Become a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator

We're setting the standard in Workplace Mindfulness Facilitation and enabling you to bring mindfulness to the workplace. 
FALL 2022 ENROLLMENT CLOSED (At Capacity)
Spring 2023 Enrollment will open in January.

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Everything you need to successfully facilitate workplace
mindfulness programs for groups.

  • Feel confident and qualified to facilitate workplace mindfulness
  • Get buy-in from key stakeholders, scale, and increase engagement

  • Avoid mistakes and mitigate legal, ethical, and mental health-related risks

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We've created the Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator Training

to help you master the art and science of mindfulness facilitation so you can share the benefits of mindfulness with your organization.

Expert Instruction 

  • MBSR-based, incorporating a decade of Mindful Leader's Workplace expertise
  • Instructors are MBSR certified with deep workplace mindfulness expertise
  • Guest expert instructors on neuroscience, trauma sensitive mindfulness, and industry trends

Resources & Tool Kit

  • Meditation scripts and mindfulness exercises
  • Templates: presentations, waivers, evaluation surveys, and more
  • Best practices from industry-leading organizations
  • Bonus resources

Learning Community

  • Weekly live instructor-led online interactive sessions 

  • Weekly peer group practice sessions

  • Interactive online forums to answer questions

  • Create lifelong friendships and a network of professional peers

Simple and Powerful Learning Platform

Easy to use, thoughtfully structured course.

Access course content and lessons (audio & video) from your laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

Step by step instructions with clear expectations for tasks and course materials.

Curriculum at a Glance (subject to change)

Classes are every Wednesday from 6:00pm - 8:30pm EST starting September 14th and ending December 7th, 2022 (skipping November 23)
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WEEKS 1 & 2

  • Course Orientation 
  • Meet Students, Pod Group, and Instructors
  • MBSR Overview & Intro to Practices
  • Effectively Guiding a Practice
  • Formal Mindfulness Practices

WEEKS 3 & 4 

  • Formal Mindfulness Practices
  • Mindful Movement Practice
  • Cultivating Compassion Practice
  • Micro & Informal Mindfulness Practices
  • The Components of a Session 

WEEKS 5 & 6 

  • Facilitating Online and In-Person
  • Mindset & Beliefs
  • Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness
  • Certification Demo Sessions

WEEKS 7 & 8 

  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Case Study
  • Facilitating Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Principles of Workplace Mindfulness
  • Certification Demo Sessions

WEEKS 9 & 10

  • Finding Opportunities & Making the Case 
  • Designing a Workplace Program
  • Program Enhancement and Evolution
  • Increasing Participation & Engagement
  • Feedback & Evaluation

WEEKS 11 & 12

  • Workplace Mindfulness Trends
  • Ethics, Religion, & Liabilities
  • Course Review & Exam
  • What’s Next: Continuing the Journey & Alumni Benefits

Guest expert instructors include Mo Edjlali, Founder & CEO of Mindful Leader, Due Quach, author of Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy, and David Treleaven, author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness.  

*CWMF instructors have no interest in any other product, instrument, device, or materials required to be purchased for completion of the course.

Who Should Enroll? 

       HR Professionals  •  Health & Wellness Professionals  •  Leaders  •   Internal Champions of Mindfulness 
Coaches  •  Consultants  •  Mindfulness Teachers  • Yoga Teachers  

Testimonials from program Alumni

Madhvi Verma

Michael Davis

Cindy White

Sonja Beckerhoff

Abbey Davis

Daniel Williams

Eligibility Requirement

To be eligible for this certification training program you must have completed a live 8 week MBSR course or are set to complete it before the first session of the facilitator program. You can take an MBSR program with us by clicking here, or with any organization that offers the standard and official MBSR format taught live and by an authorized MBSR instructor.   

