An Advanced Professional MBSR Teacher Training

Growing Into the Heart of Teaching MBSR:

Dharma, Embodiment and the Refinement of Intention

An advanced MBSR teacher training, qualifying  in phase 2 on the UCSD Certification Pathway, and open to all MBSR teachers with all levels of experience for personal enrichment, and community building. This training is limited to 24 participants for a more  intimate, in-depth program.

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This training is Endorsed by the
UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Save the Date:
This training will also be offered next year in Portugal

Centro Espírito Santo e Missão
4750-693 Silva, Barcelos Portugal

Jun 16 – Jun 21, 2019

An Advanced Professional MBSR Teacher Training

October 15th - 20th 2018

Led by Steven Hickman and Beth Mulligan

$850.00 "early-bird" before August 15th, $950.00 regular fee Individual
1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
United States
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The experience of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is unlike most other experiences in life, and the opportunities for growth, expansion and transformation are almost limitless. This advanced training is intended to enrich and deepen this journey of teaching MBSR through practice, learning, reflection and sharing. Intended for those who have taught at least two full MBSR courses, this program will draw upon your own experiences, challenges, breakthroughs and insights within a community of fellow teachers as a means of learning from each other for the good of our participants, and of ourselves. This non-residential training will take place in beautiful Palm Springs California, striking mountains, great restaurants, wonderful weather!


For Shelley Wistar for housing and transportation, email

For Mindful-Way for program information, email or call 760-799-7847

Key components and intentions of this highly experiential 5-day training include:

  • Exploring and Refining Intentions of Core Practices and Teachings Within the framework of stated intentions for key elements of MBSR, we will explore through experience how these come alive in the classroom, and with each other. Integral to this training will be a close look at how “drift” from the core curriculum can unfold in various subtle and obvious ways, and how we might work skillfully with these “dissipative forces”.

  • Revisiting the Buddhist Underpinnings of MBSR Seeing the way that the Dharma emerges in the MBSR curriculum and how core Buddhist teachings and practices can “hold us through the storms” that arise in teaching can provide a solid foundation for enriching our teaching. This theme will weave throughout the entire program.

  • Celebrating our Strengths and Working With Our Challenges Each participant will be invited to reflect beforehand on their “joys and sorrows” in teaching thus far. Each of us will come prepared to share a particular memorable moment or appreciation for a particular strength or talent we bring to teaching. Furthermore, participants will also be asked to identify and reflect upon an area of teaching where they would like some support, a teaching “edge” or struggle, and be given opportunities to work with it within a safe, constructive and collaborative environment. We will consider questions like “What creates the conditions for these moments? What experiences in our lives have contributed to them? How might we work with all of this in a skillful way?

  • Deepening Teaching and Refining Our Means This portion may include attention to languaging, intention, methods and theory, but equally likely is that it will lead to self-exploration, possibly looking at deeper issues that may inform our teaching of various aspects of the program. Beyond specific practices and teachings, we will explore holding our seat while in our own “full catastrophe”, working with challenging participants, reflecting with our own expectations around home practice and attachment to specific outcomes.

  • Inquiring into Inquiry Beyond simple reflection, there will be ample opportunity for participants to explore in real time the emergence of these challenges and opportunities through practice in inquiry of practice with support and brainstorming from the program trainers and drawing upon the wisdom and experience of the group.

  • The MBITAC as a Support For Growth The Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) provides a useful means of not only assessing competence while teaching, but reflecting on our process and directing our growth as teacher. Opportunities to reflect on questions like “Where am I?” and “Where would I like to grow?” will be built in to the program.

  • Building a Teacher Community Creating a mutually supportive community of teaching will be a core aim of this training, and that includes the creation of an ongoing support system that continues after the training ends.

  • Please fill out this application form and pay your $300.00 application fee, to proceed. 

This program is partially a fundraising effort for the non-profit Insight Community of the Desert, as a portion of the tuition will be earmarked for the ICD.

This course satisfies the requirement for advanced teacher training in the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) certification pathway for teachers of MBSR. (It is considered equivalent to the Advanced Teacher Training Intensive for MBSR and MBCT Teachers offered by UCSD and others.)  Open to all MBSR teachers who have taught at least 2 rounds of MBSR, and attended a minimum of 2 silent meditation retreats. For certified teachers, please write us  at about a special rate for you


Monday, October 15
– Dinner at 5:30 pm at Insight Community of the Desert
– Evening Session from 7-8:30

Tuesday, October 16 through Friday, October 19
– 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
– Some evening sessions-TBD.

Saturday, October 20
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Application fee

$300.00 (non-refundable but applicable to total if accepted, refunadble if not accepted.

Registration Fees

Regular Registration: $950
Early-Bird Registration (Prior to August 15, 2018): $850


Steven Hickman

Steven Hickman

Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self Compasssion, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. His role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching.  Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 15 years and has trained teachers of MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Steve is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.


Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.

Beth is the Author of The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, New Harbinger Publications