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Our Teacher Training Programs

Ready to share your passion for mindfulness? Become a certified mindfulness teacher through Mindfulness Northwest!

We offer two teacher training programs. Both feature a small cohort with extensive interaction and support from our Senior Teachers. The programs are flexible, allowing you to weave these comprehensive programs into your life. We aim to help you find your authentic voice as a mindfulness teacher rooted in your felt experience of mindfulness practice.

Our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program

If you’re ready to share mindfulness with your community, our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) is for you. This 9-month intensive program will prepare you to design and lead clear and compassionate mindfulness programs. MTTP is offered as a mix of in-person learning in the Puget Sound area and online.

MTTP is designed to help you respond to varied situations with a mindfulness program that fits. And it’s an excellent choice for those who wish to incorporate mindfulness into their work.

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Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training

Our 2-year Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training (MBSR-TT) certifies you as a teacher of the gold standard 8-week MBSR course. MBSR is the most widely known and thoroughly researched mindfulness program. We offer in-class placements online, in the Puget Sound region, or in Atlanta, Georgia. Personalized and hands-on, our program supports you every step of the way on the path to certification.

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MBSR Teacher Training
January 20 2023

MBSR Teacher Training

ONLINE with an In-person Option

2-year training

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program Application
August 16

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program Application

Bellingham area plus distance learning

9-month training

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP)


Ready to share mindfulness with your friends, coworkers, community? Ready to deepen your practice and find your authentic voice? Want to learn with the support of like-minded others and expert teachers? Join us for MTTP!

Our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) provides deep training in the skills, personal presence, and background knowledge needed to deliver embodied, thoughtful, and skillful presentations.

This nine-month intensive training includes retreats, home practice, distance learning, weekend seminars, practice creating and leading a mindfulness program, and strong cohort relationships. Let us support you as you offer the gift of mindfulness to your community.

graduation photo for this program

2022 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program graduation

Interested in learning how to teach the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course? Please see our MBSR Teacher Training below.


  • Cohort-based: Work closely over the 9-month period with a small, committed group of mindfulness practitioners under the guidance of Program Director Tim Burnett.
  • Local: All are welcome but our structure works best for those who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. You must be able to travel to the Bellingham, WA area 6 times during the program. (We have had students from Oregon, Idaho and Montana complete the program.)
  • Collaborative: Time and again, we’ve seen this program lead to lasting relationships with regional colleagues for ongoing support and collaboration.
  • Hands-On: Practice teaching and facilitating skills from the beginning of the program; create and deliver a Practicum Project; finish the certification process through a portfolio review.
  • Practice-Based: Practice daily with the support of the cohort and a senior meditation teacher. The program begins and ends with sitting retreat together, setting the stage for a deep dive.
  • Comprehensive: Learn about the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, psychology & neuroscience, group facilitation, the history of mindfulness, and much more.
  • Practical: Learn how to develop mindfulness programs that fit your institution or community.
  • Accessible: All are welcome! We aim for a diverse cohort, and are committed to providing support for all participants. Our staff is actively engaged in DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) work. We have done our best to keep costs reasonable; scholarship info available on request. You are warmly invited to apply.


If you have an established mindfulness practice and wish to share mindfulness with others, MTTP is for you. We’re especially interested in serving those in a position to offer mindfulness classes or workshops in their own community, organization, or institution. You will have already taken Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction and participated in at least one 5-day silent teacher-guided meditation retreat. You need not have any particular professional or educational background or credentials.

Our MTTP is also a powerful foundational training for those interested in teaching mindfulness-based classes and interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), or Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). See also our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training described below.

Examples of excellent reasons to take MTTP:

  • People know I’m interested in mindfulness and keep asking me to share it with them, how do I do that with integrity?
  • I run groups, work with clients, or lead trainings at work and want to integrate mindfulness into the training.
  • I’m a psychotherapist and I want to add mindfulness to my work with individuals and/or groups.
  • I want to offer a weekly meditation practice group in my community.
  • I teach a mindfulness class or group (MBSR, MBCT, MSC, etc.) and would love to deepen my understanding and enhance my teaching.
  • I’m a spiritual teacher and would like to add the depth and universal language of mindfulness to my work.
  • I’m a classroom teacher or a healthcare professional who sees burnout all around me. I know mindfulness can help.


