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Meditation Intructor Certification Program - C.MI™

Since 2009, the C.M™I Meditation Instructor Program has welcomed students from all over the world - and we're grateful to have received such high marks from our course graduates. See below for some of our more recent graduate comments:

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C.MI™ Graduate Testimonials

"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.
Pennsylvania, USA

"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.
California, USA

"This class was very enlightening and engaging. I found the readings to be beneficial and the assignments to assist in my personal practice as well as help prepare me to become an instructor. The assignment feedback was personally meaningful and the supplemental materials were insightful both from a meditation practice standpoint and for those hoping to start a new business. Individuals wishing to move forward in their practice, I encourage you to empty your cup and pursue this course."

Gina O.
Ohio, USA

"This was an amazing class. The coursework was extremely insightful as well as balanced--as a result, my practice has shifted into a greater awareness. Thank you, Stephen Rinaldi."

Allison A.
New Jersey, USA

"I had never done an online certification course. I was hesitant to do so, thinking it would not be as effective as a classroom setting. I was very impressed because this class was extensive. The amount of knowledge I gained through the books and forum was extraordinary. This course took me longer than I thought and I appreciated that it was encouraged NOT to rush through the course...take your time and really learn all there is to know about meditation. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who wants to experience an authentic certification process."

Constance W. - Florida, USA

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"Excellent course. The forums have very helpful participants with a vast amount of experience and first hand knowledge. The instructor provides insightful comments that prove very beneficial through the progression of the course. Most enjoyable."

Richard G.
Texas, USA

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this course. It not only has changed my life, but it will assist me in helping change the lives of others. Thank you!"

Rosio M. - Washington, USA

"This course teaches many historical, physical, philosophical, mental, and emotional topics associated with meditation. More importantly it allows the student to investigate meditation through his/her own experience and practice. The course is very well structured and thorough and is practical for any level of meditation experience."

Amy H. - Ohio, USA

"I considered many meditation instructor courses and I am so glad that I ended up choosing this one. I have been impressed by the depth of insight I have gotten out of this course, especially in the online format, which sometimes makes depth challenging. This course was truly transforming for both my meditation practice and my life as a whole. I appreciated the thoughtful way the course was set up and the insightful comments and tips from the instructor and his assistants. It was also really helpful to me that the online format was so user friendly and flexible. I am a mom who works multiple jobs and my busy life could have made it difficult for me to complete a program like this, but thanks to the way this course is set up, I was able to do it in a way that worked for me and my schedule. I am very grateful for what I have learned in this C.MI class and deeply looking forward to the Advanced course. Thank you!"

Kyle V. - California, USA

"Excellent Course"

Unnatti J. - Virginia, USA

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"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Mindfulness Meditation Instructor course. I learned a great deal about how to take my own practice to the next level, through gaining a understanding of what mindfulness is as well as its true purpose. This will allow me to help eliminate my students fears and misconceptions about meditation so they can enjoy their practice and reap its benefits in their daily lives. I gained new perspectives about my practice and also received practical information that I can use to create and organize my classes and my business. Thank you CMI!"

Leslie B. - Georgia, USA

"This course is one of a kind. It made it possible for me to get certified online at my own pace plus have the opportunity to be a member of the IAMI. It offers amazing support and community in the process. My personal practice has deepened immensely during the course and I now have the confidence to teach weekly meditation classes and workshops. I am very grateful to Stephen Rinaldi for his guidance and encouragement!"

Kim M. - Nevada, USA

"I found the texts used in this course to be fabulous and I will be continuing to refer to them in the future. The course was invaluable both for furthering my personal meditation practice and my professional goals."

Diane F. - Pennsylvania, USA

"I have been studying meditation for almost 10 years and think this course is an essential step to improving my practice and to becoming a better instructor. I recommend this course to everyone interested in learning more about themselves on the journey to learning more about meditation."

