Meditation Teacher Academy
Become a Certified Meditation Teacher
Help people transform their lives through the practice of meditation
Overview of the Program
Apply to the Meditation Teacher Academy
Program Tuition & Enrollment Guidelines
What You'll Receive at the Training
Faculty & Adjunct Faculty
A Message from the Director
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?
Become an inspiring teacher, effective educator, and trusted mentor trained to teach scientifically proven, time-tested meditation techniques at the Meditation Teacher Academy.
Share the transformative power of mindfulness and 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.
McLean Meditation Institute's Teacher Academy offers 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 mindfulness, various meditation practices, and 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 Academy Training Program
The 200-hour Meditation Teacher Academy provides the training, support, and coaching to individuals wishing to deepen their own personal meditation and mindfulness practice, or wanting to teach friends and family member. Some people want to incorporate meditation training into their existing profession, or want to develop a private practice in meditation training.
Throughout the program you'll be mentored by Sarah McLean, a best-selling Hay House author and meditation expert. She is joined by a team of seasoned meditation teachers and experts in ancient wisdom and modern day science.
For over 20 years Sarah has taught 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 Meditation Foundation Course, a distance learning and personal practice course during which you'll be introduced to readings, exercises, videos, and meditation and mindfulness practices. You'll be exposed to 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 overall 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 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 where you'll receive over 50 hours of instruction and teaching practice, while being immersed in meditation practices and gentle yoga.
At the Teacher Training Intensive, you'll learn a foolproof way to teach anyone how to meditate, and you'll practice teaching what you learned in the Meditation Foundation Course. You'll be individually coached by a powerful speaking professional who will help you to enhance your presentation and teaching skills. And, you'll discover what you need to succeed in the business of meditation-including how to share meditation and mindfulness 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 and mindfulness 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 Meditation Teacher Academy consists of a 200-hour training offered in two components: a Meditation Foundation Course (which you can do online at your own pace) followed by a Teacher Training Intensive, an 8-day retreat and practicum in Sedona, Arizona.
- The 150-hour Meditation Foundation Course is a self-paced, distance learning and personal practice course which will guide you in an extensive study in the theory, history, and practice of mindfulness and meditation. The course is taught earn 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. This course can be started anytime. The average student needs from 3-6 months to complete this Course.
- The 50-hour, Teacher Training Intensive is an 8-day 50-hour Course in Sedona, Arizona. The Intensive is a meditation retreat featuring intensive practical training in teaching meditation and mindfulness. 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), brain science lectures, facilitated discussions and exercises, and deep connection with peers. There's even 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 dates:
- January 22-29,2016 (wait list only)
- April 8-16, 2016
- July 22-30, 2016
- November 4-12, 2016
- January 13-21, 2017
- March 31-April 8, 2017
- August 4-12, 2017
- December 1-9, 2017
Becoming a Meditation Teacher
Upon successful completion of the program, you'll receive a certificate of completion and will have every thing you need to teach anyone who wants to learn how to practice mindfulness and meditation. You'll have the expertise to offer your students a variety of time-tested meditation techniques designed to give a new meditator a daily practice to 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 program that will help them do just that.
The Meditation Teacher Academy also certifies you to teach the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation program. S for simple, E for easy, E for every, and D for day, the SEED Meditation®. SEED Meditation includes instruction and practice of:
- Body/Breath Awareness Techniques
- Heart-Centered Breath, Visualization
- Self-Inquiry Practice
- Silent Mantra Meditation
- Mindfulness Meditation
You will also be trained to facilitate meditation gatherings and discussions and to offer these additional mindfulness and meditation practices:
- Peacefinder Practices
- Loving Kindness Meditation
- Gratitude Meditation
- Mindful Eating Meditation
- Mindful Walking Meditation
As a certified meditation and mindfulness 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're invited to present during 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 Academy. To apply, you must submit:
- The Student Application & Health Information Form
- A 200–500 word essay on why you would like to become a meditation teacher
- 2 personal recommendations written by people who support you and your commitment to be a meditation and mindfulness teacher.
