Foundations in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Teacher Training Level 1

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Foundations in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Teacher Training Level 1

with Jon Aaron

Opening Session: Sunday, September 15th | 9:30am-1:00pm
MBSR Orientation: Thursday, September 19th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
MBSR Course: Thursdays, October 3rd – November 21st | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
MBSR Daylong Session: Sunday, November 10th | 9:30am – 5:00pm
8 Week Seminars: Saturday, October 5th – November 23rd | 9:30am – 1:00pm
Closing Session: Saturday, November 23rd | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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Deadline for submitting the application is: July 31st, 2019
Notification of acceptance will be made by: August 15th, 2019

In this nine-week program, students attend all sessions as a participant/observer of an MBSR program (includes orientation, all eight-week sessions plus the All-Day session) participate in ten concurrent session professional training seminars.

In this first step in the MBSR Teacher Training pathway teacher trainees engage fully in the 8-week MBSR program as participants and as observers. In addition, they engage with other trainees and the instructor in a 3.5-hour seminar exploring the underpinnings, approach, and teacher qualities in which the program is steeped. Full attendance at all sessions is required, excluding emergencies or weather cancellations. Meets the requirements for the next step on the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway.

Previous participation in an 8-week MBSR course
A minimum of one 5-7-day residential meditation retreat
A minimum of two years of personal meditation practice

Commitment Required
This is an intensive course! Attendance at all MBSR classes and seminars is required, in addition to the MBSR Class ongoing practice assignments between classes, there are readings, journaling and other assignments.

$1,940.00 (NYI member benefits do not apply) Payment plans and very limited financial aid is available. If you are interested, please fill out the application and submit with the application fee. Please note that as part of our commitment to diversity and equity, we have an intention to increase the participation of people of color in the MBSR Teacher Community. To help bring this to fruition, we are holding a portion of MBSR Teacher Training spaces for people of color (PoC).

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Jon Aaron


Jon Aaron has been a teacher at New York insight since 2006. His principal dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a certified teacher through the CFM. He has taught over 50 cycles of the seminal curriculum as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center. He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitioner and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.