Let me level with you: You do not need to pay for meditation teacher training course or certification if you do not want to. Mindfulness teacher training courses are optional, not an obligation.
Yes, there are lots of different meditation training certification programs online. And many of them will charge you thousands of dollars for the price of admission. But here is the truth of the matter: you can become a coach for free.
Here’s why you don’t need formal meditation coach training.
You do no legally require any certification to teach meditation. In fact, there are shockingly few prerequisites of becoming a meditation teacher. You simply need to be good at it, and to know how to make money from it. And that is about it.
I love meditation. And I want to help you become a meditation coach. That is why I have created this completely free meditation teacher training course. All of the content is right here on this site. And it is all entirely free.
Not only that, I will help you to actually become a mindfulness instructor and to succeed in it.
In this guide I will share with you literally everything you need to teach mindfulness and meditation, and I will offer you my advice on succeeding in the business too. It’s a 100% free meditation teacher training program.
This page itself is really just a short intro. But I have included links to very valuable and comprehensive guides to everything you need to know.
So, let’s get started.
The Completely Free Meditation Teacher Training Course
PART 1: If you want to become a meditation coach, train yourself first
If you want to be a mindfulness instructor, training yourself should be your first priority. You need to know your stuff. Essentially, this means that you need to know two things.
You need to know:
The different types of meditation (just read this guide. It contains comprehensive guides to all major meditation techniques)
Honestly, between those two guides you will find more information, for free, than you will in any multi-thousand dollar meditation teacher training course or certification program.
Those guides will tell you the how and why of meditation.
You need to know the different types of meditation so you can teach them. But you need to know the benefits because they are the keys to marketing yourself as a meditation teacher. More on this later.
Take a look at those two links above. They contain guides to all the different methods and scientific articles on all the different benefits. They are really the main part of this meditation teacher training program.
After you’ve read those two guides in full you will already know enough to teach it.
So that is part one of this completely free meditation teacher training course. Let’s move on.
PART 2: Create a studio
Actually knowing how to meditate is only one small part of teaching meditation.
If you want to become a mindfulness instructor, you will need a space in which to teach.
This space is insanely important. Because honestly, even though your students will want your advice, they will also just want to go somewhere relaxing and beautiful. That’s why you want your studio to be like a luxury spa.
Don’t sweat. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a million bucks to create your space.
It’s important to realise that your studio is both your branding and your product.
Your studio is the place people go to to relax. They come and see you for a lesson. They want to relax. So you’d better have a nice space for them to relax in, otherwise they will go elsewhere.
Secondly, your studio is also your branding. Just like how when you buy a new product it comes in a box, your meditation lessons come in the studio. The studio is the packaging. So make sure your studio looks professional and beautiful.
You’ll also need to have all the important meditation tools, like a meditation chair, malas, singing bowls and so on.
PART 3: Marketing yourself as a meditation coach
- Get my help on your marketing yourself as a coach here
Honestly, this is the most important part of our free online meditation teacher training course. Marketing.
You can know everything in the world about meditating. But if you want to teach it you need to know how to sell yourself as a coach. Training is worthless unless you can actually make money out of it. And you can’t do that unless you sell yourself.
This is especially true because the industry is burgeoning right now. Every day more and more people become mindfulness instructors. And you need to compete against them. That means you need darned good marketing, otherwise you will not stand out from the crowd. This is also why a lot of mindfulness teachers teach at the gym or at an already successful yoga studio. Because that way you don’t really need to market yourself, you just need to get the owner of the gym / yoga studio to give you a spot. It’s a lot easier and a lot less risky (but also not as potentially lucrative).
So here is what you’re going to need to do to make yourself stand out as a meditation coach:
- Get business cards
- Invest in marketing (online / via brochures etc)
- Tell every single person you know
- Use Facebook ads / Google ads and other online ads (contact me for help with this, or visit PMHarrison.com)
PART 4: Do you need certification?
There are some times when you do need to be certified as a meditation coach, and some times when you do not.
If the method that you are teaching is trademarked, then you will legally require a meditation coach certification from that specific school.
Another time when you will want certification or some kind of legally recognisable award is when you are teaching people who have diagnosed mental health conditions. If you are not medically qualified you should not teach people with mental health conditions. It is not worth the risk to either them or to you.
That said, if you are simply teaching people how to meditate, and you’re focusing on helping healthy people to relax, you probably wont need a certificate for that.
Play it smart. Don’t do something you are not qualified to do.
PART 5: Actually making money as a coach
Here’s what I hate about most meditation coach training courses. They teach you how to teach. But they do not teach you how to make money as a meditation teacher.
Let’s be real: you won’t stick to being a mindfulness instructor unless you actually make money from it. And you definitely wont stick to it if you lose money from it. So here are some of my tips on managing finances.
Firstly, start by investing a few grand. It will definitely cost you a little bit of money to get yourself set-up as a meditation teacher. And most of that money should be invested into either a) your studio, or b) your marketing. Reason is this: Your studio is your product, and you need your product to be good otherwise people will not be interested. But you also need to actually reach people to begin with, and the only way to d that is through marketing. So, invest in your product and your marketing.