The program runs from September to May each year and is a mix of online and in-person learning. All are welcome but you must be able to travel to the Bellingham area six times. Much of the learning and interaction also happens through flexible distance-learning in between in-person meetings.

See the Key Dates for the upcoming cohort below.


Program Director Tim Burnett combined his decades of teaching experience, years of creating and leading courses in mindfulness, and his knowledge of the Buddhist roots of mindfulness to design this program. His deep knowledge and warm, down-to-earth style provide a rich experiential education for trainees. With a background in education, Tim has been teaching mindfulness in diverse communities since he founded Mindfulness Northwest in 2011. He is fully certified in three of the major mindfulness-based interventions: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Tim is also grounded in 35 years of Zen Meditation where he is a Soto Zen Priest and teacher. He received Dharma Transmission from his long-time mentor Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2011 and was installed as Guiding Teacher of the Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham in 2017.


Tuition is $6,900 for the 9-month MTTP program including all retreats, seminars, and ongoing instruction and support. Tuition is usually paid in 10 monthly interest-free payments of $640 after a $500 Tuition Deposit paid upon enrollment. Note that the tuition covers room and board at the 4 retreats, but not at the 2 seminar weekends held in Bellingham. 

For participants who accept the invitation to move towards certification after completing the program, there is an additional $500 fee for the Teacher Certification process.

The tuition covers:

  • All 4 retreats, all 4 seminar weekends, all distance learning time and all materials provided except for books.
  • Room and board at the four retreats.
  • Access to course websites and materials.
  • Access to instructors between meetings.

The tuition does not cover:

  • Room and board at the seminar weekends in Bellingham 
  • Comparing to another program? Check if room & board at retreats/trainings is included – often it’s not and can add significant cost.
  • Travel costs as applicable.


A rolling application process opens on January 1st of each year. Prospective applicants are invited for an intake interview. Those selected to participate in our MTTP program begin classes in September of that year.


  • Completion of an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. Other mindfulness courses cannot be substituted for this requirement.
  • Established daily practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful movement.
  • Attendance of at least one silent, teacher-led meditation retreat of at least 5 days in length (some concurrency may be allowed).


  • Completion of other mindfulness and compassion courses such as Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
  • Practice regularly in a teacher-led meditation group with a practice community.
  • Attend more than one retreat.

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the MTTP program in 2020. Tim Burnett assembled a wonderful cohort of like-minded students and created a curriculum that was incredibly educational and inspiring. If you have any inclination towards deepening your understanding of mindfulness and being able to teach others, I highly recommend this program.

DB Physician

Seattle WA

Program Director Tim Burnett

I can’t thank you enough for a most amazing, inspiring, and pivotal 9 months.

Jim S

Pediatrician, Seattle


In the opening retreat of the MTTP program we collectively identified qualities of good teaching such as humility, humor, appropriate self-disclosure, flexibility, curiosity, and presence. Tim modeled these and invited them in me.  We worked in so many different contexts including: leading practice, didactic, and inquiry. There was a wonderful infusion throughout of “not knowing,” and I was moved by the very real, candid fluctuations of energy and emotional vulnerability in me, in Tim, and the other trainees.

That the structure of the program wasn’t only an academic workshop, that it included shared retreat together, was so imperative and so beneficial, particularly early on as a part of gelling the group and concluding with retreat again. I was grateful that we were given so much freedom, that this training was not curriculum based. Instead we were given practices and trusted to design and integrate them appropriate to our teaching context. Overall: Excellent! Wow!!!

– Amy C. Darling, LAc.


My first foray into becoming a Mindfulness Teacher started with a six-day Foundation Teacher Training course at another agency. After the course I felt I had just the basics, and was to follow through for certification with an online mentor. I couldn’t see a way forward that worked for me, and then I found Mindfulness Northwest and MTTP.

Together as a group we took a deep dive into the Foundations of Mindfulness, science and research, and fundamentals of being a teacher. We had periodic face-to-face conferences with Tim in-between classes. We practiced using teach-backs in a safe and supportive environment. The support system was so strong with the cohort — it will be a life-long bond. I came away with a deep sense of enrichment and confidence. I now have have started to teach this wonderful heartfelt practice back home in Idaho.

