Description & Application Information

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This Program will not be available in 2018.

Please note we are revising the Teacher Training Program to provide an in-depth training for the needs of different healthcare practitioners. The descriptions below of the levels of training will be expanded to include more requirements for a higher standard of competency.

Provisional changes below are provided so that applicants can plan their prerequisites at this time.


Teacher Training in Mindfulness – The M4 Programs

IMPORTANT – All applications for OMC teacher training must be submitted and candidates accepted before the start of the January-February, May-June or Sept-October sessions.  Please read the application requirements in the document at the end of this page.

The Professional Training Path is designed for professionals in healthcare, education, or human resources interested in cultivating their mindfulness practice. This training program is experiential and focused on cultivation of personal mindfulness practices. It provides professionals with a base for developing clinical mindfulness skills and a foundational understanding of mindfulness interventions.

Training in the foundations of mindfulness and the MBSM program can span up to one year of study and practice; it consists of participation in one of the 8-week MBSM courses offered at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, guided self-study of current research and books on Mindfulness Interventions, a silent retreat, and the Teacher Training Retreat.

The MBSM programs are Mindfulness for (M4) Stress Management, M4-Pain Management, M4-Operational Stress Injury (First Responders & military only), and M4-Burnout Resilience.

Please also note that all participants in the professional training are assessed at each stage for their suitability to continue to the final Teacher Training Retreat or to other levels.


These are provisional and may change as the new criteria are clarified.

1- Minimum of one year meditation practice in a recognized tradition.
Meditation practices are defined as periods of 30 mins or more in sitting meditation (guided or silent). Longer meditations can alternate 10 min periods in walking meditation with sitting meditation.

2- Completion of a 5- to 10-day silent, teacher-lead retreat in a recognized tradition.

3- A background and/or training in mental health that includes understanding of mental health issues.

Level I – Foundations of Mindfulness & the M4 Program

Applicants must be accepted into the Professional Training Program BEFORE participating in the M4 Program as a participant/observer.

Participants are required to

(1) Complete one of the 8-week MBSM courses as a participant-observer.

(2) Completion of 8/10 modules on topics related to mindfulness: introduction to mindfulness, ethics, group process, inquiry, scientific studies,risk assessment, etc. The modules will include special topics related to use of mindfulness in specific groups.

(3) Complete a 5-10 day silent retreat in a meditative tradition AND 5-day non-residential Training Retreat which focuses on the cultivation of mindfulness & compassion using the structure of the program design.

Successful completion of the program provides a Level I certificate of completion in Foundations of Mindfulness Interventions & the essentials of the  MBSM Program. This level does not permit the delivery of the 8-week MBSM program.

Level I – Qualification to teach M4

Trained Teacher (prerequisite) Level will require

(1) maintenance of meditation practice,
(2) one 5-10 day silent, teacher-lead retreat(at least each year from completion of Foundational Training to Qualification applicaiton), and
(3) conducting a minimum of three (or more depending on the level of competency attained) 8-week MBSM programs under the supervision of an MBSM training mentor.

This can be completed through the OMC programs or in the candidate’s own setting. (80-100 hours)

Participants are required to teach an 8-week program under supervision (11 supervised sessions). Supervision is arranged with one of the Certified Teachers at the OMC.

Level II – Practical Training


Participants will have the opportunity to facilitate groups with the primary facilitators. They will conduct guided meditations, assist with inquiries, incorporate bodywork into each class, and lead mindfulness exercises. Three teaching sessions with senior teachers are required and includes supervision. Other requirements include attendance at two 5 to 10-day silent retreats each year and completion of the Mindfulness Foundations and Ethics retreat offered at educational sites.

Details of Teacher Training Path-March 2016. (This document has not been updated to the new criteria. However the application requirements are available on the last page and can be used to submit your application for consideration.)