“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 Meditation School's 250-Hour Meditation Teacher Training
Stand in 'presence' as a meditation teacher, guide and conscious-business owner! Join David Gandelman and 10 industry-leading teachers from various traditions as well as 3 conscious-business experts who've supported teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Wim Hof, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Wright and Michael Singer for a high-touch meditation teacher certification training.
Three, 3-Month Levels
9 months to deepen your personal practice, develop as a professional teacher and establish a heart-centered business. Feb 8th - Oct 28th!
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!
Private and Group Mentorship
9 monthly mentorship groups and 3 private sessions with a teacher to embody your teaching skills, practice and the concepts. 5 or less students per group.
One half-day virtual retreat. Last class of Level 3 is a 6-hour, half/day retreat to deepen your practice and teaching experience.
10 industry leading meditation teachers across traditions and 3 business experts join David to co-teach and mentor
Dedicated Slack Channel
Dedicated Slack channel where you can be in community, ask questions and get access to resources.
Recordings and Resources
Access to all the recordings for at least 2 years and a Teacher's Resource PDF Guide
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.WAITLIST NOW
The 3 Levels
Each level will be 3 months long over 9 months. There will be two, 2 and 3 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.
Complete 100% of the classes live or by recording. Contact us at [email protected] if this is a challenge for 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.
18 Classes: 45 Hours
9 Mentorship Groups: 13.5 Hours
1 Half-Day Virtual Retreat: 6 Hours
3 Private Mentorship Sessions: 3 Hours
Record Meditations: 1 Hour
Teaching Hours: 15 Hours
Book Study: 20 Hours
Practice Time: 146.5 Hours
The Full Curriculum
Classes are 5-7pm PST every 2nd Wed and 9am - 12pm PST every 4th Saturday. Mentorship groups are monthly and private sessions are once per level.
- 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
- Meditation styles: heart, mind, service
- Navigating the subjective world
- How all styles converge
- Knowledge & intellect vs. insight & wisdom
- Meditation benefits
- Group meditation
- Q & A
- 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
- Exploring various traditions part-1
- Creating your own principles and foundations
- Navigating emotion and energy
- Group meditation
- Q & A
- Exploring various traditions part-2
- Archetypes of the avatars
- Working with the pain body
- Group meditation
- Q & A
- Exploring various traditions part-3
- The most common issues: anxiety, rumination, emotion, resistence
- Mastering your own practice and energy
- Group meditation
- Q & A
Level 2 - Mastering Your Skills as a Teacher
Level 3 - The Business of Teaching and Serving
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.
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.
3 Private Sessions with David
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.
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?
Watch our Becoming a Meditation Teacher Video Series!
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.
Industry-Leading 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 10 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.
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.WAITLIST NOW
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