances.  You must, however, complete Phase III within three (3) years of completing Phase II to be considered for Certification in Phase IV.


Upon admission to the MBSR Teacher Training Program (MBSR-TT), a tuition deposit is due within 30 days. This saves your place in the program and covers preliminary administrative costs.

The tuition balance must be paid or payment plan begun by the 1st day of the month that Phase I begins.

Early Withdrawal and Refunds

In the event that an MBSR-TT student withdraws from the program, tuition refunds will be determined based on time spent in the program. More details below.

Deposit is Non-Refundable - Mindfulness Northwest will retain the $500 tuition deposit if an enrolled student withdraws from the program at any time, including prior to the first training meeting of Phase 1.

Student withdrawal after the training has begun - Mindfulness Northwest retains a percentage of the full tuition based on withdrawal date (time spent in the training program), as indicated in Table 1 below.

Funds paid in excess of the amount due to Mindfulness Northwest will be refunded. Students paying with payment plans will continue making payments until the amount due has been paid.

Any refund will be paid within 30 calendar days of the student’s official withdrawal date.

Determining withdrawal date - A student's official withdrawal date is determined by one of the following (at the discretion of Mindfulness Northwest):

  1. Date the Program Director receives notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program.
  2. Date student is given notice of termination for a violation of a published program policy which provides for termination.
  3. Date after which a student fails to attend training meetings or classes for 14 calendar days without notifying program staff.

Table 1

If the student withdraws at any point during this phase of training:

Mindfulness Northwest may retain this percentage of the full tuition:

Up to 29 weeks after the training start date* or the last training date of Phase 1, whichever occurs first


Up to 39 weeks after the training start date* or the last training date of Phase 2, whichever occurs first


Up to 66 weeks after the start date* or the last training date of Phase 3, whichever occurs first


After 66 weeks (about 70% of the training period) or the last training date of Phase 3, whichever occurs first


    * The start date is defined as the first MBSR-TT training meeting in person or online for this cohort.


In the case of a tuition rate of $9100, and a withdrawal at the end of Phase II, Mindfulness Northwest would retain (or be owed) 60% of $9100 = $5460.

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