SOMA, The Science of Mindful Awareness
Meditation Teacher Training Online

Presented by The Mindfulness Center 
Featuring Dr. Deborah Norris



Cultivating a Community of Mindfulness

It is with great excitement that we expand our longstanding in-person Meditation Teacher Training Certification program with Dr. Deborah Norris to a community of fellow meditators across the globe. This comprehensive online training program features Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D. founder of The Mindfulness Center™, and Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program.

The powerful personal and social benefits of meditation expand far beyond the restrictions of time and place, so we see every reason that you too should be able to expand your practice and your ability to share your experiences with others. This online certification program is modeled after the immersive experience of our on-site training offered in Bethesda, Maryland. From the comfort of your own home, and on your own schedule, you can now join our online community, and experience the same scientific and psychological depth as our professional on-site Meditation Teacher Training program. 

Through our online training, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of meditation through both informational content and experiential practice
  • Gain access to recordings of meditations and journaling prompts
  • Explore a multimedia library rich in information on the science, practice, and application of mindfulness in healthcare, education, worksites, and other applications
  • Access and learn from the abundance of scientific evidence on the benefits of mindfulness
  • Learn about the various benefits of different types of mediation practices
  • Develop your own meditation style through journaling exercises, and the scripting and recording of your own meditations
  • Join a community of people who share your same interest in mindfulness
  • Establish the tools, experience, and guidance to further your own mindfulness practice

Deepening your meditation practice through this program allows you to fuel the evolution of your own being while finding the empowerment to lead others in aligning with the flow.

Upon completing this program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Meditation Teacher Training from The Mindfulness Center. We welcome all interested students to join us on this journey of education and sharing and look forward to engaging with you in our community of dedicated learners.

In appreciation,
Dr. Deborah Norris and The Mindfulness Center

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Featuring Dr. Deborah Norris

This comprehensive online training program features Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D. founder of The Mindfulness Center™, and Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program.

Who are the students?

We warmly welcome and encourage individuals from across the globe to enroll in the online meditation teacher training program. Meditation is a powerful practice that bonds us all together in a powerful and healing transformation.

This certification program is especially beneficial for health care providers, mental health professionals, and educators who are interested in incorporating mindfulness and meditation into a professional setting. It is also valuable for those looking to take control of their personal health through a greater understanding of the mind-body connection, or to deepen their connection to the people and the environment around them through increased awareness and mindfulness.

We’re also very excited to announce a social network exclusive to students of our online training. Once you enroll in the program, you will gain immediate access to a community page to easily connect with fellow students any time, any place. 

No matter who you are, where you are joining us from, or why you are here, you will:

Gain Experience

Gain greater experience with and awareness of the practice of mindfulness meditation

Become a Guide

Learn how to guide others to and through powerful mindfulness experiences

Use the Scientific Method

Be prepared to use the language of modern medical science to discuss the mechanisms, active ingredients, and clinical outcomes of meditation

Teach Others

Develop the ability to provide practical advice and guidance to others who wish to learn the practice of meditation

Develop Tools

Come to use the breath and other mindfulness tools to restore presence in the field of awareness


Why Study Meditation?

Engage in humanity's shift towards consious awareness and cultivate a more compassionate world.

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness

Modern scientific research is constantly unearthing new and revolutionary uses for mindfulness practices in the fields of medicine, education, mental health, business, athletics, the arts, and more.

A Growing Market

Individuals are beginning to incorporate meditation and other awareness practices into their personal and professional lives to benefit the health of their minds, bodies, relationships, families, and work.

Popular Demand for Practitioners

Popular interest in mindfulness practices has dramatically spiked across the world, creating an ever-growing need for experienced and dedicated teachers to offer these practices with knowledge, clarity, and wisdom.

Engage in Healing Yourself and Your Community

individuals who practice mindfulness find they approach life with more reverence and with a newfound compassion for the environment and people around them. This allows practitioners to actively engage with healing their environment, whether it be on a personal or community level.

