Become a Certified Meditation Teacher
MMI is approved as a post-secondary institution offering an 18-month professional certificate training program for teaching meditation & mindfulness.
Are you 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?
The Meditation Teacher Academy applies scientifically-proven meditation techniques to help you become an inspiring teacher and trusted mentor. During your training you will be guided by certified, experienced professionals. Learning to meditate can be a fundamentally transformative experience, essential for those longing to live peacefully in our modern world. Teaching meditation expands this experience. By sharing the power of mindfulness & meditation with your students, family, clients, or patients, you can help them discover newfound strength, vitality, creativity, and 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 benefits that meditation provides. Start your journey today and spread world peace—one central nervous system at a time!
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, Fitness Trainers, Fitness Gurus
- Healers, Health & Wellness Coaches
- Anyone seeking to share a powerful, natural stress-reduction and healing modality with people they care about
This is a distance learning and personal practice course during which you will be introduced to readings, exercises, videos, and meditation & mindfulness practices. You’ll be exposed to topics like: The history and modern day applications of meditation & mindfulness. What meditation is, and Read More
After you complete the Meditation Foundation Course you’ll be ready for the Teacher Training Intensive. The Intensive is an 8-day immersion held in a retreat setting in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. You will receive over 50 hours of instruction and teaching practice, and be immersed in meditation Read More
Once you have completed the Meditation Teacher Academy program you will receive: A certificate of completion that acknowledges your commitment, skill, and ability to teach effective mindfulness & meditation methods. A listing on the Find a Teacher guide on MMI’s website. Access to an online Read More
Application & Fees
Apply to the Meditation Teacher Academy
Admissions for the Meditation Teacher Academy are rolling, start the training at any time. To apply, you must submit the Student Application & Health Information Form, 200–500 word essay on why you would like to become a meditation teacher, two personal recommendations written by people who support you and your commitment to be a meditation & mindfulness teacher, and a $35 non-refundable application fee.
- Download the application here (right click link to download) and follow the instruction on the form.
- Download the recommendation form here (right click link to download) two references required.
Questions? Contact the Registrar at 928-204-0067 or by email to email@example.com.
Program Tuition & Enrollment
Once your application is received, you will you will receive instructions for scheduling a telephone interview. Qualified applicants will be invited to enroll in the program, and will receive an Enrollment Agreement and a Course Catalog (download a printable course catalog here). Enrollees will be asked to review, sign, and submit the agreement along with the tuition payment and course material fee.
Tuition for the Meditation Teacher Academy is $3295 plus $150 course material fee. Tuition includes the Meditation Foundation Course and the Teacher Training Intensive programming. Transportation, accommodations, and meals are not included.
Once enrolled, MMI will mail the Meditation Foundation Course home study package with nine books, a CD, and a 120+ page study guide. You will also receive instructions for accessing
to the private online training sites, and teleseminars. Each student is assigned a course advisor to meet with regularly via phone, Skype, and/or email. After successfully completing the Meditation Foundation Course, you’ll be ready to attend the Teacher Training Intensive, a meditation retreat and teaching practicum that is required and completes the certification requirement.
From the first opportunity I met her I knew that Sarah could help me to learn to do what she does—help others realize their full potential. Sarah helped me to translate my thoughts and ideas into action. By working with her I discovered exactly what I was longing to do—help women discover God's purpose for their lives!
My intention was to give myself a meaningful weekend to honor myself. Not only did I honor myself, I had the most incredible, transformational experience of my life.
Your meditation class was an amazing experience that I will not forget. After meditating with you, I haven’t ever felt like that in my whole life. Thank you.
After taking the meditation program, I am more clear of what I need and want, and more trusting of my inner voice. I no longer take anti-depressants which I have been on for years. I feel more secure in my self and my life.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are looking for more passion, meaning, and purpose in your life, then the teacher path may be right for you. As a meditation teacher you will act as a guide for others who wish to gain the benefits of meditation. If you want to deepen the work you’re already doing in the world and feel called to serve through teaching meditation, the Meditation Teacher Academy teacher certification program is designed for you.
The Meditation Teacher Academy offers a complete course in the theory, science, and practice of meditation. The program is designed to prepare you to deliver professional meditation instruction. You’ll receive the specialized training necessary to teach mindfulness, various meditation practices, and Simple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation—a powerful daily meditation practice suitable for anyone.
Meditation Teacher Training is ideal for:
- Healthcare Professionals
- Mental Health Professionals
- Body Work and Healing Professionals
- Fitness Instructors
- Health and Wellness Coaches
- Anyone wants to contribute to world peace
Meditation teachers provide a unique service to those seeking balance and peace. Some traits and habits particularly beneficial to becoming a great meditation teacher include:
- A dedicated, daily, sustained personal meditation practice.
- A deep knowledge of the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation.
- Personal experience with the tangible benefits of meditation, 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 values, no matter how different from one’s own.
