Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teaching Certificate

Learn to facilitate MBSR, an evidence-based, experiential program designed to teach participants mindfulness meditation and movement practices they can integrate into their daily life.

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Become a Certified MBSR Teacher

The Mindfulness Center at Brown in partnership with the School of Professional Studies is proud to present The Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teaching, a training pathway to become a certified MBSR teacher.  

The Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teaching is a journey and an opportunity to learn how to teach MBSR from highly-experienced MBSR instructors and teacher-trainers. The full training program may be completed over 2+ years (though you are qualified to teach in 1 year) and includes a total of 398 hours of instruction along with additional time devoted to the practice of mindfulness. A total of four silent retreats are required to complete the training, including an MBSR-focused, 7-day retreat, which is an additional 115 hours for students. For detailed information on policies and guidelines, please see our Mindfulness Resources.

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Our programs are offered: in-person locally, nationally, internationally, and live-online.


Qualified to teach in just 1 year. 2+ years to complete total certificate.


Avg. 2+ Years of daily meditation practice.


The Mindfulness Center at Brown

Certificate Benefits

Whether beginning the teacher-training pathway in MBSR or looking for specific teaching skills, we have options to support your learning.

Each step of the formal training process engages a trainee in a variety of domains, including:

  • Developing competencies as an MBSR teacher
  • Cultivating skills for either the classroom or private practice
  • Deepening knowledge in the areas of science, ethos, pedagogy, public health
  • Strengthening one’s personal practice through the lens of MBSR

With a commitment to meeting the whole person, our intention is to address individual learning needs and encourage the unique resources and capacities of each person.

Who Should Attend?

Those who are interested in MBSR teacher training come from a range of backgrounds and professions.

Potential applicants include:

  • Educators and school personnel, including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, and school social workers
  • Business leaders, Human Resource leaders, and professionals in a variety of fields who see mindfulness-based training as a compelling skill supporting clarity, resilience in the face of rapidly changing conditions, innovation, creativity and increased focus for themselves and their employees
  • Retirees and those looking to change careers
  • Community organizers and those in public service who see mindfulness and MBSR as a way to support the development of self-efficacy and empowerment for oppressed and underrepresented communities
  • Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, therapists, and counselors
  • Brown University undergraduate students interested in a practical job in the mindfulness field to teach others evidence-based mindfulness programs
  • Brown University graduate students, particularly those in the Masters in Public Health concentration in Mindfulness, who want to couple the research and science training they receive in their Master's degrees with MBSR teacher training