Train to Teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Live Online

“East Coast Mindfulness is offering an online course to train MBSR teachers to teach the MBSR curriculum online. I have every confidence that Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher provide a valuable professional training which can amplify and deepen your skillset and personal practice as an MBSR teacher, as well as the technical support necessary to extend your reach through the internet.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living

Train to Teach MBSR Live Online is a course designed for fully trained, experienced MBSR teachers who want to bring the MBSR course online in order to skillfully meet diverse audiences who could benefit from the online format. Conducted entirely online, this intensive training takes place over 4 weekends, with required participation in an online “Retreat Class” between weekends 2 and 3. A strong commitment to exploring edges and joys around teaching, technology, and working with a global audience is necessary, as well as a willingness to take risks and play, all while being supported respectfully by colleagues and MBSR Teacher Trainers, Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher, who pioneered MBSR Live Online at UMASS Center for Mindfulness. Teachers who complete this program will be designated as Certified MBSR Live Online Teachers.

This course will be taught by Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher.

During this training you will—

  • Identify considerations and adaptations specific to virtual teaching
  • Explore your authentic, unique way to bring the MBSR curriculum alive online
  • Teach aspects of the MBSR curriculum online to your fellow trainees
  • Give and receive feedback to yourself and other trainees around teaching online
  • Participate in a live online Retreat Class, alongside current MBSR students

At the end of this training you will be able to—

  • Adapt the MBSR curriculum for teaching MBSR Live Online
  • Demonstrate, at minimum, basic competency in teaching MBSR Live Online
  • Authentically express interactive and didactic teaching through the online platform
  • Build an online learning environment that feels both potent and intimate
  • State learning goals for continued development in teaching MBSR Live Online

Certified MBSR Teacher status is desired, although teachers with an equivalent level of MBSR teacher training and experience, with evidence of ongoing professional and personal development, will be considered in the same light. Priority for acceptance into the training will be given to those MBSR teachers who, by bringing their MBSR teaching online, might provide substantial benefit to others—for instance, Rebecca became interested in offering MBSR online while teaching MBSR in person through a medical system to people in chronic pain; these students often could not make it to class because of their physical challenges (driving, finding parking, and so on, was quite difficult for many of them).

Required Technology:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability: no phones or tablets
  • Current version of Zoom installed

NOTE: This training uses Zoom as the preferred video conferencing software for teaching MBSR Live Online

Click through each of the entries for a detailed overview of topics covered during each of the weekends:

Upon successful completion of the training, you will be listed on the East Coast Mindfulness website as a Certified MBSR Live Online Teacher.

Each program is limited to 10 trainees

Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

TIER 1: $3800

TIER 2: $3200

TIER 3: $2900

If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com for more information.

Please review the information below regarding the dates for application submission, and so on. The button below takes you to a secure online application for the program.

Application timeline for June/July program:

  1. Submit application online by Monday, May 25, 2020. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
  2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Thursday, May 28, 2020, with acceptance status.
  3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Thursday, June 4, 2020.
  4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.

Application timeline for Oct/Nov program:

  1. Submit application online by Monday, September 7, 2020. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
  2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Monday, September 14, 2020, with acceptance status.
  3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Monday, September 21, 2020.
  4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.


If you have questions, please email info@eastcoastmindfulness.com.

  • 2020 Program Schedule
  • Program Cost

    Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

    TIER 1: $3800

    TIER 2: $3200

    TIER 3: $2900

    If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com for more information.

  • Apply

    Please review the information below regarding the dates for application submission, and so on. The button below takes you to a secure online application for the program.

    Application timeline for June/July program:

    1. Submit application online by Monday, May 25, 2020. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
    2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Thursday, May 28, 2020, with acceptance status.
    3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Thursday, June 4, 2020.
    4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.

    Application timeline for Oct/Nov program:

    1. Submit application online by Monday, September 7, 2020. You will receive an automated response that your application has been received.
    2. Receive email from East Coast Mindfulness by Monday, September 14, 2020, with acceptance status.
    3. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your spot and submit payment by Monday, September 21, 2020.
    4. Once your spot is confirmed, you will receive more information about the course.


    If you have questions, please email info@eastcoastmindfulness.com.

  • Common Questions

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund if you notify us via email (info@eastcoastmindfulness.com) at least 7 days prior to the first weekend (this will give us time to notify someone on the waitlist). No refunds will be granted thereafter.

Questions? Please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com


Connect with East Coast Mindfulness on our social channels:

© 2020 East Coast Mindfulness

Questions? Contact us!