Year-Long Certification

Deepen your personal practice. Transform your work with youth.


The Year-Long Certification program is designed for educators interested in deepening their personal practice and playing an active role as a Mindful Leader in their school community and in the broader Mindfulness in Education movement.


An established mindfulness practice of at least 2 years, and completion of our Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mindful Educator Essentials courses are prerequisites for this course.

About the Year-Long Program


  • Deepen your personal practice
  • Receive coaching on teaching mindfulness to a variety of different youth populations (e.g. high-risk adolescents, children with special needs, etc.)
  • Progressively improve your teaching and facilitation skills
  • Receive the tools for starting your own mindfulness program in a variety of settings
  • Become a competent presenter on mindfulness in your school or agency, well versed in the history, science, and benefits of mindfulness.
  • Successfully complete a teaching practicum and receive a public profile on the Mindful Schools website
  • Join a community of like-minded practitioners for reciprocal learning and curriculum building
  • Continued support after graduating

Some examples of implementation as a result of this program

  • More skillfully embed mindfulness into public/private/charter/special needs classroom teaching
  • Use mindfulness-based techniques during therapeutic work with individuals or small groups
  • Integrate mindfulness in intervention/resiliency/probationary work
  • Become an independent mindfulness educator developing specialized programs for various communities


Participants can choose to complete the practicum portion of this program, which includes an evaluation by your trainers. Certified Graduates receive a public profile on the Mindful Schools website.  This Certified Instructor Directory meets the growing demand of institutions searching for highly-trained mindfulness educators to provide mindfulness programming to youth.

Course Content:

Engage in 4 core subject areas over the year:


Course Structure:

  • Two week-long summer retreats that bookend the year
  • 10 months of online learning through weekly teaching videos, written content, assignments and forum engagement See Example
  • Weekly group coaching sessions with faculty
  • Monthly small group cohort meetings
  • Guest speaker webinars on specialized topics


We strive to make tuition and fees associated with this program as accessible as possible for educators deeply committed to integrating mindfulness in their work with youth. We offer limited partial scholarship tuition spots, which are awarded to applicants based on need, diversity, and population served. The specific costs of the 2017/18 program will be announced in November 2016 when the application is launched.


CEUs are available for educators through the University of Pacific.


This is a high-touch, in-depth program facilitated by the Mindful Schools program team. The primary instructors for this training are Vinny Ferraro, Chris McKenna, Megan Cowan, and Pam Dunn. These instructors have over 55 years of combined mindfulness practice and over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and/or emotional intelligence to youth, as well as experience training many thousands of adults. Their work is featured in 5 documentary films (including Room to Breathe & Healthy Habits of Mind) and has received substantial media coverage.


Megan Cowan


Chris McKenna


Vinny Ferraro


Pam Dunn

Guest Presenters

In addition to the core faculty, the program also features a number of guest presenters on specialized topics including neurobiology, child development, communication skills and other topics. Presenters include:


Matthew Brensilver


Dr. Willoughby Britton


Dr. Eve Ekman


Dr. Dacher Keltner


Oren J. Sofer


Camille Whitney

How to Apply

Applications are closed for the 2016/17 program. Applications will open in November 2016 for the 2017/18 program. Join our notification list to learn about program updates, or reach out to Christina Costelo for more info:, (510) 879-6349.

Additional Advanced Training Courses

If you are looking to continue your training in interpersonal mindfulness and emotions, we encourage you to learn more about our additional advanced offerings:

  • Mindful Communication, 8-Week Course: Interpersonal communication – with staff, parents and students – is one of the most challenging areas for many educators. In this 8-week online course, we provide framework and concrete practices to develop your communication skills at school. Learn to reduce stress associated with interpersonal differences and conflict, and find creative and effective tools for handling student behavior issues.
  • Difficult Emotions, 6-Week Course: As educators, working with our own and our students emotional states is one of our main jobs. It is also something that almost none of us received formal training in, either in grad school or in subsequent professional development. In this 6-week online course, learn to reframe and interpret emotion in empowering ways. We focus specifically on three challenging emotional states: anxiety, anger, self-criticism and shame.