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The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the professionalization and standardization of the mindfulness field.

As mindfulness rapidly enters many sectors of society - medicine, healthcare, psychology, education, business academia, social justice, judicial reform, and more - there has been a call for rigorous oversight and standardization. That’s where we come in.

The IMTA is the leading global organization that develops and maintains program and teacher standards, certifies individuals and accredits training programs, and develops an international community of mindfulness teachers. To explore all the benefits that accompany an IMTA membership and learn how to join, click here.

The current focus of the IMTA is to offer credentialing along two tracks – one for mindfulness teacher training programs to become accredited, and one for individuals to become certified. The available designations are as follows:

  1. Accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Programs. We aim to oversee the growth of accredited, rigorous, well-designed and impactful programs that will guide the development of a new generation of certified mindfulness facilitators, trainers, and teachers.
  2. Certified Mindfulness Teachers. Mindfulness teachers who become certified will be held in the highest regard in the industry, and will be promoted through a directory to those seeking the most influential teachers in the field. Certified Mindfulness Teachers also receive such benefits as an extensive peer network, publication opportunities, and continuing education options.
The IMTA has the support and advisory direction of leading figures in the mindfulness field, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mirabai Bush, Sharon Salzberg, among others.