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C.MI Meditation Practice Requirement

The documented meditation practice requirement for this C.MI Online / Distance Meditation Course is 60-hours (practice component only - does not include additional course work).

Students track their practice time in one-hour daily increments using the Practice Journal document (provided on the C.MI Campus). Preparation time, Sitting time and Review time are included in each one hour session. Practice Journal Forms are submitted for instructor review, grading, ,and comments after each 20-hour segment.

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University of Holistic Theology is an Institutional Member of the Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) - an affiliate of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

C.MI™ is an IAMI Provider
International Association of Meditation Instructors

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All Zen Meditation information and background provided during the C.MI. program , is done under consultation with the Kokorono Sato Center - Ito, Japan - Under the guidance of Kondou Satoshi

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C.MI™ Students and Graduates have come from all over the world!

Countries Currently Represented:

Costa Rica
Hong Kong
New Zealand
South Africa
Trinidad & Tobago
United Kingdom
United States
U.S. Virgin Islands
..and others!

Provinces Represented:

British Columbia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia

States Currently represented:

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Western Australia

US States Currently Represented:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Washington State
Washington D.C.
West Virginia

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The C.MI Course from UHT helps bring harmony to our world through Mindfulness Meditation Practice and teaching.

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Certified Meditation Instructor Program - C.MI™

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The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certification program offers a highly interactive and effective way of deepening your personal mindfulness meditation practice & learning how to teach meditation to others >>

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This C.MI™ Meditation Instructor / Teacher Training Program is an exciting and unique instructor training course format. Designed as a self-paced online program, students move through the at-home study and practice requirements, along with fellow students located around the world, under the direction and guidance of Course Author & Instructor, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.

The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certification Program has been designed to give you the tools you'll need to be a competent and effective meditation teacher, helping both yourself and others down the path toward effective mindfulness meditation practice.

The C.MI™ Online Meditation Instructor Certification Program!
Author & Instructor, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT. / Provided and Certified by UHT

There is much more to the practice of meditation than simply learning to sit quietly. While many meditation courses focus almost entirely on relaxation, it is important to note that while relaxation is one component of meditation - it is only the very beginning of a life-long study of mindfulness and self.

The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certification Program addresses a broad area of study in mindfulness meditation practice and meditation instruction. From posture and attitude - to dealing with breathing, distractions, training plateaus and much more.

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The C.MI™ curriculum includes required reading work, written assignments, multi-media resources, interactive study and practice forums, practice journal assignments, as well as an online final exam.

Outcomes: C.MI graduates are expected to develop (and/or deepen) a solid working foundation of:

  • Meditation Postures (basic standing and seated postures)
  • Mindfulness Concepts and Practice
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Techniques
  • Mind / Body Concepts
  • Teaching Formats (private and group classes)
  • Responding to Common Student Questions
  • and More...

The C.MI™ Program is a self-paced, instructor-led, online course of study that features required reading and written assignments, section quizzes, instructor-reviewed home practice, online participation, and much more.

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Need Help? If you have any questions about registering for the C.MI™ Program, please contact the C.MI Administration Office directly, using our online support system >>>

Here's a sample of what we will cover in this program
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The C.MI. program was authored and is directed by Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT. The course is Certified by the University of Holistic Theology

We'll start by expanding your understanding of the basics...

  • Historical Background of Meditation Practice
  • Theories and Science Surrounding the Effects of Meditation
  • Types of Meditation Practice
  • Basic Practice Techniques
  • Structuring Your Meditation Practice
  • Dealing With Distractions (Internal and External)
  • Mindfulness vs. Concentration
  • Differences between meditation, contemplation, etc.
  • Meditation in Daily Life

Then, we'll move on to learn and practice many more advanced concepts, including...

  • Understanding the Importance of Posture
  • Body Alignment for Effective Energy Flow - During Practice and Throughout Your Day
  • Understanding and practicing the methods and techniques of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
  • Preparation for practice sessions
  • Integrating Meditation Practice with Life's Daily Activities
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • What is the "Now"?
  • Maintaining Mindfulness during practice
  • Learning not to TRY too hard - or- Learning to be patient with your mindfulness practice
  • Dealing with resistance to meditation
  • Breathing Methods
  • Alleviating and adapting to physical discomfort in practice
  • Addressing Odd Sensations, Drowsiness and Agitation during practice

We'll also cover a variety or practical material related to your work as a Meditation Instructor, including...

