Mastermind Mindfulness Certification Training

Mastermind is offering a live, online expert-led, research-backed Mindfulness Teacher Certification Training starting in September 2020. If you’re looking to deepen your own mindfulness practice, learn how to share mindfulness with others, and offer science-based mindfulness training to your community, this offering is for you.

Led by Chief Mindfulness Officer Dorsey Standish and supported by mindfulness psychologist Dr. Marty Lumpkin, Mastermind’s 60-hour training will give you the education and practical experience to deepen your own practice and teach others. Along this journey you will study the brain health benefits of mindfulness meditation, practice mindfulness meditation and mindful movement, and hone your teaching skills by leading mindfulness exercises and classes with your fellow trainees.

This training program will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn and deepen a personal practice in a nurturing environment among like-minded peers
  • Learn to teach mindful meditation using your mind, heart and body
  • Learn the neuroscience behind meditation, including major components and networks of the brain and nervous system that are impacted by mindfulness and meditation
  • Learn the research-backed benefits of mindfulness meditation for the mind and body
  • Gain skills that apply mindfulness and self-compassion to relationships, conflict and trauma
  • Study and practice basic mindful meditations, including: breath awareness, body scan, five senses, imagery, lovingkindness, silent practice
  • Study and practice mindful movement, including: walking meditation, yoga, Qi-Gong
  • Practice informal mindfulness, including: mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful communication and attitudinal practices, including: a study of the pillars of mindfulness, gratitude and meeting difficult emotions
  • Apply your practice creating customs meditations using language, phrasing, quotes, and poetry
  • Develop skills for leading classes, guiding students and developing and leading workshops
  • Access on-going professional mentoring and group support to deepen your practice

Required Reading: Wherever You Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn); Altered Traits (Daniel Goleman & Richie Davidson); Into the Music of the World (Marty Lumpkin)

Trainees will receive:

  • A Mindfulness Training Certificate
  • 45 hours of expert-led mindfulness teacher training
  • 10 hours of peer-led mindfulness facilitation practice sessions
  • 5 hours of practice teaching community classes
  • A framework for teaching structured mindfulness classes and workshops
  • Access to teaching outlines, curriculum supplements, and basic mindfulness exercises
  • Support in deepening a personal mindfulness practice (Students will be required to keep a mindfulness training log during training for certificate)
  • Recordings of selected training sessions for review and deeper learning
  • Admission to Mastermind workshops and community classes for the duration of the training

Training Weekend Times & Dates

Saturday 9 am – 3pm
Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm

September 12-13
October 3-4
October 24-25
November 7-8
December 5-6

Note: Community Classes to be held Saturday, December 12 and/or Sunday, December 13– times TBD



Additional $200 fee to receive 45 APA-approved Continuing Education credits for mental health professionals.

Monthly payment plans available. 5% discount for paying in full.

Learn more by attending a free information session.

Application Steps:


A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Apply by sending a paragraph to [email protected] along with your application sharing your need/desire to receive a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will pay a reduced enrollment fee. Scholarship awards will be announced by September 1.

Teacher Trainee Testimonials

Your teachers:

Dorsey Standish is the Chief Mindfulness Officer of Mastermind, a Dallas-based gym for your brain. Dorsey is a mechanical engineer, neuroscientist, and wellness expert who brings evidence-based mindfulness meditation to clients nationwide. Dorsey has shared science-based mindfulness solutions with hundreds of companies, including Staples, Deloitte, United Way, Peloton, and Pier 1. Dorsey’s teachings draw on her training as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through Brown University and her deep experience on regular seven-day silent meditation retreats studying with master teachers.

Dr. Martin Lumpkin is our Mindfulness Godfather, bringing four decades of mindfulness expertise, which provides a rich history of how mindfulness can impact and improve our mental and physical health. Dr. Lumpkin has served as a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as part of the Clinical Psychology curriculum, and he has incorporated mindfulness based approaches into is own psychology practice since 2002. Regarded as one of our region’s top mindfulness experts, Dr. Lumpkin began learning mindfulness practices in 1982 with Joseph Goldstein in a retreat hosted by the Insight Meditation Society (one of the premiere organizations teaching mindfulness meditation). He also studied MBSR over several training periods provided by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction and the Center for Mindfulness staff. Dr. Lumpkin is the author of Into The Music of The World: Living Life Mindfully, published in 2015. For decades, Dr. Lumpkin has taught an Introduction to Mindfulness Seminar for the public which is offered on a regular basis at Mastermind.

  • Application alone does not guarantee entry. After meeting all requirements and completing a successful interview with the lead teacher you will be invited to participate. We are accepting no more than 22 applicants and doing so on a rolling basis.
  • If you are accepted, please know that your spot will only be secured upon complete payment or enrollment in monthly payment plan.
  • There are no refunds or transfers within two-weeks of training start date.
  • Acceptance into the program does not guarantee receipt of scholarship. Scholarship awards will be announced no later than September 1.
  • Program cost includes all weekend intensives, workshops, and Mindfulness Training Certification.
  • Graduating from the program does not guarantee employment at Mastermind nor teaching in our corporate or school programs. It does guarantee that you are certified to share science-based mindfulness in the community.
  • Questions? Email [email protected]