MARC is currently undergoing restructuring of our public programming.  Unfortunately, the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) will not take place in 2024.

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Training in Mindfulness Facilitation 2023 Cohort


TMF Informational Meeting:

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

Tuesday, Sept 20, 12 noon -1 pm PST     CLOSED

Wednesday, Oct 19, 4 pm-5 pm PST     CLOSED

TMF Quick Links                                                                                                             


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.


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 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
  • 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

January 26-29

April 27-30

August 10-13

November 8-12 (5 days)

Practicum Hours:

Practicums will be held Thursday - Sunday, 9am-5pm Pacific Time.

Note: The November Practicum will include Wednesday, 9am-5pm Pacific Time.

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 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

Note: if you don’t meet these qualifications, please consider enrollment in our Intensive Practice Program (IPP), which is a 10-month online program that provides a cohesive mindfulness practice and study course for dedicated students who wish to deepen their personal mindfulness practice in a supportive community. It is excellent preparation for the TMF

Application Fee $50 (non-refundable)
Application Deadline

Sunday, October 23, 2022 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
  • Online interactive website
  • Bi weekly reading and writing assignments
  • Twice yearly feedback on student facilitation
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 may include: Leslie Booker, Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD Michael Irwin, MD, Susan Smalley, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, , David Treleaven, among others

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director: Alem Makonnen

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).

International Mindfulness Teachers Association

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 2023 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 link: CLOSED
    • 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 Sunday, October 23, 2022 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 20, 12 noon -1 pm PST     CLOSED

Wednesday, Oct 19, 4 pm-5 pm PST      CLOSED

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022 (11:59PM PST)

Admissions NotificationsTuesday, November 29, 2022

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