– Carol Reager, RN


The Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program provides students with opportunity for inner growth, skill development, and community involvement. Tim Burnett artfully weaves the practice of mindfulness into an instructional program, invites students to reflect on their gifts, and guides them in developing class structure to encourage growth and discovery. Students have the opportunity to connect with mindfulness community leaders in a small class environment encouraging intimate conversation and presence. My experience with the MTTP program has been transformational. We had the exquisite environment to make life-long relationships in our cohort as we each emerged as new teachers. I highly recommend the MNW MTTP program for its flexibility in both individual and cohort development, venues offered for experiential learning, and deep learning of mindfulness.

– Laura Chun Daniel, MPM, PMP, CRM


As an MD, I am particularly interested in the intersection of health caregivers and mindfulness. Tim Burnett assembled a wonderful cohort of like-minded students for the MTTP program and created a curriculum that was incredibly educational and inspiring. If you have any inclination towards deepening your understanding of mindfulness and being able to teach others, I highly recommend this program.

D.B., Physician, Seattle WA

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program Application
August 16

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program Application

Bellingham area plus distance learning

9-month training


*Specific schedule pending (all dates expected by January 1, 2023)*

Below is a general outline of the program. Location of study weekends (online vs. in-person in Bellingham) may change.




Enrollment Deposit Due

Upon acceptance $500
Tuition Balance or Payment Plan Activation Due Date September 1st  
Opening Retreat Mid-September In-person location to be determined

Learning Block #1

  Distance learning
Learning Block #2   Distance Learning

Study Weekend A

November (dates tbd)
Friday 7pm – Sunday 1pm
Live Online
Learning Block #3   Distance Learning

Study Weekend B

January (dates tbd)
Friday 7pm – Sunday 1pm
Live Online
Learning Block #4   Distance Learning
Study Weekend C February (dates tbd)
Friday 7pm – Sunday 1pm
Live Online
Learning Block #5   Distance Learning
Intensive Mindfulness Retreat

Late March
5 day silent retreat

Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center
Practicum Period March & April Create a Mindfulness Workshop at the Venue of your choice
Study Weekend D April (dates tbd)
Friday 7pm – Sunday 1pm
Bellingham, WA
Learning Block #6   Distance Learning
Closing Weekend Retreat
June (dates tbd)
Friday 4pm – Sunday 2pm (Graduation Ceremony Sunday morning)
Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center
Continuing on to Certification Within 12 months of program completion $500 Portfolio Review and Certification Coaching fee



  • Participate: take a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class or similar intensive training in mindfulness as a participant.
  • Practice: establish a near-daily mindfulness practice including sitting meditation and body practices to continue through the teacher training process. If possible, do formal meditation regularly with a group and work with a meditation teacher.
  • Retreat: attend at least one silent, teacher-led meditation retreat of at least 5 days in length prior to beginning the MTTP program. Some exceptions (and concurrency) to this requirement may be granted at our discretion.
  • Apply: we begin accepting applications in January each year. We require a written application and a letter of recommendation from a mentor, teacher, or colleague helping us understand why this teacher training program is a good fit for you at this time. Once these are received, an interview is scheduled. It’s a selective process as we limit the cohort to 12 people. Upon approval for enrollment, the registration process will be completed with a $500 Enrollment Deposit. See the key dates and training locations schedule.


  • Opening Retreat (September): a three-day retreat to explore our intentions and begin the journey together.
  • Five 4- to 6-week-long, distance-based Learning Blocks with daily practice assignments, readings, short videos to watch and reflection papers to write, supported by interaction with a supervising teacher.
  • Four Study Weekends: two held in Bellingham and two live online. We’ll explore essential topics in teaching mindfulness and practice teaching with peers. We’ll also review papers, videos, and books explored during the preceding Learning Block.
  • An intensive seven-day silent mindfulness retreat (October) featuring teachings on the Mindfulness Sutra (the primary Buddhist root of MBSR).
  • A Weekend Mindfulness Retreat (late March): You’ll join a weekend retreat for intermediate mindfulness students, observing (with your new-teacher eyes) how the retreat teachers lead.
  • Practicum Project (Spring) – on your own or with a co-teacher from the MTTP cohort, design and deliver a one-day introductory workshop on mindfulness in your community.
  • Closing Retreat (late May): this three-day retreat is largely a student-led retreat in which we teach each other all of the elements of MBSR in a retreat setting and take stock of our experience together.


