Become a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator
We're setting the standard in Workplace Mindfulness Facilitation and enabling you to face the unique challenges in bringing mindfulness to the workplace.
Enrollment is closed for Spring 2021. Sign up for updates for news about our upcoming Fall cohort.
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
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.
- Latest industry trends and issues
- Proven facilitation methodology
- Best practices from industry-leading organizations
- Science and evidence-based mindful approach
- Structured course with bonus resources
- Valuable toolkit
- Learning community
Resources & Tool Kit
- Meditation scripts and practices
- Introduction to Mindfulness presentation and speaker notes
- Templates including waivers, evaluation surveys, and more
- Instructors bring deep mindfulness and workplace expertise
- The program is based on a culmination of Mindful Leader's expertise developed over the last 7 years and incorporated feedback from 180+ certified alumni
- Guest expert instructors
Community & Practice, Practice, Practice
Weekly live instructor-led online interactive sessions
Weekly peer group practice session
Answers to your toughest questions on our online forums
Connect and be supported by professional peers
Simple and Powerful Learning Platform
Easy to use, thoughtfully structured course.
Step by step instructions and clear expectations for tasks and course materials.
Access course content and lesson video and audio from your laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Curriculum at a Glance
WEEKS 1 & 2
- Course Orientation and Kickoff
- Workplace Mindfulness
WEEKS 3 & 4
Guiding Mindful Meditation
Designing Programs in the Workplace
WEEKS 5 & 6
Making the Case
Program Enhancement and Evolution
WEEKS 7 & 8
Evaluation, Metrics, ROI
- Risks: Trauma informed, Liabilities, Science & Religion
WEEKS 9 & 10
- Course Review & Exam
- Certification Demo Sessions
WEEKS 11 & 12
- Certification Demo Sessions
- What’s Next: Continuing the Journey & Alumni Benefits
Mo Edjlali is the Chief Community Organizer and President of Mindful Leader (ML). Under his guidance ML has trained and certified 180+ workplace mindfulness facilitators. Speakers at previous ML events include the world's experts in workplace mindfulness as well as 40+ case studies of workplace mindfulness in organizations. ML launched and runs meditatetogether.com, offering free 24 hour, 5 days a week meditation sessions facilitated by over 100 volunteers worldwide. ML has published over 200 articles and white papers and the industry-leading newsletter goes out to over 89,000 people worldwide. Mo spent the first part of his career working with Accenture, Fair Isaac, NASA, DHS, and as an entrepreneur. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Terre Passero has been a mindfulness instructor since 2005 and provides online and in-person coaching and workshops to businesses and workplaces to help manage stress, overwhelm, and burnout for optimal health and performance. She has decades of corporate training experience, including successfully leading global teams in developing products and services that support learning & development in organizations through Pearson English Business Solutions and McGraw-Hill Education. She has an M.A. in Adult Education from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor through the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness.
Who Should Enroll?
HR Professionals • Wellness Professionals • Coaches • Consultants • Mindfulness Teachers • Yoga Teachers • Leaders • Entrepreneurs • Internal Champions of Mindfulness
Testimonials from Alumni
“This course has given me not only the tools and confidence to facilitate mindfulness sessions in the workplace--it has also provided me with a better understanding of the impact mindfulness can have on our culture, society, education, corporate world, and mental health.”
Psy.D., Senior Psychologist, NYU Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation
“This online Mindfulness Certification programme is so well designed, I could imagine it's a face-to-face course.”
CEO, Gefira Leadership
“As an experienced meditator and facilitator, this course was exactly what I was looking for---and it delivered. Good value for the cost--providing operational pearls of facilitating a mindfulness program, strategizing and building business plans for stakeholders, and tip on how to grow and offer an effective, and safe mindfulness program.”
Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director, Marathon-Health
“This is a great class and group of professionals. If you want to bring mindfulness to your organization, this is the class to take.”
CEO, Be Meditation
“I am honored to be part of the Mindful Leader Facilitator cohort. The course was carefully constructed and run to enhance participant engagement and interaction. [The instructors] fostered a sense of community and connection through the online materials, webinars, and pod meetings. This course was critical to my professional development and personal growth.”
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Syracuse University
“I highly recommend Mindful Leader's Mindfulness Facilitator Certification Program. The content is comprehensive and well-curated. The toolkit provides everything that is necessary to create and implement a mindfulness program at work. [The instructors] are both warm, personable and extremely knowledgeable. This training is timely and necessary.”
