Become a Certified Meditation Teacher
Help people transform their lives through the practice of meditation
Overview of the Program
Apply to be a Certified Meditation Teacher
Program Tuition & Enrollment Guidelines
Faculty & Adjunct Faculty
A Message from the Director
Seeking a life infused with more creativity and inner peace?
Would you like to enhance your personal meditation practice and make your work in the world more meaningful?
Become an inspiring teacher, effective educator, and trusted mentor trained to teach scientifically proven, time-tested meditation techniques.
Share the transformative power of meditation with your students, family, clients, or patients to help them discover newfound strength, vitality, creativity, inner peace, and greater well-being in their everyday lives.
We believe a new meditator should be mentored by a certified, experienced professional who can deliver comprehensive meditation instruction. We know that each student, if taught correctly, will continue to meditate on their own and experience the countless benefits that meditation can provide.
Learning to meditate can be a fundamentally transformative experience essential for those longing to live peacefully in our modern-day world. Teaching meditation is transformative and fulfilling in so many ways.
Is Teaching Meditation in Your Future?
If you are looking for more passion, meaning, and purpose in your life, and are a therapist, counseling professional, educator, life coach, executive, manager, healer, yoga teacher, or someone who wants to deepen the work you’re already doing in the world, and you are committed to being a guide for others and called to serve a greater cause, the McLean Meditation Institute Teacher Certification Program is designed for you.
It's a complete course in the theory, science, and practice of meditation designed to prepare individuals to deliver professional meditation instruction to their clients, patients, family, and the general public.
You'll receive a high degree of specialized training in the knowledge, skills, and presence necessary to teach the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation method, a powerful daily meditation practice suitable for anyone.
The Meditation Teacher Training is ideal for:
- Physicians, Nurses, Midwives
- Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Addiction Professionals
- Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Healers
- Educators, Elementary and High School Teachers, College Professors
- Yoga Teachers, Pilates Instructors, Physical Trainers, Fitness Gurus
- Healers, Health and Wellness Coaches
- Anyone seeking to share a powerful, natural stress-reduction and healing modality with people they care about
Will You Make a Great Teacher?
A great meditation teacher has:
- A dedicated personal meditation practice, one that they've been doing every day for a substantial length of time;
- A deep knowledge of the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual science-based benefits of meditation;
- A commitment to their practice even when times are tough...or, if they started because times were tough, they remain committed to their practice even when life is easy;
- Experience in the tangible benefits of meditation in their own lives and the ability to articulate them;
- Mental, physical, and emotional balance;
- A grounded, yet light-hearted approach to life and meditation;
- Respect for each person's personal beliefs and credo, no matter how different they may be from their own.
Find out if this training is for you. Contact an admissions counselor to find out more. (928) 204-0067
Overview of the Meditation Teacher Certification Program
The 200-hour McLean Meditation Institute (MMI) Teacher Certification Program provides the training, support, and supervision to individuals wishing to deepen their own personal practice, teach friends and family members, incorporate meditation training into their existing profession, or develop a private meditation teaching practice.
Throughout the program, you'll be mentored by Sarah McLean, a best-selling Hay House author and meditation expert as well as other seasoned meditation teachers. For over 20 years she has been teaching contemporary meditation practices to a wide variety of people: from kids to retirees, veterans, CEOs, Olympic athletes, and physicians. She runs her own successful meditation business in Sedona, Arizona. She is joined by a faculty of experts in the fields of mind/body health, sciences, mental health, yoga, marketing, and more.
The first part of the program is a 150-hour self-paced Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course. You'll be introduced to readings, exercises, videos, practices and will be tested on these and other topics:
- The history and modern day applications of meditation and mindfulness
- What “meditation” is, and the myths and misconceptions of meditation
- Various types of mindfulness and meditation practices and their applications - when to use them and why
- When, where, why and how to meditate
- The scientifically-proven physiological and psychological benefits of a regular meditation practice
- Neuroplasticity, meditation, and the brain,
- How meditation trains your attention
- The mind/body connection and creating well-being
- Stress and its effects on the mind and body
- How to shift the stress response from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”
- Experiences in meditation, including 3 ways stress is released in meditation
- Transcendental experiences in meditation
- The spiritual side of meditation: mystic and wisdom traditions, awakened states of awareness, and self-discovery
- Creating a personal practice and nourishing daily routine, communication practices, going on retreat, and Peacefinder Practices™ and so much more!
