Meditation Teacher Training 2019

IDP MTT is a 200-hour professional certificate program for committed practitioners to learn to confidently lead others on a path of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion with integrity and heart.

The 2019 program will be led by teachers Emily Herzlin, Kimberly Brown, Mona Chopra, and Renee Bochman, with Dan Cayer, Nandini Naik, Paul Sireci, and other members of IDP’s esteemed faculty. 

Teach with Integrity

IDP MTT incorporates contemporary mindfulness teachings and therapeutic practices with philosophical, psychological, and ethical principles of the secular Buddhist tradition. Participants learn specific techniques for effectively leading individual and group mindfulness and compassion meditation, and are directed on a path of study to clarify the function of contemplative and complementary practices in the development of wisdom and compassion.

Now in its 9thyear, this program enables experienced meditators to offer mindfulness and compassion practices to their clients, patients, family, and the general public. The training is open to therapists, educators, life coaches, leaders, managers, social workers, yoga teachers, and experienced mindfulness students. 

What we offer:

·Experiential learning and practice of individual and group meditation techniques in a supportive environment, including various methods of teaching mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and concentration

·A deep understanding of how mindfulness and contemplation supports ethical behavior and clarity, leading to beneficial actions for self and others 

·Readings and discuss of the history of meditation and mindfulness and the science of contemporary mindfulness practice, research and applications

·An opportunity to participate in classes and events with an established and vibrant community (the IDP sangha)

·Confidence and knowledge to teach traditional practices in a secular manner that supports a wide range of contemporary fields

 ·Mentorship and supervision with teachers 

·Feedback and peer support for facilitation practice

·Group facilitation skills

·Training in cultural competency, working with diverse groups, and identifying implicit biases

·A Mindfulness Meditation Teaching certificate, upon completion, for those that fulfill the requirements

Established in 2011

Graduates of MTT include instructors in the mindfulness and dharma communities, social justice and engaged practice leaders, corporate meditation guides, innovative psychotherapists, teachers, lawyers and non-profit professionals, and others inspired to share the benefits of their practice with the world.


Participants in this program are required to make a serious time commitment. In addition to six training weekends, participants commit to a daily one hour meditation practice, the completion of regular homework assignments and readings, weekly check-ins with peer groups, 35 hours of practice teaching, 2 teacher one-on-one meetings, and 9 monthly videoconference calls. Participants are required to attend 24 hours of classes and retreats at IDP. Registration fees for these programs are included in your tuition. See below for detailed program schedule. 



MTT is primarily designed for those with meditation experience who are interested in offering meditation instruction within their profession.  Committed contemplative and Buddhist students who would like to participate in this training to deepen their understanding and knowledge may also be admitted.


1. A regular mindfulness meditation practice of three years or more.

2. Attendance in an introductory mindfulness course, or equivalent.

3. Completion of at least one week-long, residential silent meditation retreat with an approved meditation retreat organization or teacher. 

Alternative credit may be considered for the above requirements. Please email [email protected] with inquiries.


1. Completion of the online application, (found at this link), and payment of the non-refundable $50 application fee at the bottom of this page. This fee is waived if you apply by November 1. Final application deadline is December 15, 2018.

2. Two brief letters of recommendation - submit to [email protected]: 1) From a member, teacher, or leader of a mindfulness or meditation community; 2) From a personal mentor or teachef.

3. You must be a Monthly Member (of any amount) in The Interdependence Project community to participant in this training. If you are not already, you may join at this link



IDP strives to be accessible to people of all income levels, so we offer tuition fees on a sliding scale. We trust our students to practice generosity and mindfulness to select the highest rate you can reasonably afford, to allow us to better meet the growing number of requests for financial aid and PoC scholarships.

·      Full Tuition:                                                             $2800 

·      Basic Tuition:                                                          $2400 

·      Supported Tuition:                                                  $2200

Tuition is exclusive of reading materials and a year-end teachers’ gift. 


·      Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program tuition. The remaining 50% of the program tuition must be received by January 4, 2018

·      Because we can accept only a limited number of applications, we cannot offer refunds

·      Payment plans can be arranged for the Full or Basic Tuition rates only. Contact us if you’re interested in arranging a payment plan.


Work-Study positions are awarded based upon both financial need and community involvement. These positions require participants to provide assistance with setup and support on Training Weekends in exchange for reduced tuition. Due to the limited number of positions available, you must apply by November 1, 2018 to be considered for a Work-Study position.


To further our commitment to creating a diverse community, we offer scholarships for this program to persons of color. If you identify as a person of color and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate on your application. Due to the limited number of scholarships available, you must apply by November 1, 2018.

The Program


Fridays              7-9pm

Saturdays          9-5pm

Sundays            9-3pm  


Weekends include meditation practice, discussion, group exercises, and practice teaching.

