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The Center for Mindfulness was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1995 and has been directed by Dr. Saki Santorelli since 2000. Since the inception of the Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, more than 20,000 people with a range of medical and psychological conditions have completed MBSR training at UMass. Worldwide, with programs on six continents, tens of thousands of people have participated in MBSR programs. More than 14,000 health-care professionals from 80 countries have participated in the Center’s Oasis Institute professional education and training programs. Globally, there are more than 740 places offering MBSR programs in clinics, hospitals, and academic medical centers based on the model developed at UMass.

In the past five years, there have been nearly 2,000 papers about mindfulness and MBSR published in the scientific literature. Dating back to the inception of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, MBSR research at UMass and at other academic medical centers has shown, among other benefits, consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including chronic pain conditions, over the eight weeks of the MBSR program. Maintenance of these changes continues, in some cases, for up to four years of follow up. Most clinic participants experience long-lasting improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors and in perception of self. Studies have also shown changes in the brain and the immune system consistent with greater mental and physical health.

Florence Meleo-Meyer.

F_Meleo-Meyer_practicum_españaFlorence directs and offers Mindfulness-Based training programs with excellence, depth, rigor and integrity in the development and cultivation of an international network of MBSR teachers, and serves on the Center’s Leadership Team. She the is Director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training, a senior MBSR teacher and a member of the executive leadership team for the Center for Mindfulness. Florence has taught meditation for over 30 years. She is certified as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher as well as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher. She has studied in India and the US with meditation masters, S.Muktananda and S.Chidvilasananda. Since 2003 she has studied Insight Dialogue, trained and taught with Gregory Kramer. Florence holds degrees in education and psychotherapy and is a licensed family therapist.


The Practicum in MBSR is an in-depth training program offering you an opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness approach to the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program

  • Study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of MBSR

  • Inquire and reflect on a range of issues arising out of the experience and principles of MBSR

  • Prepare and lead a seminar presentation that includes mindfulness practice, theory, and application

  • Familiarize yourself with perspectives on learning, growing, human development, and healing inherent in the MBSR curriculum.

Learning Objectives:
  • Educate health care and other professionals in the principles of MBSR

  • Discuss and analyze the theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific underpinnings of MBSR

  • Examine MBSR within the larger fields of mind-body and integrative medicine

  • Review and critique MBSR and other mindfulness-based research and scientific literature

  • Foster a coherent, active international network of MBSR professionals
  • Completion of an 8-week MBSR course as a participant *Note: If you do not have a live 8-Week MBSR class in your area, participation in the MBSR Online course offered through Sounds True plus participation in the Mindfulness Tools Program fulfills this prerequisite. If you are choosing this option and intend on applying for the 9 Day Practicum in MBSR, you must take Mindfulness Tools Program as a stand-alone course first. The embedded Mindfulness Tools portion of the 9 Day Practicum in MBSR does not count toward this prerequisite

  • Participation in one or more 5-10 day silent, teacher led mindfulness meditation retreats (preference will be given to those who have completed more than one retreat).

  • Regular daily mindfulness meditation practice
The 9-day format:

The 9-day Practicum is designed for professional trainees who live at a significant distance from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Practicum participants will:

  • Participate in the Mindfulness Tools Program, an intensive residential program offered by the CFM. This challenging residential workshop is based upon the 8-week MBSR curriculum.

  • Participate in a 4-day intensive professional seminar on integrating the experience of the 5-Day Mindfulness Tools Program through dialogue with your teachers and other Practicum participants.

  • Complete reading assignments relevant to the course prior to attendance.

  • Create brief presentations and reflect upon reading assignments.

  • Guide other seminar participants in mindfulness practices incorporated in the MBSR curriculum.

  • Discuss professional, institutional, and administrative aspects of the work relevant to your background and career path.


The workshop will be taught in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Upon completion of the Practicum in MBSR, you will receive a certificate of assistance. You are encouraged to begin preliminary teaching based on elements of the MBSR curriculum, after the successful completion of the TDI you will have the minimum qualifications to begin teaching complete 8-week MBSR courses. You can find detailed training information in this link. 

Dates and schedule

September 3rd 1 pm to September 12th 1pm. Residential seminar.


The course will take place in the Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort. Carretera M-600, km 3,500 (M-600 va de Guadarrama a El Escorial). 28280 EL ESCORIAL, MADRID.


Cost of the program

 Tuition: 2,585 € (accommodation not included)

Accommodation: The cost for accommodations varies depending on the lodging type as follows.

  • Camping = 45€*
  • Double room in a bungalow shared by 4 people = 50 €*
  • Single room in a bungalow shared by 2 people = 68 €*
  • Single room in a bungalow for 1 person = 81,65 €*

* VAT included, this price is per person and per day and it includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the complete duration of the course.

Accommodation booking: Once you have the confirmation of your registration you may proceed with the booking of the accommodation writing to 

Application period:

From February 23rd to April 24th, 2015

How to Apply

You will need to have your CV/Resume available on your computer before you begin filling out the application form because you will attach it to the application form and you cannot submit the form without the CV/Resume. The CV/Resume should be in MS Word or PDF format.  Please note there is no ‘save’ ability to this form, and it will need to be filled out completely in one session. In  this page  you will find the registration form.

Those accepted by the CFM into this program will be notified in writing by Nirakara Mindfulness Institute who will provide the logistic information. All others -waitlisted and not-accepted- will receive notification from the CFM.

Application Fee

After you submit your application, you must pay a $50 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable, regardless of your final acceptance status.

Oasis FAQs:

Many of your doubts may find an answer in the Frequently Asked Questions provided by Oasis in this link.