How to compare mindfulness facilitator training programs
Updated: Apr 22
If you are considering training to become a mindfulness meditation facilitator and learning how to bring mindfulness practices to the workplace or community, it certainly can be confusing to compare programs!
The 'best' one for you is one that fits your style of learning, provides you with the outcomes you seek, fits your budget and just feels right. I hope this might help bring clarity for you!
Here are some key considerations when you are evaluating which program may be best suited to you . . .
Here's what's unique about The Calm Monkey's program - does this resonate with you? This program is the pioneer in the workplace mindfulness field. It was created in 2014 and has been continually upgrading to best serve the needs of individuals and organizations. Other mindfulness facilitator programs look to this program as best-in-class. It has been taught at The Greater Good Science Center's workplace mindfulness conference of UC Berkeley. Over 400 facilitators worldwide have been trained, and this program has served many types and sizes of organizations such as Google and the U.S. National Park Service. Experienced meditators learn to:
Implement workplace mindfulness - gain support, startup and grow a respected grassroots mindfulness practice.
Skillfully facilitate mindfulness meditation sessions - with today's best practices.
Most other programs do not teach the implementation piece.
It's super flexible with no rigid cohort schedule. It is great for busy people as you have up to six months to complete the program at your own pace, and you can finish it sooner if you wish.
Some other programs may appear similar to The Calm Monkey's program because many have been modelled after this program. You’ll be part of a wonderful facilitator community through small practice groups called ‘Practice Sandboxes’, an online community Slack group and live group meetings. Experienced meditators learn to implement workplace mindfulness and skillfully facilitate sessions. Many of our students are already facilitating when they register, yet they learn so much through this program and love our community of facilitators. The program fee is lower than other comparable programs.
See if this is right for you :)
To sum up what our alumni says: 'I didn't know what I didn't know. I learned about things I've never thought of and gained valuable resources. The community and Wendy Quan are amazing. This is exactly what I was looking for.'
Whatever program you may choose, thank you for your compassionate desire to help others!
Questions are welcome at Wendy@TheCalmMonkey.com.
~Wendy Quan, Founder, The Calm Monkey