  • Principles of Meditation Instruction
  • Right-Brain / Left-Brain Considerations
  • Communicating the Benefits of Meditation
  • Working with Meditation Students
  • Basics of Mindfulness for Children
  • Planning Meditation Classes and/or Private Instruction
  • Developing your Teaching Style
  • Communicating with your Students
  • Promoting Your Meditation Instruction Services
  • and much more!

The C.MI Course (and our private Online Campus) contains an enormous amount of meditation resources and materials for our students. With over 1,500 pages of discussions, guides, e-books, practice handouts, and resources - as well as a variety of supplementary audio and video segments (and growing by the month), C.MI. is perhaps the most comprehensive meditation teacher-training program available anywhere. C.MI Students now also receive a collection of specialized meditation MP3 audio tracks FREE (part of the Radioasis Ultra-Cosmic™ Meditation Audio Series - a US$150+ Value FREE)! meditation certificate - holistic university

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We've worked hard to make the C.MI™ Program one of the best of its kind, anywhere in the world. Students are able to move through their studies at their own personal pace, but know that anytime they have questions or need guidance, I am here to help. C.MI. has its own private online campus area on the UHT University Campus System. There, we meet to share ideas, practice challeneges, and discoveries in an online open exchange with other students from all around the world. It is a safe, private online environment that allows the student to really discover (or re-discover) their practice from the ground-up. I encourage you to register today. I greatly look forward to working with you in the course!

- Stephen Rinaldi, C.MI™ Author / Director

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"This course was exactly what I needed to build my knowledge and confidence before opening a meditation studio. Thank you."

Laura S., C.MI - Illinois, USA

"I found the C.MI course to be transformational. It completely changed the nature of my meditation teaching style from a more high level, theoretical approach to a very down to earth, practical application. This makes it so much easier to connect with my students."

Paul L., C.MI. - Calgary, Canada

"This C.MI course exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend taking this course for those who are looking to establish a mindfulness meditation practice, who want to learn how to implement mindfulness in daily life and who are passionate about helping others. For myself, taking this course was one of the best things I have ever done and I am looking forward to continuing my journey helping others. Thank you, Stephen Rinaldi, for your insight and guidance."

Dawn A., C.MI. - Alberta, Canada

"I had previously taught meditation and I still found this course work to be exceptional. I learned a great deal from participating in the coursework. I feel I am a much better informed teacher now. Because of the course my personal meditation practice is now more disciplined and regular. This helps my teaching practice a great deal. I am very grateful to Stephen and staff for putting together such a well rounded curriculum."

Francis O., C.MI. - California, USA

I am so thankful for Stephen Rinaldi and the C.MI. program at UHT.  I graduated the C.MI. program a few years ago and not only did it help improve my own meditation practice, it also helped me to become a good Meditation Instructor. I started teaching  Mindfulness meditation to students shortly after graduating. It’s a great addition to the other styles of meditation I have been using for 9 years. I am also a wellness coach and stress management expert and recommend Mindfulness meditation and the C.MI. program to all my clients. If you sign up for this program, you will love it.

Kimberly Palm, C.MI.
Body & Mind Healing, LLC

What a blessing to my life the CMI course has been. At the age of fifty I enrolled and I can honestly say it has changed the path of my life and made me my best self. I am continuing to learn and expand my education and awareness of self and others through UHT study courses.

Brad I., C.MI. - Virginia, USA

"This was an absolutely life changing course.Thank you so much for all you do!!"

Shannon K., C.MI. - Michigan, USA

"The C.MI course was just what I needed, both personally and professionally. I feel like I have a solid foundation from which to guide others along as I advance my own Practice."

Paul G., C.MI. - Massachusetts, USA

"This coursework was incredibly beneficial to my practice. The readings were excellent and perfect for both my practice and my soon to be business. I feel there was a perfect balance of learning, practicing, assessments, and valuable feedback in order to feel confident about my moving forward with my certification. I also enjoyed the group support among other classmates through our group chats (wonderful people!). Thank you very much, Prof. Rinaldi!"

Amanda A., C.MI. - New Jersey, USA

"Course and outline was wonderful! I'd recommend this to all those who want to learn or teach. Thank you!"

