2022 Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF)

Training in Mindfulness Facilitation 2022 Cohort
Application Cycle Closed


TMF Informational Meeting:

Meet with TMF teachers to learn more about the curriculum, program requirements, and ask any questions you might have.

  • Tuesday, Sept 21, 12 noon -1 pm PST     CLOSED 
  • Wednesday, Oct 13, 4 pm-5 pm PST      CLOSED

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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, each 4-5 days long, 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.

*Live Online means none of the TMF will be prerecorded and we will meet together live at specified dates and times via Zoom.


Program Goals

  • 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:
    • Educational settings
    • Medical settings
    • Psychotherapy settings
    • Businesses
    • Universities
    • Non profits
  • 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
Target Audience Open to the general public
Duration One Year
Location Four Live Online Practicums via Zoom (4-5 days in length each) and additional meetings by phone or online
Dates of Online Live Practicums for 2022

January 27-30
April 28 - May 1
August 11-14
November 9-13 (5 days)

Practicum Hours:

All Live Online Zoom Practicums will be held Thursday - Sunday, 9am-5pm Pacific Standard Time. Note: The November Practicum will include Wednesday, 9am-5pm.

Tuition $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 2021 class series is OK).
  • Must have attended at least two 4-night or longer silent mindfulness retreats (see list of approved retreat centers here). 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 2022 at the latest. (For further info see Racial Awareness Training Requirement Document
Application Fee $50  (non-refundable)
Application Deadline

Friday, October 22, 2021 for all required application materials.  

Course Structure
  • Four live online practicums via Zoom, (first three practicums are 4 days, last practicum is 5 days)
  • Monthly small group meetings via Zoom
  • Regular personal/professional check-ins with mentor
  • Monthly additional required meetings
  • Online interactive website
  • Bi weekly reading and writing assignments
  • Twice yearly feedback on student facilitation
  • Twice yearly mentorship calls following the completion of the program for two years
Outside Requirements
  • Ongoing personal study and practice
  • Participation in one 4-night or longer in person or online silent retreat 
  • Ongoing mindfulness placement (i.e. healthcare setting, homeless shelter, youth at risk, business, mental health setting, etc.) unless current job serves as placement (to be determined by TMF faculty)

Core Faculty: Diana WinstonMarvin G. Belzer, PhD.

Guest Faculty: Susan Smalley, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, Michael Irwin, MD, Leslie Booker, David Treleaven, Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD, Matthew Brensilver, PhD, and others 

Advanced Individuals who demonstrate excellence may be selected to be trained as an authorized UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) teacher.

Accreditation and Individual Credentialing


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

  1. Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee: CLOSED
    • 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. 
  2. Complete the 2022 TMF Online Application Form: CLOSED 
    • Please be sure to save all writing outside of the application to ensure you do not lose any material or information.
  3. Ensure that two (2) references (one of whom must be a mindfulness teacher) complete an Online Letter of Recommendation form on your behalf. 
    • To do so, applicants MUST send each reference the following linkCLOSED
    • Applicants are responsible for:
      • sending the above link to each of your two references
      • confirming with your two references that their recommendations have been submitted by the Friday October 22, 2021 deadline.
  4. Upload your current resume: CLOSED 
  5. Upload a photo for identification purposes: CLOSED

TMF Informational Meeting:

Meet with TMF teachers to learn more about the curriculum, program requirements, and ask any questions you might have.

Tuesday, Sept 21, 12 noon -1 pm PST     CLOSED

Wednesday, Oct 13, 4 pm-5 pm PST      CLOSED

Application Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021 (11:59PM PST)

Admissions NotificationsTuesday, November 30, 2021

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