Eric-Gene S. - Virginia, USA

"This C.MI course was a fantastic journey into insight / mindfulness meditation. I have been meditating on and off for approximately 40 years and have experimented with several different modalities. This course far exceeded my expectations. The reading material was excellent - and will most definitely incorporate it into my classes, just as I have in my own personal practice. The forums were also most helpful. Frequent participation was very important in understanding various concepts and working through them through the "eyes" of fellow students. I was pleasantly surprised and thankful for the on-line camaraderie. The journaling was an integral part of the course and increased the disciplinary faction of my practice. That, too, has been incorporated into my personal practice. Summarily, I would recommend this program to everyone from beginner to advanced - soooo much to learn. Thank you, Stephen Rinaldi et. al. Namaste."

Rosalie D. - Connecticut, USA

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"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I am anxious to start my journey as a meditation teacher. Thank you Stephen for your guidance and for your wise words. I think the curriculum is outstanding and very easy to follow and learn. Thanks again!!"

Heather V. - Ontario, Canada

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

Laura S. - Illinois, USA

"C.MI was a wonderful experience. The texts were easy to understand and presented powerful concepts in a clear and concise manner. The course is organized very effectively. It is a remarkable journey. The forums are a special component of the program, where you can connect with others and share thoughts and insights while going through the class. A lovely experience and I highly recommend this course."

Jill R. - New York, USA

"This course was precisely what I had hoped for: an indepth study that prepared me for advanced understanding and fulfillment in my own meditation practice. Since the material is self-paced, I was able to take my time; one of the benefits of the meditation practice was that I didn't feel impatient about the "delay." I recommend this course!"

Megan O. - Florida, USA

"The C. MI program has been carefully designed and administered to give a prospective instructor the necessary framework, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in spreading the significant benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. Prof. Rinaldi does an excellent job in keeping up the morale and interest of the participants. I am grateful for his coaching and feedback – which I found very useful as I progressed through the course from day 1. He is right to keep stressing the importance of daily practice in addition to the time spent with fellow meditators facilitating the program, the importance of keeping a journal to notice our development. I intend to also write a note every 1200 minutes of practice and reflect on any new insights I may gain. I have benefited significantly and have incorporated the benefits of PARRAL – Posture, Alignment, Relaxation, Resilience, Awareness and Let go in my daily living – be it walking on the streets of New York or sitting in a client meeting. This experience is worth much more than the cost. Thank you."

Kris S. - North Carolina, USA

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"My C.MI Course experience transformed my personal practice of Mindfulness Meditation. I humbly graduate from this program with renewed commitment to life long learning through personal practice and the privilege of instructing others who wish to begin or transform their own mindful awakening."

Cheryl C. - North Carolina, USA

"Of all the decisions I have made in my life, taking this course has been a life altering experience, and one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Dale R. - Alberta, Canada

"I've really valued the learning and support I've received from this C.MI Course material, the instructor, the administration staff and the online community of students. While the online nature of the class suggests distance, I've appreciated the reviews and responses to my assignments and posts. Throughout the course, my practice has provided me many benefits and in reflection, this course has been exactly what I needed at this point on my own path of development. Thank you."

Lawrence Y. - BC, Canada

"This course has enabled me to understand what meditation is, and to realize it's real life application in the exact amount of time that I needed in order to complete it. I loved the self discovery aspects and the less that I expected from it, the more I got out of it. The required text books are now old friends who I can continue to visit, and no matter how well I think I know them, there seems to always be something new to discover in their pages. I love how even though I have completed the course requirements, I have a life time of learning ahead of me, one meditation session at a time. This course enables me to be excited about my future prospects and has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams."

Charlene H. - Maryland, USA

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

Shannon K. - Michigan, USA

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"I started this course knowing very little about mindfulness meditation, but enough that I knew one day I wanted to teach it to others. Now, after reading the coursebooks and logging my journals (while tending to my own practice), I realize how much I've learned during the C.MI course. I just can't believe how much I've grown both in knowledge and confidence! I taught my very first class last week and got wonderful feedback! Professor Rinaldi is honest, fair and reliable when it comes to our coursework. I'm so happy to be part of the C.MI Sangha, and proud to call myself a C.MI graduate!!

Terri K. - Arizona, USA

"I loved the course and found it beneficial to my practice!I have learned a variety of techniques that I could share with my students!"