Upon satisfactory completion of at least 85% of the meetings and assignments (including the Practicum Project) you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Mindfulness Northwest Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. The Certificate of Completion demonstrates your attendance and full participation in the program. Certification is an additional step – please see below.



After successful completion of the 9-month Program, and by invitation from Mindfulness Northwest, trainees are invited to submit a portfolio for evaluation of Certification. The Certification offered by this program is to become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher. (Additional training is needed for certification in specific curricula such as MBSR – see below.) The cost of this certification is $500 (payment plans available).

  • Portfolio: any time within 12 months of completion of the MTTP program you may submit a portfolio demonstrating your teaching competence, including:
    • Recordings: your own practice guidance recordings of the principal mindfulness practices
    • Materials: written materials (manual, hand outs) you created to support a mindfulness class or workshop
    • Video: of yourself teaching coursework after MTTP completes
  • Review and Discuss: the Portfolio Review process includes a video meeting with the instructor to guide, refine, and explore your understanding of teaching.
  • Certification: Trainees will be evaluated for certification according to mindfulness industry standards (the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria: MBI-TAC). In some cases additional training, adjustment, and re-submission of some parts of the portfolio may be requested before certification is granted. We will make every effort through the Seminar and the Supervision process to prepare trainees for successful Teacher Certification.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training

Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training (MBSR-TT) is an immersive, two-year, apprentice-style training in how to teach MBSR with skill and confidence. It features hands-on, in-classroom training with a high faculty-to-student ratio. Personalized feedback and warm support are the hallmarks of this unique certification program. The program is now available with online practicum placement and online cohort meetings to people beyond the Pacific Northwest!

Learn to teach MBSR in a real classroom setting

The first year consists of practicum-based training in a small cohort. Trainees learn how to teach, and study teaching, from within the context of actual MBSR classes guided by our Senior Teachers. In later stages MBSR-TT becomes a mentorship-based self-paced program which can be completed in a second year or at your own pace over a longer period.

In-person practicums are available to students in the Puget Sound, WA and Atlanta, GA regions. Online practicums make this training accessible worldwide.

To fulfill the prerequisites for application to MBSR-TT, you have:

  • Taken the MBSR course at least once.
  • Completed at least one silent, teacher-led meditation retreat of 5 days or longer.
  • Established a consistent personal meditation practice.

Feel free to contact us before applying if you are unsure whether you meet the above prerequisites.

teacher training trainees meditating

Weekly cohort meetings enable us to learn across several MBSR classrooms.

Please note: This training is in how to delivery the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum. If you’re looking to offer shorter, more context-specific mindfulness training or integrate mindfulness into your work in adaptive ways please see our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program above.

Cost & Application Process

Tuition Costs & Payment

The total cost for the complete two-year training program is $9,100 (discounted to $7,700 for MTTP Alumni) usually paid with a $500 tuition deposit on enrollment and then in 15 monthly (no interest) payments of $575 (or $480 for MTTP Alumni).

This fee and includes all administrative costs, training, mentorship, meetings, portfolio review, and certification. There are no additional fees from Mindfulness Northwest for completing this training and becoming certified to teach MBSR.

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, and any ways you are already working with or have served these communities, as that will be weighed into the scholarship award decision.

program Application Process

Please fill out the application form including your non-refundable $50 deposit to begin the process. An intake interview will follow to help you, and us, make sure this program is a good fit at this time. After enrollment we will work with you to assign you to your first MBSR class as a trainee.

In Person & Online options!

In phase I of the program you will be embedded in two MBSR classes taught by our Senior Teachers. These classes can be in person if you live in the Seattle or Bellingham, Washington areas, or near Atlanta Georgia. Those who live elsewhere, or find in person attendance difficult, may do this practicum portion completely online. Placements are made after your application is accepted.

Our weekly cohort meetings in Phase I and Phase II are done completely online via Zoom.

The classes you organize and teach yourself during Phase III can be taught in person in a local community or online.

Note that we do require at least one of the three MBSR classes you organize and teach during Phase III be live in person.

