For the reasons explained below, Mindful Schools is not accepting applications for the Mindful Teacher Certification Program.

10 Years of Transformation and Impact

For a decade, the intensive Mindful Teacher Certification Program (MTCP) was a flagship program of Mindful Schools’ offerings. This transformational experience, which included residential retreats and a year of intensive study, changed the lives of hundreds of educators who worked to improve the well-being of their school communities. Due to the passion, presence, and commitment of more than 1,200 participants from across the globe, we grew a movement to empower educators, students, and their families through the simple and powerful practice of mindfulness.

“The trauma-sensitive practices, social justice philosophies, and emphasis on personal practice have been hallmarks of this program and have transformed my ability to contribute, be more resilient, and happier.” — Aaron, Faculty at CSU, Chico, Class of 2021

MTCP is Changing

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion

In the winter of 2021, our team made the decision to sunset the existing configuration of the Mindful Teacher Certification Program and transition to offering its content in new, accessible formats that better meet the needs of schools. Our goal is to reach and serve communities that are under-resourced and most impacted by stress and trauma. We want to ensure that everyone at the school — from teachers to front office staff to security guards — can access the benefits of this program, as we believe that collective awareness and well-being is the key to creating joyful and equitable school communities that support every member to thrive.

In the redesign of MTCP, our key questions included:

  • How do we provide greater access to mindfulness and our high-quality programming at a time when the world needs us the most? 
  • How are we serving under-resourced communities most impacted by systems of oppression and trauma?
  • How does our program directly build the capacity of school communities to integrate mindfulness in ways that create lasting shifts in school culture?

Building Healthy, Thriving School Communities

With the sunset of MTCP, Mindful Schools is expanding our school-wide mindfulness partnerships. Our organization is currently working with school teams from across the U.S. to create whole school culture change. We have integrated content from MTCP and continue to test and refine new delivery methods for our programs, including consultation services, half-day retreats, and online course delivery. To view our most up-to-date information for school partnerships, please visit our School Support page.

Honoring our Community of Mindful Educators

Saying farewell to a program that has made such an impact on the lives of our participants comes with mixed emotions. We want to thank our MTCP graduates for their commitment to personal and professional growth, their contributions to the evolution of our program, and for the impact they are having in their communities. We are forever grateful for your collaboration, presence, and leadership–thank you!

Hear Reflections from MTCP Grads

We interviewed our graduates about the sunset of MTCP (10 minutes)

Alan Brown, 2013
Argos Gonzalez, 2014
Sarah Rudell Beach, Kelli Love, & Neena Barreto, 2015
Jelena Popovic & Lucy MacGregor, 2016
Nathalie Monin Voelker, 2018
Fontashia Johnson, 2020
Solissa McKay, 2021

What’s Next?


One powerful element of the Mindful Teacher Certification Program was in-depth contemplative and mindfulness practice. Join us for a day dedicated to mindfulness practice, community, and connection. Strengthen your inner resilience and gain inspiration alongside a community of like-minded educators.

Bring Mindfulness to Your School Community:

Educators, we are in this work together. Partner with Mindful Schools to discover how your community can build a culture of connection, awareness, resilience, and joy.

Mindful Teacher Certification Program:

Our mindful teachers are part of a growing movement to bring mindfulness into schools across the country and around the world. View our Directory of certified graduates of our program.

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