For upcoming training program schedule, please visit KORU mindfulness website
Faculty: Holly Rogers, M.D., Libby Webb, LCSW, & Jennie Dickson, LCSWA, RYT
Koru Mindfulness is an empirically validated mindfulness training program designed for teaching mindfulness and meditation to college students and other young adults. Developed at Duke University by Holly Rogers, M.D. and Margaret Maytan, M.D., Koru Mindfulness is a unique program crafted to particularly address the needs and interests of emerging adults, the developmental stage of individuals from the ages of 18-29. Mindfulness is one of the most critical skills a college-age adult can master, yet too often, mindfulness programming is neither relevant or accessible to this age group. The Koru Mindfulness curriculum is specifically designed to address this problem.
This workshop/retreat is the first phase of the Koru Mindfulness three-phase teacher certification program. Participants in the workshop must be accepted into the Koru Mindfulness teacher certification program. A complete description of the Koru Mindfulness certification program and an application can be found here.
The training will provide participants with all the knowledge and skills needed for teaching the complete Koru Mindfulness curriculum. The curriculum consists of three components:
- KORU BASIC: An introduction to mindfulness and meditation. Taught as a weekly, 75-minute class over four weeks by a trained and certified Koru Teacher.
- KORU 2.0: An “advanced” class for students who have competed Koru Basic and are eager for more mindfulness. This course also consists of four, weekly, 75-minute classes.
- KORU RETREAT: A half-day silent, mindfulness retreat for students wanting to try a more intense mindfulness experience.
- Identify the developmental challenges specific to emerging adults and the ways that mindfulness and meditation are uniquely helpful for this age group.
- Discuss the research on Koru Mindfulness and other mindfulness research that is relevant to young adults.
- Identify common stumbling blocks college-age adults experience with mindfulness and meditation and develop teaching strategies to address these stumbling blocks.
- Demonstrate specific mindfulness skills taught in the Koru curriculum.
- Organize and teach all three components of the Koru Mindfulness curriculum: Koru Basic, Koru 2.0 and Koru Retreat.
Certification Program Benefits
- Specialized training in the art and skill of teaching mindfulness to college-age adults.
- Easy access for support and consultation from the Center for Koru Mindfulness’ faculty.
- Access to all Koru Mindfulness teaching materials, including training videos and audio recordings.
- Inclusion in the directory of Certified Koru Mindfulness Teachers on the Koru Center website and use of this designation for your own website and training materials.
- Eligibility to be selected to serve as faculty for Koru Center events and trainings.
- Discounted fees for Koru Center events and trainings.
- Permission to use the trademarked Koru Mindfulness Logo in all of your training and advertising materials.
Anyone who would like to use mindfulness in their work with college and graduate students or other emerging adults will benefit from this training. The following professionals may find it particularly relevant:
- College Counseling Center Professionals
- Health and Wellness Professionals
- Higher Education Professionals providing academic support to emerging adults
- University Based Student Affairs Professionals
- Professionals who work with young adults who struggle with stress-related conditions
- Faculty or other higher educational professionals
To participate in this training, you must first be accepted into the Koru Mindfulness teacher certification program. Visit the Koru Mindfulness website to apply.
We have found that to be effective, Koru Mindfulness teachers need a strong background in the study and practice of mindfulness. Additionally, experience with teaching or running groups, working with young adults, and working with diverse populations will be a strong asset. We have thus developed the following pre-requisites for the certification program:
- Completion of a formal mindfulness-training program or similar experience with mindfulness training is required. Programs such as MBSR, MBCT, MSC, training by the Center for Mind-Body medicine or other similarly structured programs are acceptable. Alternatively, formal mindfulness training through working with a teacher or attending multiple retreats may be acceptable.
- Commitment to an ongoing, personal mindfulness meditation practice.
- Experience teaching classes or facilitating groups is suggested.
- Experience working with diverse populations or participation in diversity training experiences is strongly recommended.
Participation in a 3-day or longer mindfulness meditation retreat, either prior to commencing certification or during the process, is required.
Continuing Education Credits
APA: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.
BBS: Course meets the qualifications for 24.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Provider Number PCE5606)
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Statement
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.
It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose will be disqualified from participating in the CME activity.
Registration: 1:00–5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm
First Session: 6:45–8:45 pm
Session Ends: 1:00 pm
- Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives, Holly Rogers and Margaret Maytan, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Hyperion, 10th edition, 2005.
- Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Sharon Salzberg, Workman Publishing Company, 2010.
While all three of these are highly recommended, Mindfulness for the Next Generation specifically is the most crucial. We highly recommend that you bring your copy with you to the retreat, as you may find it useful to refer to it at certain points.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am flying in for the training. What are my options and what do you recommend?
See our LOCATIONS page for details about travel to the retreat centers and preferred airports. The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.
What time should I plan to arrive? When do we finish?
We will begin checking people into the retreat at 1 pm on the first day of the training. However, it may be possible for you to arrive before 1pm and have access to your room. We ask that you plan on arriving no later than 5pm so that we can begin with the full group in attendance at dinnertime. We plan to end the retreat by 1:00 pm on the last day so please plan your travel accordingly, using the time guidelines above. Sometimes situations arise in which people have to leave the retreat earlier than noon on the last day but we strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible.
Is there wireless service/cellular phone use?
Please do not expect to get consistent, reliable wireless internet service while at the retreat center. It is most advisable to leave your computer at home because of the retreat nature of the training, however we recognize that sometimes computer use is a necessity. Most cellular phones will work in this location. Again, however given the nature of the training there will be limited opportunities to use them, so informing those who may need to contact you of these limitations ahead of time will be helpful.
Is it possible to stay extra nights at the facility or arrive a day or two early?
The retreat center is often booked both right before and right after our training, so arriving early or staying an extra night or two after the retreat is over is not likely to be a possibility. You can of course arrange to stay at lodging near the retreat center if you would like to extend your stay. Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make such arrangements.
What do I need to bring?
If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a few cushions but not enough to go around, so if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.
The relatively remote location makes security a minor concern, but we do want people to know that with shared sleeping quarters and very limited availability of keys to lock rooms, we highly recommend leaving valuable items at home to reduce the possibility of anything being lost or stolen. Certainly some of us will have vehicles where such items can be secured if this is necessary.
What should I expect regarding the format of the training?
This training is taught in a retreat format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness practice embedded in the training, and we want to reiterate that now so you are not surprised when you get here. The venue very much facilitates this format; we will will meet, eat and be housed in a relatively secluded area. There are no other large groups planned in the center that week so it should be relatively quiet and secluded. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not by any means luxurious. and as you probably noted on the website, you will have a roommate. In most cases several of you will share a dorm-style bathroom nearby.
What should I read prior to arriving?
Check the “Schedule and Required Reading” page of the specific training you are registered to attend.
What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?
While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application, if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.
Registration & Fees
For training schedule and registration information, please visit KORU mindfulness website.