Mindfulness Training for Educators

The following mindfulness in education programs offer training in Ontario. If you know of other programs offering training in Ontario, please contact us.

(Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators

SmartEducation™ is an evidence-based program coordinated by SmartUBC that specifically targets the needs of K-12 educators and professional support staff, with a strong emphasis on the cultivation of mindful awareness including elements of self-compassion, emotional literacy, self-regulation skills, optimism and self-care.

The SmartEducation™ program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: meditation, emotional awareness and movement.   Weekly meetings also contain presentations and group discussions that include:

  • Concentration, Attention and Mindfulness
  • Empathy Training
  • Compassion Training Emotional Balance Training

Certificate of Completion: Successful participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from UBC Faculty of Education


WHERE: Beckett Farm P.S. In the Library, 78 Beckett Ave, Markham, ON
WHEN: Wednesdays, Feb 20 – April 24, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm (No class:  March 13)   RETREAT: Wednesday April 10th | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
COST:  $350 (Includes materials)
Facilitators: Heidi Bornstein & Lois Lorimer

WHERE: Emily Carr S.S., in the Library, 4901 Rutherford Rd, Woodbridge, ON
WHEN: Tuesdays, March 19 – May 14, 2019 | 5 – 7 pm
RETREAT: Tuesday, April 30th | 5 – 9 pm
COST: $350 (includes materials)
Facilitators: Angela Ventrice & Rena Chadwick

WHERE:  Dundas Junior P.S. In the Library, 935 Dundas St E, Toronto
WHEN: Tuesdays, March 19 – May 14, 2019 | 5 – 7 pm   RETREAT: Tuesday, April 30th | 5 – 9 PM
COST:  $350 (Includes materials)
Facilitators: Shawna Watson & Triti Namiranian

WHERE: Etobicoke C.I. In the Library, 86 Montgomery Rd, Etobicoke
WHEN: Tuesdays, March 19 – May 14, 2019 | 5 – 7 pm
RETREAT: Tuesday, April 30th | 5 – 9 PM
COST: $350 (Includes materials)
Facilitators: Franca Battaglia & Julia Neilson

WHERE: St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School, in the library, 15 Paschal Court, Willowdale
WHEN: Thursdays, March 21 – May 16, 2019 | 4 – 6 pm
RETREAT: Thursday, May 2 | 4 – 8 PM
COST: $350 (Includes materials)
Facilitators: Heidi Bornstein & Stephen Chadwick

WHERE: Valley Park Middle School, in the Library, 130 Overlea Blvd, East York
WHEN: Tuesdays, March 19 – May 14, 2019 | 4 – 6 pm
RETREAT: Thursday, April 30 | 4 – 8 PM
COST: $350 (Includes materials)
Facilitators: Heidi Bornstein & Lois Lorimer-Nunn


WHERE: Eastwood C. I. In the Library, 760 Weber Street E., Kitchener, ON
WHEN: Tuesdays, March 19 – May 7, 2019 | 4:30-6:30 pm
RETREAT: Sunday, May 5th | 10am – 2pm
COST:  $350 (includes materials)
Facilitators: Carla Waites


WHERE: 123 James Street North,  Harbour/Gallery Room, 2nd floor, Hamilton
WHEN: March 21 – May 7, 2019 | 5-7 pm
RETREAT:  Tues, April 30th | 5 – 9 pm
COST:  $350 (includes materials)
Facilitators: Sharon Babineau & Arunas Antanaitis


WHERE: Forest City Mindfulness, 190 Wortley Rd. Suite LL11, London, ON
WHEN: Wednesdays, Feb 6 – April 3, 2019  | 6 – 8pm  (No class: March 13)

RETREAT: Saturday, March 23rd  | 10am – 2pm in Bracebridge
COST:  $350 (includes materials)
Facilitators: Angela Scott

Registration For all SMART Courses Here: http://www.mindfulnesseveryday.org/schedule.html#CoursesForEducators

Hemera: Contemplative Fellowships for Educators

Fellowship applications will open on March 2nd for many retreats throughout the year at various retreat centres. Contemplative Fellowships for Educators provide funding for anyone currently working full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education, to attend meditation retreats at retreat centres throughout the US at little to no cost.

The following centres will be holding retreats:

In particular the Shambhala Mountain Centre in Red Feather Lakes Colorado will be hosting a retreat for Educators from June 3 – 7.  Fellowships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis at each centre. We strongly recommend applying early, while there are still fellowships available at the centre and retreat you’re interested in.

For more information: click here. 

IBe Me Teacher Training

When: June 2017 – June 2018
Where: Online and residential retreats in Massachusetts.
Cost: US$6,900 (scholarships available).

IBMe is now offering a year-long certification in teaching mindfulness to adolescents. The program includes three five-day residential retreats, on-line study between retreats as well as monthly small group meetings and personal and professional mentoring. The training is aimed at professionals who are interested in teaching mindfulness in their high school, college or community through classes, workshops or retreats, and who are committed to deepening their own meditation practice as a foundation for working with adolescents.

