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The Awareness Training Institute
and Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley


The Mindfulness Meditation
Teacher Certification Program

A 2-Year Training Program for Teaching
Awareness and Compassion-Based Practices


Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach

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Dear fellow meditator,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the reopening of enrollment in our two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program for a limited number of participants. Our last intake was completely sold out and this next training will open for registration in early 2018.

This new certification program through the Awareness Training Institute has been in the making for over 30 years. It is the result of the greater need in our world for more qualified mindfulness meditation teachers and the growing popularity of mindfulness, self-compassion, and meditation.

“There is a wonderful way to overcome difficulty and discover well-being and freedom. It is mindfulness.”


We have specially created a high-quality online certification program that has wide application and maintains both psychological and spiritual depth. Featuring two in-person, three-day workshops in the Washington, DC area on dates to be announced, the program will deepen your own meditation training and prepare you to skillfully teach and guide others.

By joining us to become a certified meditation teacher, you will:

  • Learn how to teach meditation with tools for body, heart, mind, and community
  • Receive professional mentoring (individual and group) offered throughout the two-year training by an international group of highly respected meditation teachers—including a live three-day weekend workshop
  • Gain skills that apply mindfulness and self-compassion to relationships, conflict, trauma, organizational wisdom, and societal change
  • Grow and deepen your spiritual path

This is going to be an extraordinary training and experience. By doing your own meditation work and then by helping others do the same, you will be making a significant contribution to the evolution of your own being as well as helping shift the consciousness of humanity to a wiser and more compassionate level.

Upon completion of the program, you will be certified by both the Awareness Training Institute and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Continuing Education credits will also be available.

The 2018 program is primarily an online learning experience so that you can participate from anywhere in the world. If you can’t attend the live training in person, we will be live-streaming the session and also making a replay available.

In appreciation,
Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

The Faculty

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, PhD,

trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than 15 books, including The Wise Heart; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. Visit

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, PhD,

has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975 as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She is a clinical psychologist, the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Visit

Guest Teachers

During the training, we will invite several of our colleagues to serve as guest teachers. You will also have the opportunity to learn from a range of renowned senior meditation teachers such as:

  • Eckhart Tolle
    Eckhart Tolle
    Eckhart Tolle
  • Anne Cushman
    Anne Cushman
    Anne Cushman
  • Jonathan Foust
    Jonathan Foust
    Jonathan Foust
  • Teja Bell
    Teja Bell
    Teja Bell
  • Joanna Harper
    Joanna Harper
    Joanna Harper
  • Sylvia Boorstein
    Sylvia Boorstein
    Sylvia Boorstein
  • Kristin Neff
    Kristin Neff
    Kristin Neff
  • Lama Surya Das
    Lama Surya Das
    Lama Surya Das
  • Dan Siegel
    Dan Siegel
    Dan Siegel
  • Larry Yang
    Larry Yang
    Larry Yang
  • Joanna Macy
    Joanna Macy
    Joanna Macy
  • George Mumford
    George Mumford
    George Mumford
  • Tim Ryan
    Tim Ryan
    Tim Ryan
  • Christiane Wolf
    Christiane Wolf
    Christiane Wolf
  • Rick Hanson
    Rick Hanson
    Rick Hanson
  • Judson Brewer
    Judson Brewer
    Judson Brewer
  • Trudy Goodman
    Trudy Goodmanr
    Trudy Goodman
  • Deepak Chopra
    Deepak Chopra
    Deepak Chopra

Mentorship Program

Pat Coffey
Pat Coffey
Pat Coffey

The Mentorship Program is led by Pat Coffey.

Patrick Coffey began his meditation practice over 40 years ago and has taught meditation and mindfulness since 1996. He teaches throughout the United States as well as internationally. Pat founded the Blue Ridge Prison Project, which trains inmates in mindfulness at Virginia’s maximum-security prison for women. He also founded the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and cofounded The Meditation Teacher Training Institute with Tara Brach, Hugh Byrne, and Jonathan Foust. Pat has made presentations at various educational and business settings, as well as the United States Congress.

The father of two children, owner of several successful businesses, and holder of several patents, Pat uses humor and real-world examples as he teaches from the grounding of his rich life experience.

What Will I Learn?

