Mindfulness Fundamentals

Mindfulness Fundamentals

About This Course

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus.

The central objective of this course is to introduce you to mindfulness meditation and help you cultivate a personal mindfulness practice. Both beginners and those with significant experience find this course extremely worthwhile.

If you are interested in integrating mindfulness into your work with youth, this course fulfills the prerequisite for our mindfulness curriculum course, Mindful Educator Essentials.

Course Content

In this six-week online course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation through a series of videos, readings, reflections, and guided mindfulness practices. This course also covers current scientific research on mindfulness and the brain, emotion regulation, and compassion. The course is facilitated by a highly experienced Guiding Teacher who directs the learning process by answering questions, providing ongoing feedback, and synthesizing emerging themes.

Below is an overview of the course content. You may also view a Detailed Course Syllabus here.

  • The basics of mindfulness meditation
  • How to work with thinking that arises while practicing mindfulness
  • Techniques for meeting and navigating intense emotions
  • Practices that cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, kindness, joy & compassion
  • The role mindfulness plays in communication and interaction
  • Support for developing a daily sitting practice


Upon completing this course:

  • Educators can receive up to 3 graduate level credits Details
  • Eligible Mental Health Professionals can receive up to 12 CEUs Details

Your Trainers

The course is taught by Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna, and Matthew Brensilver. This team has over 50 years of combined mindfulness practice and over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence to children and adolescents, as well as experience training many thousands of adults.

Matthew Brensilver

Megan Cowan

Chris McKenna

Your Guiding Teachers

All of our Guiding Teachers have over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad teaching experience. Your Guiding Teacher is available to answer questions throughout the course.

Daniel Yoel Cohen

Devon Cresci

Kevin Griffin

Eric López-Maya

Gene Lushtak

Heather Prete

Sara Schedler

Cheryl Slean

Our Principles

One of the core principles of the Mindful Schools Community is the concept that a mindful classroom begins with you. When you teach mindfulness to your students, you are not merely a passive vehicle for delivering a curriculum – your own self-awareness, self-care, attention and personal mindfulness practice serves as a model and guide for your students.

When you move on to introducing mindfulness to your students, your own practice – supported and cultivated in this Fundamentals course – will serve as an essential model in their learning. The second course in our pathway to becoming a mindful educator is Mindful Educator Essentials, which will lead you through strategies and adaptable K-12 curriculum to teach mindfulness to youth.

What our grads say about Mindfulness Fundamentals


“Over the years, it has become so evident to me that no matter what mindfulness ‘tools’ I teach my students, what makes the biggest difference is my presence – for my classroom group and for individual students.” – Liz Slade, Mamaroneck, NY


“Mindful Schools has given me the tools to make my classroom a wonderland!” – Lucius Irvin, Knoxville, TN


“This course helped me realize that my own mindfulness practice is vital to being compassionate and understanding in the classroom. It helped me find the balance to make teaching the richest job I could ever have.” – Crystal Seward, New York, NY


“I just completed Fundamentals and will be moving into the educator course. It has been invaluable personally and professionally!” – Colleen Nolan, Charlotte, NC


“I would recommend this to anyone new to mindfulness practice and those who have a current practice. I have been an educator for 20 years and I am so grateful for all of the resources offered in the course. I look forward to integrating all I have learned into my world.” – Kara-Lisa Mitchell, Sacramento, CA

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