Pricing options

Enrollment applications will be reviewed promptly. Your initial payment will be held while your application is being approved.  If your application is rejected you will be refunded your payment minus a $50 application fee. 
FALL 2022 Cohort is at Capacity - Signup to Waitlist for Spring 2023

1 Time payment (Best Value)

$2160

1 payment (Total: $2160 USD)

  • Live instructor sessions & replays
  • Course materials and additional resources
  • Resource Toolkit
  • Live peer practice and support group
  • Certification portfolio evaluation and review
  • Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator by Mindful Leader credentials and digital badge
  • OPTIONAL: Add 1 on 1 Coaching Session with instructor for only $199 

3 Easy payments

$789

3 payments (Total: $2367 USD)

  • Live instructor sessions & replays
  • Course materials and additional resources
  • Resource Toolkit
  • Live peer practice and support group
  • Certification portfolio evaluation and review
  • Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator by Mindful Leader credentials and digital badge
  • OPTIONAL: Add 1 on 1 Coaching Session with instructor for only $199 

6 Extended Payments

$429

6 payments (Total: $2574 USD)

  • Live instructor sessions & replays
  • Course materials and additional resources
  • Resource Toolkit
  • Live peer practice and support group
  • Certification portfolio evaluation and review
  • Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator by Mindful Leader credentials and digital badge
  • OPTIONAL: Add 1 on 1 Coaching Session with instructor for only $199 
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OPTIONAL Upgrade:  Add 45 minute 1 on 1 coaching session with an instructor for only $199.  Select option during check out. 


We put a great deal of effort into packing incredible value into this content. We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied, simply email us anytime up to the day after orientation for a full refund minus a $50 application fee. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time is required to complete the course?

We estimate an average of 3-4 hours of work each week the course is in session. This includes class time, time to complete all assignments, and the certification process.

How does the Facilitator Training course compare to meditation teacher programs?

This course is a complement or an alternative to meditation teacher training programs and is not a competitor of such programs. As such, this makes the world of mindfulness meditation facilitation more accessible for experienced meditators without the large time and financial investment in meditation teacher training programs. 

The Facilitator Training course with toolkit focuses on: 

  • The logistics and best practices of quickly starting up and sustaining an engaging workplace or community program
  • Teaching you the skills of how to expertly lead live, guided meditations 
  • Ensuring you know the key essentials to teach your participants
  • Equipping you with a quick-start toolkit of scripts and templates

Does workplace mindfulness need to be implemented as a ‘top down’ program?

Interestingly, some of the most successful programs are not started as formal ‘Human Resources’ or ‘Health & Wellness’ programs. Instead, some are started by people who are passionate about helping others and want to spearhead a workplace mindfulness program. 

Every organization is unique, and we recommend getting the necessary 'OK' from the appropriate governing body before starting a new program. Often it's as easy as letting the Human Resources department know what you plan to do and/or obtaining permission to use a specific meeting room for the practice. Some departments require a more hands-on approach and want to be more involved, so it is important you are familiar with your specific organization's policies. Additionally, do what feels comfortable for you. If that means starting with your own team first, then start there and transition to larger company practices over time.

To summarize, this does not need to be a ‘top-down’ program and can be very successful if you start small and grow this from a grassroots level. This approach can build trust amongst the employee community and lets you get comfortable as you grow the program.

 

What is the typical experience of Facilitators after the training?

After finishing the training, Facilitators will be able to: 

  • Begin leading mindfulness meditation talks and sessions at their place of employment 
  • For those who have their own business, such as coaches, yoga instructors, massage therapists, etc, add mindfulness to their service offerings 
  • Start-up a side business offering mindfulness services to organizations

Facilitators all say that doing this compassion practice has brought great meaning to their lives. When they talk about their experience as a Facilitator, their joy is palpable. 

Facilitators also say it really helps them with their own personal practice – it helps them ‘up their own game’ by staying on top of their own personal practice and they love to continually learn and try new meditations. 

Overall, they feel a deep sense of purpose in their lives to help others. The time it takes to start leading others varies greatly, depending on the Facilitator’s situation. Some have already started facilitating even before they take the course, some start immediately, and some may take months as they wait for the right circumstances and timing at their workplace or in their community.

Who signs up to become a Facilitator?

People from various walks of life, backgrounds, careers, and experiences become Facilitators. We've trained people from all over the world including Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Many Facilitators are employees within organizations and voluntarily lead sessions at work. Many are service providers - individuals offering this to their communities or clients, such as professional counselors, teachers, and yoga instructors, while others are internal champions - starting and leading programs at their place of work. Some Facilitators even have their own businesses offering mindfulness talks and workshops as a for-profit service.

It doesn’t matter what job you have; it's possible to be a catalyst for workplace mindfulness in any position. The CWMF training will give you the necessary tools and knowledge to successfully facilitate workplace mindfulness programs where you need it.

Can I train others to become Facilitators after I’m trained?

