Accredited with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Upon completion of this training, you can become an IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P). Learn more about the benefits of IMTA certification here.


10th Annual
Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher Training Program

Jan 24 -Sept 13, 2020 | Application Deadline November 15

IDP MTT is a 200-hour professional certificate program for committed practitioners to learn to confidently lead others on a path of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion with integrity and heart.

The 2020 program will be led by teachers Emily Herzlin, Kimberly Brown, Mona Chopra, and Renee Bochman, with Manaslu Gurung, Dan Cayer, Nandini Naik, Rey Horowitz, and other members of IDP’s esteemed faculty. 


Teach with Integrity

IDP MTT incorporates contemporary mindfulness teachings and therapeutic practices with philosophical, psychological, and ethical principles of the secular Buddhist tradition. Participants learn specific techniques for effectively leading individual and group mindfulness and compassion meditation, and are directed on a path of study to clarify the function of contemplative and complementary practices in the development of wisdom and compassion.

Now in its 10th year, this program enables experienced meditators to offer mindfulness and compassion practices to their clients, patients, family, and the general public. The training is open to therapists, educators, life coaches, leaders, managers, social workers, yoga teachers, and experienced mindfulness students. 

What we offer:

·Experiential learning and practice of individual and group meditation techniques in a supportive environment, including various methods of teaching mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and concentration

·A deep understanding of how mindfulness and contemplation supports ethical behavior and clarity, leading to beneficial actions for self and others 

·Readings and discussion of the history of meditation and mindfulness and the science of contemporary mindfulness practice, research and applications

·An opportunity to learn from established and multii-lineage teachers

·Confidence and knowledge to teach traditional practices in a secular manner that supports a wide range of contemporary fields

·Mentorship and one-on-one supervision with teachers 

·Feedback and peer support for facilitation practice

·Group facilitation skills

·Training in cultural competency, working with diverse groups, identifying implicit biases, understanding power and privilege

·A Mindfulness Meditation Teaching certificate, upon completion, for those that fulfill the requirements

Established in 2011

Graduates of MTT include instructors in the mindfulness and dharma communities, social justice and engaged practice leaders, corporate meditation guides, innovative psychotherapists, teachers, lawyers and non-profit professionals, and others inspired to share the benefits of their practice with the world.


Participants in this program are required to make a serious time commitment. In addition to six training weekends and three study days, participants commit to a daily one hour meditation practice, the completion of regular homework assignments and readings, weekly check-ins with peer groups, 35 hours of practice teaching, 2 teacher one-on-one meetings, and 9 monthly videoconference calls. See below for detailed program schedule. 




MTT is primarily designed for those with meditation experience who are interested in offering meditation instruction within their profession.  Committed contemplative and Buddhist students who would like to participate in this training to deepen their understanding and knowledge may also be admitted.


1. A regular mindfulness meditation practice of three years or more.

2. Attendance in an introductory mindfulness course, or equivalent.

3. Completion of at least one week-long, residential silent meditation retreat with a recognized meditation retreat organization or teacher. Week-long means 7 night, 6 day stay. A partial list of retreat centers is available at this link.

Alternative credit may be considered for the above requirements. Please email with inquiries.


1. Completion of the online application, (found at this link) and two brief letters of recommendation (see #2 below). Deadline is November 15, 2019.

2. Two brief letters of recommendation - submit to 1) From a member, teacher, or leader of a mindfulness or meditation community; 2) From a personal mentor or teacher.

3. You must be a Monthly Member (of any amount) in The Interdependence Project community to participant in this training. If you are not already, you may join at this link



IDP strives to be accessible to people of all income levels, so we offer tuition fees on a sliding scale. We trust our students to practice generosity and mindfulness to select the highest rate you can reasonably afford, to allow us to better meet the growing number of requests for financial aid and PoC scholarships.

·      Full Tuition:                                                             $3000 

·      Basic Tuition:                                                          $2500 

·      Supported Tuition:                                                  $2300

Tuition is exclusive of reading materials and a year-end teachers’ gift. 


·      Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program tuition. The remaining 50% of the program tuition must be received by January 7, 2020.

·      Because we can accept only a limited number of applications, we cannot offer refunds

·      Payment plans can be arranged for the Full or Basic Tuition rates only. Contact us if you’re interested in arranging a payment plan.


