Teacher Training — TMTC: Teaching Mindfulness to Children

January 20th 2024 – June 16th 2024

Learn to cultivate an environment where children can build resilience and reduce stress while promoting stronger relationships through better communication, patience, self-compassion and kindness!

This six-month 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 3-19. The Teaching Mindfulness to Children (TMTC) Program was created by former IDP Board Member and child psychologist Heidi Marben, PsyD. 

  • 6 sessions on weekends
  • Live online via Zoom

*Payment plans & partial scholarships available
Deadline to apply: December 15th, 2023

  • Training Weekend 1, January 20-21, 2024: Establishing Your Foundation

  • Training Weekend 2, February 17-18, 2024: Cultivating Self-Compassion 

  • Training Weekend 3, March 16-17,2024: Teaching Mindfulness to Children 

  • Training Weekend 4, April 20-21,2024: Teaching Kids to be Kind  

  • Training Weekend 5, May 18-19,2024: Working with Adolescents and More

  • Training Weekend 6, June 8-9: Dealing with Difficulties & Final Presentation

Applicant Recommendations
  • 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.

  • Weekly participation with a study group.

  • Attendance at all weekends and study group meetings is strongly recommended. If you have concerns about your ability to participate, please email us to discuss.

  • Students must attend at least five weekends to receive a certificate.

This Course Includes:

  • Guidance to establish their own personal practice, creating a foundation from which they can confidently offer children mindfulness techniques

  • 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

  • A copy of Dr. Marben’s Mindfulness Curriculum for Lower School, which contains teaching guidelines and detailed lesson plans for children 

  • 55 hours of class time over six months

  • Peer group support

Teach mindfulness to children. 🌱

Meet the Teachers



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