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:



  • Working with Trauma
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Theater & Improv Skills
  • Meeting Resistance

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


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:


Willoughby Britton


Dr. Eve Ekman


Rick Hanson


Dr. Dacher Keltner

Program Logistics


Retreat Locations

Participants must commit to attend two week-long retreats either on the West Coast or the East Coast. The cost of the retreats are separate from the program’s tuition fee.

Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travel accommodations.

West-Coast Cohort

Retreat food/lodging for both weeks: $1,902 (based on double occupancy; limited single occupancy spots for an additional $378)

East-Coast Cohort

Retreat food/lodging for both weeks: $1,575 (based on double occupancy; limited single occupancy spots for an additional $189)


This program provides students with access to more than 300 hours of expert-facilitated content, including two week-long in-person retreats over the course of the year.

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.

  • $3,800 – Regular Price (After March 15, 2016)
  • $3,300 – Early Bird (100 spots available, awarded first-come-first-served on or before March 15, 2016)
  • $2,300 – Scholarship

Scholarships awarded based on need, diversity, and population served.