Meditation Instructor Training

11-Week Online Course

march 18 - may 24, 2021


This program is an immersive 11-week online training program conducted live and in person with up to 50 students from around the world and your two teachers, Susan Piver and Jenna Hollenstein. This is the only Meditation Instructor Training course that we will be offering in 2021.

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. 






How does the program work?

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. 

Who is this program for?

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 25.5 CEUS (6 core competency and 19.5 resource development) toward maintaining their coaching certification.


Current Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance may register 53 Contact Hours as part of their Continuing Education.


Current Registered Dietitians (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration may register 22.5 CEUS as part of their Continuing Education.

What will I gain?

Who teaches the program?


Susan Piver

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

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.

Her new book is Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life.



What do past students have to say?

Program Details

  • 25.5 hours of in-person class time plus 27.5 hours of homework, reading, and personal daily meditation practice over 11 weeks.
  • Classes will be held on ten consecutive Mondays from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET. Each class is recorded. Led by Susan and Jenna.
  • There will be nine mid-week check-ins on Thursdays from 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET. This is a chance to discuss your practice, share reflections about the homework, and ask questions. Led by Jenna.

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.

Week 0: Opening Session

March 18: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET (NOTE: this class is one hour long)


  • Review requirements for this program
  • Review program tools
  • Meet your teachers and fellow students

Week 1: Introduction

March 22: 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.

  • Expectations and requirements for this program
  • Why is meditation important to someone working as a coach, therapist, or yoga teacher?
  • The foundation, process, and expected outcome of this course
  • An overview of the three-tiered learning objectives:
  • To help clients become more mindful,
  • To develop a personal mindfulness practice, and
  • To become more present within the coaching flow
  • Introduction to shamatha (breath-awareness) meditation
  • Guided meditation practice by Susan
  • Discussion and homework

Week 2: Entering The Path

March 29: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Go beyond the hype: Deepen your knowledge of the history, purpose, and meaning of mindfulness. 

  • Guided meditation practice by Jenna
  • Introduction to the philosophy and principles of mindfulness
  • Review of the three main cycles of Buddhist teachings, the qualities emphasized by each cycle, and where our practice fits within the arc of Buddhist meditation practices
  • Overview of the most common obstacles to practice and their antidotes
  • Breakout groups
  • Discussion and homework

Week 3: Keeping It Genuine

April 5: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Your personal practice: The essential foundation for teaching from the heart

  • Guided meditation practice by Susan
  • Establishing the foundation for your practice
  • How to create a strong personal practice
  • The secret to personal discipline
  • Three steps to keep your practice sacred (instead of self-help)
  • Breakout groups
  • Discussion and homework

Week 4: Opening Your Heart

April 12: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

How meditation opens the heart, how to support yourself and others who may feel increasingly vulnerable, and how to view vulnerability as a source of power Insight into working with strong emotion during meditation

  • Introduction to the Four Immeasurables: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity
  • Introduction to trauma-sensitive mindfulness
  • Practicum intensive: Giving meditation instruction
  • Discussion and homework

Week 5: Turning Your Practice Outward

April 19: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Creating an inclusive container for teaching with Guest teacher

Tamara Jeffries

  • Three qualities that contribute to elegance
  • Guided meditation by Jenna
  • Discussion and homework


April 26: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Processing of previous week’s class

  • How meditation helps to create an enlightened society
  • Practicum intensive: Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another
  • Discussion and homework


May 3: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Preparing to give meditation instruction

How to protect the transmission quality and sacred nature of the practice

Beginning to sense the state of mind of your student

  • Three centers of intelligence
  • Three instinctual drives
  • Three Hornevian directions

Practicum intensive: Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another

  • Discussion and homework


May 10: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Creating an appropriate teacher-student relationship

  • How to give a talk on meditation to a small group
  • Practicum intensive: Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another
  • Discussion and homework


May 17: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Incorporating meditation into your professional offerings

  • Money: should you charge, how much, when, and why?
  • How to integrate the practice into your sessions/classes/interactions
  • Practicum intensive: Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another
  • Discussion and homework

Week 10: Testing Your Knowledge: The Warrior's Circle

May 24: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

The “Warriors Circle” is a different way of testing knowledge. It is both more gentle than traditional testing methods and more intense. Each student must be prepared to verbally answer every one of the test questions, but only one will actually be posed to him or her.

  • Going forward: How to maintain your practice, how to stay in touch with us and one another

Classes take place on the Zoom video-conference platform and all sessions are recorded for future review

The Time Commitment

Plan on spending 4-6 hours per week on class time, homework, and forum discussions.

Opening Session: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

March 18

10 Classes: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26,

May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24

9 Check-ins: 3:00 – 3:30 pm ET

March 25,  April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29,

May 6, May 13, May 20


What’s the cost?

$1495.00 Early Bird price (until February 22, 2021).

$1695.00 thereafter

Payments may be made in 3 installments. All payment to be received in full by the first class date.

Graduates of the program receive an annual subscription to the Open Heart Project
Sangha to continue your education and deepen your personal practice ($270 value)



Please note: Our refund policy is very strict.
Since attendance is limited, there are no full or partial refunds offered.


What happens when the program ends?

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.

Also, each month, either Jenna or Susan will meet with students for a 1 hour peer group session. A student will volunteer to give instruction to the group in exchange for feedback on their session.

You have access to all class materials (videos, check-ins, forums) for 90 days.

Graduates of the program receive an annual subscription to the Open Heart Project Sangha to enable you to continue your education and deepen your personal practice ($270 value).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lisa, our support goddess, at


Early Bird Price: $1,495.00 (Until February 22, 2021)
Regular Price: $1,695.00 (Starting February 23, 2021)

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.



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