Work-Study positions are awarded based upon both financial need and community involvement. These positions require participants to provide assistance with setup and support on Training Weekends in exchange for reduced tuition. Due to the limited number of positions available, you must apply by November 15, 2019 to be considered for a Work-Study position.


To further our commitment to creating a diverse community, we offer scholarships for this program to persons of color. If you identify as a person of color and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate on your application. Due to the limited number of scholarships available, you must apply by November 15, 2019.




Training Weekends will take place at One Circle Wellness Center, 124 E 40th Street, Suite 704, New York, NY 10016


Six Training Weekends
Three Daylong Workshops
20 Hours of Videoconference Sessions

Fridays              7-9pm
Saturdays          10-6pm
Sundays            10-6pm  

Weekends include meditation practice, discussion, group exercises, and practice teaching.

January 24-26 - Weekend 1: Teaching with Intention: Meditation & Mindfulness 

History and view of meditation practice, its use as a means to living wisely and benefiting self and others. An understanding of mindfulness, insight, skillful action, and compassion. Introduction to the contemporary approach to mindfulness meditation. Instructions for guided mindfulness of breath practice.

Evening: Kimberly Brown

Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Nandini Nai and Rey Horowitz

Morning: Emily Herzlin and Rey Horowitz
Afternoon: Rey Horowitz and Dan Cayer

February 28-March 1 - Weekend 2: Mindfulness: Working with Emotions and Thoughts

Science and research of mind-body processes during and after mindfulness meditation. Approaches and techniques to work with hindrances including overwhelming emotions, difficult thoughts, physical pain. Exploration of our relationship with pleasant and unpleasant sensations. Contemporary applications to offer mindfulness in the workplace. 

Evening: Kimberly Brown

Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Rey Horowitz and Nandini Naik

Morning: Emily Herzlin and Rey Horowitz
Afternoon: Rey Horowitz and Dan Cayer

April 3-5 - Weekend 3: Lovingkindness: Developing the Heart
Science and research of compassion and empathy. History and practice of traditional metta, forgiveness, and compassion meditation. Approaching self-compassion and working with burn-out and overwhelm. Learning and practicing mindful communication.

Friday & Saturday with Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra

Sunday with Emily Herzlin and Nandini Naik

May 15-17 - Weekend 4: Teaching with Integrity  
Best practices and ethics for teachers in general, and mindfulness and meditation instructors particularly. Learning to be present and hold space for students’ feelings and experiences while being careful not to try to “cure” or give unsolicited advice. Applications of mindfulness in psychotherapy and clinical social work.

Kimberly Brown

Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Nandini Naik and Rey Horowitz

Morning: Applications of Mindfulness TBD
Afternoon: Paul Sireci, LSW

July 17-19 - Weekend 5: Professional Guidelines for Mindfulness and Meditation Teachers
Working with private, one-on-one students, teaching in schools, and working in healthcare institutions – including discussion and understanding of fees, settings, and best practices. Establishing a career in the mindfulness field, with information on applications of mindfulness practice in business and healthcare settings. 

Kimberly Brown

Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Shelley Dague

Morning: Emily Herzlin
Afternoon: Emily Herzlin and Rey Horowitz

September 11-13 - Weekend 6:  Student Presentation and Going Forward
Students will develop a curriculum and lead and instruct the teachers on Friday and Saturday, including presentations on applications of mindfulness and complementary practices, research on mindfulness, as well as guided meditation, facilitated discussion, and exercises. On Sunday, we’ll discuss ways to establish a teaching career - networking, job searches, professional organizations and other means. 

Friday & Saturday 
Kimberly Brown & Mona Chopra 

Morning: Emily Herzlin and Rey Horowitz
Afternoon: Kimberly Brown, Emily Herzlin, Mona Chopra

Each Workshop is 9-5pm at One Circle Wellness Center

March 21 with Kimberly Brown & Mona Chopra - Deepening Your Practice
June 13 with Renee Bochman & Manaslu Gurung - Cultural Competency
August 8 with Nandini Naik - TBD

Meetings will be held on weekday evenings, and will be scheduled on dates which are determined by considering class and teacher availability.

Cultural Competency with Renee Bochman (11 hours)
Deepening Your Practice with Manaslu Gurung - 3 Sessions @ 3 hours each - Dates/Times TBD