Mindfulness Northwest’s MBSR training provides an in-depth study of the course material, with ample time to discuss and dive into the material with senior teachers both in-person and in online group meetings. There are many opportunities to develop teaching skills with assistance from the senior teachers. The atmosphere is supportive, while also delivering important feedback.

Beth Glosten, MD

Seattle WA


The MBSR-TT program was exactly what I needed, desired and exceeded my expectations. The first phase was particularly exhilarating, learning in a group setting and shadowing a full round of the MBSR course. The weekly zoom calls with our cohort and two senior teachers was such rich ground for engagement and learning.

The quality of the staff was and is the cornerstone of any good program and Karen, Tim, and Richard at Mindfulness Northwest are phenomenal humans, teachers, and guides. I feel as though I have not just gone through a certification program but I have been welcomed into a family where I got to nurture myself and my skills. I cannot recommend this program enough!

– Kari Lyons

I live on the opposite side of the country from the MNW offices. The senior teachers for the MBSR-TT program at MNW helped connect me to a local certified MBSR teacher in Atlanta, GA who agreed to be my onsite mentor. This satellite arrangement worked out perfectly, and I felt like I got the full experience even though I was 3,000 miles away!

– Erika Bloodworth, Atlanta Georgia

The quality of training and support provided in the MBSR-TT program was transformative for me as a mindfulness teacher, helping me to gain confidence and competence.

– Teresa Johnson, Seattle, WA

Mindfulness Northwest’s MBSR training provides an in-depth study of the course material, with ample time to discuss and dive into the material with senior teachers both in-person and in online group meetings. There are many opportunities to develop teaching skills with assistance from the senior teachers. The atmosphere is supportive, while also delivering important feedback.

– Beth Glosten, Seattle, WA

MBSR Teacher Training
January 20 2023

MBSR Teacher Training

ONLINE with an In-person Option

2-year training


Program Director Karen Schwisow, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga and meditation to individuals and groups since 2005 and facilitating 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses since 2011. She is certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is an MBSR Teacher Training mentor at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Karen has been building a foundation of mindfulness in her own life since the early 90s. After her discovery of yoga in 2001 she trained as a yoga teacher and co-founded Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Federal Way where she co-developed Yoga Teacher Training programs with over 200 graduates. Through compassionate listening, authenticity and humor she creates a welcoming container that empowers participants to experience their own innate ability to thrive.

Mark Dennenfelser

Senior Teacher Mark Dennenfelser is founding director of the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta (founded, 2009). He is a Certified MBSR Teacher, licensed professional counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. Mark is the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University commissioned lecturer on Centering Prayer. He has also completed training in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, Yoga Therapy in Cancer & Chronic Illness Professional Training with Integral Teachers Yoga Association, and Clinical Training in Mind- Body Medicine, by Herbert Benson, MD, Mind/Body Medical Institute.

Senior Teacher Tim Burnett is the founder and director of Mindfulness Northwest. Tim has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2010, and practicing meditation since 1986. He is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Tim is also certified to teach Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion Cultivation Training. Tim also brings a background in traditional Dharma practice to his mindfulness work as an ordained Soto Zen priest and teacher having received a 30 year apprenticeship with the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer. Tim is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Tim is passionate about the healing power of bringing a mindful compassionate attention to our lives and learning to accept ourselves more fully just the way we are.


MBSR-TT unfolds over four phases. You work through the first two phases in a small cohort, with a low student:teacher ratio, in an intensive, practicum-based setting. The last two phases are more flexible and mentorship-based. Our Senior Teachers support you throughout the journey.

Phase I: Winter & Spring Year One

  • You will be embedded in two MBSR classes organized by Mindfulness Northwest or the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta taught by our Senior Teachers.
  • In the first class you will be observing the Senior Teacher and participating right along with the students.
  • In the second class you will have progressively more teaching responsibility. Other cohort members may also be in your class.
  • You will collect short video recordings of the Senior Teacher and your own teaching to review.
  • Process your experience in a weekly debrief after every MBSR class.
  • Learn together in weekly Zoom meetings with the entire cohort.

