Meditation Teacher Training Organisations
When seeking a meditation teacher training course look for the MA Registered Training Course logo. This will help you to identify if the course on offer meets the MA curriculum standard and therefore qualifies you for membership with Meditation Australia.
The following list provides details of organisations offering registered meditation teacher training. Many of our members have completed training provided by these organisations.
However it is important to note that your training as a meditation teacher may come from a number of sources and the onus remains with you to ensure that the meditation teacher training you receive meets requirements for membership.
If you are a meditation teacher and have previously completed training in a manner other than with one of the schools represented on this list, you may still be eligible for membership via Special Entry. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
For more information about membership criteria and curriculum guidelines, specific to registered teacher training courses, please visit our membership criteria page.
Personal practice prerequisite
Please be aware that graduates who wish to apply to Meditation Australia to become a Registered Meditation Teacher must be be able to verify that they have held a personal meditation practice for a minimum of 2 years.
Membership with Meditation Australia is divided into 3 categories: Personal Development, Therapeutic and Spiritual.
Personal development meditation teacher training
Graduates who have completed teacher training in meditation for personal development are proficient at fostering a range of skills, qualities and outcomes that may include self-understanding, interpersonal abilities, coping capacities, general life skills, improved performance, a developed sense of self, behavioural change, emotional balance, clear thinking, self-care capacities, awareness of and sensitivity towards others, or general wellbeing. While therapeutic or spiritual outcomes or experiences may be relevant, they are not the primary objective in this form of teaching.
The Mindfulness Training Institute is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing excellent and sustainable professional training in evidence based mindfulness approaches (MBSR and MBCT) in Australia and New Zealand The training offers a heart-opening, engaging and rigorous grounding in the relational, cognitive, emotional and body-based personal and professional development work necessary for good teaching.
MTI offers an internationally recognised training pathway which can be undertaken with some flexibility by students within their own time frame. It includes:
- Pre-requisites (attending the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course and a silent, teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreat)
- A Study Module (integrating theory and practice)
- An eight day Intensive residential (providing an in-depth exploration of the curriculum through a range of didactic, experiential and small group work. It will provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading and inquiry with mentoring from the instructors – usual teacher/student ratio 1:10
- Supervision of your MBSR/CT teaching work
This training provides the principles and practices to safely and effectively incorporate iRest into your professional teaching or clinical work as well as your personal life and includes in-depth, interactive dialogue, experiential sessions, practicum and supervision and is supported by extensive training manuals.
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ACMM offers a Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Guiding and Teaching Meditation. You can study meditation teaching online and at our weekend retreats. Our training is in depth and practical and covers a variety of meditation techniques. We provide one on one coaching as well as opportunities to interact with fellow students in a vibrant and friendly meditation community.
In addition to the thorough curriculum you can expand into areas such as teaching meditation to children, chakra meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, creating original programs, journalling practices and more through our electives.
The Melbourne Meditation Centre’s Meditation Teacher Training Course provides you with the confidence, understanding and skills required to teach meditation and mindfulness in a very gentle, accessible style.
The course focuses on developing your competence as a teacher but also provides valuable insights into your own personal practice. Everything is practical and experiential, and you’ll have the opportunity to engage in real-life case studies, group discussion and live practice sessions.
Our aim is to support and encourage you to develop your own teaching style rather than to present you with a template for ‘our way’ of teaching.
The course can be completed over 12 weekly sessions, 4 weekend sessions or as a week-long retreat.
Meditation Teacher Training in Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley Living Centre’s 2020 Meditation Teacher Training retreats are being run by expert mindfulness and meditation trainers,
Drs Ian and Ruth Gawler, and Daniel Cerny.
These teacher training retreats are both a personal and professional development opportunity. Not only will you gain the knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and resources to run your own meditation courses, but your own personal practice and understanding of the healing applications for meditation will grow exponentially.
This pathway is both a personal and professional development opportunity. Not only will you become fully equipped to teach others how to meditate, your own personal practice and understanding of the healing applications for meditation will grow exponentially. The following courses are offered as part of our Meditation Teacher Training Pathway.
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The Nature Care Professional Certificate of Meditation Facilitation qualification sees students graduate with the skills, techniques and personal practice to confidently teach Meditation groups and sessions.
As a Meditation Facilitator you will support participants with a range of meditation techniques, relaxation and visualisation methods, leading others to a deeper sense of relaxation, peace, acceptance and awareness and increasing physical and emotional health and well-being on a holistic level.
Studies include the exploration of various meditation techniques and the development of your own practices, the application of techniques in a clinical and professional setting, group facilitation and the practical aspects of running meditation classes.
