Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Management

The Penn Program for Mindfulness Professional Training and Development is pleased to announce the launch of its Certificate in Mindfulness-based Stress Management. The Penn Program for Mindfulness has established itself as a leader in the field of mindfulness-based professional training with its 10-week Practicum in Mindfulness-based Stress Management. This new certificate program builds upon what is taught in the Practicum and provides intensive exploration of mindfulness practice as well as in-depth training on the fundamental teaching skills for mindfulness-based stress management.   

The program is facilitated by Michael Baime, MD co-founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness and Karen Bowles, MD, Director of Professional Mindfulness Training. Retreats will be co-facilitated by Gabriel Rocco, MA and Mara Wai, MEd will provide personal coaching. Learn more about all of the instructors here.


  • Completion of an 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Management (or Reduction) course
  • Regular Daily Practice (for a minimum of two years)
  • Completion of a 5 day residential silent intensive retreat 
  • Completion of a 10-week Practicum
  • Approval of the Director of Teacher Training



Participants will be required to complete a total of 16 modules within 6 categories. Upon successful completion of these modules, you will be awarded a certificate. While it is optimal to complete the modules in the order they are listed and consecutively, certificate candidates can choose to participate in the program at their own pace, in the order they choose (with the exception of the final project) with a requirement of completion of all modules within two years. The modules necessary to receive a certificate are listed below:

Module Type* Total # of Modules Required Cost Per Module 
8-week Advanced Courses 3 $569
Teacher Training Topic Series** 3  $320
Intensive Meditation Retreats 2 $689 - $989 
1:1 Mentoring Meetings 5 $150/200 per hour
Personal Coaching Sessions 2 $150 per hour
Independent Project (Planning, Review, Certificate) 1 $600 


*Click here to for a full description of module types,content, instructors, dates, times and locations. Details will be updated as programs are scheduled.

** IMPORTANT NOTE: Teacher Training Topic Series modules will be held contingent upon reaching our required minimum number of participants and consequently could be cancelled. You will be notified as early as possible if that is the case.

The total cost for the certificate program will be between $6100 and $6800. Individual module costs will vary depending on when you register, individual tailoring of the program with your instructor and retreat accommodations among other things.



For questions, contact the Robin Hall at 215-615-2775 or robin.hall@uphs.upenn.edu.

  • Please be advised that we are not able to take registrations by phone
  • Registrations will not be accepted after the registration deadlines.  
  • Cancellation Policy:  Should you decide to cancel your registration, please do so no later than one full week prior to the start of the program.  After that date there will be no refunds, no exceptions.  


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