IDP's Annual Board Retreat | February 2023 | Visioning with Intention
200-hour Meditation Teacher Training
June 10th - December 10th 2023
Program consists of:
3 Half day Practice sessions
3 Day long practices
Live Online via Zoom
*Payment plans & partial scholarships available*
Incorporating contemporary mindfulness teachings and therapeutic practices with philosophical, psychological, and ethical principles of the secular Buddhist tradition.
This 200-hour program provides qualified aspiring contemplative teachers and guides with a comprehensive immersion in the practices and principles of contemporary mindfulness practice, while incorporating the psychological and ethical principles of the secular Buddhist tradition.
Participants learn specific techniques for effectively leading individual and group mindfulness and compassion meditation, are directed on a path of study to clarify the function of contemplative practice and mindfulness in the development of wisdom and compassion, and receive individualized support & the support of a weekly cohort meeting to develop their professional skill set in preparation for a career in the mindfulness field or to bring mindfulness techniques to other fields.
Applicants should have:
3 years practice
Will attend/ plan to attend one silent retreat of five days with a qualified teacher or lineage
Attendance in an introductory mindfulness course, or equivalent (e.g. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs))
2 letters of recommendation sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
My experience was very positive and enlightening. I thought the teachers were supportive, very informative, honest and available whenever I needed to reach out which I did and they provided authentic, caring responses, some were quite in-depth. The program itself, its structure was solid and I looked forward to every single meeting.
Alexa Young, CA
Meet the teachers!
Bahar Ashnai (she/her)
Bahar is an academic in the business and management area. Her first formal introduction to meditation was a session by Sharon Salzberg at the Tibet House, New York, in 2014. In December 2018, Bahar graduated from the IDP Meditation Teacher Training program and since has led, guided, and facilitated meditation sessions and retreats.
Manaslu Gurung (she/her)
Manaslu is from Nepal, where she first learned to meditate at Kopan Monastery. A graduate of IDPMTT 2018, she is an organizer and teacher at Mindful Astoria, and is also a Kripalu Yoga Certified Teacher
Oneika Mays (she/her)
Oneika (LMT, E-RYT) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a career in corporate retail over 10 years ago, and used that experience to support social justice work. Oneika also facilitates workshops, trainings and retreats around the country centered around resilience, liberation and compassion. She is a graduate of IDPMTT in 2019
Margherita Tisato (she/her)
Margherita is a dancer, teacher to teachers, movement enthusiast and a passionate changemaker. She has been dancing and teaching since she was 17 and leading yoga and meditation classes, workshops and teacher trainings for over a decade.
Nandini Naik (she/her)
Nandini was born and raised Hindu in India. Her formal practice of mindfulness started over two decades ago with Zen meditation when she was 16 and a High School student at UWC. She had the good fortune of taking classes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama while living for months in a monastery in Dharamsala teaching Tibetan monks and refugees English
Tuition & Payments
The Interdependence Project is solely supported by the generosity of our community.
Your contributions directly supports everyone to participate in our programs and events.
We offer sliding scale tuition rates, and encourage students to pay the highest rate they can afford. Payment plans are also available upon request, please note in your application.
Full Tuition: $3500
Base Tuition: $3000
Supported Tuition: $2500
Tuition for School Teachers & Social Workers: $1,500
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 June 7, 2023. Because we can accept only a limited number of applications,
we cannot offer refunds. Payment plans can be arranged.
The Interdependence Project Teacher Training Program Schedule:
Please email Nandini with any questions at email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!