The mindfulness teacher training curriculum includes understanding the transformational principles underlying meditation, exploring the interface of meditation with Western psychology and cutting-edge science, developing teaching skills, and receiving guidance on how to establish classes and workshops. Specific content includes:

core practices

Core practices—

Develop your practice with mindfulness, body scans, mindful movement, concentration, inquiry, open awareness, and heart meditations

training in the domains of minfulness

Training in the domains of mindfulness—

Practice awareness as it relates to our body, feelings, emotions, and mind states

current literature on the efffects of meditation

Current research—

Establish a familiarity with research findings and current literature on the effects of meditation

skill building in giving talks

Skill-building lessons—

Develop skills and confidence in giving talks, conducting individual and small group sessions with students, and responding to questions

teaching on emotional suffering

Teachings on emotional suffering—

Learn about its origins from a perspective of evolutionary psychology and understand how to find deep healing, happiness, and freedom in our lives

meditating with the heart

Meditating with the heart—

Practice meditations to cultivate forgiveness, compassion, lovingkindness, joy, and peace

mindful movement

Transformational applications—

Apply meditation to address physical pain, emotional challenges, trauma, relational difficulties, and interpersonal conflict

mindful movement

Mindful movement—

Complement sitting practices by bringing awareness to movement and engage with a somatic experience of meditation

mindfulness and reverence for life

Mindfulness and reverence for life—

Approach life from an ethical and virtuous perspective

engaged spirituality

Engaged spirituality—

Allow mindfulness and compassion to transform consciousness, leading us to actively engage with healing our earth’s environment as well as social injustice, racism, violence, and other expressions of suffering in our world

cultivating community

Cultivating community—

Learn to both design and promote classes and workshops in order to create a community of dedicated learners

ethics of teaching

The ethics of teaching—

Understand and learn to handle ethical issues in teaching and the student-teacher relationship

”To begin to meditate is to look into our lives with interest and kindness and discover how to be wakeful and free.”

—Jack Kornfield

Why Become a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher?

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Teaching as a Powerful Gateway to Mastery:

Learning to share these practices and teachings with others will profoundly deepen your understanding and direct realization on the path.

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Supporting Others in Healing and Awakening:

There is genuine gratification in being able to support others in their healing, personal growth, and spiritual awakening. By offering these teachings you are contributing both to individual well-being and also to the need for greater global consciousness and the healing of our world.

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Right Livelihood:

Many of us wish to align our way of earning a living with our deepest values. Teaching mindfulness has the potential to contribute in a wholesome way to your own livelihood. The demand for meditation instruction is increasing, not only among the general public, but also for those involved in education, business, nonprofit organizations, communications, health, prisons, mental health, and addiction counseling.

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The Blessings of Community:

Participation in ATI’s teacher training will give you the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually in an international community of like-minded, dedicated practitioners. Your emerging local and virtual network will give you enormous support in your personal and professional growth.

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With successful completion of this teacher training program, you will receive a certificate from ATI, and our partner, UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. This credential will support you in establishing meditation classes, workshops, and trainings in communities, organizations, and institutions throughout the world.

”The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.”

—Tara Brach

How Is The Program Organized?

During the program, you will engage in:

  • Two live, in-person weekend events with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and guest presenters to be held in the Washington, DC area on dates to be announced. Can’t make it to the event? Join us via livestream!
  • Individual and group mentorship
  • Group practice sessions
  • Live Q&A sessions with Jack, Tara, or another senior meditation teacher
  • Peer group meetings and study partner meetings

  • didactic teaching

    Didactic Teaching

  • guided meditations

    Guided Meditations

  • q&a and discussions

    Q&A and Discussions

  • practice group meetings

    Practice Group Meetings

  • mentorship


  • two in-person events

    Two In-Person Events

You will engage in a practicum where you initiate a mindfulness class in the venue of your choosing to share and demonstrate your growing skill set. During this time, you will be supported by monthly live Q&A, monthly mentoring, and peer group meetings.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Certificate of Completion from The Power of Awareness online training program
  • Completion of a one-week, silent meditation retreat in the style of insight or Vipassana meditation that is approved by MMTCP administrators.

Be the First to Know

We’re thrilled to announce that The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program will be offered as an integrated training program with registration opening in early 2018. The program will include monthly live Q&A and group mentoring sessions throughout the two-year program, along with two in-person, three-day workshops in the Washington, DC area. To get updates about the program as it is developed, sign up for our email list below.