With online learning and flexible payment plans available, the Professional Certificate in Meditation Facilitation offers the perfect pathway for those wishing to pursue a rewarding career as a Meditation Facilitator, in a caring and supportive environment.
The training has three aspects.
The enrichment and deepening of each trainees’ meditation and personal clarity, which is achieved through personal practice in class and at home, understanding legal & ethical considerations, energy self-care & self-esteem exploration.
Learning facilitation and promotional skills which includes: listening, timing, building rapport, simplicity, effective communication, class formats, marketing & advertising.
Learning meditation techniques and coaching to develop your unique delivery style.
The training meets for weekly 2.5 hour classes, an induction day plus two days of practical sessions and mentored assessments and practicums. Additional hours are required outside class for practicums.
To be eligible applicants require 2 years of prior meditation practice and commitment to personal growth, abstinence from non-prescribed drugs for at least five years’ prior and no or minimal use of alcohol.
Pauline McKinnon is the Founding Director of the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre in Melbourne. The integrity of the SMT Teacher Training Course is derived from her 35 years personal and professional experience as a Stillness Meditation teacher and psychotherapist. Pauline is a pioneer in anxiety awareness and a leading authority on meditation and on natural anxiety management. This course is developed from the teaching of Australian psychiatrist, Dr Ainslie Meares who originated the use of meditation as a form of therapy. His approach is non-sectarian and unrelated to other forms of meditation. Pauline is the only person acknowledged by Meares as an exponent of his style of meditation.
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You may not want to formally teach meditation – maybe you would rather hone your skills to learn at a higher level – or just work in a more disciplined way on yourself. You may want to take your practise to a deeper level or even explore some of the more Spiritual aspects of Meditation.
Whatever your interest, everyone would benefit enormously from this very structured and systematic approach to this ancient skill. As in our main Teacher Training Course, there is group learning and sharing, support and interaction, discussion and practice, all in a lively atmosphere of growth and exploration – and of course, T.T. lunches!
This Teacher Training program is suitable for health care professionals and yoga and wellness instructors, as well as for those interested in teaching or guiding meditation in their school or community and those with a personal interest in meditation.This practical, hands-on training program will equip you with the necessary skills, experience, understanding and confidence to successfully teach meditation and mindfulness, and to enhance your personal and professional skills.
Emphasis is placed on giving all participants the experience to develop the skills needed to lead groups and clients in meditation, and knowing how to choose which meditations are appropriate for their clients. Past participants have also found that the skills and knowledge learnt greatly enhanced their own meditation practice.
You will be provided with a comprehensive training manual and the resources to help you share this valuable skill with others. Please note that additional resources, including relevant texts and CDs are available for purchase.
Our teachers have years of experience, practice and training under their belt and are well equipped to offer you the guidance needed to share and undertake the ancient practice of meditation. Our Meditation teacher training and short courses cover a range of meditation techniques and styles to ensure there is something to resonate with every individual. Whether you do this course for yourself or to teach others, it is a highly valuable practice to live by and share with others. Meditation is the innovative lifestyle medicine of the 21st century.
At the 1 Giant Mind Teacher Training Academy we train passionate meditators to become confident and effective meditation teachers in as a little as 12 weeks. Our program is rooted in traditional practice and formatted for a modern audience.
Our interactive 16-unit online certification training program runs for 12-weeks. You will be joining an international cohort of teachers in training and participate in regular live webinar classes to support your online learning. The curriculum includes practical learning and collaboration with the students in your cohort.
At the end of the training you will be certified to teach the internationally recognised 1 Giant Mind – Being Meditation Technique taught in a 3-day course format. After your certification, your training continues throughout the year with access to regular online classes and teacher community events.
We are not just a training academy, we are a community of passionate like-minded people brought together by our deep sense of purpose to share the transformational power of meditation.
The Moksha Academy delivers an acclaimed standard of Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training, incorporating comprehensive content that gives you a thorough, practical and integrative understanding into every area of meditation and mindfulness – empowering you to guide and support your students in a way that deeply impacts every level of their being.
Our training is renowned for its comprehensive depth, invaluable practical component and journey of personal transformation that thoroughly prepares our graduates to confidently stand out as exceptional Meditation Teachers – fully equipped to deliver a wide range of meditation techniques and methods in a variety of formats. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the physiological, neurological and holistic impacts of meditation, and explore the ancient yogic teachings and practices that underpin this sacred art and science.
Whether you’re a dedicated meditation practitioner with a passion to enrich the lives of others with these deep-reaching teachings, or wish to explore deeper into the experience of your own practice, join us for a life-changing journey deep into the heart of Meditation & Mindfulness.