After you complete the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course you'll be ready for the Intensive. It's a 7-day immersion in a retreat setting in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. You'll receive over 50 hours of knowledge and teaching practice, while being immersed in meditation practices and gentle yoga.
You'll learn a foolproof way to teach anyone how to meditate, and practice teaching what you have learned in the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course. You'll be individually coached by one of the best speaking professionals in the business to enhance your presentation and teaching skills. And, you'll learn about what you'll need to succeed in the business of meditation-including how to share what you learn with a variety of audiences, how to market your services, and what to charge. You'll graduate from and be certified by the McLean Meditation Institute with the ability to:
- Confidently offer effective and powerful meditation instruction to your clients, friends, and community
Guide others in the enhancement of their mental, physical, and emotional well-being through meditation instruction using a variety of meditation practices including the SEED Meditation method
Set up and lead group meditations and introductory lectures
Bring meditation into the workplace with a workplace wellness program
Teach kids and bring meditation into the classroom
Teach special populations (including veterans)
Discover everything you need to create a meditation business, including marketing strategies, media relations, enrollment procedures, and student/client follow-up communications
Logistics for Completing the 200-Hour Training Program:
The MMI Teacher Certification Program consists of a 200-hour training in two components: an Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course (which you can do online at your own pace) followed by a 7-Day Intensive retreat in Sedona, Arizona.
- The 150-hour Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course is an extensive study in the theory, history, and practice of meditation studied through reading requirements, online programming, a 10-part live teleseries, report writing, research, attendance at various programs local to the student, and open book exams. The teleseries consists of ten 1–2 hour teleconferences over a three-month period - recorded so students can go at their own pace and easily make up missed calls. It's self-paced and can be started anytime. The average student needs from 3-6 months to complete this Course.
- The 50-hour, 7-day Intensive in Sedona, Arizona is an immersion into your own personal meditation practice as well as practical training in teaching meditation. The intensive incorporates secular, non-religious meditation practices, education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind, restorative yoga and other movement practices (no experience required, all body types welcome), facilitated discussions and exercises, deep connection with your peers, and a half-day free for a hike with others or alone. There are modules addressing the business of meditation including marketing, public relations, and public speaking. Upcoming Intensive dates:
- July 26–August 1, 2014 - full
- November 8-14, 2014 - a few spaces left!
- January 24-30, 2015
- April 18-25, 2015
- July 25-31, 2015
- September 17-25, 2015
- November 7-13, 2015
Upon successful completion of the program, you'll receive a certificate and be certified to teach the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation method. S for simple, E for easy, E for every, and D for day, the SEED Meditation®. This method consists of a collection of time-tested meditation and mindfulness practices designed to give a new meditator a daily practice that will enhance his or her life.
Whether your students come to you to discover more inner peace, creativity, inspiration, harmony in relationships, fulfillment, better health, self-awareness, or to enhance his or her spiritual practice, you’ll be able to offer them a method that will help them do just that. SEED Meditation includes:
- Body/Breath Awareness Techniques
- Heart-Centered Breath
- Self-Inquiry Practice
- Silent Mantra Meditation
- Mindfulness Practices
You will also be trained to facilitate meditation gatherings and discussions and to offer these additional meditation practices:
- Peacefinder Practices
- Loving Kindness Meditation
- Gratitude Meditation
- Mindful Eating Meditation
- Mindful Walking Meditation
As a certified meditation teacher you will likely be asked to present meditation classes and lead programs in a variety of settings. We'll teach you how to do just that--whether you are invited to present at a lunch-and-learn at a corporate headquarters, or to a classroom full of kids who want an experience of mindfulness. You'll have everything you need to do it!
