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MTT Graduating Class of 2022 ❤️

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Lotus Flower

200-hour Meditation Teacher Training
September 23rd 2023 - April 28th 2024

Program consists of:
7 weekends 
7 Practice Day sessions

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.

Program Dates: MTT Schedule

  • Weekend 1: September  23rd - 24th  

  • Practice Day 1: October 14th

  • Weekend 2: October 28th -29 

  • Practice Day 2: November 11th 

  • Weekend 3: November  18-19

  • Practice Day 3: December 9

  • Practice Day 4: January 13th

  • Weekend 4: January 27-28 

  • Practice Day 5: February 10th

  • Weekend 5: February 24 - 25

  • Practice Day 6: March 9th

  • Weekend 6: March 23-24

  • Practice Day 7: April 13

  • Weekend 7: April 27-28

Program Requirements

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

  • 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

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. 
-Hannah Moon 

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


Nandini Naik (she/her)

Executive Director 

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


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.


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: $3,500

  • Supported Tuition: $2,500

  • 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 before the start of the program. Because we can accept only a limited number of applications,

we cannot offer refundsPayment plans can be arranged. 

Click here for more details and information

The Interdependence Project Teacher Training Program Schedule
dates coming soon!


Since 2011, The Interdependence Project has been training meditation teachers to offer mindfulness and lovingkindness instruction with integrity & wisdom


Please email Nandini with any questions at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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