2023 Meditation Teacher Training Certification

A 9-month online intensive Teacher Certification Training designed to help you master your practice, grow into your potential as a teacher and build a thriving, conscious business

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2023 Meditation Teacher Training Certificate

A 9-month intensive Meditation Teacher Certification Training designed to help you master your practice, grow into your potential as a teacher and build a thriving, conscious business around your skills

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“It’s not the style of meditation that matters, but the ability of the teacher to awaken and safely guide the student to their own truth.”

Welcome to a uniquely curated 250-Hour Teacher Training 

Stand in 'presence' as a meditation & spiritual teacher, leader and conscious-business owner. Join David Gandelman and 10 world-leading teachers from various traditions as well as conscious-business experts for a world-class certification online.

Three, 3-Month Levels

9 months to deepen your personal practice, develop as a professional teacher and establish a heart-centered business.

Private and Group Mentorship

9 monthly mentorship groups and a private session each level with a teacher to embody your teaching skills, practice and the topics. 5 or less students per group.

2, Live Classes Per Month on Zoom

18, 2 & 3 hour classes over 9 months to truly master your craft. A guest-teacher will join David one class each month. See the curriculum below!

 

Virtual Retreat

One half-day virtual retreat. Last class of Level 3 is a 5-hour, half/day retreat to deepen your practice and teaching experience.

Dedicated Slack Channel

Dedicated Slack channel where you can be in community, ask questions and get access to resources.

World-leading Teachers

10 industry leading meditation teachers across traditions and 3 business experts join David to co-teach and mentor

Recordings and Resources

Access to all the recordings for at least 2 years and a Teacher's Resource PDF Guide

250-Hour Certification

250-Hour Meditation Teacher Training Certification. Learn more. Learn more.

Dedicated Slack Channel  & Staff

A dedicated staff to make sure you have everything you need to keep you on track.

 

How is this teacher training different?

Most teacher training programs will walk you through the basics of mindfulness based stress reduction techniques, or other similar tools, but there is a lot more to being a professional teacher with a thriving business. Learn to teach from 'presence', set the energy of a room and develop a style from your heart.

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What Kind of Meditation Style is Taught in The Teacher Training?

Many teacher training programs will walk you through the basics of mindfulness based stress reduction, Buddhist practices, TM or similar tools, but there is so much more to being a qualified and embodied teacher with a thriving business than mastering one technique or lineage. 

During this training, David and the other teachers will walk you through a variety of traditions, and more importantly will help you ground in "presence" and develop your own language and style as a teacher:

Zen

Vedanta

Hinduism

Buddhism

Vipassana

Mindfulness

Kundalini

Intuitive Development

Visualization Techniques

Mysticism

Yoga Nidra

And more...

The Levels

 Each level will be 3 months long over 9 months. There will be two, 2-hour classes per month, 18 classes total. You will have 9 monthly, small-group mentorship sessions, one private session per level, book study and meditation hours.

Level 1 - Starting February 8, 2023!

Mastering Meditation as a Teacher 

The first 3 months of teacher training will focus on deepening into your own personal meditation practice, understanding the philosophy and teachings of the world’s great traditions, and awakening to a deeper level of presence as a guide. See our in-depth class by class schedule below.

One of the most important aspects of meditation is having a consistent meditation practice. As you move through the program, engage with the material, and meditate regularly, you will naturally land into a consistent structure for your own practice.

Traditionally, one of the goals of meditation has been to find, or awaken to, enlightenment. Sometimes we refer to this state as nirvana, samadhi, satori, or moksha. It is a place beyond identification with the mind, and the home to your true nature as a being. In Level one, you will learn the philosophy behind awakening, and move into the energy of it through practice. 

This training is non-ideological in the sense that we do not adhere to one tradition, but recognize that every tradition was created by an individual who had an awakening experience, and built a structure around that experience to help others find it in themselves. With that in mind, level 1 and beyond will offer you the opportunity to find your own truth and wisdom that is derived from your inner work, and level 2 will teach you how to share that wisdom.

Level 1 - Starting February 8, 2023!