- 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'll be contacted to schedule a phone interview with Sarah McLean, the director of the McLean Meditation Institute.
Here are the Application Forms you'll need to apply for the teacher training program:
Application materials should be completed and sent to 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 be sent a link to schedule an interview by phone. Qualified applicants will be invited to enroll in the program and will receive an Enrollment Agreement and a Course Catalog. He/she will be asked to review, sign, and send the agreement back with the tuition payment and materials fee.
- Tuition for the Meditation Teacher Academy is $2995 plus $150 materials fee (tuition
increases to $3295 on December 31, 2015.) Tuition includes the Meditation Foundation Course and the Teacher Training Intensive. Meals, transportation, and accommodations are not included in the tuition or fees.
- Once you are officially enrolled, you will be sent the Meditation Foundation Course home study package with 9 books, a CD, a 120+ page study guide, all access to the private online training sites, and 10 teleseminars.
- After successfully completing the Meditation Foundation Course, you'll be ready to attend the Teacher Training Intensive, a meditation retreat and teaching practicum. There, you'll receive a Meditation Teacher Manual.
- Questions? Contact an admissions counselor: (928) 204-0067
- Download a printable course catalog here.
What you Receive from the Program:
The program is delivered in two components: a self-paced, distance learning module—the Meditation Foundation Course—followed by an 8-day, in-person Teacher Training Intensive. In total, it consists of 200 hours of training in the theory, science, teaching, and practice of meditation and mindfulness.
As part of the Meditation Foundation Course you’ll receive:
- A Course Advisor is assigned to serve as your meditation mentor and will support you as you go through the program and experience transformation
- A comprehensive 10 Lesson course of study which examines the origins, history, science, and modern-day approaches to meditation and mindfulness practices
- A 120+ page Study Guide with assignments that include reading chapters of texts, watching films and videos, listening to meditations, performing online research, writing briefs, doing personal projects, and sharing your findings
- 9 Books related to the theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation
- A CD with guided meditations and instruction for the beginner
- Access to a Private Teacher Webpage featuring links to reference materials including videos and audios
- 10 Teleconference calls with Sarah McLean and other meditation experts
- Feedback and evaluation on 9 open-book quizzes that determine your comprehension
- A Checklist to keep track of assignments
- Access to a private community of teachers-in-training on Facebook
As part of the Teacher Training Intensive you’ll receive:
- 8 days (over 50 hours!) of immersion in an intimate retreat setting in Sedona, Arizona with a course of study which will ensure your ability to professionally deliver meditation and mindfulness programs
- Discussions and presentations with Sarah McLean, a meditation expert who has taught thousands of people how to meditate, along with graduates of the program who share their personal experience of teaching meditation
- Brain science, physiology, and neuroplasticity classes with PhDs
- Gentle yoga practices and pranayama for purification with Vedic expert Zac Occhiline
- Personal coaching with speaking coach and communication expert, Christine Muldoon
- Marketing guidance with a marketing professional
- Ceremonial experiences for transformation
- A 120+ page Meditation Teacher binder
- Meditation scripts for guiding various meditations, including meditations to share with kids
- A checklist for setting up your business
- A how-to guide to set up your own public speaking events and find venues to suit your needs
- Sample marketing materials including press releases and marketing copy
- Forms you’ll need to register, confirm, and follow-up with students/clients
- Outlines of various ways to deliver the meditation and mindfulness classes including the SEED Meditation and introductory lectures
- Daily meditation practices for expanded awareness
- Community and connection with others on a similar path to awakening
- Two group buffet lunches
Once you have completed the program you’ll receive:
- A certificate of completion that acknowledges your commitment, skill, and ability to teach effective mindfulness and meditation methods.
- A listing on MMI’s Find-a-Teacher guide on the McLean Meditation Institute’s website.