The training will include mindfulness experience adequate to embody mindfulness, methods for compassionate and playful engagement with youth, foundations of adolescent psychology, the science of mindfulness along with many other topics.

For more information and to register: click here. 

Mindfulness in Schools Project (.b)

When:  no Ontario dates currently scheduled – see Outside Ontario training for US dates

From August 14 – 17, 2014, Mindfulness in Schools Project senior trainers Kevin Hawkins and James Gibbs brought the Teach .b Certification Course to Ottawa, having previously taught the course together in The Hague, San Diego and Prague. They conveyed real-time lessons, shared pedagogy, and discussed teaching experiences from the US as well as the UK and Europe, alongside supporting a nourishing, restful, retreat ‘feel’ to the course. Participants practised teaching the key exercises to one another, in order to leave feeling confident and empowered to teach the .b curriculum to young people.

Please be aware that .b only accepts participants who meet the Prerequisites for training and agree to the Terms & Conditions, in order to try to maintain the integrity of the teaching of mindfulness to young people.

For more information: mindfulnessinschools.org

Online Training

Stressed Teens Online Training for Educators

When: Tuesdays, April 25th, 2017 – July 11th 2017 | 4 – 5:30 ET
Cost: US$300  special for Canada

Get Certified by Stressed Teens in MBSR-T
The teen adapted version of MBSR recognized by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Gina Biegel’s Online Training Program for Stressed Teens is being offered to the Canadian Mindfulness community for $300 USD from $600 USD. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be trained in mindfulness skills that support the life of a stressed teen you care about. REGISTER HERE: http://conta.cc/2oWIwph

This 10-week professional development program is intended for those who wish to deepen their mindfulness-based skills with adolescents. It is suggested for those interested in mindfulness from varying disciplines and background. Parents, educators, doctors, mental health and health professionals are welcome to attend.

For more information: click here

The Science of Happiness

This free online course explores the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Since its launch in September 2014, more than 375,000 people have registered for this online course co-taught by Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas of the Greater Good Science Centre. The course is also approved for Continuing Education credit.

Cost: Free/$99/$199
For more information or to register: click here

Mindful Schools – Curriculum Training

Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your work with youth using Mindful School’s K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum. The curriculum – used by thousands of educators, mental health professionals, social workers, and parents in 50 states and over 100 countries – is adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clinical settings, and home. It uses developmentally appropriate language for explaining key mindfulness concepts and practices to youth.

Course graduates report improvement in job satisfaction, connecting with youth, delivering school curriculum, and student behaviour (attention, self-regulation, engagement, compassion).

When:  courses start monthly.

For more info or to register:  click here

Still Quiet Place with Dr. Amy Saltzman, M.D.

10-Week Online Practicum for K-12 Educators and Allied Professionals

This practicum is designed for educators and allied professionals who are interested in offering mindfulness to children and adolescents — to support them in developing their natural capacities for focused attention, engaged learning, emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action.

When: 10 Tuesday evenings began running Sept 20 – Dec 16.
Cost:  $600 USD (a limited number of partial scholarships are available)

During this interactive training participants will:

  • Either begin or continue their personal mindfulness practice for at least 30 minutes per day for the duration of the course.
  • Review current research regarding the benefits of teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents.
  • Observe and discuss a ten-session curriculum for 4th-7th graders from beginning to end.
  • Explore and discuss skillful adaptations in language and practice which make mindfulness inviting and accessible to different age groups and populations.
  • Discuss the realities of offering mindfulness practices in classroom, therapeutic, and community settings.
  • Discuss some of the challenges faced when providing mindfulness instruction, including reluctance, resistance, or misunderstanding on the part of children, parents, and administrative leadership.
  • Review and reflect upon the essential qualities and qualifications for those interested in teaching mindfulness to children, and receive a framework for evaluating their own readiness to teach mindfulness to youth.
  • Discuss ideas for presenting/pitching a new mindfulness program in specific settings.

For more info or to register:  click here

Teach, Breathe, Learn:  An Online Course for Educators

When: August 2017
Instructor:  Meena Srinivasan
Cost: US$99 register by 1 June 2017, US$108 after.

  • Each live class is 1.5 hours long and recorded so everyone can participate, even if you can’t attend.
  • Free digital copy of the instructor’s critically acclaimed book included with the course.
  • Things You’ll Learn:
    • Understand how mindfulness connects to the five core social emotional learning competencies
    • Learn how to embed mindfulness and social emotional learning practices into lesson design and instruction
    • Use mindfulness and social emotional learning to create a more equity centered, culturally responsive classroom
    • Create powerful learning experiences for adult colleagues around mindfulness and social emotional learning

For more info or to register:  click here

Modern Mindfulness Teacher Training Webinar

When:  contact Modern Mindfulness to arrange a training
Teachers:  led by experienced mindfulness facilitators from the Center for Mindful Learning in Burlington, Vermont

Modern Mindfulness is now offering a live teacher training webinar. The 3-hour Level 1 training prepares you to teach mindfulness to young people, ages 5-18, using the MM interactive online curriculum. The online curriculum includes daily 5-minute mindfulness exercises, weekly student videos, and a practice-based online teacher training.

