SOMA, Science Of Mindful Awareness:
Meditation Teacher Training Online


SOMA: A 160-Hour Online Immersive Meditation Teacher Training Program
For Comprehensive Mindfulness Practices, Featuring Dr. Deborah Norris.

Cultivating a Community of Mindfulness

Our longstanding in-person Meditation Teacher Training Certification program is now offered in a convenient and comprehensive online format.
Join Dr. Deborah Norris founder of The Mindfulness Center™, and Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program. and our community of fellow meditators across the globe.

The powerful personal and social benefits of meditation expand far beyond the restrictions of time and place, so we see every reason that you too should be able to expand your practice and your ability to share your experiences with others. This online certification program is modeled after the immersive experience of our on-site training offered at The Mindfulness Center, located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. From the comfort of your own home, and on your own schedule, you can now join our online community, and experience the same scientific and psychological depth as our professional on-site Meditation Teacher Training program. Upon completion of the program, you will be a certified meditation teacher by The Mindfulness Center.  Continuing education credits are also available.

By joining our community to become a certified meditation teacher, you will:

•Deepen your understanding of meditation through both informational content and experiential practice
•Receive professional mentoring, including personal "office hours", and live and recorded group conversations.
•Explore a multimedia library rich in information on the science, practice, and application of mindfulness in healthcare, education, worksites, and other applications
•Learn the skills to apply mindfulness practices to relationships and situations of conflict, trauma, and behavioral change.
•Access and learn from the abundance of scientific evidence on the benefits of mindfulness
•Learn about the benefits of different types of meditation practices
•Join a community of people who share your same interest in mindfulness
•Establish the tools, experience, and guidance to further your own mindfulness practice

$1700.00 / PER PERSON (Group rates also available)


This comprehensive online training program features Professor  Deborah Norris , Ph.D. founder of The Mindfulness Center™, and Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program.

This comprehensive online training program features Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D. founder of The Mindfulness Center™, and Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program.

+ Why Study Meditation?

Engage in humanity's shift towards consious awareness and cultivate a more compassionate world.

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Modern scientific research is constantly unearthing new and revolutionary uses for mindfulness practices in the fields of medicine, education, mental health, business, athletics, the arts, and more.

A Growing Market Individuals are beginning to incorporate meditation and other awareness practices into their personal and professional lives to benefit the health of their minds, bodies, relationships, families, and work.

Popular Demand for Practitioners Popular interest in mindfulness practices has dramatically spiked across the world, creating an ever-growing need for experienced and dedicated teachers to offer these practices with knowledge, clarity, and wisdom.

Engage in Healing Yourself and Your Community Individuals who practice mindfulness find they approach life with more reverence and with a newfound compassion for the environment and people around them. This allows practitioners to actively engage with healing their environment, whether it be on a personal or community level.

To meet the world’s growing demands for mindfulness and to expand the individualized benefits of meditation, the Online Meditation Teacher Training Program allows you to:

  • Deepen and strengthen your own personal meditation practice
  • Describe your meditation experience to enhance and strengthen the experience of others
  • Develop confidence in conducting individual and group meditation sessions with students
  • Craft meditations that enhance feelings of forgiveness, compassion, healing, loving kindness, joy, peace, and more
  • Overcome resistance and move forward in your own journey using mindfulness tools
  • Cultivate a strong and supportive community through engaging classes and workshops

Come to use the breath and other mindfulness tools to restore presence in the field of awareness

Becoming a meditation teacher is a wonderful and natural step for the experienced meditation practitioner, with all kinds of opportunities to share your teachings in schools, hospitals, places of business and elsewhere. Whether you are a teacher, healthcare provider, or business leader, the SOMA: Science of Mindful Awareness, meditation teacher training program will open up opportunities for you.

The Science of Mindful Awareness/Meditation Teacher Training is an evidence-based program, using research on best practices.
We explore research on specific benefits of the practices, clinical benefits in health care; social, emotional and academic benefits for students, treatments of trauma and stress, and research on mindful leaders.

Who Are The Students?

We warmly welcome and encourage individuals from across the globe to enroll in the online meditation teacher training program.
Meditation is a practice that bonds us all together in a powerful and healing transformation.

This certification program is especially beneficial for health care providers, mental health professionals, and educators interested in incorporating mindfulness and meditation into a professional setting. It is also valuable for those looking to take control of their personal health through a greater understanding of the mind-body connection, or to deepen their connection to the people and the environment through increased awareness and mindfulness. Once you enroll in the program, you will gain immediate access to a community page to easily connect with fellow students any time, any place. 