Questions? Contact an admissions counselor: (928) 204-0067
Apply to be a Meditation Teacher
There are rolling admissions for the Meditation Teacher Certification Program. To apply, you must submit:
- The Student Application and Health Information Form
- A 200–500 word essay on why you would like to become a Certified Meditation Teacher
- 2 written personal recommendations
- A $35 non-refundable application fee. You can pay the application fee here with Pay Pal, send in a check, or call (928) 204-0067 with your credit card.
- Shortly after all of the application materials have been received by MMI, you will be contacted to schedule a phone interview with an MMI staff member.
Here are the Application Forms you'll need:
Application materials should be completed and sent to The McLean Meditation Institute, Attention: Registrar, PO Box 1178, Sedona, AZ 86339. Or you can fax them to:
Questions? Contact an admissions counselor:
(928) 204-0067 or e-mail us.
Program Tuition, Acceptance & Enrollment
- Once your application is received, you'll have an interview over the phone. Once you have been interviewed you can be invited to enroll in the program. You will be sent an Enrollment Agreement which you must review, sign, and send back with your payment. The date the Enrollment Agreement is received by MMI is the official Enrollment Date.
- Tuition for the MMI Teacher Certification Program is $2295 (After December 31, 2014, $2495) plus $150 materials fee.
- Pay the Tuition in its entirety at the time of Enrollment and receive a 5% discount.
- A payment plan is also offered: the 1st payment is due at Enrollment: $700 plus the $150 materials fee. The 2nd payment is the balance of the Tuition, due and payable at least 60 days in advance of the Intensive. (After June 1, 2014 the 1st payment due is 50% of the Tuition plus the $150 materials fee, and the 2nd payment is the remaining 50% due.)
- Once you are officially enrolled, you will be sent the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course package with your 10 books, CDs, 100+ page study guide, training schedule, and all access to the private online training sites and 10 teleseminars.
- After you successfully complete the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course you are eligible to attend the Intensive. You must reconfirm your dates of attendance and be paid in full at least 60 days
prior to attending.
- Tuition does not include most meals, transportation, or accommodations during the Intensive.
- Questions? Contact an admissions counselor: (928) 204-0067
Who is teaching the program?
Sarah McLean, Director of the McLean Meditation Institute is a meditation expert and best selling Hay House author. Sarah has been teaching meditation and leading retreats since 1993. She is the primary teacher of the certification program. Find out more about her here.
Sarah invites guest presenters and experts in the teaching and meditation field and those who have lived with meditation as a daily practice for years. She is committed to delivering the most comprehensive meditation certification program possible. She is always available for personal mentorship of her teachers-in-training and oversees and participates in every aspect of the certification program.
Adjunct faculty members can include top-notch yoga instructors, speaking coaches, marketing gurus, social media experts, and teaching assistants including:
- Christine Muldoon: Public Speaking Expert, CM Communication International
- Zachary Occhiline: Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Expert & Yogic Lifestyle Coach
- Virginia Mizuno and Jeanna Zelin: Marketing and Public Relations Experts
- Oliver Cooperman, Board Certified MD, Psychiatrist & Shaman
- Carol Studenka, Social Media Expert
- Vera Lopez: Ceremonialist
Read more about them here
How do I enroll in the meditation teacher certification program?
You'll need to send in the completed application form, an essay, two recommendations, and the application fee. When we receive it, we'll contact you for an interview regarding the application. If all goes well, you'll be invited to enroll, and will receive an Enrollment Agreement and the Curriculum Overview. Once you have reviewed them, agreed to the terms, and paid the tuition, you will be sent the curriculum and the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course.
When should I apply?
You can apply now@ There is an open enrollment, so you can go through the application process and begin your studies anytime. You are never too early or too late to get started. You don't have to follow a certain schedule, you go at your own pace.