To meet the world’s growing demands for mindfulness and to expand the individualized benefits of meditation, the Online Meditation Teacher Training Program allows you to:

  • Deepen and strengthen your own personal meditation practice
  • Describe your meditation experience to enhance and strengthen the experience of others 
  • Develop confidence in conducting individual and group meditation sessions with students
  • Craft meditations that enhance feelings of forgiveness, compassion, healing, loving kindness, joy, peace, and more
  • Overcome resistance and move forward in your own journey using mindfulness tools
  • Cultivate a strong and supportive community through engaging classes and workshops

How Does The Program Work?

MTT Online is a Self Paced Program with an International Community.

Virtual Classroom

The virtual nature of this program allows students to enroll in and begin the program at any time. This flexibility allows students to begin learning when it feels naturally right for them, rather than having to rearrange already busy schedules to fit in another commitment or to wait until a course is offered at an opportune time. 

The Program Includes:

Scripting and delivering guided meditations
Interacting with others to guide them into meditation
Instruction on how to teach meditation in differing and unique circumstances
Lessons on the science and theory of mindfulness
Special emphasis on mindfulness in health care and education

160 Hours, Self Paced

The Meditation Teacher Training program is presented in three sections, each of which takes approximately 40-60 hours to complete, totaling 140 hours. The final 20 hours required for completion of the program engage you in a community service project. Support for selecting your community service activity is provided in the curriculum, and offers you the opportunity to pursue a service activity that serves your passion.

Praise for Meditation Teacher Training

"I am so excited to begin teaching my new meditation class in two weeks! I feel very prepared, motivated and eager to share!”

“I can’t believe how much I am learning about the amazing ways that mindfulness affects our brains – and not just our brains, but our whole body! Dr. Norris has such a clear and understandable way of presenting this fascinating material. I’m learning so much, and can’t wait to begin teaching it to others!”

"I am so grateful to be a part of this community! My experiences with this program have expanded my mindful practices, reminded me that breathing brings me back to myself and is healing, and encouraged my heart to open more fully." 

"You're all doing an amazing job facilitating the training. I can't even begin to explain how the readings and conference calls have impacted and inspired me to go deeper and remain deep."

"Bless your commitment to excellence, Debbie Olin Norris as you continue to enhance the meaningful online course you have created that makes this important information accessible to people across the globe!!! Sending love and gratitude!!"

"I want to express my most sincere gratitude (can you feel my heart vibrations from Connecticut?). This course and I came together at such an important part of my life - I know that I was ready to take on the content and the practice! I've enjoyed all elements of the coursework and my only wish is that I lived closer so that I could attend some of the classes held at the center."

"Thanks a lot Debbie, finishing this training and helping other professionals find mindfulness and become happier is a big part of my aspirations and is important to me!"

"I very much enjoyed the one-on- one portion of the class. Working on a personal basis with Laura really allowed us to develop a safe place where we could experiment with technique, and we developed a relationship in which we could offer praise and helpful suggestions, and truly begin to develop our guiding skills."

"I wanted to reach out and let you know that I started the class. I have read the first section of, In The Flow, and watched the first lecture. All I can say is- I Love what I have read and heard. I am so excited to move through the program and learn. The material is very science based with great practice."

"It has been a great course and it is fantastic that I have been able to do it online - I live across the planet in New Zealand."


Our online training program requires a life-changing investment of only $1,700. Begin today and you will have access to:

  • Direct access to communicate with Dr. Norris and other faculty.
  • 12 months of access to comprehensive mind-body training materials
  • A research resources rich in information on the science, practice, and application of mindfulness in health care and education
  • A textbook to aid and guide your focus as you move through the course
  • Video lessons to accompany each section of the course
  • Audio recordings of guided meditation and instructional meditation
  • An engaging and supportive social network of global mindfulness students and teachers

Payment plans and a limited number of partial scholarships are also available for interested participants. Please contact the Program Registrar for more information on payment plans and scholarships or for any further questions (