- Access to an online Dropbox with sample proposals, and outlines for lesson plans including PowerPoint presentations for use in corporate or academic settings
- Post-graduate conversations about the successes and challenges of teaching
- Access to an online community for continued support
- Continued support with additional virtual classes and mentoring from Sarah McLean and experts at the McLean Meditation Institute
- Invitation to attend the annual Meditation Teacher Symposium
- Invitation to attend future Teacher Training Intensives at no charge to support others in training
- No renewal fees are required to remain certified
- Discounts on retreats and products
- Opportunities to be paid referral fees
There are rolling admissions, so as soon as you’ve apply, are accepted, and then enroll in the program, you can get started with the Meditation Foundation Course right away.
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 Meditation Teacher Academy. 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 Meditation Teacher Academy teacher training program.
Adjunct faculty members can include top-notch yoga instructors, speaking coaches, marketing gurus, social media experts, and teaching assistants which may include these and other faculty members:
- Christine Muldoon: Public Speaking Expert, CM Communication International
- Zachary Occhiline: Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Expert, & Yogic Lifestyle Coach
- Virginia Mizuno: Marketing and Public Relations Expert
- Joy Nanda: Brain Scientist, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher
- Carol Studenka: Social Media Expert, Course Advisor, Meditation Teacher
- Pauline Lucas: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physiology Expert
- Vera Lopez: Ceremonialist
- Diane Dearmore: Children's Meditation Teacher
Read more about them here
How do I enroll in the meditation teacher training program?
You'll need to send in the completed application form, an essay, two recommendations, and the application fee. When it's received, you'll be contacted for an interview regarding the application. If all goes well, you'll be invited to enroll, and will receive an Enrollment Agreement and the Course Catalogue. Once you've reviewed them, agreed to the terms, and paid the tuition, you will be sent the Meditation Foundation Course books and study guide, and gain access to the online program materials.
When should I apply?
You can apply now! There is 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 Meditation Foundation Course, a distance learning and personal practice course. Once you complete the home study course, you'll be able to attend the 50-hour, 8-day meditation Teacher Intensive in Sedona, Arizona. Each Intensive is limited to 28 students. Though you don’t have to commit to the date of the Intensive 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 after you determine the pace of your studies.
Are workstudy programs or scholarships available?
At this time, we have neither scholarships nor work exchange opportunities available. We do our best to keep tuition costs down in order to keep the program as affordable as possible for as many individuals as possible.
What does the Meditation Foundation Course entail?
There are 10 lessons in the Meditation Foundation Course. Each lesson requires 10-15 hours to complete. Depending on your pace and other responsibilities, each lesson can take from one to three weeks. To plan how long it might take you to complete the Meditation Foundation Course,you must 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.
You can complete the Meditation Foundation 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 a year of regular meditation practice by the end of the training), 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 one year. If you don’t have an ongoing personal practice, we will help you to establish one, however you won't be able to attend the Intensive until you've been immersed in a daily meditation for one full year.
Your assignments must be completed and submitted 21 days before you attend the meditation Teacher Intensive in Sedona, Arizona.
The program requires dedication and hard work. Some people say it's like completing 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 Course Catalogue.
What are the Meditation Foundation Course materials?
The curriculum includes readings from nine books , listening to CDs, and a 120+ 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 where you will meet the other students who are currently enrolled and are also training at their own pace.
Is the Meditation Foundation Course on a specific schedule or can I complete the work at my own pace?
It's important to complete the program at your own pace. You have 18 months from the time you enroll until you need to complete the course from home, and 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 and 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 Teacher Training Intensive?
You will indicate the dates you'd like to join the Teacher Intensive on your Enrollment Agreement, and this reserves your spot. 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 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 Teacher Training Intensive where do they stay?
The Intensive is 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 as there are many options for accommodations. You can visit this page to find out how to get to Sedona 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 and can make plans for the Intensive.
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 Sedona looks like a magical scene. Sometimes 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 in Sedona. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees sometimes (but it's a dry heat!) And overall, temperatures can range up to 40 degrees in one day. Check out the weather here. Make your reservations early for your hotel.
What happens after I complete the program? Will I have ongoing support to make use of the tools?
At the end of the program you will have mastered teaching skills and you can immediately implement them. 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 and a Meditation Teacher Symposium held annually in Sedona.
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 Meditation 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 to teach meditation in addition to completing the program?
