Teaching Mindfulness to Children Training Program

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Next program begins in September 2018!


This intensive training provides educators, therapists, counselors and other youth professionals including parents, with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to effectively teach mindfulness and compassion techniques to children aged 5-12.  Participants will begin by establishing their own personal practice, creating a foundation from which they can confidently offer children mindfulness techniques.  This program will include:

  • Rigorous personal mindfulness instruction and practice, including an exploration of texts and techniques from different traditions and teachers
  • An understanding of self-compassion and equanimity to prevent teacher burnout and discouragement
  • Experiential learning and practice of age-appropriate mindfulness techniques
  • Ways to create a mindful classroom and home environment
  • Discussion of research on mindfulness and compassion and child development
  • Detailed instruction and assistance in designing a curriculum relevant to your needs and the needs of your program/situation.
  • Admission to IDP’s monthly Half Day Meditation Retreat, to support and deepen your personal mindfulness practice
  • A copy of Dr. Marben’s  Mindfulness Curriculum for Lower School, which contains teaching guidelines and detailed lesson plans for children ages 4 through 12.

This unique program has been created and is directed by Heidi Marben, PsyD., a child psychologist who developed and teaches the mindfulness program for lower school students at Trinity School in New York City. Heidi has also provided parent-child classes at IDP and Jewel Heart NYC. In addition, she has led teacher training workshops at IDP for the past four years.

This training program will enable you to cultivate an environment where children and teachers can build resilience and reduce stress, while promoting stronger relationships through better communication, patience, self-compassion and kindness with one another.



October       7 & 8
October     28 & 29
November 18 & 19
December 16 & 17
January     20 & 21
February   24 & 25


  • 60 hours of class time over six months and a commitment to practice meditation daily.
  • Classes will be held on six weekends, Saturdays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sundays 10:00am - 1:00pm.
  • There will be three one-hour online, live, interactive check-ins with Dr. Heidi Marben after weekends 3, 4, and 5.  These sessions are an opportunity for discussion, to share reflections about the homework, and to ask questions.
  • Optional attendance at IDP’s monthly Half Day Meditation Retreat, to support your personal practice.
  • Course outline is available at this link.


  • Experience working with children is recommended.
  • A commitment to establishing a daily mindfulness meditation practice. The foundation for creating a mindful environment for children is your own personal practice.
  • Attendance at all weekends and check-ins is strongly recommended. If you have concerns about your ability to participate, please email us to discuss.
  • Completed application, due by September 20th.
  • Brief professional or personal letter of recommendation, emailed to kim@theidproject.org.
  • Deposit of $500 upon submitting application and recommendation letter.
  • Balance paid by September 20.
In order to ensure applicants’ suitability for this program, we may contact and interview an applicant by phone or through other means in order to obtain additional information required to support your application. If an applicant is not accepted at this time, we will refund any payments made.
$2500 Early Bird Price until July 31 EXTENDED through September 10.
$3000 by September 22
$4000 Full Price After September 10.
  • Applicants must make a $500 deposit to secure their spot. All payments must be received by September 20.  To receive a discount price, a $500 deposit must be received by the upon acceptance to the program.  Applicants will be contacted within five days of application.
  • No refunds.
  • We anticipate this program to fill. Please sign up now if you are interested.
  • Financial Aid Deadline ended July 30. We are offering two scholarships to those who identify as people of color, and one Work-Study position for this program. Please indicate on the application if you’d like to be considered for financial aid. The deadline for financial aid consideration is July 30.


Heidi Marben, PsyD., has been teaching in schools for more than thirty years. She holds a master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a doctorate from NYU in School and Child Psychology. Heidi has worked for the past 11 years as the lower school psychologist at Trinity School, where she has developed and taught a mindfulness curriculum since 2009. In addition, Heidi maintains a private practice in Greenwich Village. She has studied and practiced Buddhism for 14 years and is interested in the exploration and application of Western and Buddhist psychological theory and practice, and is a graduate of IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Program. She takes great joy in working with children and their parents.

Kimberly Brown is IDP's Executive Director and also an experienced meditation teacher.  She graduated from the 2011 Meditation Teacher Training, and has since beeen leading mindfulness and compassion classes, workshops, and retreats for groups and individuals.  Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices lovingkindness meditation.  Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness.


Nandini Naik is a meditation teacher and a graduate of IDP’s Meditation Teacher Training.  She was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and was introduced to meditation as a child.  A former public school teacher, Nandini taught English and theater to NYC children for six years. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.





Laura Grant has been teaching yoga, movement, and mindfulness to students ages birth-adult since 2006. She developed the Yoga with Wee Ones program at Third Root Community Health Center and leads kids’ yoga teacher trainings through Asana Alphabet.  Laura holds certifications in adult yoga (200-hr), youth yoga (Asana Alphabet), and infant developmental movement (GogoBabies), and is currently pursuing an MS in Education at Bank Street College.  Laura’s mindfulness practice helps her cultivate deep listening, empathy, and compassion towards herself and others, and has supported her through significant health challenges.  The presence she finds in meditation has proven invaluable in her work as an educator.  Laura’s youngest students keep her curious, playful, and firmly grounded, for which she is immensely grateful.

The Interdependence Project is a not-for-profit meditation center, committed to offering traditional practices in a secular and accessible way.  Our certified teachers have extensive personal meditation practice and retreat experience, and years of teaching meditation to individuals and groups.  Our teachers and leaders are guided by IDP's Ethical Guidelines, and support our intention to create an inclusive and diverse community. 

The Interdependence Project's mission is supported by the generosity of many. Please learn more about becoming a Member today!


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