Phase II: Fall of Year 1

  • Cohort support continues and the flexible nature of the program kicks in.
  • Many trainees are ready to teach solo or co-teach with another trainee and will organize their own class for Phase II.
  • If it’s too soon to teach independently, the support of co-teaching with one of our Senior Teachers may be offered at our discretion.
  • Continue collecting video of your teaching for review.
  • Weekly Zoom meetings with the entire cohort continue.
  • Write reflections on each class session taught and receive personalized feedback from a Senior Teacher.

Phase III: Year Two (with flexibility)

Typically during the second year of the program, but flexible.

  • During Phase III you will organize and teach three (3) MBSR classes.
  • Receive nine hours of one–on-one video conference mentorship support as you fully take the teacher’s seat.
  • You may co-teach with another trainee or with a teacher outside the program. (Non-Mindfulness Northwest teachers require pre-approval by the Program Director.) At least one of your Phase III courses should be taught solo.

Phase IV: Certification

Typically during the third year of the program, but flexible.

  • Submit a teaching portfolio (including video of teaching and audio recordings) demonstrating that you’re ready to teach MBSR independently.
  • Receive a portfolio review with a Senior Teacher.
  • Additional training and support may be recommended.



In Phase I you are immersed in the MBSR classroom as an embedded practicum student in two consecutive courses. We place one to three MBSR-TT trainees in our MBSR courses mixed in with regular course participants. This participant-observer process begins with you observing (with the eyes of an emerging teacher) the Senior Teacher leading the class and gradually evolves into increasing amounts of teaching responsibility in the second MBSR course.

MBSR classes with the MBSR-TT practicum option are offered quarterly in Bellingham and the greater Seattle area, Atlanta (Georgia), and online (using the Zoom video platform). 

Phase I learning supports:

1) MBSR Attendance: Attend two high quality MBSR classes you are embedded in as a trainee.
2) Progressive Teaching Responsibility: Move gradually from being an observer to a teacher over the course of the two MBSR practicum courses.
3) Video Recording of Teaching: You and the other trainees embedded in your class will collect short video recordings of trainees and Senior Teachers teaching in each MBSR class.
4) Weekly In-Person Debrief Meetings: Following each MBSR class you will meet with your assigned Senior Teacher for a 30-minute debrief to discuss questions and observations while they are fresh.
5) Weekly Cohort Meeting Online: join in weekly video meetings with the entire cohort and our Senior Teachers for 90 minutes when classes are in session.


The flexible nature of our small and responsive training program comes to the fore in Phase II. Depending on your state of readiness you will next be invited to do one of the following: (1) teach your own MBSR class, (2) co-teach an MBSR class with another trainee, or (3) co-teach an MBSR class with a Senior Teacher. The trainee is responsible for organizing this third MBSR class in the series and we will offer support. In the case of co-teaching with a Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher, the course is always organized by Mindfulness Northwest.

Phase II learning supports:

1) Teaching Responsibility: You are now actively teaching MBSR while still in a setting of very high support and guidance.

2) Video Recording of Teaching: You, and the other trainee if applicable, will continue to collect short video recordings of your teaching.

3) Written Reflections: We have developed a productive format for learning and development as a teacher through written reflections. Trainees share these reflections with each other, facilitating continuing cross-fertilization and with the Senior Teachers, one of whom will respond each week.

4) Weekly Cohort Meeting Online: we continue our weekly 90 minute video meetings with the entire cohort and our Senior Teachers during Phase II


In your Phase III teaching you will be organizing and teaching your own MBSR classes as you continue your journey as an MBSR teacher with the support of the program. During Phase III we ask you to organize and teach three (3) MBSR courses. Either on your own or co-teaching with another trainee or another MBSR teacher in your community. Note that the business arrangements of these course are up to you: you may charge participants or do these courses as part of a work project, etc. During Phase III you have begun teaching MBSR on your own with the program’s support.

During your Phase III teaching while you arrange the venue and do the outreach needed to form a class, you are also welcome to use Mindfulness Northwest MBSR class materials (manuals and recordings) which you will be familiar with from your 3 MBSR courses in Phases I and II.

Mutual support between peers in the training cohort is also encouraged. Program-organized weekly video meetings are during Phases I and II only but we encourage cohort members to keep in close contact and you might choose to continue having regular video meetings with your peers.

