Back to All Events

Level 1 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training

  • New York Insight Meditation Center 28 West 27th Street 10th Floor New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Jon Aaron and I will be offering the first step in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Pathway at New York Insight Meditation Center.

MBSR Level 1 Teacher Training– Program Information

In this nine week program students:
* attend all sessions as a participant/observer of an MBSR program (includes orientation, all eight week sessions plus the All-Day session)
* participate in ten concurrent session professional training seminars

In this first step in the MBSR Teacher Training pathway teacher trainees engage fully in the 8-week MBSR program as participants and as observers. In addition, they engage with other trainees and the instructor in a 3.5 hour seminar exploring the underpinnings, approach, and teacher qualities in which the program is steeped. Full attendance at all sessions is required, excluding emergencies or weather cancellations. Meets the requirements for the next step on the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway.

- Previous participation in an 8-week MBSR course
- A minimum of one 5-7-day residential meditation retreat
- A minimum of two years of personal meditation practice

Each application will be evaluated on its individual merits.

Dates and Locations
There will be two opportunities to take this training in the Fall of 2019.

Joint Opening Session: Sunday, September 15, 9:30AM-1:30PM
Joint Closing Session: Saturday November 23, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Option 1 with Jon Aaron
Thursday evenings/Saturday Mornings
MBSR Orientation: Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM-9:00PM
MBSR Class Meetings: October 3-November 21, 6:30PM-9PM
(seminars are on the Saturday following 9:30AM to 1:00PM)

Option 2 with Elaine Retholtz
Friday mornings/afternoon
MBSR Orientation: Friday, September 20, 9:30-1:00PM
MBSR Class Meetings: October 4-November 22, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
(seminars take place from 1:30PM - 5PM on the same day as class)

Daylong Class: Sunday, November 10 9:30AM-5:00PM

Commitment Required
This is an intensive course! Attendance at all MBSR classes and seminars is required, in addition to the MBSR Class ongoing practice assignments between classes, there are readings, journaling and other assignments.

Tuition: $1940.00 (NYI member benefits do not apply)
Payment plans are available but limited.
If you are interested, please fill out the application.

Deadline for submitting the application is July 31.
Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15.

If you have any questions, please contact me ( or Jon (

Please note:
As part of our commitment to diversity and equity, we have an intention to increase the participation of people of color in the MBSR Teacher Community. To help bring this to fruition, we are holding a portion of MBSR Teacher Training spaces for people of color (PoC). Partial scholarships will be available for PoC participants based on need.