Here’s how it works: You have 18 months from the time you enroll in the program to complete the self-paced 150-hour Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course and then attend the 50-hour, 7-day Intensive in Sedona, Arizona. Each Intensive is limited to 20 students. Though you don’t have to commit to the date of the training when you apply, it's best to have an idea of when you might like to attend. You will have the opportunity to change the date of the Intensive if you feel the need after you determine the pace of your Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course.
What does the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course entail?
There are 10 lessons and each lesson can take 10-15 hours to complete. Depending on your pace and other responsibilities, each lesson can take from one to three weeks. For instance, if you allot about 10 hours a week, you can complete your Distance Learning Course in three to four months.
You can complete the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course requirements including listening to the teleseminars (which are recorded for those who can’t listen to them live), participating in study buddy calls, writing journal entries, practicing meditation (you'll need at least 6 months of practice), doing research, and taking the open book quizzes at your own pace.
The teleseminars are ongoing. They are recorded so you can begin listening to any of previous series of calls any time. The program is self-paced. You don’t have to sign up for the calls though the live calls are announced. You can listen to them anytime. It is suggested that you wait until you are involved in the lesson that the teleseminar is based on before listening, though some people like to listen anyway, even if they aren't there yet. It's your choice.
You'll also need to keep up a daily meditation practice of 30-40 minutes a day for a minimum of six months. If you don’t have an ongoing personal practice, we will help you to establish one.
Your assignments must be completed and submitted 21 days before you attend the Intensive in Sedona, Arizona.
The program requires dedication and hard work. Some people say it's like a master's degree program. You’ll be clearer about all of what this entails once you apply and get accepted in the program-- that's when you'll be sent an Enrollment Agreement and a Curriculum Overview.
What are the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course materials?
The curriculum includes 9 books and CDs and a 100+ page detailed study guide. There are online videos and audios to listen to, 9 open book quizzes, 10 teleseminar calls, many written assignments, and 4 study group meetings which you'll do with other teachers-in-training. There is a private teacher website and private Facebook group page where you will meet the other students who are currently enrolled and are also training at their own pace.
Is the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course on a specific schedule or can I complete the work at my own pace?
Do the program at your own pace.
You have 18 months from the time you enroll until you need to complete the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course from home, and then attend the Intensive in Sedona, Arizona. You have plenty of time, but the program requires commitment. You’ll be clearer about all of what this entails when you receive the curriculum.
You can complete the Distance Learning & Personal Practice Course requirements including listening to the teleseminars (which are recorded for those who can’t make them when offered live) and take the quizzes at your own pace. We schedule series of teleseminars throughout the year.
You don’t have to sign up for the teleseminars, they are announced.... and then you attend, or listen to the recording. It is suggested that you wait until you are involved in the lesson that the teleseminar is based on, though some people like to listen anyway, even if they aren't there yet. It's your choice.
When do I sign up for the Intensive?
You will indicate the dates you'd like to join the Intensive on your application form, and this reserves your spot. To be officially registered you must pay the Tuition in full at least 60 days in advance of attending, and be on track to complete the program and send in your assignments to be received 21 days before the start of the Intensive. If you find you are not ready to attend the you are allowed one date change at no charge, as long as you let us know in writing at least 30 days in advance of the first day of the Intensive.
When students arrive in Sedona, Arizona for the Intensive where do they stay?
The Intensive is held at various venues in Sedona. Most are less than 2 miles away from the McLean Meditation Center. Participants can stay where they choose as there are many options for accommodations. You can visit this page to find out how to get here and where to stay. Many students make plans to share rides and rooms. You'll virtually meet quite a few other students in the program.
What is the weather like?
The coldest month in Sedona is December, and then it gets nicer and nicer after that. There is sometimes a light dusting of snow, and it becomes magical here. Sometimes if there is a snowstorm, the drive over the pass is a bit difficult, so you would have to plan around it. The hottest month is June in Sedona. Temperatures can range up to 40 degrees in a day. Check out the weather here. Make your reservations early for your hotel.
