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Join our inaugural cohort and be part of a first-of-its kind professional training program for mindfulness and meditation teachers. Now is the time to develop valuable group mentorship skills that can heal and transform our world.

What is mindfulness mentoring?


Trainings that cultivate mindfulness and compassion are quickly becoming an essential element of the overall health of our culture. But what's missing for most practitioners is a way to engage with these practices in community and integrate them into their day-to-day lives.

There is a vast unmet need for mindfulness mentorship in our society. This training will put you on the leading edge of an emergent career path that will prepare you to meet this moment.  



What makes this program unique?

Guidance from world-renowned teachers  

Learn from a diverse group of wise teachers with decades of experience guiding people in mindfulness and compassion.


Deep connection is at the root of all we do. 

Personalized live practice

You won't just learn the art and science of group facilitation and processing, you'll actively practice these skills in community with others under the guidance of experienced mentors.


You'll be on the first wave of an emerging career path.

Ongoing guidance

Just because a training ends doesn't mean you have all the answers. After your training is complete you'll have access to regular applied learning integration sessions, held live, to meet you where you are, and continue to evolve your mindful mentorship skills.


Training for existing meditation teachers on the leading edge.

Inclusive community. Limited number of scholarships available

Limited scholarships are available to ensure the inclusion of economically marginalized groups.

What's included?

The What & Why of Mentoring

Group Structure & Process 

Themes & Content

Skillful Responses & Individual Challenges

Group Challenges & Controversial Issues

Spiritual Direction

Mentoring as a Vocation

Applied Learning Integration Session

Meet your diverse circle of teachers

Jack Kornfield

Jack trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher, psychologist and bestselling author. She is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, and offers a popular weekly podcast that is downloaded over 3 million times a month.

Sharon Shelton

Sharon discovered meditation and mindfulness when in early recovery from alcoholism in 1997, and has been studying and practicing ever since. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and as an ICF-Certified Life Coach, Sharon has coached and mentored individuals and groups for over 12yrs.

Janice Gates

Janice has been teaching the integration of meditation, mindfulness and embodied practice for more than 27 years, including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Haas School of Business, and San Quentin Prison. She currently mentors mindfulness teachers-in-training, facilitates mentor groups for Cloud Sangha, leads in-depth retreats and offers Presence-Based Coaching (as an ICF certified coach).

Anne Cushman

Anne is a pioneer in the integration of mindfulness, embodied meditation, and creative writing. She's the author of the memoir The Mama Sutra, the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, and the mindful yoga manifesto Moving Into Meditation. She is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, mentors mindfulness teachers-in-training worldwide, and teaches retreats internationally and online.

La Sarmiento

La has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998 and is currently the Board President and a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), the guiding teacher of the IMCW BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas, a mentor for the MMTCP and Cloud Sangha, and a contributor to the Ten Percent Happier app. They are also a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader Training Program and have led mindfulness retreats for teens, Young Adults, and the LGBTQIA+ community over the last 10 years.

Noliwe Alexander

Noliwe has been a student of Vipassana meditation for over 20 years. She dedicates her BuddhaDharma practice and teachings to the BiPOC, LGBTQIA+, and at risk and elder communities.  

Yong Oh

Yong is a Dharma Council Teacher for the Durango Dharma Center, teaches for Chattanooga Insight and serves on the Sacred Mountain Sangha Guiding Teachers Council. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program, Sacred Mountain Sangha's Dharmapala training, and the 2017-2021 IMS Retreat Teacher Training program.

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