The BioMedical Institute of Yoga & Meditation (BIYOME) offers you the ultimate connection between the Ancient Science of Meditation, Yoga and the Western Biomedical Model: enriching programs that foster teachers of integrative lifestyle medicine, job ready for a future in allied health. All of our courses are tailored to deliver pioneering evidenced-informed practice, side by side with experiences of integrated well-being. We explore the ancient philosophies combined with innovative biopsychosocial principals in our ever-expanding field of meditation, mind-body medicine and allied health.
BIYOME COURSES are delivered both globally online, face to face in person and live-streamed internationally from our stunning Brisbane retreat centre:
110MTT Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine
330MTT Advanced Diploma in Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine
660MTT Masters in Biomedical Meditation Therapy & Allied Health
3CPD’s Short meditation courses and retreats (face to face, live-streamed and online)
Corporate Training Packages and Courses”
The Dru Meditation course is one of Dru Australia’s premium teacher training courses. Whether you want to teach meditation or learn to meditate effortlessly for yourself, the course will help you master your mind and emotions so that you can enter meditation quickly and effortlessly.
In seven, four-day modules in just over two years, we emphasise the science of meditation, showing how to mindfully bring your awareness from the physical body through to the deepest layers of your being. You’ll explore how to perceive the energetic state of a group, and choose appropriate techniques to optimise their energy, relaxation and meditation.
The Sydney Institute of Meditation offers an 80-hour Meditation Teacher Training course of the highest calibre. The course incorporates many different types of meditation, the science behind it and mindfulness. It is practical, experiential, non-religious and easy to understand.
This course is suitable for anybody who wishes to teach meditation or just expand and deepen their own practice, enjoy the company of like-minded people, share meditation with their friends and family, or incorporate meditation into their work eg. yoga teachers, therapists.
The contact hours are either in a group (in Gladesville, Sydney), on a 7-day retreat, or, if you choose the online course, an online video chat group.
The ‘Certificate in Mindfulness and Wellbeing For Children’ – the first of its kind in Australia, is offered by Wellbeing For Kids. The certificate program incorporates the ‘Peaceful Kids’ and ‘Peaceful Parents’ training which are held across many states in Australia. The certificate program has 4 modules that can be completed at your own pace.
The training provides hands on and engaging training in Mindfulness strategies, exercises and meditations for children that can be used with children individually or in whole groups such as classrooms or in wellbeing centers. This certificate training also gives participants a manualized program to deliver the Peaceful Kids intervention educational program for children who are suffering anxiety and stress symptoms as well as building resilience. At the end of the course you will be trained as both a Peaceful Kids and a Peaceful Parents facilitator.
Graduates of the program will be able to deliver mindfulness classes and programs to children of any age using the huge range of resources that are included in the training. The training is both a personal and professional mindfulness and positive psychology training.
The Meditation Teacher Training College offers this experiential teacher training course that develops knowledge of meditation through the practice of meditation, self-reflection and mindfulness.
Classes are a mixture of presentations, teaching skills building activities, discussions and meditation techniques practise. Topics explore the scientific, psychological and philosophical underpinning of meditation and mindfulness. The course will provide practical suggestions for facilitating meditation and mindfulness in specific contexts.
The course will be presented face to face and online.
Mentoring and self-reflection using the action research model applied to teaching are integral to this course.
Centred Meditation has been empowering individuals to be the best version of themselves since 2015. Our methodology is grounded in a trifecta of Presence, Potential, and Purpose. We believe that if we were all: 1) regularly dwelling in and drawing wisdom from our inner presence, 2) actively evolving and unleashing our personal potential, and 3) constantly re-discovering and aligning with all layers of our life’s purpose, we would be able to establish a truely Centred Society where all beings can thrive.
About our Meditation Teacher Training
Our Meditation Teacher Training serves as an extension of our vision. Our role is to transform meditation practitioners into meditation teachers so that they can actively contribute to establishing a Centred Society. We believe that being a meditation teacher is much more than just a title or an accreditation. In our view, a meditation teacher is:
- Grounded in their inner presence with a regular practice of self-directed meditation
- Enthralled by an active journey of inner growth and expanded awareness
- Knowledgeable about the mechanics of meditation and consciousness
- Authentically skilled at empathising with (both intellectually and emotionally), and empowering others
We offer two levels of Meditation Teacher Training, each of which is 200 hours over 12 weeks (8 x weekly live-streamed sessions plus 3 x full Saturdays in-person).