Go above and beyond for all your students in the beginning: Word of mouth marketing will be important. You want all your students to talk about you so that their friends want to take your meditation lessons. That’s how you grow. The best way to make this happen is to go above and beyond for your first bunch of students. Make them fall in love with your product. Even if you’re putting in more time than you’re getting paid for, do it, because if your first bunch of students love you they will rave about you and they will make other people want to take your lessons.
Get insurance: Bear in mind that as a meditation teacher some of your students could have mental health problems such as anxiety, and they could potentially have a health incident during a lesson. If you do not have insurance this could be a massive financial blow to you. Cover yourself and get some darned good insurance.
How To Choose A Mindfulness Teacher Training Course
Above I shared my free meditation meditation teacher training course. But what if you want to actually pay for a mindfulness teacher training course?
When it comes to choosing a mindfulness teacher training course in 2019 you are absolutely spoilt for choice. Unfortunately you’re always swimming in a pool full of sharks.
Let me tell you it how it is: There are a lot of fraudulent websites out there that offer mindfulness teacher training courses online. And a lot of them are absolute scams.
Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love meditation. As an online meditation teacher myself, and as the person who runs THE DAILY MEDITATION, meditation is my biggest passion in life. Well, maybe excluding cats. And because meditation is such a passion for me, I want to help you choose the best mindfulness teacher training course—online or in the real world (and I’ll compare those options in just a moment).
I’ve created a ton of great content to help you to succeed as a meditation teacher.
On this page I am going to show you how to choose a mindfulness teacher training course online or offline.
How To Choose A Mindfulness Teacher Training Course, Online Or IRL
1: Should You Take A Mindfulness Teacher Training Course Online Or Offline?
One of the most important decisions to make at the beginning is whether you want to take a mindfulness teacher training course online or offline.
There are benefits of both online mindfulness teacher training courses and offline courses. The online ones let you stay at home so you don’t have to travel or stay away. They are also a lot cheaper because you don’t need to pay for accommodation. But there are also a lot of fraudsters who only offer online teacher training (if a business has an actual physical building it is a lot less likely to be a scam).
Offline courses are more expensive, but they are usually better quality. For starters, you will probably be staying away from home, which means you can focus wholeheartedly on your training. You also get to actually be with your mindfulness teacher trainer, which is a huge benefit. And you’ll be around other people training to be mindfulness teachers. This is hugely better. But it’s also more expensive.
Finally, probably the most enjoyable way to become a mindfulness teacher is to train at a meditation retreat [READ: The Best Meditation Retreats]
2: Checking the reputation of your mindfulness teaching training institute
Because mindfulness teacher training courses are seriously big right now, there are a lot of players in the game just trying to make money out of you. I highly recommend taking a serious look at the institute you’re interested in attending. How long has it been in existence. Does it have a history of creating meditation teachers who actually succeed in the job? Are there reviews online you can checkout? Do your homework, otherwise you risk wasting your time and money.
3: How Recognised Is Your Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate?
Different institutes offer different certificates. And not all certificates are created equal.
For example, here are some very highly respected mindfulness teacher training courses:
If you take any of those courses you can be absolutely certain that it will be high quality and that you will be prepared to become a teacher. They are some of the best mindfulness teacher training certificates in the world.
Then again, if you book a cheap online mindfulness teacher training course, your certificate might be just paper. One friendly warning: Don’t use those websites that offer a course for every subject under the sun. I don’t want to name anyone here but, there are certain websites that offer courses from everything from being a construction worker to being an astronaut. You don’t want to take one of those. Take a course from a highly respected institute. It will be more expensive, but this is your career we’re talking about here. It’s worth it!
4: Who Will Be Your Mindfulness Teacher Trainer?
A good mindfulness teacher training course will be able to tell you the name of your teacher(s). If they can’t tell you the specific name of the person(s) who will be teaching you, assume the worst.
The teacher they name should also have a good reputation. Google their name. If they’re any good they will have online pages / website / social media profiles / other ways you can contact them. See if anyone has left comments or reviews about them. What id they say? Was the teacher good?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people who have taken your mindfulness teacher training course online and ask them what they thought of it. If they thought highly of it they will be happy to share that good experience, and if it was bad they will be glad to warn you about it.
5: Do You Actually Need This Meditation Teacher Training Anyway?
In the majority of countries it is not legally required to have a mindfulness teacher training certificate in order to teach mindfulness (check the law in your country / state). However, that isn’t to say that you won’t get a lot out of it. One of the main benefits you will get is that it will make it easier to get insurance. And yes you definitely will need insurance (otherwise if one of your students has a seizure while you’re teaching them—and yes, this is a >risk of meditation—then you will be covered.
Let me share another useful tip here: One way to ascertain the quality of your course is to ask insurers. A lot of mindfulness insurance companies will assess your risk based on the quality of the course that you have taken and the certificate you achieved. By asking them before taking mindfulness teacher training course, you will get a good indication of how good the course is, and how respected the institute is.
And THAT Is How To Choose A Mindfulness Teacher Training Course, Online Or Off
I am mad passionate about mindfulness and meditation. I literally spend my life helping people learn to meditate and helping meditation teachers to succeed. That’s why I seriously want you to choose the right mindfulness teacher training course.
The advice I’ve shared about will help you dodge the sharks and find the best mindfulness teacher training course for you.
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And that’s our free meditation coach training course wrapped-up
And that is about all you need to know to teach mindfulness.
This industry is growing big time and there has never been a better time to train as a meditation teacher.