Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training

Oasis Institute began in 2001 as a school for a new generation of health care and other professionals interested in learning, from the inside out, how to integrate mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other mindfulness-based approaches into disciplines and communities all over the world. While this is our primary focus, Oasis Institute has a more fundamental objective, which is to foster a direct, experiential understanding that inner experience, intuition, imagination, and non-conceptual awareness are as crucial and valid as objective, evidence-based knowledge to an understanding of the world. Oasis Institute is a rigorous forum for the development and integration of these mutually effective, interdependent approaches to knowing, caring, and serving.

Announcing the Updated Oasis Institute Training Pathway

Florence Meleo-Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer MS, MA

Effective March 1, 2013, students who begin Oasis Institute professional training for certification will enter our updated training trajectory, now described in detail throughout this website. This pathway provides successive phases of intensive training programs within Oasis, together with an ongoing process of deepening one’s own mindfulness practice and independent study.

“These new criteria were carefully developed over the course of two years and reflect our deep commitment to providing a rigorous and thorough course of study for those wishing to obtain certification in teaching MBSR,” says Florence Meleo-Meyer, Oasis Director, about the updates. Click here to view the Oasis Institute brochure

Students who began training with Oasis prior to March 1, 2013 may continue toward certification through the training trajectory that was in place at the time they began their course of study. Those who do not wish to become certified as MBSR teachers have always been and remain most welcome to attend our programs provided they meet the pre-requisites.

BECOMING AN MBSR TEACHER

“Cultivating wisdom is the teacher’s path. It is an unfolding odyssey – a way of living into what is deepest and truest in our lives. And, because we are teachers, it is our invitation to those we teach to make contact with and live into what is deepest and truest within them…and together be transformed”

~Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA, Executive Director, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness

Teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) requires the capacity to meet your own suffering and that of others with attention, transparency, compassion, and resilience. Cultivating these qualities takes patience, time, and effort. The process of becoming an authentic teacher is both cumulative and non-linear. Therefore, we encourage you to proceed through Oasis Institute programs slowly and thoroughly, allowing time to integrate what you are learning into your life and teaching.

The path to becoming a professionally trained MBSR teacher consists of successive phases of intensive preparation, study, training, reflection, practice, and direct teaching experience.

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Phase 1: First Steps

Phase 2: Next Steps: Foundational Study and Training

Phase 3: Deepening Your Experience as an MBSR Teacher

Phase 4: Teacher Certification in MBSR

Completion of Phases 1 and 2 is required before beginning to teach MBSR courses. Phase 3 culminates in preparation for Teacher Certification Review.  Successful completion of Phases 1 through qualifies you for Teacher Certification in MBSR.

If your intention is simply to learn and apply MBSR principles in your professional and personal life, we welcome your participation in one or more Phase 2 foundational study and training programs.

In addition to participating in Oasis Institute study and training programs, dedication to on¬going personal and professional development is essential, including:

  • Daily mindfulness meditation practice,
  • Teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats
  • Yoga and other body-centered awareness practices, and
  • Relevant professional education and training.

Program at a glance

Program in depth

Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Education and Training 
cfm.oasis@umassmed.edu
Phone: 508.856.1097
Fax: 508.856.1977