Sarah McLean, founder and director of the McLean Meditation Institute, meditation expert, and best-selling Hay House author is the primary teacher of the Meditation Teacher Academy. Sarah has been teaching meditation and leading retreats since 1993. Sarah invites guest presenters, experts in teaching and the field of meditation, and those who have lived with meditation as a daily practice for years to assist with the program. She is committed to delivering the most comprehensive meditation certification program possible. Sarah oversees and participates in every aspect of the Meditation Teacher Academy teacher training program.
Adjunct faculty members include a top-notch yoga instructor, speaking coach, marketing and social media experts, brain science and physiology instruction, along with program graduates who serve as teaching assistants.
First you must apply to the Meditation Teacher Academy by submitting the completed application, a brief 200-500 word essay introducing yourself, and sharing why you are interested in teaching meditation, two letters of recommendations, and the application fee. Once we receive all the application documents, and the application fee, we will contact you to schedule an interview. If you are selected to enroll, you will receive an Enrollment Agreement and course catalogue. Return the signed Agreement and pay the tuition. Welcome instructions will be emailed to you, along with an introduction to your course advisor.
Enrollments are rolling. Begin the self-paced course at any time. You will have 18 months from the date of enrollment to complete the program.
We do our best to keep tuition costs down in order to provide an affordable training opportunity. The Meditation Teacher Academy does not provide scholarships or work exchange opportunities.
There are 10 lessons in the Meditation Foundation Course. Each lesson requires 10–15 hours to complete. Depending on your pace, each lesson can take from one to three weeks. To plan how long it will take you to complete the course, determine how much time you can allot per week and figure out how long it would take to complete the 150 hours of reading, assignments, and practice. For example, if you allot 10 hours a week, then you could complete your distance learning in three to four months.
A private secure online resource page is where you will access teleseminars, videos, online quizzes, and more. You will be writing, journaling, practicing meditation, and gathering research, and sharing many of these exercises with a study buddy from the program.
The teleseminars are ongoing. The live calls are announced, but they are also recorded so you can begin listening at any time. It is suggested that you wait until you are involved in the lesson that the teleseminar is based on before listening. It’s your choice.
You’ll need to keep up your daily meditation practice of 30–40 minutes for a minimum of one year. It’s an issue of integrity and we ask our teachers to walk the walk. If you don’t have an ongoing personal practice, we’ll help you to establish one, however you won’t be able to attend the Intensive until you’ve been immersed in a daily meditation practice for one full year.
Your will submit your completed assignments at least 21 days before you arrive for your scheduled Intensive.
You will indicate the Intensive program you would like to attend on your Enrollment Agreement. This reserves your place. To be officially registered you must be on track to complete the Meditation Foundation Course and send in your assignments at least 21 days before the start of the Intensive. If you find you are not ready to attend the Intensive, you are allowed one Intensive date change at no charge, as long as you let us know in writing at least 30 days in advance of the Intensive date you were scheduled to attend. We limit Intensive attendance to 27 to make sure the retreats remain intimate and students get the right amount of personal attention. This retreat provides the final 50 hours of teacher training. The days are long and filled with activity. This is not a good time to try to coordinate a family vacation while you are in class. You will need your evenings for homework, meditation, and sleep.
The Teacher Training Intensive programs are held at the Agave Center in Sedona, and at various off-site locations less than two miles away from the McLean Meditation Institute. Participants can stay wherever they choose, and there are many options for accommodations. You can visit our Sedona Resources page to find out how to get to Sedona and where to stay. Many students make plans to share rides and rooms. You will meet quite a few other students in the program online, and can make plans ahead of time.
The coldest month in Sedona is December. There is sometimes a light dusting of snow, and Sedona looks like a magical scene. If there is a snowstorm, the drive over the pass (going north on I-17) is a bit difficult, so you would have to plan around it. The hottest month is June, when temperatures can reach over 100 degrees. Since temperatures can fluctuate up to 40 degrees in one day, you’ll want to check the local weather forecast before you pack.
At the end of this teacher training, you will have mastered your teaching skills, and be prepared to teach meditation immediately. To support you in your teaching ambitions, we provide a Dropbox full of teacher resources—lesson plans, research, presentations, book study outlines, and more. You will also be invited to join a web-based community of MMI certified teachers, where you will have access to regularly scheduled support teleseminars, and the opportunity to attend our Meditation Teacher Symposium in Sedona, offered every two years.
There are over one million people learning how to meditate each year in the U.S. alone! People are seeking certified meditation professionals to teach meditation and mindfulness skills. While some individuals view meditation as a path to enlightenment, many more are interested in a secular approach to helping manage day-to-day stress, improve sleep, increase concentration, and help alleviate some chronic health concerns. The door is wide open for sharing a variety of meditation techniques with the populations you will serve.
You will need confidence, creativity, willingness, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Meditation will help you cultivate these qualities and more. You will be in a position to build your credibility with experience and exposure. This could include setting up free appearances, writing articles, and marketing yourself and your programs in print, TV, radio, social media, and on websites and blogs. You’ll have a tribe of MMI teachers cheering you on