Advanced Teacher Training Intensive

Deepen your facilitation and mindful inquiry skills. This teacher training intensive is the final module of our Advanced Certification.

This 4-day Advanced Teacher Training Intensive (ATTI) is for MBSR, MBCT and other MBP teachers interested in supporting and strengthening their teaching skills. It satisfies the certification requirements for the certificate program at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies but is also for those mindfulness-based teachers who have taught at least two MBSR/MBCT programs or other mindfulness-based program. All participants will have attended silent teacher-led meditation retreats and have a personal practice.

Participants practise teaching and inquiry, receiving extensive feedback, making this training highly experiential. In addition, the language in guidance and inquiry is emphasized. The enhancement of the teacher’s self-reflective capacity is stressed to ensure they stay close to the core of these mindfulness-based programs – working with their own reactivity and attachment to outcome when this arises in their teaching. Exercises that address a range of emotions and reactions related to their personal and professional teaching experience and to the MBSR/MBCT experience are provided. We will also address professional and personal ethics as they relate to mindfulness based programs.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness-Based Program (MBP) facilitators who meet the following prerequisites:
• Advanced degree
• Personal mindfulness practice
• Teaching experience; the facilitation of at least 2 MBSR/MBCT or other mindfulness-based program
• Participation in silent teacher-led meditation retreat(s) of at least 5 days

Timing: 30 in-class hours

Fee: Varies based on retreat location and your choice of single or double accommodation
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

I have experienced the tendency to slide into “doing” as facilitation of MBCT becomes my profession.  The Advanced TTI brings the “being” back into the delivery.  This course should be a regular part of our practice!
Laura Lee Copeland MD

The ATTI is led by Susan L. Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. Susan Woods is a senior Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBSR/MBCT) advisor and supervisor, and one of the world’s leading experts and trainers in mindful inquiry. Dr. Patricia Rockman is the Director of Education and Clinical Studies here at the Centre, and has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. They are both authors of the book: “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice” along with Dr. Evan Collins.

Participants Will Learn

  • To enhance facilitation skills and delivery of inquiry and the mindfulness meditation practices through teach-backs, coaching and feedback
  • To learn guidance and inquiry as an embodied practice informed by the attitudinal foundations
  • To understand the reasons for maintaining fidelity to MBCT/MBSR protocols related to patient/client outcomes and research
  • To develop adult education skills for individual and group process and experiential learning
  • To be able to apply Buddhist concepts to MBSR and MBCT delivery and inquiry (e.g. the 4 noble truths, the 4 foundations, 3 characteristics)
I appreciated the chance to meet other teachers from across North America in this intimate retreat setting and learning the shared and distinctive challenges we face in our various regions and contexts. We were introduced to intensive practices that offered personal and professional insights. In this respect, this training deepened my own mindfulness practice, not just my ability to teach mindfulness.


Seonaigh MacPherson, Ph.D.

Upcoming Courses

Advanced TTI Online 22-327-01

Start: Friday, April 23, 2021
Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD FRCPC