Francine A., C.MI. - California, USA

"I thought meditation had changed my life before I started this program, but this program has thoroughly changed my life. I hope to help so many others reach for and find the peace in their lives as well."

Candace F., C.MI - Maine, USA

This course has changed the way I view every day life. I completed the course work during a really difficult time in my life and I truly believe it is what got me through a lot of my challenging times. It has changed the way I interact with myself, my family and strangers I meet everyday. I am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge with others and continue my personal practice. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in meditation - teaching or not.

Adrian N., C.MI - Guelph, Canada

"This course has helped me grow tremendously in my knowledge of mindfulness meditation and in my personal life! The recommended reading materials were easy to read yet full of useful information for personal and teaching use. The forums were great! They let you bounce ideas or issues off of other students. It gave you a sense of being in a brick and mortar classroom. Of course, the instructor was always available for the tough questions! Overall, this is a great start to getting a practice and/or business going! A+"

Linda L., C.MI. - Pennsylvania, USA

"I went into the C.MI course with two years experience teaching meditation and I left knowing so much more! The course teaches you important techniques that you can apply to yourself and to your students. This course is extremely valuable. Thank you so much for the opportunity!"

Natalie D., C.MI. - Kentucky, USA
June, 2018

Other Comments on Educational Programs from Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.

"I found the course to be engaging and informative.  But, what was most valuable to me was the experience. What I mean by that was the interaction with fellow students, the guidance and feedback from the instructor, and the growth of not only myself, but fellow students during this short course.  It was exciting and fulfilling! I'm sixty years old (young), and I've participated in and conducted numerous courses in my lifetime.  This ranks up there with the very best! The most important thing I take from this course is "Live a life of demonstration, change you and inspire others."

J. Stanford Jr.
Texas, USA

"Since taking this course i am amazed at the level of awareness that I have gained. My actions are much more reflective of the kind of life I am choosing to live, and I am confident that I can use my skills in helping others in my future.  I would've taken this course even if I wasn't training to be a Coach because the personal growth is priceless."

Debi Jackson
Michigan - USA

"Where do I begin?! Attending the course has been an awesome experience! I had the honour of meeting wonderful people from all over the world, all the way from Australia, Spain and the U.S., that were on a similar wave length and had the opportunity to learn a lot from each other. The course was very intense and works on all levels, including amongst others, your intellectual and psychological level. The online course is user friendly and Stephen Rinaldi makes it attention grabbing and interesting with the various video clips that are added to complement the content of the course. The self-discovery, principles and applications obtained from the course are priceless! Thank you everyone:-) "

Neovi Lenou
Cyprus ~

"I only have words of gratitude to Stephen Rinaldi and the work he carries out in this course.
I have changed my perception in many areas in which I was blocked and did not know how to overcome. Now I see things in such a different way. I am greatly looking forward (and feel ready) to begin counseling others as well. Thanks so much for this amazing course!"

Rocío Segundo

Madrid, Spain

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Tuition for the full C.MI. Program is: $495*
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* Note on Course Books: C.MI. Students are responsible for purchasing
(or borrowing from their local library) two required course books. The current
cost for on Amazon.Com is approximately US$11 each (less for Kindle e-book versions), plus shipping. Both texts are also commonly available from your local book stores, or public library. Further details will be provided upon your enrollment in the course.

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Certification Program Format

This is a self-paced, instructor-led, meditation teacher certification course that includes access to the world-class UHT Online Campus System.

As an enrolled student, you are free to visit the campus and study at any time during the day that fits your schedule - whether that is 3:00PM or 3:00AM - the online campus is always open.

Written Assignments are submitted via the online campus system as they are completed. Grades and comments on assignments are available to you from within your online campus account.

This course has been designed to be interactive between your instructor and other students. We will make use of discussion forums and a variety of media. Custom Audio Lectures may be created by your instructor during the course, based on discussions we are having on the campus web site.

Course assignments and exams have been designed to be thought-provoking, challenging and fun. You will NOT be asked to do course work only for the sake of keeping busy! Everything you are asked to do during this course will contribute directly to your practical, working understanding of Meditation - how it applies to you - and your work with your students. The C.MI. Program is THE Meditation Instructor's Boot-Camp!

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C.MI. utilizes a State-of-the-Art Online Campus System!

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