“Teaching mindfulness is not about making people feel good. It is not about helping anybody. Instead, it’s the ability to be present and meet people exactly where they are with your heart wide-open” To embody the kind of teaching Jon Kabat Zin is talking about takes honing skills in many areas:
1) The capacity to create psychological safety as soon as possible so that people feel met exactly where they are
2) A willingness to stay with silence, to stay with uncomfortable pauses and emotions to allow people to find their own answer
3) A fearlessness to really know ourselves deeply, to meet all of our own stuff, so that we are never mistaken for someone who is anything other that human
4) To be fearlessly authentic and to have a deep friendliness towards life whatever it presents.
This is what our mentorship encompasses. It’s no ordinary course – it’s more like an inner MBA – a 6 month journey that will help you to reconnect with every aspect of yourself and Secondly, find out what it takes to be a truly authentic, skilful teacher of mindfulness and meditation.
Welcome to Yoga NRG & Mindfulness Training Australia
We offer In Person & Live/Online Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher Training Programs (both as Full Certification &/or Personal Development for those who wish to deepen their understanding and self exploration of Yoga & Mindfulness)
We also offer Mindfulness Based Yoga and Various Styles of Meditation in a number of different locations (in person) and live online. We are passionate about about making our Training Programs and Classes accessible to all , especially those in remote areas who may not be able to access things face to face on the Sunshine Coast. We have a broad online community that we integrate with our live classes and training programs , and when able we travel and deliver outreach services to remote and rural areas.
Tammy Williams, Founder of Yoga NRG & Mindfulness Training Australia is a qualified RN of over 27 years, who specialises in Mindfulness Based CBT, Mentoring and Teacher Training aswel as supporting individual clients in her private practice with overcoming stress, trauma, burnout, and addiction of various types. She has a unique method of combining evidenced based practices and mindfulness/yoga psychology to help optimise client health and wellbeing.
Nothing is ever just in the body, or just in the mind – the two are linked therefore we teach you how to work with both and integrate both.
What Yoga NRG is about – is giving you the tools to better manage your energy, physically, mentally and develop confidence and clarity for your own personal aspriations (learning what supports them and what are obstacles to them)
We help you to :
* Increase your energy levels
* Improve sleep
* Pain Management
* Help with anxiety , depression and support mental health
* Not to mention FUN – we offer Retreats throughout the year with varied areas of focus,
education and creativity 😉
* We are here to help you practice a life long discipline that will help strengthen every relationship you have (work, home, play)
* Most of all we are here to help you remember to “go easy” on yourself when the shit hits the fan , to develop resources so you can enjoy life in all of its ups and downs.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes, training programs or retreats in person or in our NRG Zoom Room where you get to be you, heal and feel in your own good time.
Certificate in Creative Mindful Education for Children
Discover how to teach children Mindfulness and meditation in the way they want to learn!
This training establishes a thorough foundation of Mindful skills and knowledge to connect to the hearts and minds of each child.
The aim of the program is to support educators, parents and allied health professionals to bring Mindful Education and Positive Education tenets to life for children … an enquiry- based approach to foster curiosity, compassion, and a holistic, creative approach to learning.
Enjoy this rich learning journey, with personal support: individual and group coaching, along with Training Immersions for in depth learning.
Intuitive Meditation Teacher Training is for all new and existing health care practitioners or anyone who is feeling the call to explore meditation and intuition for their own personal self-development.
It is a 12-week exploration of Meditation, these classes are held both online and face to face in my boutique Balwyn North clinic. Together we will explore many types of meditation all with a balance of breathing techniques, intuition development and heart-centred practices. You will learn the theory and scientific understanding of our heart-space, breathwork, nervous system, trauma informed care, mindfulness, chakras, mantras, mudras and so much more.
Classes are kept small for maximum, safe and brave engagement as you connect with yourself and other likeminded souls / hearts. During the 12-weeks you will also be supported through your journey, on a personal and business level, including exploring your Dharma and business mentoring. You will also have the opportunity to take on a leadership / mentor role within the classes as you bring your learning into its full cycle as you take your seat as the Teacher.
As Melbourne’s premier meditation studio, Happy Melon is a place of nurture and community, built on the foundation of teaching practices that bring people together. Our best-in-class 80-hour Meditation Teacher Training program was developed by our expert accredited teachers and reflects our commitment to the integrity of the practice as well as our diverse and dynamic community.
This robust training program combines the science, history, philosophy and teaching methodology of meditation with the opportunity to grow and thrive as a teacher through teaching practice, attendance of in-studio shadow classes and personalised 1:1 mentoring with a range of industry experts.