Mastering Meditation as a Teacher 

The first 3 months of teacher training will focus on deepening into your own personal meditation practice, understanding the philosophy and teachings of the world’s great traditions, and awakening to a deeper level of presence as a guide. See our in-depth class by class schedule below.

Level 2

Mastering Your Teaching Skills

In this phase of training you’ll be learning how to teach what you know. As you solidify what kind of meditation practice, principles, and philosophy you ascribe to and want to share with the world, you’ll have the opportunity to teach in small groups, write out your own guided meditations, and get real-time feedback on your style from your peers and teachers. 

You’ll also overcome fear of public speaking in a safe and structured way. As a teacher in training you’ll learn to connect with your students from your heart and use your presence to help calm, comfort, and awaken them to their own truth. 

As you begin to relax as a teacher and guide, which only comes through practice, you may find yourself enjoying teaching more and more. The more you enjoy being in this sacred space, the more your students will trust you as their guide, and keep returning to your classes. 

By the end of level 2 you will have had ample experience and opportunities to teach, hold space, and develop your craft. As you graduate from level 2, we’ll begin to explore how to become a teacher in a professional way in level 3.

Level 2

Mastering Your Teaching Skills

In this phase of training you’ll be learning how to teach what you know. As you solidify what kind of meditation practice, principles, and philosophy you ascribe to and want to share with the world, you’ll have the opportunity to teach in small groups, write out your own guided meditations, and get real-time feedback on your style from your peers and teachers. 

Level 3

The Business of Teaching & Serving 

The last level of teacher training will be primarily focused on how to get your message out into the world, attract students, and set up a sustainable and sacred business structure that sustains you financially, and serves the world.

You’ll learn to simplify and craft your offers, brand your teachings in a way that aligns with your values, find the right marketing channels for your work, hire and scale a team in affordably and to share your light with the world.

We’ll also work on the mindset of abundance and prosperity as a meditation teacher. It’s no secret the majority of meditation teachers in the world today struggle with making a living.

 Collectively, the experts in this certification training have worked with over-500 six, multi-six and seven figure earning meditation and spiritual teachers — and we are here to help you set yourself up for success, joy, and healthy finances while teaching in integrity.

This training will help you overcome energetic limitations, and teach you the practical tools to achieve your career goals with alignment and integrity.

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Level 3

The Business of Teaching & Serving 

The last level of teacher training will be primarily focused on how to get your message out into the world, attract students, and set up a sustainable and sacred business structure that sustains you financially, and serves the world.

 

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Graduation Requirements

Complete 100% of the classes live or by recording. Contact us at [email protected] if this is not feasible in your timezone.

Attend at least 75% of your 9 small-group mentorship calls and all 3 of your private sessions

15 Hours of teaching on your own time reported to your mentor. 1.5 - 2 hours will take place during break-out calls.

Hand-in 3, 10-20 minute guided meditation audios.

Book study and final paper.

250-Hours Breakdown

18 Classes: 40.5 hours

9 Mentorship Groups: 13.5 hours

1 Half-Day Virtual Retreat: 4 hours

3 Private Mentorship Sessions: 2.25 hours

Record Meditations: 1 Hour

Teaching Hours: 15 Hours

Book Study: 20 Hours

Practice Time: 152 Hours

Graduation Requirements

250-Hours Breakdown

  • 18 Classes: 40.5 hours
  • 9 Mentorship Groups: 13.5 hours
  • 3 Mentorship Sessions: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • 1, 1/2 Day Virtual Retreats: 4 hours
  • Teaching Hours: 15 Hours
  • Recorded Meditations: 1 Hour
  • Book Study: 30 Hours
  • Practice Time: 144 Hours

Homework:

  • 15 Hours of teaching on your own time reported to your mentor. 1.5-2 hours will occur during break-out calls.
  • Hand-in 3, 10-20 minute guided meditation audios.
  • Book study and final paper

The Full Curriculum

Classes are 5-7pm PST every 1st Wed and 9am - 12pm PST every 3rd Saturday. Mentorship groups are monthly and private sessions are once per level.

