MBSR Fundamentals | SR-401-9D

Teacher training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

Living into the underlying theoretical, philosophical, and pedagogical foundations of MBSR, the MBSR Fundamentals format SR-401-9D establishes a shared body of practice.

In addition to forming and implementing an active international network of MBSR colleagues, students who meet competency standards are authorized to offer mindfulness-based introductory programs. In order to teach the full 8-week MBSR program, successful completion of the MBSR Practice Teaching Intensive (SR-402) is required, a training program that will be offered in Spain in 2018.


 For the first 5 days, students are immersed in the Mindfulness Tools Program™, a synthesized format of the 8-week MBSR course that includes intensive meditation, small and large group dialogue and interaction, and teacher instruction. In the 4 days immediately following the Mindfulness Tools Program™, students participate in an intensive, highly experiential professional training to facilitate further integration of the Mindfulness Tools Program™ through instruction, investigation and dialogue with teachers and other participants.

Course Description

In response to the call for effective and competent practitioners able to teach the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), the Center for Mindfulness in collaboration with Nirakara offer the MBSR Fundamentals (SR-401-9D).

MBSR Fundamentals (SR-401) establishes the guiding principles and practices of the MBSR program and curriculum. Attitudes and skills of the teacher, language, principles, pedagogical methods and examining how to engage participants in an exploration of their own lives are observed, investigated, and practiced. Concurrently, through field work as a participant/observer in an MBSR course (either the 8-week class or 5-day Mindfulness Tools program), we examine the theoretical underpinnings, teacher attributes, knowledge, skills and underlying research supporting MBSR.

Learning Objetives



Educate and train physicians, nurses, behavioral health professionals, other health care professionals, educators, researchers and others who may qualify in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) through in-vivo experiential learning


Scientific Underpinnings

Discuss and analyze the scientific, theoretical, and pedagogical underpinnings of MBSR. Become familiar with MBSR and other mindfulness-based research and scientific literature.

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Teacher Assessment Criteria

Familiarize participants with identified teacher competencies accessed via the Mindfulness- Based Interventions-Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC).


Mind-Body Medicine

Identify and examine MBSR within the larger fields of mind-body, integrative and participatory medicine.



Facilitate the formation and implementation of a coherent, active international network of MBSR professionals

Who should attend?

This course is available for physicians, nurses, behavioral and health professionals, educators, researchers, administrators, and others who qualify as future MBSR teachers.


  • MBSR 8-Week Course in one of the following formats:
  • Prior to attending MBSR Fundamentals, students are required to attend a 5-day or longer silent, teacher-led retreat. This retreat fulfills the first of four retreats required for CFM Teacher Certification
  • Minimum of one year of personal meditation practice


The program starts on Monday, December 11th in the evening and ends on Wednesday, December 20th in the afternoom.


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