This is an in person retreat based training in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Hinterland comprising of 13 x 1 day retreats over 12 months. Students who complete this course will be qualified as a Kundalini Meditation Circle Facilitator, Reiki Master and Subtle Body Chakra Energy Healer.
This robust training program combines the science, history, philosophy and teaching methodology of meditation with the opportunity to grow and thrive as a teacher through teaching practice, attendance of in-studio shadow classes and personalised 1:1 mentoring with a range of industry experts.
The Yogic Meditation Institure Teacher Training Pathway is a life defining experience for anyone seeking to dive deeper into the wisdom of meditation and the yoga tradition.
Students are empowered with a potent system of meditation techniques and the knowledge of how & when to use them effectively. The course explores the context of meditation within the yoga tradition as well as how meditation can be presented as a fundamental system within the modern era.
This teacher training also has an important breathwork component, learning to use the breath as a gateway to meditation. We also take a deep dive into neuroscience exploring how and why meditation works, how these tools can be used to support your own mental wellbeing and to help others.
Are you looking for a meditation course that reminds you to relax, smile and enjoy the small things whilst understanding that a happy mind needs regular focussed training???
The Calm Living Mindfulness Meditation programme is practical neuroscience with a deep grounding in Dzogchen Buddhist philosophy. This course is a blend of modern and ancient, depth and humour, practical tools for teaching meditation alongside a profound inner journey.
Many years ago, Michael Daly had a life changing shift in his meditation practice after being introduced to a Buddhist Dzogchen teacher in India. He has blended this direct awakening style of meditation with the more gradual, science based approaches to mindfulness and breathwork. Now in its second decade, this powerful 80 or 110 hr programme of meditation teacher training is a deep dive into techniques, philosophy and personal development.
The course is taught via online learning plus 5 x 6 hr (zoom) teacher training calls. There is also a 4 day retreat option. This training is not just to learn meditation techniques but also to help you develop into a confident facilitator of workshops, courses, retreats and corporate trainings.
5 Weeks Pre-Learning and 6 Weeks Facilitator Training. Runs twice annually.
Traditional wisdom practices shared in a contemporary blended format. (Covid-19 permitting)
Meditation Yoga is an applied psycho-physiological process of re-educating the body and mind. It is a slow process, a process of practice that refines our confused self-images, honed through the centuries for application in everyday life.
Start with Beginners Classes and slowly build self-knowledge, slowly build skills. Then, as you develop longevity, commitment and integrity in your practice, teaching / sharing may begin to come naturally to you. At that time teaching / sharing opportunities will be made available.
Enhance your own personal meditation and mindfulness practice, and learn how to introduce others to it too. This 110hr program will:
- Complement/enhance your existing offerings, particularly in the health & wellness and human services space
- Guide you on how to hold space for a range of audiences and individuals in your own authentic way
- Teach you to deliver your own Introduction to Mindfulness program AND Integrating Mindfulness Into Everyday Life program
- Provide you with certification for a rewarding career pathway as a certified Meditation Teacher
- Learn about the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness meditation, while gaining an overview of the history of meditation and other styles, theories and techniques.
Therapeutic meditation teacher training
Teachers of therapeutic meditation are those who augment a degree level qualification in a health related field with meditation teaching training from either the Personal Development or the Spiritual categories. The primary intention of Therapeutic meditation is to treat illness, to manage symptoms, or to promote physical, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing. Other outcomes may be spiritual and/or personal development but the primary objective of teaching in this category of membership is therapeutic.
Spiritual meditation teacher training
Organisations that offers spiritual meditation teacher training are primarily oriented to the development of spiritual and/or religious insights and capacities in those they train. This form of teaching may take place in the context of a religious or spiritual tradition and the method of learning may be informal and less conventional in format, involving a dedication to a philosophy as complete lifestyle. Although some or all of the practices taught may be the same as or similar to some therapeutic and personal development meditation teaching, the objectives of teaching in this category of membership are primarily spiritual
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Meditation
The course is for those seeking to learn the methods and skills of teaching meditation and prayer in a variety of situations including primary and secondary schools, parishes, youth groups, and hospitals. It focuses on the personal practice and benefits of meditative prayer, and facilitation and discernment approaches allowing students to apply their learning in their own context. The course includes three units of work:
- Meditation in the Christian Tradition: Students will be introduced to the richness of the Christian meditation and prayer traditions.
- Applied Meditation: Students engage in professional experience in leading meditation and prayer groups in locations such as schools, hospitals, universities, youth and parish groups.
- Meditation and Wholeness: Students examine meditation and prayer approaches to enhance wellbeing and healing.