Class #1

Wed, Feb 8th, 5-7pm PST

  • Structure of the program
  • The fundamentals of meditation
  • The 4 noble truths
  • Why we meditate 
  • Why we need more meditation teachers 
  • Case studies
  • Group meditation 
  • Q & A
  • Lifework 
Class #2

Sat, Feb 25th, 9am - 12pm PST

  • Meditation styles: heart, mind, service  
  • Navigating the subjective world
  • How all styles converge
  • Knowledge & intellect vs. insight & wisdom
  • Meditation benefits 
  • Group meditation 
  • Q & A
Class #3

Wed, Mar 8th, 5-7pm PST

  • Structuring morning and evening practices
  • Awakening as a concept and practice 
  • Spirituality, energy and growth
  • Finding purpose and answers through meditation
  • Group meditation 
  • Q & A
Class #4

Sat, Mar 25th, 9am - 12pm PST

  • Exploring various traditions part-1
  • Creating Your own principles and foundations 
  • Navigating emotion and energy
  • Group meditation
  • Q & A
Class #5

Wed, Apr 12th, 5-7pm PST

  • Exploring various traditions part-2
  • Archetypes of the avatars 
  • Group meditation 
  • Q & A
Class #6

Sat, Apr 22nd, 9am - 12pm PST

  • Exploring various traditions part-3
  • The most common issues: anxiety, rumination, emotion
  •  Mastering your own practice and energy
  • Group meditation 
  • Q & A

David Gandelman

David Gandelman is a spiritual teacher, author, and guide, whose mission is to awaken souls on their path of growing into being human, and living an enlightened, purpose-driven life.

He is the founder of the Meditation School app, and host of the Meditation School, Energy Matters, and Grounded Sleep podcasts. His meditations have been streamed millions of times. He has taught at Cornell University, NBC Universal, SAP, and numerous other organizations. David is also a top-ten teacher on Insight Timer.

David holds a B.A. in Western philosophy from Rutgers University, which combined with his studies in Eastern spiritual traditions living in the Himalayas, as well as his experience as the director of a school for intuitive development and mysticism in Hawaii, informs a teaching style that connects energetic experience, ancient wisdom traditions, and humor in order to create a safe atmosphere for people interested in learning to meditate and develop into their potential.

The Teachers & Mentors

Desi Ivanova

The Art of The Visual Journey

Cody Edner

How to Master Being a Teacher

Robin Berzin, M.D.

The Neurobiology of Meditation

Scott Stabile

Breathwork Facilitator and Author

Ceri Bethan

Embodying a Trauma-informed Approach to Mindfulness

Ed Fox

The Power of Mantras and Mindfulness

Hilary Jackendoff

The Art of Yoga Nidra

Lou Redmond

Motivate and Inspire as a Meditation Teacher

Jamie Wozny

Self Love and Healing Through Meditation

Your Business Mentors

Matthew Beck

Crafting Your Offers, Launches & Content

Jamie Moran

Mind-mapping Your Business

Kyle Pivarnik

Mastering Paid and Free Marketing

The Teachers & Mentors

Desi Ivanova

The Art of The Visual Journey

Cody Edner

How to Master Being a Teacher

Robin Berzin

The Biology of Calmness

Scott Stabile

The Art of Teaching From The Heart

Ceri Bethan

The Practice of Mindfulness

Ed Fox

The Power of Mantras and Mindfulness

Lou Redmond

Motivate and Inspire as a Meditation Teacher

Hilary Jackendoff

The Art of Yoga Nidra

Jamie Wozny

Self Love and Healing Through Meditation

Your Business Mentors

Matthew Beck

Creating Content

Jamie Moran

Mind-mapping Your Business

Kyle Pivarnik

Mastering Paid and Free Marketing

Pricing Options

One Time Payment

$5975

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Payment Plan

$555/month

Per Month

12 Monthly Payments

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Special Bonuses!

For the 1st 15 students who sign up before December 31st.

3 Private Sessions with David

The first 15 students to register will receive 3, private sessions with David as their personal mentor throughout the 9 month certification!

1-year membership to Meditation School

Get access to 300+ hours of guided meditations, courses, and coaching with world-leading teachers. Meditation School will be used in tandem with this training.

