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Mindfulness-Based Professional Training

The UW Health Mindfulness Program offers the following options for people interested in teaching mindfulness as a practitioner:


Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for graduates of our eight-week Mindfulness class to participate fully in another Mindfulness class with the intention going deeper with their practice and assisting the course teacher.



  • Completed the eight-week Mindfulness Class
  • Maintains a personal practice 


  • Commitment to attend all classes and Day of Mindfulness
  • Participate fully in class as a participant
  • Arrive to all classes 20-30 minutes early (or as agreed with Mindfulness teacher)
  • Help with physical setup
  • Pass out papers
  • Write participants' responses on chart paper during activities
  • Provide perspective to teacher
  • Stay after class to debrief with teacher (as agreed with teacher)

More Information

  • Cost: Free
  • Time commitment: 33- to 36-hour commitment
  • Prerequisites: None

10-week Practicum

The Fall 2018 MBSR Practicum will open for application from May 15-June 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of admission status by July 1.


UW Health Mindfulness Program is committed to supporting people of color and other marginalized groups to have access to training, teacher development, and employment opportunities in the field of mindfulness.


Financial assistance is available.




The MBSR Practicum is for professionals who are interested in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or who want to integrate mindfulness into their work.


We wish to train teachers who are dedicated to their own mindfulness practice, and who intend to live what they teach. In most cases, this translates into daily sitting practice and regular attendance at silent, teacher-led retreats.


The practicum is approved for continuing education credits through UW Extension. To determine whether these credits work for your professional licensing board, please contact UW Extension and/or find more information on their website.


Please note: The MBSR teacher training practicum is not a complete preparation for teaching MBSR. The UCSD Center for Mindfulness considers this practicum equivalent to their MBSR Teacher Training Intensive.



  • Experience MBSR as a participant, and as an observer
  • Deepen and refine one's own mindfulness practice
  • Become familiar with the intentions and methodology of the MBSR curriculum
  • Learn to facilitate guided mindfulness practice, group discussion, and didactic material
  • Learn to lead basic yoga poses in a safe manner
  • Learn basic ways to adapt practices and content for people with different needs
  • Become familiar with giving and receiving feedback about teaching

As a practicum participant, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in an 8-week foundational MBSR class as a participant-observer, taught by a senior MBSR teacher, including a one-hour orientation, 8 weekly classes of 2.5-3 hours, and one all-day 7 hour session on a weekend
  • Attend a second, 3-hour weekly seminar that runs for 10 weeks, including class reflection, teach-backs, and inquiry with a small group of fellow practicum students and your seminar teacher
  • Keep a journal of your experiences and observations in the MBSR class, and complete any reading assignments to support your learning

Preferred Prerequisites

  • Healthcare (including behavioral health care) or education professional background
  • Complete an 8-week MBSR class
  • Maintain a daily meditation practice and a regular mindful movement practice for at least one year
  • Attend at least one 5-10 day, silent, teacher-led, residential mindfulness meditation retreat
  • Complete one rotation as a volunteer/assistant or equivalent experience in an adult mindfulness-based class



Please review carefully as full attendance (excluding emergencies and illness) is expected. Each practicum student will participate in one of the following two MBSR classes AND the Thursday evening seminar.


MBSR Classes


Choose one:


Sunday afternoons at UW Health Research Park Clinic

621 Science Drive, Madison

  • Intro Session: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 2-3pm
  • Classes: Sundays, 2-4:30pm (classes 1 and 8 until 5pm)
    Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 2018
  • Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 10am-4:30pm at the Arboretum

Wednesday evenings at UW Health Research Park Clinic

621 Science Drive, Madison

  • Intro Session: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Classes: Wednesdays, 5:30-8pm (classes 1 and 8 until 8:30pm)
    Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2018
  • Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 10am-4:30pm at the Arboretum

Practicum Seminar


Thursday evenings at UW Health American Center

4602 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison

  • 10 Weeks: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm
    Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 (No meeting on Nov. 22)



$1,500 plus a non-refundable $25 application fee. The fee for the regular MBSR class is included. Payment plans are available.




As an application for admittance to the program, please send:

  • A completed application and personal statement
  • Your professional CV
  • Please enclose a $25 registration fee with your application

We will be selecting a limited number of applicants for each training. We will notify you as to whether you have been admitted to the program by July 1, and handle payment at that time.


To inquire about the Practicum Program, please contact Heather Sorensen by email,, or by phone, (608) 265-8417.


How do I get involved?


Request information about the Mindfulness Apprenticeship program