Teacher Training Topics: Didactic Teaching in MBSR (Summer 2017)


The Mindfulness Teacher Training Topic Series provides mindfulness program facilitators-in-training to explore particular methods utilized in the process of mindfulness-based group facilitation. Participants will deepen their understanding of the inherent supports and barriers in the group process and their influence on activities presented in the classroom setting.

Each seasonal program will focus on a particular topic.  Facilitated by Dr. Karen Bowles, Director of Professional Mindfulness Training.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This is a five (5) week class and the classes are 3 hours each.


  • Completion of an 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Management Course*
  • Completion of a Practicum in Mindfulness-based Stress Management* (or Reduction ) program (and all Practicum prerequisites)
  • Approval by the Director

*This program does not have to have been completed with The Penn Program for Mindfulness


Didactic Teaching in MBSR (5 weeks)

*Registration Deadline: July 17th

A mindfulness instructor should be able to present the didactic material included in an MBSR/MBSM program in a clear and impactful way. Students in an MBSR/MBSM foundation course rely on the teacher’s ability to make these “lessons” relatable by using personal anecdotes, weaving in themes that have arisen in class discussions and skillfully answering clarifying questions.


During this skills-based course, we will review the essential didactic material presented in an MBSR/MBSM 8-week program. Each participants will have the opportunity to present two different topics to the group and receive feedback from the instructor. Additional learning will occur as participants watch their peers present, listen to the instructor's feedback and refine their knowledge during a summary discussion at the end of each week. 


If you cannot attend all five sessions, it is strongly recommended that you not sign up for the course at this time.


Instructor: Karen Bowles, MD

Day: Mondays (5 weeks)
Dates: July 24th, and 31st, August 7th, 14th and 21st, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Penn Program for Mindfulness 3930 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Cost: $420





For questions, contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@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 the cancellation date of July 17th.  After that date there will be no refunds, no exceptions.  


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