David Gandelman’s Grounded Mind Program has made learning to meditate easy and accessible. Honestly, I can’t believe how quickly I was able to see progress – in my ability to calm my brain as well as my ability to handle stress. I have become a meditator after only four months of this one year program, and I look forward to my next meditation each week.

Grounded Mind has helped me dive deeper into my meditation practice. David's meditations have enabled me to stop taking my stress so seriously, move out old energy, and start to cultivate the new kind energy I want in my life. I even felt less tired and more energized at the end of the meditations, and I continue to use those tools daily.

Reviews

See what people on Insight Timer say about David's meditation courses.

"I have found that this pandemic has been kind of lonely for me and I don’t mean that in severe way. Like you know, I’m home now with my amazing wife and my amazing two kids and I have my family around me but there's a certain lack of social interaction that is missing from me. And so early in March for the first time ever i ended up just going to the guided tab in Insight Timer just because I kind of just wanted to hear someone else’s voice and i've actually been doing these guided meditations almost consistently since March now and they range from courses. I know you've talked about Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, David Gandelman, Sarah Blondin. They’re just some amazing guided meditation coaches on Insight Timer."

- Harley Finkelstein (President of Shopify)

Why This Teacher Training?

Broad and Deep Training

Most meditation teacher trainings focus on a very specific meditation tradition, which can leave your options as a teacher more narrow based on what kind of students you’ll be able to reach.This training takes a broad look at a number of popular traditions, harnesses the wisdom of each, and then teaches you how to find your own voice and wisdom to share with the world.

Teachers From Various Traditions

We’ve brought together some of the world’s most talented teachers from various backgrounds and traditions to share their wisdom and skill set. Each of these 9 experts will lead an hour of class each month.

David's Unique Experience

David has taught everywhere from Cornell University, to fortune 500 companies, to cultivating 80,000 followers on Insight Timer, to being the director of a school for mysticism in Hawaii and the founder of his own meditation app and style. His work will be to help you not teach his style, but find and master your own style.

Conscious Business

With rich backgrounds and experience in conscious business, from building meditation apps, Insight Timer, books, podcasts, email funnels, marketing, retreats, course creation, and more, the Meditation School teachers will bring a unique and powerful combination of knowledge that will help you find your path, master it, and make a livelihood for yourself if you decide to do so.

What Business Skills will I learn?

The paradigm of being a meditation teacher and guide is shifting! We teach you to embody your value as a teacher, set up your business and attract clients who align with your heart.

You'll learn how to:

  • Strategically set-up a business model that feels "alive" for you and earns real, sustainable income
  • Create 1:1 offers, group programs, courses and teach online
  • Run campaigns to attract and enroll aligned-students 
  • Teach in studios, Universities and set-up retreats
  • Create content, use softwares and build a team
  • Take advantage of opportunities like teaching on apps, podcasting and paid ad campaigns

Meditation Teacher Certification

250-hour Teacher Certification

While there is no nationally accredited certifying board for Meditation Teacher Training Certifications, we have put together a board of directors encompassing 20 professional meditation teachers who are renowned in the space. This board of directors has reviewed and approved the curriculum, training structure, hours requirements and teaching faculty. 

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What Can I Do With My Certification?

  • Teach at Meditation Centers, Yoga Studios, Festivals and Retreat Centers
  • Offer One-to-One Packages, Sessions and Programs as a Teacher and Coach
  • Teach Corporate and University Workshops, Classes and Trainings
  • Teach Group Trainings, Group Courses, Programs and on Apps like Insight Timer
  • Add Meditation and Energy Tools to Your Healing, Coaching or Therapy Practice
  • Grow a Platform or Business From Which to Launch Your Visions
  • Significantly Deepen Your Own Practice and the Ways You Walk Through Life

 

 

What Can I Do With My Certification?

