Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training: Level 1
MBSR Essentials

Are you one of the many people around the world who have directly experienced the transformative benefits of mindfulness practice, and are drawn to share what you love with others? If so, we invite you to learn more about the MBSR teacher training pathway; we view it as a skillful means of cultivating greater clarity, wisdom and hope, and of offering these qualities in action in the world.

Certified as a MBSR Teacher Trainer by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University (MC@B) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (CFM), Janet is a member of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative (GMC) of MBSR teacher trainers. The GMC’s training pathway is a standard-bearer in the field, both establishing and reflecting international teaching standards and ethics, as well as domains of excellence in teacher training and development. The GMC is devoted to offering MBSR teacher training rooted in mindfulness practice, scientific rigor, and heart.  

As a member of the GMC, Stillpoint’s teacher training graduates are eligible to be added to the GMC website’s list of teachers-in-training, and, if recommended, will be accepted by any GMC collaborative member organization’s subsequent teacher training programs in their training pathway toward Certification as a MBSR teacher.

The first formal training program, MBSR Essentials, is held in conjuction with the MBSR course, and is described in detail below. Explore the Level 2 MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT) training program offered by Janet and her colleagues at the MTTA by clicking here. More about Individual Mentoring can be found here.

Please contact Janet for more information, or apply to the Essentials of MBSR program below.

Check our schedule for more details on dates and times.

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Are there prerequisites to beginning MBSR Teacher Training?

Yes! Prerequisites for this program include completing an 8-week MBSR class prior to beginning the MBSR Essentials training, attending a qualifying meditation retreat (5-7 days, silent, teacher-led), and a consistent meditation practice. Essentials is the first formal, Level 1 program in the 3-level teacher training pathway designed by the Global Mindfulness Collaborative (GMC). The Level 2 MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT) is offered by Janet and her colleagues through their Mindfulness Teacher Training Alliance (our next IPT will be offered in early 2023). Please go to our MBSR Teacher Training – Level 2 page for information on prerequisites for the IPT).


The Essentials Level 1 teacher training is a special opportunity to deepen your practice, use mindfulness with greater skill and precision in your work, and/or embark on a journey to teach MBSR. The 10-week program is held in conjunction with an 8-week MBSR course, combining full participation in MBSR with the Essentials seminar held on the following day. Each weekly seminar is 3.5 hours. The program begins with an “Essentials Opening,” held one week before the MBSR course begins, and finishes with a Closing one week after the MBSR course ends. The time commitment is demanding; participants should expect home reading and writing assignments, group discussion and preparation, along with daily practice.  The intensive nature of the course aims for nothing less than freedom from the reactive patterns that are at the very root of suffering.  As we experience such moments of freedom for ourselves, we build a trustworthy foundation of understanding from which to offer to others the same reliable means of minimizing harm and maximizing human flourishing.

MBSR Teacher Training Program Fees

Our intention is for training programs to be accessible to all who are called to study MBSR, practice and teach.  Please inquire with Janet about financial assistance, which may be available to applicants based on need. 

10-week MBSR Essentials: Cost below includes participation in the MBSR class.

  • Base rate: $2200

Teacher Training Intensive (TTI) offered with Mindfulness Teacher Training Alliance partners:

  • Base rate: $2800

Skills Building Group Mentoring: 2022 Dates TBA. Contact Janet for more information.

  • Base rate: $1600

10-week Individual Mentoring: see our Mindfulness Mentoring page for more information. 

  • Base rate: $1400

Certification Review for Certification from the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and Global Mindfulness Collaborative:

  • Base rate: $1100

Individual hourly rate for tailored mentoring: see our Mindfulness Mentoring page for more information.

  • Base rate: $150 

Refund Policy: If you register and pay for the course and need to withdraw up to a week prior to the course start date, we are happy to refund your payment minus a $50 administrative fee.  Once we are within a week prior to the start of the course, we offer no refunds, but are happy to count your payment toward a course to be offered within the next calendar year.

Online Format

Please note this will be a highly interactive, LIVE-ONLINE web-based program. We ask for your full attention and participation.

For technical requirements, click here.

How to get started

For a schedule of dates and times for upcoming MBSR Orientation Sessions and Teacher Training Programs, see our Schedule.

To register and pay for a MBSR Essentials Teacher Training program, please click Register and Pay Here.

Please contact Janet with any questions!

Words from Dorsey Standish of Mastermind Meditate on the MBSR Teacher Training with Janet Curry –

“I have had the supreme pleasure of getting to know Janet over the last year. She has spoken to our team of mindfulness teachers to share her expertise on topics like trauma-informed mindfulness and working with thoughts and emotions during meditation. I also hired her as a private facilitation coach, and most recently had her facilitate a one-hour session for our leadership retreat. I can’t say enough good things about our time with Janet! 

She conveys a boundless warmth and depth of  personal practice even over Zoom. She leads by example, using the principles of mindfulness and compassion to guide her facilitation, practice and inquiry. We are so grateful to have her as a resource for our growing company and look forward to many more sessions with her.”