Teacher Training

Teacher Training

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Evidence-Based Mindfulness Teacher Training

Octopus Garden is pleased to announce the second offering of Our Meditation Channel’s 50hr Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification beginning October 2, 2021.

Led by Pat Harada Linfoot and Josh Cohen, along with guest faculty, this program will be a comprehensive immersion into deepening self-practice and teaching mindfulness meditation to help transform and improve the relationships with have with ourselves, our family, friends and acquaintances, society, and the environment we co-habitat with.

The curriculum covers a broad range of topics and practical applications framed in context through the lens of philosophical, psychological, social/cultural, and scientific/physical viewpoints.  Participants will be encouraged to lead two hours of community classes and engage in the group discussions.

The course will be offered to the public at large and will include practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.  Whether you are presently teaching, wish to teach mindfulness meditation in the future, or simply to develop a greater understanding of your own practice, this 50-hour gathering promises to be a profound and insightful community to journey, share, and grow with.

  • Dates: October 2, 2021 – February 12, 2022
  • 50 hours
  • $950 +HST
  • Text: Mindful of Race by Ruth King

  • The following are required for certification:
  • 6 Saturdays monthly from October 2, 2021 to February 12, 2022
  • 10am-5pm per day (36 hours)
  • Community teaching (2 hours)
  • Includes 25 drop-in meditation classes (12 hours)


  • To offer a practical bridge from deepening one’s own practice to beginning the process of finding one’s own voice as a meditation teacher.
  • To demonstrate key foundational teaching skills: organization, pacing, sequencing, themes, embodiment and resonance.
  • To describe and practice the interconnections between contemplative movement and stillness.
  • To apply the tenets of mindfulness, including compassion training, to modern life.
  • To articulate current research, including symptom reduction, biological markers, and neuroplasticity.
  • To explore the issues of social justice, racism, and diversity as it pertains to the practice and teaching of mindfulness.
  • To examine the emerging role of psychedelics and mindfulness
  • To observe the effects of a meditation practice on different people at different levels of practice.
  • To provide the support and accountability inherent in community learning.
  • To develop leadership skills within sangha.

Core Faculty

Pat Harada Linfoot, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Josh Cohen

Guest Faculty

Norman Farb, Ph.D