  • Teach at Meditation Centers, Yoga Studios, Festivals and Retreat Centers
  • Offer One-to-One Packages, Sessions and Programs as a Teacher and Coach
  • Teach Corporate and University Workshops, Classes and Trainings
  • Teach Group Trainings, Group Courses, Programs and on Apps like Insight Timer
  • Add Meditation and Energy Tools to Your Healing, Coaching or Therapy Practice
  • Grow a Platform or Business From Which to Launch Your Visions
  • Significantly Deepen Your Own Practice and the Ways You Walk Through Life

 

A Note From David

When I lived in an ashram in the Himalayas in my early 20’s, I knew that meditation and spirituality would be the core of my life moving forward, but I had no idea how I would make that happen. I didn’t have a career, money, a relationship, a home, or a clear sense of what my purpose was beyond loving to sit still and focus on finding enlightenment.

I eventually moved to Hawaii where I studied the intuitive healing arts. I graduated from multiple programs, including a 3 and ½ teacher training and I began to teach regularly. I then spent a number of years as the director of a non-profit meditation center, where I was always unfortunately overworked and poor. I also noticed I was teaching someone else’s teachings, wisdom and information. The tools were great, but they hadn’t become my own heart.

I eventually decided to go my own way and I started teaching on various apps, building online programs, podcasting, and writing. My career as a teacher unfolded out of a desire to teach my own style and truth to my students, and to do it on my terms. Everyone’s dream, right?

But it wasn’t an easy path…at all. I had to teach myself the business side, hire coaches, read countless books and take financial risks over and over. Fortunately over time everything came together, but I would not recommend my path. Looking back, there were far easier and more efficient ways to do the work, to teach, and to live.

During this training I am going to teach you how to avoid as many dead-ends, time suckers, bad investments and poor decisions as possible. I’ll also teach you how to grow into yourself as a teacher, discover and develop your voice, and share your teachings with the world in a healthy, rewarding way.

From my experience, the hardest part of being a meditation teacher isn’t actually teaching. You will master that over time with the tools that you’ll learn in this program. It’s all the other stuff that you have to do around your teaching, from managing your books, to attracting students, to building programs that serve your community and earn you an abundant income.

I also want to take a moment and talk about the types of meditation you’ll learn to teach and the philosophy behind it. And to do that I want to start with my two favorite definitions of meditation. The first is, 'Meditation is the bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind'. And the second is, 'Meditation is the awakening of consciousness out of the dream of the mind, and a deepening into reality'.

Your job as a teacher and guide will be to help people awaken to who they really are by cultivating their awareness, and in doing so, they will learn how to manage their energy, find their answers through sitting still, deepen into inner-peace, and have more emotional and mental clarity.

To be a great teacher, we have to accomplish three things: we have to entertain, educate, and enlighten, and in that order. Teacher training will teach you how to keep students attention, structure your meditations properly, avoid the monotone meditation voice that puts people to sleep, and truly awaken consciousness.

If you feel ready to step into your power as a guide and teacher, or to take your teaching, healing or spaceholding career to the next level, then come join me and a group of some of the world's most amazing teachers and get certified to teach meditation.

What You'll Learn

  • Safely ground into your own awakening through meditation

  • Develop a unique teaching style and language from the heart

  • Hone your teaching skills through live-practice, writing and recording meditations, mentorship and small-group practice

  • Explore the world's meditation traditions to understand the foundations of embodying awakening through this art

  • How to set and hold the energy of a room and class

  • Embody The Tools You Need To Build A Successful Online Business
  • How to set-up, structure and launch your business that aligns with your essence and generates abundant income
  • Set-up offers and connect with heart-aligned students
  • How to thrive in today's marketplace as a meditation teacher and guide
  • Genuinely stand in your own "presence" as a leader, meditation teacher and guide at a high-level

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Pricing Options

One Time Payment

$5975

 $6775  (Save $800)

If you enroll before December 31, 2022

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Payment Plan

$555/month

Per Month

12 Monthly Payments

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Special Bonuses!

For the 1st 15 students who sign up before December 31st.

3 Private Sessions with David

The first 15 students to register will receive 3, private sessions with David as their personal mentor throughout the 9 month certification!

1-year membership to Meditation School

Get access to 300+ hours of guided meditations, courses, and coaching with world-leading teachers. Meditation School will be used in tandem with this training.