MBSR Facilitation Certificate

BIPOC Equity Scholarship

What is it?

At the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, a mental health charitable social enterprise, we acknowledge our need to take skillful action in addressing the injustice and oppression that racialized communities face due to living in a society with deeply rooted individual, interpersonal, and institutionalized racism. These forms of racism create systemic inequities and barriers that block equal access to opportunities such as education, professional development, and employment.

The  MBSR Facilitation Certificate BIPOC Equity Scholarship supports equitable access to the MBSR Certificate Training Program at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, specifically for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour.

The recipient of the MBSR Facilitation Certificate BIPOC Equity Scholarship will be financially supported throughout the full MBSR Facilitation Certification process, which consists of the courses listed below, delivered online. The scholarship is worth approximately $11,300.

What does it include?

Trained MBSR Facilitator

  • 8-Week MBSR Personal Program
  • Mindfulness Core Concepts
  • The Dharma with a Twist – Silent Retreat
  • MBSR Teacher Training Intensive
  • Inquiry Essentials
  • Mentorship*

Once the scholarship recipient has become a Trained MBSR Facilitator, the fees to become a Certified MBSR Facilitator will be covered.

Certified MBSR Facilitator

  • Advanced Teacher Training Intensive
  • Advanced Mentorship*

* The recipient will have the opportunity to co-facilitate two 8-Week MBSR Programs with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies alongside their mentor.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour, who resides in Canada.
  • Identify as having financial barriers that would impact their ability to fund the MBSR Facilitation Certificate.
  • Related educational, employment, and lived experience in fields such mindfulness, mental health, social justice, health care, teaching, etc.
  • Have a genuine and committed interest in learning how to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

* Meeting scholarship eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will be awarded the Equity Scholarship. There are more applicants than available scholarships. If you are not successful in obtaining a scholarship in the round that you have applied, then we encourage you to please apply for next round.

How often is this scholarship offered?

The MBSR Facilitation Certificate BIPOC Equity Scholarship is offered twice a year.

Round 1
The final day to submit the scholarship application is February 1, 2021.
The scholarship recipient will be notified on or before February 28, 2021.
The receipient will be asked to participate in Mindfulness Core Concepts starting March 11, 2021 and the MBSR TTI starting March 22, 2021.

Round 2 – tentative dates
The final day to submit the scholarship application is July 1, 2021.
The scholarship recipient will be notified on July 30, 2021.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please submit a one to two-page essay to  

The one to two-page essay should address the following:

  • An introduction of yourself and anything you wish to share about your social location, identities, lived experiences, family, community, financial situation and/or access to education/employment.
  • Your personal, professional and/or educational experiences with mindfulness and mental health.
  • Your reasons for applying to the scholarship and for wanting to complete the MBSR Facilitation Certificate.
  • Your strengths, skillsets, abilities, and potential challenges as they relate to teaching MBSR.
  • How you imagine implementing and integrating the MBSR training into your life and community.

How will the scholarship recipient be chosen?

The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, which consists of a panel of individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of  Colour, and White. All applicants will be responded to within thirty (30) days of submission of application. You may be contacted and asked to expand upon some aspects of your application.

Next Steps & Questions

In the 20th century, the first western mindfulness teachers were mainly affluent white men able to travel and spend significant time learning from English-speaking Buddhist teachers and practitioners. The subsequent development and research of mindfulness-based programs in North America has been predominately based on the lived experiences of white people. The Centre is committed to re-imagining the white-centric delivery of mindfulness-based programs by integrating BIPOC perspectives and strengthening equitable access to our programs. We are honoured to offer the inaugural MBSR Facilitation Certificate BIPOC Equity Scholarship.

If you have any questions about the application process, please let us know. As well, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or feedback about this scholarship or other steps we can take at the Centre to address racial injustice, we are grateful for your insight. Call us at 647-524-6216 or email us at

Professional Development

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