What happens afterwards? Will I have ongoing support to make use of the tools?
At the end of the program you will have learned teaching skills you can immediately implement which will continue to benefit you for the rest of your life. To support you in your teaching ambitions, there are marketing, teaching, and personal resources available (all included in your Tuition.) You'll also be invited to join a web-based community of certified teachers. There will also be regularly scheduled support teleseminars.
What teaching opportunities are available once I am certified?
You will be certified to teach a comprehensive program, one that can be easily tailored to a variety of venues and audiences.
Meditation is seeing a time of unprecedented popularity. We are so excited that there are over one million people learning how to meditate each year in the U.S. alone! People are seeking certified meditation professionals to guide them in the world of meditation. They are not necessarily interested in the "religious aspect" that accompanies many meditation techniques, and this opens the way for many new secular meditation teachers.
Though there are no guarantees that you can make a living solely by teaching meditation, there are plenty of opportunities to share meditation with your family, community, and organizations near where you live and work.
Some people become teachers to teach their family and friends, while keeping their job separate from their meditation teaching. Others get certified because they want to bring it into their existing counseling, coaching, or health care practice. Some people plan to teach in hospitals, workplaces, schools, and some set up their own private practice.
There are plenty of opportunities to develop and offer adjunct or support programs in your community or online. For instance, you could offer group meditations and retreats, or follow-up coaching. You'll get referrals from your students, as meditation classes are often found by word-of-mouth.
Our students look to the McLean Meditation Institute for referrals of teachers in their area because we have a great reputation and are the go-to teachers in their community. You will be listed on the MMI Find a Teacher page so that people can find you and inquire into your programs.
Each person can use his or her previous work experience and credentials differently. It's important to decide how and where you want to to work and share your talents, and how much time you can commit to starting a new profession and business.
What do I need in addition to certification?
You will need confidence, creativity, willingness, and an entrepreneurial spirit! Meditation will help you to cultivate this. You can build your credibility with experience and exposure. This can mean setting up free appearances, writing articles, and marketing yourself and your programs in print, TV, radio, social media, and on websites, etc. Believe me, it is an adventure!
Teaching meditation can be one of the the most rewarding experiences in your life, and it will certainly deepen your meditation practice, too.
A message from Sarah McLean
I am so excited to invite you to be a part of this program!
This certification program is based on my years of teaching experience and the work of my best-selling book and the breakthrough program it features: Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation.
If you haven’t yet read it, it’s a program of meditations and meditative techniques inspired by and based on my 20-plus year spiritual journey - an adventure which took me to a Zen Buddhist Training Center where I spent years in residence, ashrams and temples throughout India and the Far East where I meditated and worked for months on end, a nunnery in north India for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in exile where I taught English, and an immersion into an ancient mind/body health practice from India, called Ayurveda, that enhanced my understanding of meditation as the primary approach to healing and stress reduction.
I have been teaching meditation since 1993 and have assisted in the development of curriculum and courses for leading-edge authors and educators, among them Debbie Ford, Margo Anand, and Byron Katie. I also served as the founding Education Director for Deepak Chopra's Center for Wellbeing. It's clear: I am passionate about education.
After the launch of my book, I’ve had many requests to teach people meditation all over the world, and though I'd like to, I can’t teach everybody myself, but I certainly want everyone to learn. It’s becoming more and more apparent that there’s a real need for quality meditation teachers who can walk into a corporation, a health care facility, or a classroom, and offer a variety of contemporary meditation modalities outside of any religious tradition. This is why I created this professional meditation teacher certification program.
Once someone becomes certified through the MMI Meditation Teacher Certification Program, their name, e-mail, and website address can be listed on our website so anyone looking to learn to meditate in their area may be sure find the closest teacher to them.
Certified teachers are invited to contact me anytime for mentorship so they can be sure they are becoming the meditation instructor they want to be. I hope you'll consider being a part of this transformative program and the community of teachers that are helping to transform the world!
