MBWP Teacher Training

IU Mindfulness
Participants from the inaugural MBWP 5-day workshop in Bloomington, IN

The Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy (MBWP) teacher training program is designed for arts educators interested in deepening their knowledge and commitment to mindfulness-based education both in their personal and professional lives. The program aims to create a community of educators dedicated to transforming the culture of education through mindfulness.


MBWP Teacher Certification Requirements

  • Enroll in and complete an initial 5-day MBWP workshop. For more information about the workshop, please click here.
  • Maintain a consistent personal mindfulness practice (at least 5 days a week) as articulated at the conclusion of the 5-day workshop, for a minimum of one year after completing the workshop.
  • Engage in monthly cohort meetings to discuss personal practice and teaching applications.
  • Engage in monthly meetings with an MBWP certified teacher to discuss personal practice along with pedagogical ideas, applications, and progress.
  • Submit three 15-minute videos, along with accompanying commentary, demonstrating applications of MBWP in a musical setting.
  • Submit a cumulative written project that includes, (a) a summary of your understanding of MBWP and its applications in teaching, (b) five MBWP sample lesson plans that could be incorporated into your specific teaching context, and (c) an additional artifact demonstrating a current or potential application of MBWP.
  • Complete four supervised teaching units in your role as apprentice faculty for the 5-day MBWP workshop. Enrollment in the workshop as a paid participant is required.
  • Complete an exit interview with a certified MBWP teacher.

Note: Videos and written material will be reviewed by an MBWP certified teacher and must be deemed acceptable before MBWP certification is approved. In cases were materials are not initially approved, opportunities for further guidance and resubmission may be discussed.

What will I be able to do with MBWP Certification?

  • Refer to yourself as a certified MBWP teacher and add this designation to your credentials.
  • Engage in your personal mindfulness practice with a deeper understanding of the philosophical, ethical, scientific, pedagogical, and creative foundations of mindfulness and its applications in contemporary educational contexts.
  • Design and facilitate introductory level classes and workshops on MBWP and advise and serve as a consultant to those interested in applying MBWP principles in their work as teachers and musicians.
  • Incorporate MBWP practices and interventions into your work as an educator and musician.
  • In certain circumstances and as requested, serve as a monthly cohort or individual meeting facilitator for aspiring MBWP teachers.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact me (Frank Diaz) at openmindzenbloomington@gmail.com.