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.


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.

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.

(2) Submit short summaries of reading materials from current conceptualizations of mindfulness.

(3) Complete a 3-10 day silent retreat in a meditative tradition AND the 3-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.

Level I – Qualification to teach M4

Participants are required to teach an 8-week program under supervision (9 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.