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10-Week Online MBSR Essentials (May 11 to July 13, 2023)
(Recognized by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University & Global Mindfulness Collaborative)

The 10-Week Online MBSR Essentials is the first step in Level 1 of the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway.  It meets equivalency for 10-Week Foundations training offered through Brown University’s School Of Professional Studies, and recognized by all members of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, including the Mindfulness Centre at Brown University (MC@B).

MBSR Essentials offers a highly experiential exploration of the MBSR curriculum, cultivating evidence-based teaching competencies and understanding from the inside out. Whether you intend to teach MBSR or integrate mindfulness into your professional field in other ways, Essentials is a special opportunity to deepen practice. As we discover greater degrees of freedom in our own lives, we are able to bring the essential transformative elements of mindfulness to others in the service of minimizing harm and maximizing human flourishing.

Upon successful completion of MBSR Essentials you can:

  • Teach mindfulness workshops. 

  • Teach introductory mindfulness meditation classes.  


Please note, after completion MBSR Essentials you are not qualified to teach the eight-week MBSR curriculum.  This happens only after completing all aspects of Level 1, which includes MBSR Intensive Practice and Teaching (IPT) – see Three Training Levels for more details.

This program also offers 63.50 Continuing Education (CE) credit hours approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). 


The Training is facilitated by Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat.  Kasim is a Registered Psychologist in BC, and Certified MBSR Teacher through University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.  He is the founder of Center For Mindfulness Canada, North Vancouver.  Kasim has  completed a six-month meditation retreat in silence in Southeast Asia and presented a TEDx talk about entitled “How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction”.


For more details about the training including the Free Teacher Training Information Sessions, and listing of the prerequisites for the program, please visit, or Contact Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat at 604-771-0579 or

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