Year-Long Certification

In-depth training with retreat practice, online instruction, and small group mentorship.
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We realize that a year-long program is a big investment of time and resources. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Costelo at 510-858-5350 or
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Why Certification?

Deepen Your Personal Practice

  • Cultivate and deepen your personal practice
  • Work intensely on your teaching and facilitation skills

Transform Your Work with Youth

  • Receive mentorship to build and grow mindfulness programs
  • Get coaching on working with specific youth populations
  • Become more fluent in the neuroscience of mindfulness

Join a Worldwide Referral Network

  • Be featured on our website (receiving the most traffic in our field, with 30,000+ visits monthly)
  • List your professional background in our Certified Instructor Directory and attract schools seeking mindfulness programs
  • Join an international community of educators and mental health professionals committed to mindfulness practice

Course Structure

  • Two week-long summer retreats that book-end the year
  • 10 months of online learning
  • Monthly small group cohort meetings
  • Weekly written and video content
  • Weekly live online Q & A and coaching sessions with the faculty
  • See a sample week of content
  • Practicum – videotaping, evaluating, and receiving feedback on your teaching


Course Topics

The course’s content can be grouped into the following four subject areas:
Component Details

Program Overview Video

Watch this short video to experience the faculty and retreat environment.

Prerequisites & Key Dates

  • Prerequisites: Mindfulness Fundamentals & Curriculum Training courses
  • Retreat dates:
    East Coast:  08/10/14 – 08/17/14 and 06/28/15 – 07/04/15
    West Coast: 07/12/14 – 07/19/14 and 07/08/15 – 07/14/15
  • Time Commitment: A regular personal practice plus an average of 1 hour/week of content (sometimes slightly more) not including optional weekly group mentorship sessions and suggested reading.


Standard Tuition: $4,950
If you have taken the prerequisite courses, we automatically deduct the amount you paid from the Year-Long tuition. Scholarships and group discounts available.

Room & Board

  • Room and Board for two retreats: $1,680 – 1,890 (based on double occupancy)

Scholarships, Payment Plans and Group Discounts

  • Group Discounts and Payment Plans: Please inquire with Christina Costelo at
  • Scholarships: Funds are available for participants working in public school and agency environments and/or serving high-risk populations. Please indicate your interest in the application form.

Have Questions?

c-costeloWe realize that a year-long training program is a big investment of time and resources. If you have any questions about the program, logistics, pricing, payment plans, scholarships, or anything else, Christina Costelo will be delighted to help you at (510) 858-5350 or

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The Mindful Schools Certification is an equal opportunity program. People from LBGTQ communities, people with disabilities, and people of all racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Testimonials: Year Long

“After 30 years in Education, this is the best training I’ve ever been to… this is the real deal.”

“Some of the most embodied facilitation I have seen… this faculty sets the gold standard in the youth mindfulness field.”

“I am humbled by my experience. It's been so brilliantly crafted, so simple, so easy, so seamless... It feels like family really.”