Mindfulness & Meditation
Teacher Training

Photo by Kim Weems.

Photo by Kim Weems.


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 calm, even in the face of challenge. 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. A comprehensive manual will be provided. Interested? Fill out an application here.

What Will the Training Cover?

  • Relaxation Theory & Practice

  • Meditation History and Traditions

  • Taproot Flow Theory & Practice

  • Meditation Theory & Practice I (concepts & various practice techniques)

  • Meditation Theory & Practice II (deeper philosophy & practice techniques) 

  • Mindfulness Theory, Practice & Science

  • Mental Fitness Theory

  • Energy Focused & Spiritual Meditation

  • Meditation Applications & Teaching Theory

  • Positive Psychology (concepts & practices)

Have Questions? Want more detailed information? Email me.

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

  • Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chödrön

  • The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche

  • Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Optional Readings:

  • There is No App For Happiness by Max Strom

  • One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation

  • How to Meditate, a practical guide to making friends with your mind by Pema Chödrön

  • 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)


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

  • $2,100 cash or check, early bird price ends May 20, 2019

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

  • credit card 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, reviewed by instructor
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 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.

Where and When is it Offered?

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The 2019-2020 training program begins Saturday, June 22, 2019.
The face to face component of this program will be held at:
Ohio Township Nature Center, 325 Nicholson Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
(sometimes we will be on the upper level and sometimes the lower level, Joni will let you know prior to each session)

Saturday, June 22, 8am to 1pm

Thursday, July 11, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, July 13, 8am to 12pm

Saturday, August 17, 8am to 12pm

Saturday, Sept. 7, 8am to 12pm

Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, Oct. 12, 8am to 1pm

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, November 2, 8am to 12pm

Thursday,Nov. 14, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, December 12, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday,Jan. 9, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, Jan. 4, 8am to 12pm

Saturday, Feb. 1, 8am to 1pm

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, March 14, 8am to 1pm

2 days (14 hours total) of attendance at one of Joni’s 200 hour yoga teacher training days, see schedule for dates (you’ll be given a syllabus so you might choose a topic that interests you — there is no additional cost, as this is part of the training), and/or attending equivalent hours of yoga or meditation classes taught by Joni (at the additional cost of the class when taught at a studio).

Interested? Fill out an application here.

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