A Typical Week in the Year-Long Certification

On our Year-Long Certification page, we try to be as clear and succinct as we can about the structure and content of the course. However, with all the various program components, it’s still a lot to take in. Here we offer a different lens for understanding the course: what is my average week like as a participant?

Here’s a typical Certification week-at-a-glance. All weekly content is emailed out to participants (as shown below) and stored in a learning management system.

In-depth conversation, group mentorship and coaching via webinar. Each week, you have the opportunity to receive mentorship on any aspect of your practice, teaching or program development from the year-long faculty. There is also time for informal networking and resource-sharing. Sessions are recorded with notes for later viewing.

1-3 video modules (5-20 minutes in length). Modules are designed to be short, practical, and specific (each video is 5-20 minutes long). Examples from the course:

  • Practice: Working with Tranquility, Unification and Absorption
  • Curriculum: Simple Movement Exercises
  • Skills: Charging Money for Your Programs
  • Science: Understanding the “Freeze” Response in the Nervous System

Weekly written teachings. Typically participants receive two written teachings a week that are designed to be usable in one of two contexts:

  • Professional development in education or mental health. (example: understanding the physiology of stress)
  • Teaching youth mindfulness. (example: the samurai sword: a metaphor for mental training)

Generally, weekly teachings fall into three focus areas:

  • Science-focused – they address scientific concepts applicable to teaching and explaining mindfulness.
  • Storytelling-focused – they provide myths, metaphors, poems and other material relevant to explaining mindfulness in culturally relevant and interesting ways.
  • Exercise-focused – they provide short games and exercises that can support teaching mindfulness to youth.

For more information

If you’d like to learn more, please see our Year-Long Certification page.