This program is not self-guided. It is live. You are not left on your own with a bunch of videos + instructions for how to use the material. Rather, you will meet as a class for two hours each week with both instructors where new material is presented in person with plenty of time for discussion, questions, and small group breakout sessions. In addition, the group meets for a 30-minute check-in with Jenna at the end of the week to catch any questions, concerns, or experiences that come up once class is over.
Each Monday, we gather live from 3p ET – 5p ET to discuss that week’s content. New material will be presented by Susan and Jenna followed by q&a and a breakout into small groups for discussion. After class, you will receive a homework assignment. Homework is to be posted to our private, members-only forum before the next Monday class.
Beginning in Week Four and for each session thereafter, students will break into pairs to practice offering meditation instruction to each other.
Between Weeks Six and Eight, each student will meet with Susan or Jenna one-to-one to give meditation instruction and receive personal feedback.
During the final class there will be a test. Test questions are provided the first week of class so there is plenty of time for review. On test day, you will be asked to answer one question at random, orally and to the group.
Each Thursday, we will check-in together from 3p ET – 3:30p ET for “office hours” with Jenna.
To preview the week-by-week curriculum, please click here.
Please note: Attendance is mandatory. You may miss one class (except for the first or last class or the opening session) OR one check-in.
Whether you are a yoga teacher, school teacher, healthcare or wellness professional, life coach, team leader, or a business owner who values corporate culture, this program will teach you how to introduce meditation to others with authority and insight. In addition, you will develop a personal understanding of how to bring the fruits of meditation–wisdom, compassion, and confidence–to others.
Our program has been recognized by the International Coaching Federation. Federation members may claim 36 CEUS (4 core competency and 32 resource development) toward maintaining their coaching certification.
Current Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance may register 47.5 Non-Contact Hours as part of their Continuing Education
Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books. Her new book, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships, was published in June 2018. A student of Buddhism since 1995, she graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in 2005.
In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with nearly 20,000 members who practice meditation together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness, and fearlessness to everyday life.
Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD, CDN, is a writer, nutrition therapist, and mindfulness meditation teacher.
She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who works with individual clients and small groups. She is the author of Understanding Dietary Supplements, a handy guide to the evaluation and use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and botanicals for both consumers and clinicians, and more recently the memoir Drinking to Distraction.
Attendance at the opening session, all classes and check-ins is mandatory. If you foresee a conflict, please email Lisa before completing an application. If necessary, you may miss one class or check-in, however the first and last classes and the opening session may not be missed. Use The Time Zone Converter to see what time the class is held in your city. You can use Boston as the class location.
April 2: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET (NOTE: this class is one hour long)
April 6: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
How meditation can support you, your clients, and your work in the world. Meditation is much more than a life-hack, it is a way of being fully alive. In this session, we will discuss the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation.
April 13: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Go beyond the hype: Deepen your knowledge of the history, purpose, and meaning of mindfulness.
April 20: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Your personal practice: The essential foundation for teaching from the heart
April 27: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Explore the value of strong emotions and how to work with them mindfully
May 4: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Meditation is not just something you do on the cushion: Create a mindful environment that will support you to have greater impact
May 11: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
How to introduce the practice to others with confidence
May 18 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
How to give a talk on mindfulness to a group
May 26: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
How to keep the practice sacred for your students and yourself
June 1: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Bringing it all together and how to take it forward
Classes take place on the Zoom video-conference platform and all sessions are recorded for future review
Plan on spending 4-6 hours per week on class time, homework, and forum discussions.
Opening Session: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
9 Classes: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27
May 4, May 11, May 18, May 26, June 1
8 Check-ins: 3:00 – 3:30 pm ET
April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30
May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
$1495.00 Early Bird price (until March 3, 2020).
Payments may be made in 3 installments. All payment to be received in full by the first class date.
Please note: Our refund policy is very strict.
Since attendance is limited, there are no full or partial refunds offered.
The deadline for scholarship applications is February 21st .
We’re still on your team! There is an active Meditation Instructor Alumni Group that meets every week to offer ongoing support, coaching, and feedback, peer to peer.
You have access to all class materials (videos, check-ins, forums) for 90 days.
You are warmly invited to join the Open Heart Project Sangha for ongoing teachings and support from Susan.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lisa, our support goddess, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird Price: $1,495.00 (Until March 3, 2020)
Regular Price: $1,695.00 (Starting March 4, 2020)
Limited to 50 people.
Once accepted, applicants must pay within 10 days to secure their spot in the program. Payment plans in three installments are available.