The training includes how to:

  • apply foundational mindfulness skills and techniques
  • use mindfulness to decrease stress and increase fulfillment as a parent/educator
  • create a supportive climate for students to build mindfulness skills
  • communicate the benefits of mindfulness based on research in the field
  • use the MM software program most effectively

For more info:  click here.

Mindful Life

Program name:  Mindful Life
When:  ongoing
Teachers:  Kristin Race, PhD

Six Module Mindfulness Online Intensive

This course is modelled after our in person intensive training for schools to give individual teachers, educators, school counsellors and youth professionals a flexible, affordable online course.

You no longer have to wait for your school or district to book an in person, you can improve your classroom skills, apply for graduate level professional development credits and be ready to teach mindfulness in a school or after-school program setting immediately upon completion.

For more info:  click here

Training Outside of Ontario

IBMe Yearlong Mindfulness Teacher Training

When: June 2017 – 2018
Where: residential retreats in Massachusetts
Cost: US$7,500

IBMe is launching its first year long mindful teacher training aimed at professionals interested in teaching mindfulness in their high school, college or community through classes, workshops or retreats and who are committed to deepening their own meditation practice. The course includes three five-day retreats, online study between retreats, monthly small group meetings and personal and professional mentoring.

For more information: click here

Contemplative Fellowships for Educators, Hemera Foundation

Hemera’s Contemplative Fellowships for Educators (CFE) program supports educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures. If you are new to meditation or have never attended a retreat longer than a weekend, you are eligible for full funding.

For more information: click here. 

11th Annual Care for Teachers Retreat

When & Where: Garrison Institute, 31 July – 4 August, 2017

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE for Teachers is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration – the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

The Garrison Institute created this innovative training for teachers introducing an evidence-based set of practical skills. These skills will help you reduce stress, improve your mental concentration and emotional awareness and facilitate responsiveness. You will be able to apply these in the classroom so you can consistently be the caring, compassionate teacher you are. These skills include relaxation, movement, deep listening, emotion-awareness and much more.

Cost: US$ 980 – 1260.
Limited scholarships available.

For more information: click here.

Mindful Schools: Year Long Certification

When & Where: Click here for training dates and places.

Pre-requisite: An established mindfulness practice and completion of Mindful Schools Mindfulness Fundamentals and Curriculum Training courses are prerequisites for this course.

The Year-Long Certification program is for dedicated practitioners in the field of mental health and education who are looking to receive an in-depth curricula-based training in becoming a skillful mindfulness teacher for young people.

The course involves: two week-long summer retreats that bookend the year, ten months of online learning through weekly teaching videos, written content, assignments and forum engagement, weekly group coaching sessions with faculty, monthly small group cohort meetings and guest speaker webinars on specialized topics.

For more information, click here

Mindfulness in Schools Project: .b Teacher Training Course

When & Where:
Click here for worldwide training dates and places

Pre-requisite:  For those who have completed a formal 8-week mindfulness course such as MBSR or MBCT, followed by a 6 month period of embedding the mindfulness practices in everyday life. Click here for pre-requisite details.

Learn to teach the 9-lesson .b mindfulness curriculum to young people. .b has been written for 11-18 year olds to form part of the normal school curriculum, for use in the classroom with ‘conscript’ audiences, although it can also be used equally effectively in other settings (small groups, one-to-one, voluntary classes). It is based on the traditions of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and at its simplest level .b is an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness in a fun, engaging and useful way, but also equips young people with a toolkit of simple practices to use in their lives.

The lessons typically include a presentation by the teacher with the help of lively, pupil-friendly powerpoints, film and sound images, and practical exercises and demonstrations to make the ideas vivid and relevant to their lives. Lesson objectives and clear explanations create an environment that allows the teacher to lead the class in some short practices and activities, such as learning to sit still and watch the breath, paying attention to different parts of the body, walking mindfully and becoming more aware of how the body feels under stress.

Most lessons end with an invitation to do some brief practices at home during the week, and the whole course is supported by a student handbook.

.b intends to resource young people at times of difficulty, but also in supporting them to thrive and flourish in their lives. There is now a growing evidence base to support .b and mindfulness for young people in general, such as in the following areas:

  • experiencing greater well-being (feeling happier, calmer, more fulfilled)
  • more able to fulfill their potential and pursue their own goals (through more creativity, relaxation, improved focus and concentration) in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, and when paying attention and listening to others
  • increased ability to work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative and anxious thoughts and low moods