January 18-20 - Weekend 1: Teaching with Intention: Meditation & Mindfulness

History and view of meditation practice, its use as a means to living wisely and benefiting self and others. An understanding of mindfulness, insight, skillful action, and compassion. Introduction to the contemporary approach to mindfulness meditation. Instructions for guided mindfulness of breath practice.


Evening: Kimberly Brown


Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Dan Cayer and Nandini Naik 


Morning: Emily Herzlin

Afternoon: Dan Cayer and Nandini Naik 

February 22-24 - Weekend 2: Mindfulness: Working with Emotions and Thoughts 

Science and research of mind-body processes during and after mindfulness meditation. Approaches and techniques to work with hindrances including overwhelming emotions, difficult thoughts, physical pain. Exploration of our relationship with pleasant and unpleasant sensations. Contemporary applications to offer mindfulness in the workplace. 


Kimberly Brown


Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra
Afternoon: Kimberly Brown


Morning: Emily Herzlin

Afternoon: Dan Cayer and Nandini Naik 

April 5-7 - Weekend 3: Lovingkindness: Developing the Heart 

Science and research of compassion and empathy. History and practice of traditional metta, forgiveness, and compassion meditation. Approaching self-compassion and working with burn-out and overwhelm. Applying compassion cultivation to teams and leaders in professional settings. 

Friday & Saturday

Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra


Morning: Emily Herzlin

Afternoon: Dan Cayer 

May 3-5 - Weekend 4: Teaching with Integrity  

Best practices and ethics for teachers in general, and mindfulness and meditation instructors particularly. Learning to be present and hold space for students’ feelings and experiences while being careful not to try to “cure” or give unsolicited advice. Developing presence and embodiment in the teacher’s role. Learning and practicing mindful communication.


Kimberly Brown


Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra

Afternoon: Dan Cayer and Nandini Naik 


Emily Herzlin  

June 21-23 - Weekend 5: Professional Guidelines for Mindfulness and Meditation Teachers

Working with private, one-on-one students, teaching in schools, and working in healthcare institutions – including discussion and understanding of fees, settings, and best practices. Applications of mindfulness practice in social work and psychotherapy. 


Kimberly Brown


Morning: Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra

Afternoon: Nandini Naik 


Morning: Emily Herzlin

Afternoon: Paul Sireci, LCSW  

August 16-18 - Weekend 6:  Student Presentation and Going Forward 

Students will develop a curriculum and lead and instruct the teachers on Friday and Saturday, including presentations on applications of mindfulness and complementary practices, research on mindfulness, as well as guided meditation, facilitated discussion, and exercises. On Sunday, we’ll discuss ways to establish a teaching career - networking, job searches, professional organizations and other means. 

Friday & Saturday 

Kimberly Brown & Mona Chopra 


Morning: Emily Herzlin

Afternoon: Kimberly Brown, Emily Herzlin, Mona Chopra


Weekday Evening 7:30-9:30pm - Dates TBD

Understanding Privilege and Cultivating Inclusivity

Renee Bochman 


EmilyEmily Herzlin is a Mind-Body Therapist and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 2011. A graduate of IDP MTT, she is also a Certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructor. She's the founder of the weekly meditation group, Mindful Astoria.







KimberlyKimberly Brown is IDP's Executive Director and has been teaching since 2011. A graduate of IDP MTT, she studies and practices mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation with Sharon Salzberg, and has been a Buddhist student since 2008. Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness.




MonaMona Chopra has been teaching meditation for over a decade. Her work is guided by the belief that the capacity to heal is boundless, and the capacity to love without limits is what liberates us. In addition to graduating from IDP MTT, she is an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, and therapeutic yoga instructor. 




Renee BochmanRenee Bochman is a certified Standford Cultivating Compassion Training (CCT) instructor. A graduate of IDP MTT, she studies mindfulness and metta meditation with a focus on compassion practice, and teaches CCT classes in NYC and in Boston, MA, where she lives. 






DanDan Cayer is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a graduate of IDP MTT, and a mindfulness instructor in the Shambhala tradition. A serious injury left Dan unable to work, and his return to health, as well as his experience dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, has inspired him to help others through mindfulness of body, gentle movement, and self-kindness. 



NandiniNandini Naik was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and was introduced to meditation as a child. A former public high school teacher, Nandini has been teaching meditation since 2012 and is a graduate of IDP MTT. 







PaulPaul Sireci, LSW, is a clinical social worker, has been practicing meditation since 1996, and teaching mindfulness for over 15 years. A former Buddhist monastic, Paul incorporates mindfulness and complementary techniques in his psychotherapy practice.  






THE INTERDEPENDENCE PROJECT has been offering mindfulness and contemplation in NYC since 2007. Using traditional techniques updated for modern life, we enable everyone to create happier and wiser relationships with their self and others. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Price: $2,800.00

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