How Does The Program Work?

MTT Online is a Self Paced Program with an International Community.

The online nature of this program allows students to enroll in and begin the program at any time.
This flexibility allows students to begin learning when it feels naturally right for them, rather than having to rearrange already busy schedules to fit in another commitment or to wait until a course is offered at an opportune time. 

The Program Includes:

•Scripting and delivering guided meditations
•Lessons on the science and theory of mindfulness
•Interacting with others to guide them into meditation
•Special emphasis on mindfulness in health care and education
•Instruction on how to teach meditation in differing and unique circumstances
•An online community to receive feedback from your fellow trainees, grow your practice, and acts as a support network that allows you to test new sequences, and engage with your teacher training family.

160 Hours, Self Paced

The Meditation Teacher Training program is presented in three sections, each of which takes approximately 40-60 hours to complete, totaling 140 hours. The final 20 hours required for completion of the program engage you in a community service project.
Support for selecting your community service activity is provided in the curriculum, and offers you the opportunity to pursue a service activity that serves your passion.

Apply Today!

Our life-changing online training program requires an investment of only $1,700.
Begin today and you will have access to:

• Video lessons to accompany each section of the course
• Audio recordings of guided meditation and instructional meditation
• A textbook to aid and guide your focus as you move through the course
• Direct access to communicate with Dr. Deborah Norris and other faculty.
• 12 months of access to comprehensive mindfulness meditation training materials
• An engaging and supportive social network of global mindfulness students and teachers
• Payment plans and a limited number of partial scholarships are also available for interested participants.
• Research resources rich in information on the science, practice, and application of mindfulness in health care, education, worksites, trauma care, prisons and more.

Please contact Tiffany. the program regitstrar for more information. Information on payment plans and scholarships also available.

Deepening your meditation practice through this program allows you to fuel the evolution of your own being while finding the empowerment to lead others in aligning with the flow.
Upon completing this program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Meditation Teacher Training from The Mindfulness Center.
We welcome all interested students to join us on this journey of education and sharing and look forward to engaging with you in our community of dedicated learners.

In appreciation,
Dr. Deborah Norris and The Mindfulness Center

For any questions, please contact Tiffany.


What Students Say:

I started SOMA online course in March, and have learned and transformed a lot in the process. Thank you very much for designing this great course, writing a wonderful book and making them available for us to learn. It is always so nice to read your messages, your book, and listen to your guided meditations. I’m always inspired by your style of teaching, a way of being/living and open-heartedness. Thank you so much for being a wonderful role model for your students and creating wonderful mindfulness training.
— (M.K. Soma Online Student)
Thank you so much! It was seriously the BEST! I’ve recommended it to so many people.
— (K.M. Soma Online Student)
It has been a great course and it is fantastic that I have been able to do it online - I live across the planet in New Zealand.
— (T.S. SOMA Online Student)
I want to express my most sincere gratitude (can you feel my heart vibrations from Connecticut?). This course and I came together in such an important part of my life - I know that I was ready to take on the content and the practice! I’ve enjoyed all elements of the coursework and my only wish is that I lived closer so that I could attend some of the classes held at the center.
— (M.S. SOMA Online Student)
I can’t believe how much I am learning about the amazing ways that mindfulness affects our brains – and not just our brains, but our whole body! Dr. Norris has such a clear and understandable way of presenting this fascinating material. I’m learning so much, and can’t wait to begin teaching it to others!
— (J.P. Soma Online Student)
I very much enjoyed the one-on- one portion of the class. Working on a personal basis with Laura really allowed us to develop a safe place where we could experiment with technique, and we developed a relationship in which we could offer praise and helpful suggestions, and truly begin to develop our guiding skills.
— (M.J. Soma Online Student)
Hi Dr. Norris, I wanted to reach out because I am finishing section 3. I am starting my one on one sessions this week! Yahoo:) The reason I wanted to reach out was because I truly enjoyed your video and mentioning dog therapy and the heart connection with veterans. I have an 11 year old Therapy Dog and I take her into the nursing home to visit with the patients, including the individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is amazing to watch the connection between the person and Marely. The staff and myself are always amazed at how the patients with Alzheimer’s begin to be flooded with memories of when they once had a dog. I truly believe in the heart connection with animals. I personally have seen this amazing connection. As I have the same connection with my three dogs and I must say it is a love I have for them and they have for me and my husband. Thank You for this amazing class and sharing the importance of opening hearts and the connection with animals. I am very happy that I am getting my certification from your program.
— (A.P. Soma Online Student)