Zac Occhiline is a delightful, wise guide into the world of meditation, yoga and self-discovery. He will offer you meditation and yoga guidance throughout the program. He has studied and practiced yoga since 2000 including Hatha yoga, Kundalini, Kriya yoga, and has developed a unique and well-rounded understanding of the path of yoga and meditation. He has studied the philosophies of Sufism, Shamanism, Reiki and energy work, as well as practical applications of Ayurveda and Jyotish. He is a trainer for the Seven Centers Yoga Teacher Training Program. Growing up in Sedona has given him a deep appreciation and love of the wilderness. He’s hiked and backpacked through the deserts of Arizona and considers nature his biggest teacher. From his yoga practice, meditation and nature's influence, he has found a stability that allows him to better understand his own nature, and he enjoys helping others discover this within themselves.
Christine Muldoon will teach you to be the best presenter you can be. Chris, of CM Communication International, is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and insightful communication educator, speaking coach, and consultant with 30 years of experience as an expert in the area of persuasive communication.
She was the manager of Training and Development for the Fred Harvey Corporation, headquartered in the Grand Canyon National Park, and Deputy Director of the Division of Communications for the Arizona Department of Corrections. She has pioneered major efforts to implement leading edge communication training and development programs.
CM Communication International has earned the loyalty of a variety of unique clients including: IBM Corporation, Research in Motion (Blackberry) Aspect Software; MicroAge, Chipotle Mexican Grills, The Charles Machine Works (Ditchwitch), Turner Ranches Enterprises, The National Park Service, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alaska Peace Officers Association, Southwest Head Start, Arizona State University, AT Still University, ADOT, AZ Small Business Association, Iowa State University, California State University, Arizona Red Cross, NASA at Kennedy Space Center, City of Phoenix, City of San Jose, City of Las Vegas, Arizona Game and Fish; and Unity Churches.
Jeanna Zelin is a marketing expert who is passionate about meditation, yoga, and self discovery. She is the founder of the Yoga of Marketing approach to building a credible business. A self-described "retreat junkie," Jeanna has earned her certification as a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Jeanna left a career in corporate communications and marketing for companies like American Express to follow her heart and pursue her dreams. These days, when she isn't busy being a mom to her seven-year old boy, doing yoga, or meditating, she works at her PR firm, Lightbox Media, getting her clients noticed. They have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other media outlets. As a girl, Jeanna was a gymnast and can still be seen doing backflips on beaches in Santa Barbara and Mexico.
Carol Studenka is a social media expert and curriculum assistant who will help you as you dive into the Distance Learning component of the Teacher Certification Program. She says her life-long passion is teaching people to find the key to unlock their own door, and she believes meditation is that key. Since learning to meditate in 2006, she has inspired others to awaken their confidence, to be at the center of their own story, love themselves more, and open their hearts to paths never imagined. After 30 years of teaching high school in Detroit, and many life-changing experiences, she finds herself in Sedona where she's explored personal transformation modalities and shares them with others to help them find a more expansive and peaceful way of living.
Vera Lopez is a shamanic minister and an international spiritual teacher who will be welcoming you to Sedona and celebrating your transformation. She grew up in Brazil and at the age of 18, began studying spirituality with Luiz Gasparetto, a well-known psychologist and metaphysical teacher. Initiated in the Inca Tradition many times by different elders in Peru, including the Q'eros, Vera is a shaman in her own right. who leads classes and retreats on shamanism, metaphysics, traditional Japanese Reiki and Awakening the Illuminated Heart. Vera also studied with Debbie Ford and graduated with the Ford Institute as an Integrative and Spiritual Divorce Coaching Professional. She's the founder of Spirits of the Earth®, a spiritual adventure travel company which offers spiritual journeys to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Latest CD Release
Sarah McLean delivers captivating instructions for the beginner, reminders for the seasoned meditator, and three soothing guided meditations. A selection of crystal bowl healing sounds makes this CD perfect for anyone seeking a soulful companion for meditation. More