(FAQ’S Meditation Teacher Training: Online)




+ What are the prerequisites for enrollment into the SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program?

The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training Online program is an advanced professional training program. Participants are expected to have familiarity with the practice of meditation and have a regular ongoing practice for a minimum of 1 year.

+ What is the schedule for the Online Meditation Teacher training, and how does it work?

  • The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program is designed to suit your individual schedule and preferences. You may enroll and begin the program at any time. You may also progress at your own speed. You have up to 18 months to complete the training, and we encourage you to immerse yourself in the lessons and activities in a way that you incorporate it into your life.

  • The program will provide you with a thorough overview of the evidence-basis of the practice of meditation as well as in-depth experiential practices, and an opportunity to work one-one-one with others in the community. You may also choose to join in group conference calls, or one-on-one office hours with the faculty. The program includes writing, listening and recording meditations in the community forum and incorporates didactic and experiential learning. The curriculum is structured in 3 sequential sections, each of which take ~40-60 hours to complete.

  • An additional 20 hours of supervised practicum/community service project is required after completion of the training modules.

+ What is the standard amount of time it will take to complete the entire program from the start of enrollment?

The program will take approximately 160 hrs. You have the opportunity to complete the curriculum and engage with the community in your own time. The program can be done at your own pace and you have access to the program for a period of 18 months.

+ Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

The Science of Mindful Awareness program is internationally renowned and has drawn participants from across the U.S. and abroad. The program is recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for Approved Professional Development credit.

+ Are there payment plan options? And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

Yes, we offer two payment option. You have the option to pay in full when you register, or make 5 monthly payments with a deposit at registration

+ Can I apply for a scholarship?

We do have limited partial scholarships available. To be considered for a scholarship you must first complete the online program application form and then email your interest directly to: Roxanne

+ Are there additional costs outside my program costs for the Meditation Teacher Training Online?

There are no additional program costs. You have access to the training for a period of 18 months. After 18 months has expired, you may apply for additional access for an additional charge. Completing the training does require access to a computer, and to a recording device for making voice recordings. Access to a phone is also required

+ What is the difference between the meditation teacher training onsite vs. online?

There is not any difference in certification level between the on-site and online program. The online version is simply meant as a learning modality for those who are unable to attend in person at The Mindfulness Center. The format is slightly different in that onsite provides the benefit of having direct in-person access to faculty and other trainees. The online program also provides a community page where trainees and faculty interact, as well as occasional conference calls and office hours with the faculty. The Online program allows you to login and complete the program at your own pace and according to your own schedule.

+ Can I enroll in both the onsite and the online programs?

Yes. You can enroll what we refer to as the Hybrid program, which gives you access to both the onsite training as well as the online program. In this way you get the benefit of both programs. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you can join the onsite community at any time. You also have access to online materials and research updates, as well as conference calls and office hours. The Hybrid option is great for those who may be moving to or from the D.C. area and want to get started before or finish after they move. It is also ideal for those who live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but whose schedule is more demanding. There is an administrative fee added to the cost of the onsite training for administering of records.