Meditation Instructor Training

9-Week Online Course

april 2 - june 1, 2020


This program is an immersive 9-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 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. 

Susan and Jenna discuss the program:

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.


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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


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?

  • A deeper personal meditation practice
  • A sense of where you are on your unique spiritual journey
  • Personal understanding of the principles that give meditation its transformative power
  • Familiarity with key Buddhist teachings about meditation
  • Confidence to teach this powerful practice to others
  • The ability to answer the most frequently asked questions about meditation
  • A sense of community with your teachers and fellow students
  • Knowledge about what makes a meditation practice sustainable for yourself and others
  • Insight into keeping the practice sacred (rather than self-help)
  • A skillset that will differentiate you from others in your field
  • A certificate acknowledging your successful completion of this program as a trained meditation instructor
  • A lifelong connection to people who share your values!

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

  • 22 hours of in-person class time plus 25.5 hours of homework, reading, and personal daily meditation practice over 9 weeks.
  • Classes will be held on nine consecutive Mondays from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET. Each class is recorded. Led by Susan and Jenna.
  • There will be eight 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

April 2: 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

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.

  • 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

April 13: 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 20: 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 27: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Explore the value of strong emotions and how to work with them mindfully

  • Guided meditation practice by Jenna
  • 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
  • Breakout groups
  • Discussion and homework

Week 5: Turning Your Practice Outward

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

  • Guided meditation practice by Susan
  • How your practice can benefit others, especially your clients or patients
  • Five steps to creating a mindful environment
  • Creating a lifestyle of mindfulness
  • Creating the container for teaching
  • Breakout groups
  • Discussion and homework

Week 6: Sharing the Practice with Authenticity

May 11: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

How to introduce the practice to others with confidence

  • How to offer this practice to others with confidence and authority
  • Beginning to sense the state of mind of your student
  • Beginning meditation instruction checklist
  • Discussion of Trauma and Mindfulness with the author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, David Treleaven
  • How to protect the transmission quality and sacred nature of the practice
  • Practicum intensive: Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another
  • Discussion and homework

Week 7: Teaching Skillfully

May 18 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

How to give a talk on mindfulness to a group

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

Week 8: Creating a Strong Bond while Maintaining Boundaries

May 26: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

How to keep the practice sacred for your students and yourself

  • Establishing a relationship with your students:
  • How to let prospective students know you offer meditation instruction
  • How to create and maintain an appropriate relationship with students
  • Money: should you charge, how much, when, and why?
  • Practicum intensive: Students again break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another
  • Discussion and homework

Week 9: Testing Your Knowledge: The Warriors Circle

June 1: 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Bringing it all together and how to take it forward

  • 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 bring your new training into your business to create more value for yourself and your clients or patients

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

April 2

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


What’s the cost?

$1495.00 Early Bird price (until March 3, 2020).

$1695.00 thereafter

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.

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. 

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


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.



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