This certification does not qualify or permit Facilitators to teach the copyrighted courses. It is not a Train-the-Trainer program. The course and toolkit are solely to equip you personally as you lead others in mindfulness meditation. If others are interested in becoming certified Facilitators, they are welcome to take the course.

Is certification really worthwhile?

Certification provides you with specific evaluation and feedback in a very supportive way, so you know you are offering quality facilitation to your participants. It's about your credibility - people want to know that their Facilitator is properly trained and qualified. 

Facilitators working within an organization and those who are offering facilitation as a service find certification desirable. Those who are already offering facilitation as a service, in particular, feel the necessity to obtain certification. 

Without certification, you may still facilitate, but Mindful Leader cannot endorse your skillset without validation through the Certification Program.

Is certification achievable?

Yes. We estimate it will take approximately 36 - 48 hours to complete the course and certification process, this includes class time.

For participants who are not granted certification, we will provide guidance on where to improve and we will work together towards meeting the requirements for certification. 

When will this course be offered again?

We will announce the next course a month before it begins. Courses generally run in Fall and Spring of each year. Make sure to sign up for the waitlist and check in for updates.  

What are the recertification requirements?

Certification is good for up to one year from the date of completion. There is an annual recertification application and $300 renewal fee, along with an Updates Training to assure Facilitators are equipped with the most up-to-date information in the field. Recertification includes access to private groups, updated resources, and special discounts on other Mindful Leader offerings.

What do you get when you're certified?

After you successfully are granted your certification, you: 

  • May indicate that you are a 'Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator by Mindful Leader' or ‘CWMF’ in your profiles, signatures blocks, websites, etc. 
  • Will receive an electronic certificate and badge, showing that you are certified
  • Listing on the Mindful Leader certified facilitator directory

Can I get a refund if I’m not satisfied?

We put a great deal of effort into packing incredible value into this program. We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase.  If you’re not 100% satisfied, simply email us anytime up to the day after orientation for a full refund minus a $50 application fee. 

What are the eligibility requirements?

The course does not teach how to practice mindfulness and/or meditation – to become a student, you must already have, at a minimum, basic MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) training. 

Eligibility Requirements

Code of Conduct 

The following code of conduct applies to when you are facilitating mindfulness in a workplace environment. 

I commit to:

  • Practicing mindfulness regularly and being aware of the way it impacts me, those around me, and my ability to serve
  • Treating everyone with dignity and respect and to creating an environment where people from any race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or gender identity feel welcomed
  • Doing no harm and considering the impact of my actions on other people, the environment, and the greater good
  • Contributing to and leveraging the collective intelligence of the facilitator community
  • Continuously improving myself, my abilities, and my skill set, all while maintaining an open mindset

What specifically is going to be required for certification?

To achieve certification you will need to complete the following:

  • Agree to the the Mindful Leader Code of Conduct
  • Attend all CWMF live classes over a 12 week period (including orientation)
  • Pass the CWMF certification exam
  • Facilitate 3 mindfulness practice sessions:
    • With your class pod group (group of up to 6 peers)
    • Demo in front of a class instructor
    • Self-organize session for 3 or more participants
  • Submit a CWMF development plan

At the end of the program, your certification portfolio will be assessed and you will receive an email about your certification.

Your certification will be valid for one year, after which there will be an annual certification renewal, including a $300 fee.

Is the course accredited?

This course is accredited by Mindful Leader. Our certifications are managed on the Accredible platform and are Open Badges 2.0 Certified.

Final Note

CWMF (Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator) is a program designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of bringing mindfulness into the workplace, the authority to facilitate it, and the ability to turn what you already know into results. With our focus on mindfulness and science-backed MBSR, we believe that the CWMF training is the best option for individuals looking to bring mindfulness meditation into the workplace. We designed this program with our expertise, as one of the pioneers in this field, to help you succeed. We take the time to look at what affects your ability to foster mindfulness in your organization including, the science, the ever-evolving cultural trends, and the legal and ethical questions, all while focusing on mindfulness best-practices. 

The program includes twelve 2.5-hour sessions, expert lessons, a community of peers, support, a live demo, and resources including a toolkit and scripts. If now isn't the right time, we understand - we plan to offer the program again soon. But if you know that the time for you is now, we are excited to have you join this program to provide yourself with the opportunity to get the training and support you need.