Phase III Learning Supports:

  • Assigned Mentor – During each of your three MBSR courses you will be assigned a Senior Teacher to be your mentor and support.
  • Written Reflections – While teaching your first course, after you teach each MBSR weekly class session you will write a written reflection on how the class went. We’ve developed a self-reflection format that we feel helps to both strengthen your confidence and pinpoint areas of growth and learning. Your reflections will be read carefully by your mentor who will respond each week.
  • Peer Support – You’ll be able to stay connected with other cohort members as you go forward. All of our teacher trainings emphasize serving our Pacific Northwest region which makes it more possible for lasting collegial relationships to build.
  • Mentorship Meetings –  Have up to nine 1-hour video meetings with a Senior Teacher mentor over the process of teaching the three MBSR courses. The scheduling of these is up to you and additional mentorship meetings can be requested (additional charge).


Upon completion of Phases I, II, and III you have now been a part of six MBSR courses with increasing levels of responsibility.  You are next invited to submit a portfolio for certification.

This portfolio includes video samples of the most recent MBSR course you taught highlighting your ability to teach in the three main modes of MBSR instruction (didactic, leading practice, and inquiry). You will also submit a full set of home practice recordings to be used by your future students and demonstrate wise use of written materials to support your students.

Upon submission of your portfolio it will be reviewed by one of the Senior Teachers and you will be invited to a portfolio review meeting. In this meeting we will highlight strengths and areas of improvement needed and share the determination around whether you are now certified. If additional learning is required, we will do our best to support you through this process. Our teacher evaluation utilizes the emerging industry standard assessment for evaluating mindfulness teachers: the Mindfulness-Based Intervention Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC).

We reserve the right to ask you to teach additional MBSR class(es) or re-do portfolio materials if our standards of excellence are not yet met. We are committed to working with students to complete this process. Certification as a teacher of MBSR is not a guaranteed outcome of the program but having worked closely with you from the beginning we don’t expect any surprises at this final stage.

Policies & Program Info

Our COVID Policy

UPDATED August 11, 2022

Our COVID-19 policy is designed to protect the safety of our participants and the communities they return to after attending a Mindfulness Northwest in-person event.

Vaccination required:  We expect participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance to CDC guidelines before arriving at any in-person event.

Stay home if you are ill: If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should not attend. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during the event notify a training leader immediately.

Full social distancing isn’t always practical in the venues we use. We will spread out as reasonable. Look to your instructor for guidance.

Mask wearing: currently RECOMMENDED. Always mask if you have had any recent exposure to Covid, are immunocompromised, or are in close contact with immunocompromised others. If you do choose to mask, make it count: N95 or KN95 masks have been shown to reduce viral spread much more effectively than cloth or surgical masks.

Masking requirement is subject to change. Masking requirements are based on CDC guidelines (current levels) and State and Country recommendations. CDC guidelines are responsive to current Community Covid Levels (High, Medium, or Low). Mask wearing is required when the Community Covid Level for that county becomes High. Currently (June 1st) CDC levels are Medium for the counties we work in and indoor masking is optional per CDC. However the State of Washington Department of Health currently recommends masking when indoors in crowded spaces.

Masking by your teacher: At either optional or recommended masking level we do allow our teachers to be unmasked when speaking so that you can hear them better. When masking is required it is required for everyone, including the teacher.

Testing requirement. For our overnight retreats and trainings, a negative home COVID-19 test results is required. Please self-administer this test the day before arriving at the venue. This requirement is in recognition of the much larger amount of interaction participants have during overnight events, and that current variants are more likely to be contracted and transmitted even by fully vaccinated individuals.


Our Non-Discrimination Policy

We are honored to support each participant in their mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Northwest does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our staff, students, and clients.

Payment Plans & Sliding Scale Pricing

Payment Plans

You may pay your tuition with 4 monthly interest-free payments at Checkout. You will be redirected to, a 3rd party online payment plan service. Your first payment is made now, the remaining 3 are withdrawn on the same day of the month that you registered. Questions? Contact Support.

Sliding Scale Pricing

As part of our non-profit commitment to accessibility, we offer a sliding scale fee for most of our courses, workshops, retreats, and trainings. You may choose the fee that matches your budget; there is no application or screening process.

Our intention is to make our offerings affordable to all while allowing those who are more fortunate in their financial circumstances an opportunity to practice generosity. Generally, the middle "Our Cost" value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

There are 3 levels on our sliding scale fees in addition to scholarship options.

