Becoming a meditation teacher



Mindful Boston offers a foundational structure to advance your meditation leadership skills.  Our training requirements support you in building an online portfolio of recorded meditations for your students.   Craftsman Level and Journeyman Level teachers earn an educational badge for their professional resumes. 

Our training model is apprenticeship-based. Enroll in our teacher training in order to apprentice under the guidance of our MBSR teachers. The structure is similar to a karate studio:  follow the training pathway from white belt, through yellow, green, red. Earn a version of "black belt" ranking so that you are accomplished in teaching safe classes to your own clients.   

Learn skills to present meditations to your clients

Learn the necessary skills to bring meditation to your clients

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to lead skillful and safe meditations.  The Mindful Boston pathway brings you  through intermediate level and towards advanced skills within a community of collaborative practitioners. 

Teaching Levels

There are three levels of teachers at the Mindful Boston meditation studio. Craftsman Level Meditation Teachers and  Journeyman Level Meditation Teachers apprentice under the supervision of our MBSR teachers.

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Craftsman Level

A Craftsman Level Teacher is authorized to teach Mindful Boston's Community Meditation Night (CMN) class, and has a skill set high enough to offer CMN-quality programs at any location they go after earning a graduation badge from Mindful Boston. 

A Craftsman learns by doing, building their own craft in meditation skills at the CMN practice teach classes offered to the public. 

Prerequisite: take the MBSR class as a participant. 


Journeyman Level

A Journeyman Level Teacher is authorized to teach Mindful Boston's Meditation Toolbox course, which is a more advanced set of skills than CMN classes.  Journeymen have the authorization to use the Toolbox curriculum with any of their clients. 

Additionally, their skill set has advanced to the point where they can deviate from the Toolbox curriculum whenever they need to, and develop their own creative offerings.

Prerequisite: graduate from the Craftsman program.

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MBSR Teacher

Mindful Boston's MBSR teachers are authorized to teach our MBSR classes.  They also mentor the lower level teachers.

MBSR teachers have received their training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness.  

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Training Pathway

Mindful Boston is a meditation studio with a similar business structure to a dance studio or a karate studio.  You can attend any of the beginner-level classes, and there is no obligation to continue towards advanced classes unless you want to.  Of course, we would love for you to stay longer-term and earn advanced certificates.  We love meditation, and want for you to advance your skills!

IF you are interested in teacher-level certifications, please look carefully at these arrow boxes in order to understand the prerequisite system. Our training pathway will bring you through intermediate skills towards teacher-level certifications.  

There are detailed descriptions of each of these programs at the List of Classes Page. 

As you can see from the arrow boxes, Journeyman Level Teachers must have already graduated from the Craftsman Program.  Craftsman applicants must have graduated from MBSR.  MBSR students must have graduated from the Meditation Toolbox Course.  There is no prerequisite for the Toolbox, but there is an option to attend a CMN first if you would like.