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 Meditation Teacher Academy is a program I developed is based on my experience of 20+ years of teaching meditation and the work of my 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 guide book for anyone to develop a practice of meditation and meditative techniques. It's inspired by and based on my 25-plus year spiritual journey - an adventure which took me to a Zen Buddhist Training Center where I spent years in residence, to ashrams and temples throughout India and the Far East where I meditated and worked for months on end, to a nunnery in north India for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in exile where I taught English, and into an immersion of 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 earns their certificated with the MMI Meditation Teacher Academy, 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.
Graduate meditation 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.
Joy Pamela Nanda, PhD, Advanced CranioSacral, Yoga, and Meditation Therapist, received her doctorate in Biological Anthropology from the University of Kansas, and was a tenured Professor at Case Western Reserve University until she left to to study alternative healing modalities, including CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. She is a graduate of the first Meditation Teacher Training at the McLean Meditation Institute. In addition to teaching CranioSacral Therapy, Therapeutic Yoga, and Meditation classes locally, Joy lectures and gives brain health workshops across the country based on her forthcoming book, “Meditation: Therapy for Your Brain.” This work is an expression of her lifelong fascination with the evolution and development of consciousness and her calling to present the science of brain health in a way that is understandable and relevant to meditation students and spiritual seekers. When not teaching or working privately with clients, she enjoys a daily meditation practice and time spent hiking the trails of Sedona and beyond.
Virginia Mizuno is Managing and Creative Director at Mystical Marketing, a boutique marketing consulting company that specializes in holistic marketing strategies. With over 15 years of marketing and operations experience, Virginia has worked in such industries as commercial real estate, home health care, and market research. She brings a passion for spiritual awareness and is a proponent of holistic marketing, a model that looks at the whole business for consistent and integrated marketing across all touchpoints.
Carol Studenka, M.A. in Education, 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.
Diane Dearmore is an MMI Certified Meditation Instructor whose heart-felt commitment to teach meditation comes after years of devoted meditation practice in the teachings of the Self Realization Fellowship. She has served as the president/founder of two mortgage companies, asset risk management consulting, President/CEO Gardens for Humanity, Executive Director of the Institute of Ecotourism, Massage Instructor at Pima Medical Institute, and founder/owner of Hands of Compassion, LLC and Southwest Herb and Essence, LLC. A mother, and grandmother, Diane specializes in teaching meditation to children of all ages. has come to know firsthand that meditation heals humanity from the inside out. Meditation increases mental clarity, decreases bodily and emotional stress and provides evolutionary nourishment for the soul.
Pauline Lucas is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 30 years of experience in the wellness and healthcare industry. She currently practices at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona where she integrates yoga and meditation with more conventional physical therapy methods. Pauline became a dedicated meditator when shortly after the birth of her second daughter, her marriage broke down and she received a diagnosis of breast cancer. During this time she connected with an inner wisdom, resolve and strength she never knew she had. She credits her daily practice of meditation for her ability to stay calm and actually thrive during what could have been a devastating time. Now, 15 years later, Pauline is healthy, happy, and dedicated to teaching all she continues to learn from her healing quest. Pauline is a sought-after presenter for local and national medical and physical therapy conferences and facilitates meditation classes at the Mayo Clinic.
Martin Birrittella, after a spontaneous spiritual transformation in 1973 at the age of 20, was inspired to make meditation his life's primary focus. He dropped out of Cornell where he was an engineering student, and headed off to India to explore meditation and spirituality. He spent time living in a traditional ashram. After a few years, he left and founded two multimillion dollar companies. As chairman and CEO, he took them public. He reports his success is due to the power of "listening" to inner wisdom, a skill that he acquired through his daily meditation practice. At the age of 41, he retired to devote himself entirely to the love of his life, meditation. Marty is the author of three books, and a gifted facilitator who loves to share his approach to meditation. He's developed a transformational program of self-inquiry, what he calls the FREE Process. FREE stands for Find, Reveal, Experience, and Enlighten. He believes this process helps those on the path of meditation to find freedom from falsely identifying with beliefs established unconsciously from infancy to adulthood.
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