Meditation & Mindfulness Deep Study & Teacher Training


What's all the hype about meditation and mindfulness? And what is it exactly?
Mindfulness is something you can practice right now - aware of the present moment, non-judgmental observation of what's happening inside you and all around you. Meditation refers to a practice that helps you focus, emotionally regulate, and be mindful. Research and science is showing us just how effective these practices are, when done regularly, at cultivating resilience to stress, strengthening the cognitive areas of the brain, and training the nervous system to be more relaxed. Studies show mindfulness and meditation can build attention skills and improve social emotional relationships. There's an increasing need for adequately trained facilitators of meditation and mindfulness, in schools, in corporations, in the healthcare setting and privately. This training will provide you with an abundance of knowledge, practical experience, and research to prepare you to both dive deeply into your own practice, as well as to teach others.

This training will be a combination of in-person sessions, online sessions, and self-study/homework sessions. Note that the training may be taken in full or you are welcome to simply attend modules. Contact Joni for more details on the module pathway. A comprehensive manual will be provided to those enrolled in the full program.

These are the content areas we will cover.

  • Relaxation Theory & Practice: 8 contact, 2 online 2 self

  • Meditation History and Traditions: 2 online, 3 self

  • Taproot Flow Theory & Practice:   3 online, 3 self

  • Meditation Theory & Practice I (concepts & practice techniques) :  18 contact 4 online 6 self

  • Meditation Theory & Practice II (concepts & practice techniques) : 18 contact  4 online 6 self

  • Mindfulness Theory, Practice & Science:  15 contact 2 online 6 self

  • Mental Fitness Theory: 4 online, 2 self

  • Energy Focused & Spiritual Meditation:  3 contact 4 online 3 self

  • Meditation Applications & Teaching Theory:  6 online 2 self

  • Positive Psychology: 8 contact  8 online 4 self

Required Readings: (must be purchased separately)

  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Lovingkindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  • How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chödrön
  • The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche
  • Your choice book of poetry by Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, or Joni Staaf-Sturgill (we will explore the meditative aspects of poetry and will cover a variety from each of these authors)

Pricing for the full 150 hour training (doesn’t include price of books) 

  • $2,000 early bird price 

  • $2,250 full price paid in full on first day of training

  • payment plan: $312.50 per month for 8 months (monthly auto charge)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your space (applicable toward cost of training)

Hours of Training:

70 in person, contact hours
35 online webinar/conference call hours
35 self study, practice, assignments, journal homework hours
140 hours
Plus 10 hours of teaching, co-teaching, leading meditation practices
Total 150 hours of training

*Optional retreat of your choice (extra cost) or join my Kripalu retreat in October

This program is under review to be certified by
The International Institute for Complimentary Therapists.
Upon completion you will receive a certificate from Healthy Body Peaceful Soul and be able to register with the IICT, and be listed in their directory as a meditation instructor.