Teaching MBSR: A Labor of Love - Two-Day Intensive Conference

Labor of Love, Teaching Best Practices Intensive Conference for MBSR Teachers

Sunday, October 19  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 20  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Structured for both commuters and out-of-town participants

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NOTE: This program is for MBSR teachers who have past teaching experience or are currently teaching.

What to ExpectMBSR Teachers, Small Group at Conference

  • Immersion in the pedagogy of MBSR
  • Intensive experiential learning
  • Multiple rounds of small group practice teaching
  • Sensitive, respectful feedback
  • Detailed suggestions for competency building by Senior MBSR teachers
  • Specific post-program suggestions about teaching areas to work with.

Program Schedule

Day 1

9:00 am - 12:30 pm:
- Entering the Relational Space of Being an MBSR Teacher
- Becoming Familiar with MBI-TAC Teacher Competency Criteria
1:45 - 5:00 pm:
- Small Group Practice Teaching

Day 2

9:00 am - 12:30 pm:
- Small Group Practice Teaching
1:30 - 3:00 pm
- Small Group Practice Teaching
3:00 - 4:00 pm
- Consolidation of and Reflection on the Learning Process

What You'll be Doing

Pre-program reflection and study:
  • Reading background materials and
  • Identifying relational aspects of teaching MBSR/MBI that you find challenging.
During the 2-day teaching intensive:
  • Practice teaching within two domains of the MBI-TAC criteria for teacher competency. These include:
    • Relational Skills: The process and attitudes through which MBSR/MBI teachers assist program participants in the development of new relationships with themselves and their experience. (Domain #2), and
    • Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching: The process through which course themes are conveyed to participants including inquiry and dialogue. (Domain #5)

What You'll Learn:

Saki Santorelli, Labor of Love MBSR Conference

  • Enhanced capacity to remain firmly grounded in awareness of self and others as you teach,
  • Increased stability in situations that generate ambiguity and fear
  • Heightened ability to effectively and flexibly interact with MBSR/MBI participants
  • Greater trust in your ability to be more human, authentic, and playful into the classroom
  • Familiarity with benchmarks associated with competency in teaching MBSR and other MBIs

  • Refinement of the art and skill of being an MBSR teacher.

Conference Leaders

Florence Meleo-Meyer, Saki Santorelli, and a host of Senior MBSR teachers at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society will guide this entire program.


Please join us at the new home of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in Shrewsbury, MA on the beautiful Maple Avenue Campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School for this exceptional program.

Registration & Tuition

Tuition: $550 (USD)

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2014Register Online

Space is limited so please register early. Background readings and course materials will be forwarded to you upon registration and receipt of full program payment.

Accomodations for Out-of-Town Participants

Discounted overnight accommodations may be made at a nearby hotel, The Residence Inn, on Plantation Street in Worcester, MA. To receive the discounted room rate, please call 508-753-6300 and mention the Center for Mindfulness.

More About the Labor of Love

This two-day instructional, intensive conference is an expression of the convergence of three powerful rivers:
  • the proliferation of MBSR programs in healthcare and other social institutions
  • the upsurge in MBSR teacher education and training institutes
  • the identification and assessment of explicit competencies required in the ongoing formation of MBSR teacher

Joined with the absolute necessity of extensive and regular personal meditation practice, these ‘rivers’ form the basis for global MBSR program integrity and fidelity and comprise a radically fresh approach to professional and continuing education in mindfulness and MBSR.

In service of this convergence, we will explore in depth, through a variety of formats, the implicit competencies underpinning MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) and two explicit competencies recently identified as particularly challenging via a large survey of 2,000 MBSR teachers and teachers in training:

  1. Conveying course themes through interactive teaching including dialogue and inquiry, and group process
  2. Relational skills and classroom dynamics

In response to these stated needs, this conference will focus on the pedagogy and intensive practice teaching of these two competencies including the attitudes and qualities called forth in each of us as teachers when we approach these areas within ourselves and while teaching MBIs.

As teachers, we are the primary instrument for translating, transmitting, and embodying mindfulness in our lives and in the classroom.  Such a full-bodied commitment asks nothing less of us than to be continually undone and transformed as a means of discovering greater resources for teaching what we are and what is directly known. More >>

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