This year-long program provides training, support, and supervision to those wishing to incorporate mindfulness into their occupation or to share mindfulness with individuals, groups, communities, or institutions. The program consists of four Live Online practicums with a potential In-Person at UCLA option*, each 4-5 days, and additional meetings by phone or online. Successful completion of this program provides a document of completion as a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator (TMF) from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
*In 2023, the TMF will be Live Online where we will meet via Zoom.Additionally, depending on the pandemic, we may offer a simultaneous In-Person at UCLA option. This hybrid program would allow you to participate either live online or in-person at UCLA. We will clarify if the hybrid is being offered when you receive your acceptance letter.
Participants will choose how they wish to participate with each practicum, depending on what MARC will make available. The program will be responsive to the Covid-19 pandemic. For further information, please read Information about the Practicum Format.
2023 TMF PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
To oversee, support and supervise the spread of mindfulness in the larger society by training qualified individuals as Mindfulness Facilitators
To provide participants with training and protocol in facilitating mindfulness practices to share with individuals, groups, communities, institutions, professional colleagues and others
To support participants in furthering their personal understanding and practice of mindfulness
To provide a community of collegial support for participants
Facilitators will be trained to
Lead mindfulness groups and classes, working with populations with which they are already experienced, in or with groups as appropriate to their interest and background, such as:
Work with individuals to share mindfulness techniques
Ex. Bring mindfulness to psychotherapy clients; use mindfulness exercises to help individual students at a school or with hospital patients
Lead mindfulness lectures for the general public or in their field or community
Develop curriculum suitable to the population they will be working with
Open to the general public
Four Live Online Practicums via Zoom (4-5 days in length each) with a potential for an In-Person at UCLA option
Additional meetings by phone or video conference
Dates of Practicums for 2023
November 8-12 (5 days)
Practicums will be held Thursday - Sunday, 9am-5pm Pacific Time.
Note: The November Practicum will include Wednesday, 9am-5pm Pacific Time.
$7,000 for the full program. Financial support is available. Program costs are non-refundable.
Must have at least four years prior experience with mindfulness or permission of director.
Must have attended at least one Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) class through MARC—ideally MAPs 1 to learn our methodology (enrollment in Sept/Oct 2022 class series is OK).
Must have attended at least two 4-night or longer silent mindfulness retreats (see list of Approved Retreat Centers). We now authorize online retreats as a substitute prerequisite for the in-person retreat format.
We require that all participants actively engage in anti-racist and racial awareness training. We request a minimum of 10 hours, completed in the last year ideally before the program begins, or by the start of the second practicum in April 2023 at the latest. (For further info see Training in Racial Awareness Requirement Document)
The TMF is an Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Program by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Upon completion of the TMF, graduates will be eligible for the IMTA individual credential: Certified Mindfulness Teacher- Professional Level (CMT-P).
Steps to Apply
Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee: HERE
All applicants must submit this fee before their application is considered complete, in addition to items #2-5 of this list.
We accept credit card payments only at this time.
Complete the 2023 TMF Online Application Form: HERE
Please be sure to save all writing outside of the application to ensure you do not lose any material or information.
Ensure that two (2) references (one of whom must be a mindfulness teacher) complete an Online Letter of Recommendation form on your behalf.