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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

Course Instructors

A note from the program director, Dr. Hui Qi Tong

Dear Mindfulness Community,

With great joy, we are presenting the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training program to an international mindfulness community. This program is supported by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the MBSR program and has an English speaking program and Mandarin speaking program. The English program will be co-led by Dr. Mark Abramson, who has been offering MBSR courses through Stanford for the past 25 years and myself. 

This program is offered through the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine/Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

A deep bow to all my teachers and to the teacher within,

Hui Qi

Hui Qi Tong, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director, Mindfulness Program
Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
211 Quarry Road, Suite 205
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Teacher Training: Certificate in MBSR Teaching

We are providing training opportunities for those aspiring to become MBSR teachers, as well as those who already teach MBSR and wish to further their learning. Each step of the formal training process engages a trainee in a variety of domains, including:

  • Developing competencies as an MBSR teacher
  • Cultivating skills for either the classroom or private practice
  • Deepening knowledge in the areas of science, ethos, pedagogy, best practices and public health
  • Strengthening one’s personal practice through the lens of MBSR

With a commitment to meeting the whole person, our intention is to address individual learning needs and encourage the unique resources and capacities of each person. Learn more about our expanded curricula in the Certificate in MBSR Teacher and about supportive professional continuing education programs offered in partnership with the School of Professional Studies.


The MBSR Teacher Training Program includes three steps to be taken sequentially for certification (prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the Certificate program). Each step involves coursework along with personal practice and progressively more advanced teaching practice. Included in these three steps are three silent retreats and teaching requirements that are necessary to complete the training.

There are also professional continuing education programs for MBSR teachers and teachers-in-training that are not required for certification to teach and are offered to enhance the teacher’s knowledge and competencies.

Prerequisite: 8-week MBSR as participant and a 5-day teacher-led silent retreat in the insight/vipassana tradition

Course Schedule and Location

This course will take place online via Zoom.
Dates and times will be determined once registration closes.


The fee for the 10-week course is $1950.


Cancellation Policy

Please send cancellation requests to htong@stanford.edu.

Stanford University School of Medicine reserves the right to cancel or postpone this program if necessary; in the event of cancellation, course fees will be fully refunded.