Become a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator

Join over 450 Alumni - Share the power of mindfulness with professionalism and confidence.

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Everything you need to successfully facilitate workplace mindfulness programs

  • Build confidence and become qualified to facilitate workplace mindfulness
  • Make the case for workplace mindfulness, get funding, scale, and increase engagement
  • Avoid mistakes and mitigate legal, ethical, and mental health-related risks
  • Fully Accredited IACET Training, earn up to 9.7 CEUs

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We've created the Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator Training

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

Expert Instruction 

  • MBSR-based, incorporating over 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 more

Resources & Tool Kit

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

Learning Community

  • Weekly live instructor-led online interactive sessions & peer group practice sessions

  • Interactive online Q&A forums and community

  • 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)


  • Course Orientation 
  • Meet Peers, Pod Group, and Instructors

WEEK 1 & 2 

  • MBSR Overview & Intro to Practices
  • Effectively Guiding a Practice
  • Formal Mindfulness Practices
  • Mindful Movement & Micro Practices

WEEK 3 & 4

  • Deconstructing Key Practice Elements
  • Tailoring and Personalizing Guidance 
  • Components of a Mindfulness Session
  • Workplace Programs

WEEK 5 & 6

  • Facilitating Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Mindset & Beliefs
  • Facilitating Online and In-Person
  • Certification Demo Sessions

WEEK 7 & 8 - Expert Sessions 

  • Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness 
    - David Treleaven
  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness
    - Due Quach

WEEK 9 & 10 - Expert Sessions

  • Making the Case and Getting Buy In
    - Mo Edjlali & Andy Lee
  • Enhancing, Evaluating and Expanding
    - Andy Lee

WEEK 11 - Expert Sessions

  • Wackfulness, Ethics and Inclusivity
    - Mo Edjlali

WEEK 12 

  • Closing - Awarding Certifications
  • What’s Next: Continuing the Journey & Alumni Benefits

Instructors and Guest Experts

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Instructor (Wednesday 6 - 8:30pm ET): Erin Woo is a certified MBSR Teacher and Teacher Trainer at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health. She developed the course MBSR for Educators while at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and was lead faculty for Mindful School's Mindful Teacher Certification Program. She has BA in Architecture from University of Notre Dame and a M.Ed. from Endicott College. 

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Instructor (Friday 12 - 2:30pm ET) and Guest Expert: Andy Lee is the former Chief Mindfulness Officer for Aetna and has been a thought leader in workplace mindfulness programs for the last decade. Andy spent the first half of his career as a human resources executive in Fortune 500 companies. He is a certified MBSR teacher by the Center for Mindfulness at the Brown University Center for Public Health, and has an MA in organizational psychology from Columbia University. 

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Guest Expert: Due Quach is the author of Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy. Through her social enterprise, Calm Clarity, she uses neuroscience and mindfulness to guide organizations and individuals to address unconscious bias, lead with authenticity, foster genuine inclusion, heal trauma, and develop resilience. Graduate from Harvard College and the Wharton School of Business. 

Speaker - David Treleaven

Guest Expert: David Treleaven, PhD, is the author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing. He is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness and has offered workshops on trauma-sensitive mindfulness multiple institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Massachusetts, and Brown University.

Speaker - Mo Edjlali

Guest Expert: Mo Edjlali is founder, and CEO of Mindful Leader. For over a decade he has helped lead the Workplace Mindfulness movement. He created the Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, now with over 450 global CWMF alumni, he curated over a dozen Workplace and Mindful Leader events with hundreds of speakers, created Meditate Together, and serves as chief editor for Mindful Leaders weekly newsletter. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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CWMF qualifies for 9.7 CEUs. Learn More

Who Should Enroll? 

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

Testimonials from program Alumni

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Eligibility Requirement

To be eligible for this certification training program, you must have completed a live 8 week MBSR course. 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. If you are currently completing an MBSR course during the time of enrollment, you may still be eligible for the CWMF program. Please contact us with any questions at

Also included:
$297 in FREE BONUS learning resources

As a free bonus and a valuable resource for your development, we are including the Workplace Mindfulness Summit Package, filled with best practices, case studies, insights, and talks from workplace mindfulness experts, scientists, professors, mindfulness & meditation teachers, thought leaders, and executives. Includes 24 case studies from YMCA, Humane Society, SAP, Google, Novartis, Microsoft, Aetna, and more.

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Workplace Mindfulness Summit Package

(VALUE $297)

35 Sessions • Audio, Video, & Transcripts • Executive Summaries • Slides 

The next time this course will be offered is Spring 2024

Pricing options

Applications will be reviewed promptly. Your initial payment will be held until application approval. 
If your application is rejected, you will be refunded your payment minus a $50 application fee. 

You will have the option to select which class best fits your schedule during the registration process.  Classes are offered on Wednesdays at 6pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET. Our Spring enrollment will open in early 2024. 

1 Time payment (Best Value)


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


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


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 offer a limited number of need based partial scholarships - please email for more information. 

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course accredited?

Mindful Leader is an accredited training provider through the International Accreditors of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Our certifications are managed on the Accredible platform using the Open Badges 2.0 standard. This course qualifies for 9.7 CEUs.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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

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 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.

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.

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.  

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.