  • Supporting Tuition: At this level, your registration fees somewhat exceed the costs of your attending the program. This is an offering to help subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.
  • Our Cost Tuition: At this level, your registration fees fully cover the costs of your attending the program.
  • Subsidized Tuition: At this level, your registration fees do not fully cover the costs of your attending the program. If you select this level, your registration will be subsidized by others, either via the general donations people offer or through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level fee.


Donations are another way to support the accessibility provided by our sliding scale. Will you help?

Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships?

We do! Our mission is to make mindfulness accessible. To that end we offer a sliding scale for tuition which includes scholarship rates. No need to apply; simply choose the level that's the best fit for your budget. MNW alumni receive a discounted rate for some events. We also provide a 4-month interest-free payment plan option, available during registration.

Is there a way to make up a missed class?

Yes! We allow participants in MBSR, MSC, and MHP courses to attend another class in the same quarter (when possible). You may email us at to make arrangements. Provide the name of your current class, location, day of the week, and the class you’ll be missing (e.g. MBSR, Online, Tuesday nights, class 6). You’ll be contacted by the Community Program Coordinator within one business day.

Registration Policies

By signing up for a Mindfulness Northwest event you agree to the following:


Event registrants are automatically signed up for our emails, including a monthly newsletter, upcoming program announcements, and other updates. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.


Unless otherwise stated, our courses and retreats are designed for adults. If you (or an individual for whom you are registering) are less than 18 years of age, please contact the office before registering.

Registration is not complete until you have paid your registration fee or started your payment plan. You have 24 hours to do this. Please contact us if you need to request special arrangements.

We ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

  • All event registrations include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for cancellation always have this fee deducted.

  • Registrations are non-transferable, and we do not provide credit for cancelled registrations or missed classes.

  • Refunds and cancellation from our programs:

    • Cancel up to 1 month before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $30 non-refundable processing fee.
    • Cancel between 1 month and one week before the event begins: Receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.
    • Cancel under one week before the event begins: No refunds. To receive a refund, you must let us know at least one week before the event begins.

As a participant you agree not to take photos, audio recordings, or video recordings of our classes or other class participants.

Note that Mindfulness Northwest may make audio/video recordings of our instructors for certification and training purposes. These recordings are for internal use only.

What are our classes like?


Our teachers work hard to create a supportive, friendly, and safe classroom community for you and the other participants in our 8-week classes. Mindfulness and compassion training can be many things to many people at different points in their lives: supportive, exploratory, revealing, and at times challenging. The classes include both tools you can use every day and opportunities to take a deep dive into your mind, habits, and conditioning. This process has many benefits but it’s also important to consider if the time is right. Please read on and consider watching the 5-minute video below.

There are instances where a longer course like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or Mindful Self-Compassion can be less helpful or even harmful.If you've recently experienced serious psychological challenges like schizophrenia or psychosis not responsive to medication, or you are experiencing severe depression with thoughts of suicide, class is probably not helpful at this time. We also suggest caution if you're recently in recovery, recently lost a close loved one, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or have recently experienced significant trauma.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

We hope you enjoy this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like. We recommend you watch it before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.


Who takes our classes?

All adults (18+) are welcome! Our supportive, inclusive community celebrates participants from all backgrounds.  Certain retreats are best suited for more experienced practitioners; details about prerequisites are included with each event description.

We ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

Is an 8-week class right for you?

We recommend you watching this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

Is a retreat right for you?


Our single day retreats are ideal for people with some mindfulness or meditation experience. Introductory information about mindfulness will not be provided at this session. Rather, we will dive right in to guided practice. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge; however, all are welcome. For some, “jumping in” is a great way to start.


Before sitting a multi-day retreat we recommend that you have teacher-led experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. Please contact us if you have questions about whether a given retreat will be appropriate for you.

Our multi-day retreats are appropriate for:

  • Those who have taken a course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, or Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Established students of mindfulness interested in deepening and maintaining their practice.
  • Mindfulness teachers and students who’d like to strengthen their understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness.
  • Those seeking to fulfill a required teacher-led silent retreat for a teacher training.
  • Adults age 18 and over.