Cindy R. Scott
Educator Baltimore County Public Schools
“This course took me from having an idea about wanting to start meditation sessions in the workplace to having a solid foundation and plan of action on how to make that a reality. Practicing leading meditations in a safe environment gave me the opportunity to develop skill and grow from feedback from other participants.”
District Manager Sorenson Communications
“Mindfulness practice is no longer exotic. It's a core aspect of strategic leadership. Facilitators will thus have a place in companies, large and small, for the foreseeable future. This very well-designed online course can help you, or your organization, build a facilitation capability, not set apart but integrated within the enterprise.”
Coauthor, The Wise Advocate: The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership
“Mindful Leader's Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator Certification Training provided me with an excellent foundation to feel confident in offering mindfulness programs to our faculty and staff. The teaching and course materials were extensive and informative, and I am grateful to have ongoing support through the community as well.”
Assistant Director for HR Communications and Worklife, University of Florida
Are you Eligible?
To be eligible for this certification training program you must have completed or be currently enrolled in:
- 8-Week official standard MBSR course (taught live and by a certified MBSR instructor). You you can take this class with us or with any organization that offers the standard and official MBSR format taught live and by an authorized MBSR instructor.
If you have not completed the 8-Week MBSR course and are currently enrolled, you qualify. Your certification will require the successful completion of both classes. If you believe you have comparable training we may make an exception. We encourage you to contact us to explore eligibility if you are unsure.
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 or after orientation for a full refund. Once class two begins there are no refunds.
This course will be offered again in Fall 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time is required to complete the course?
We estimate 3-4 hours a week for the 12 weeks of the course to complete the course and certification process. This includes class time and time to complete all assignments.
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 a formal ‘human resources’ or ‘health & wellness’ program and are started by anyone who is passionate about helping others and up to being a catalyst to get a program started.
Every organization is unique, and it is always a good idea, at a minimum, to obtain an ‘OK’ from whatever group may be necessary, or least let them know what you plan to do. Sometimes all that is needed is asking the human resources department for permission to use a meeting room for the practice and keeping them informed along the way, and sometimes they wish to be more involved. You can get started just in your own team if that feels right.
In other words, 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 builds 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 course, 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?
There is quite a variety of people who become Facilitators. They are from all around the world, such as Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Many of them as employees within organizations and voluntarily lead sessions at work. Many are individuals offering this to their communities or clients, such as professional counselors, teachers, and yoga instructors. Many of them start leading at work, then branch out to offer this is a business of their own.
It doesn’t matter what job you have. You can be a catalyst whether you are an analyst, administrative assistant, manager, counselor, educator, massage therapist or yoga instructor.
Some have their own business offering mindfulness talks and workshops as a for-profit service.
Can I train others to become Facilitators after I’m trained?
This course does not qualify or permit Facilitators to teach the copyrighted courses. It is not a Train-the-Trainer program. This course and toolkit are solely to equip you personally as you lead others in mindfulness meditation.
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 - 40 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 few months before it begins. Make sure to sign up for the waitlist and check in for updates.
What are the re-certification requirements?
Certification is good for up to one year from the date of completion. There is an annual re-certification application and $300 fee. 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, 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 or after orientation for a full refund. Once class two begins there are no refunds.
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.
- Successfully completed or be currently enrolled in 8 Week MBSR course (official standard & taught live)
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
We do not expect you to be a meditation expert before this program, but if your only experience is occasionally listening to a meditation app, it may not be sufficient for this program. Not sure you qualify? Apply and we will review your application where we will ask specifics regarding your background. If you are not approved you will not be charged. We encourage you to contact us to explore eligibility if you are unsure, as we can suggest ways to build your minimum skill set in order to enroll in this program.
What specifically is going to be required for certification?
The first 9 weeks focus on the training course and the final 3 weeks focus on the certification phase.
The certification phase is about giving you lots of practice in leading live meditations. 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 class instructors
- 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 recertification, 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.
Gain a deeper understanding of bringing mindfulness to the workplace, the authority to facilitate it, and the ability to turn what you already know into results. The science, cultural trends, legal, ethical questions, and mindfulness practices are ever-evolving. This all affects your ability to foster mindfulness in your organization.
The most successful professionals will be those who have a deep understanding, commitment to continuously learning, hone their craft, and have the support of a peer group. We designed this program with our expertise, as one of the pioneers in this field, to help you succeed.
If now isn't the right time, we understand - and the program will be offered sometime again in not too distant future. But if you know that the time for you is now, we are excited to have you join this program - Provide yourself with the opportunity to get the training and support you need.
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