Karen B. - New Jersey, USA

"What a well rounded course! Now that I’m done I feel I have a wealth of information and tools to start my new journey as a meditation teacher!"

Lyahna L. - BC, Canada

"The C.MI Course was the best decision that I could have made as I needed to change careers. I have learned so much about meditation and a tremendous amount about myself. The course required work and effort but the outcome is worth every minute. Thank you to Stephen Rinaldi."

Debbie W. - Ontario, Canada

"I found the CMI programme incredibly uplifting and enlightening i will admit! Even though I had been practising meditation for over a decade before I enrolled into C.MI, through the C.MI I realised I had picked up some 'bad' habits along the way and how to correct them immediately.Once joining, I found the selected book references to guide you through the programme incredibly insightful. Also, having to endure the death of my mother during the programme, I found the journals extremely helpful in staying focused and present during a difficult phase in my life. The benefits of having the forums running in parallel felt you were part of a community - especially for me being a million miles way from the US (in France) - so that was reassuring and a bonus to C.MI. So thank you Stephen and your CMI team. with metta."

Edward N. - Fontainebleau, France

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"The course is well suited for those who wish to complete a Mindfulness Meditation Instructor class at home. The online Sangha was very helpful. It's nice to gain insight from others on the road. Professor Rinaldi did an excellent job with his feedback and his responses were prompt and gave genuine guidance. I feel he is a great instructor and mentor. Overall I would recommend this program to others who wish to have a clear understanding of Mindfulness Meditation in order to improve their own personal techniques and also teach others. Namaste."

Maryrose M. - Maryland, USA

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

Francine A. - California, 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. - New Jersey, USA

"I learned so much during this mindfulness meditation certification course. The practicum of keeping a meditation journal while practicing for several months was so insightful, and the papers after each book helped me process what I've been learning. Also - the two textbooks are so rich with content and guidance. Loved them! I've started leading a meditation group already in my community and have loved adding value to my students' lives. I appreciated the helpful feedback I received from Mr. Rinaldi as I've progressed through the certification process. Thank you so much for this thoughtful, life-changing practice and course."

Barbara A. - Arizona, USA

"The online program was helpful in connecting with people of like-minds and sharing experiences from across the Globe. The instruction takes you deeper into your practice for a clear understanding on how to instruct others by first looking at yourself."

Linda B. - Maryland, USA

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"With previous experience in vipassana meditation, the C.MI meditation instructor course is exactly what I was looking for. 100% practical and deeply grounded fundamentals in technique. The main course text is one of the best meditation books I've ever read. I feel lucky to have found the C.MI course!"

Eric C. - Ontario, Canada

"I just finished my course. I feel so good about myself - It took self-discipline but I finished. I now plan to go on to the advanced course and can't wait to get started."

Toni C. - New Jersey, USA

"The Certified Meditation Instructor program offered by the University of Holistic Theology is an excellent course of study. I have been practicing meditation for years prior to my application to this certification process. I have attended five 10-Day Vipassana Courses, which have very strict guidelines and are extremely intense. I regret the I was not aware of the information offered in this course prior to my Vipassana experiences. It starts with the basics - presents all the information in a very clear, straightforward manner. I learned the mechanics of sitting properly, techniques to deal with distractions as well as interesting information on the history of the practice. The course also includes practical information about starting your own business as an instructor. It is presented in a concise, informative and useful format.

The program also allows you to interact with other students through the use of discussion forums. Many questions are answered there . The forums also serve as a means to exchange of ideas, discuss issues people come across and techniques that are working or those that present a problem. The forums are a very effective learning tool as well. Overall, I would say that the experience was excellent and I look forward to pursuing further educational opportunities through UHT! I am grateful for this training!"

Marsha W. - Texas, USA

"Building upon the foundations in meditation that I learned from the C.MI course I then set up my own courses for an introductory mediation class and a deeper 3 week class in meditation that prepares a student for a full meditation practice. With the knowledge and understanding gained from the C.MI course I have now taught several meditation classes - and I have had great feedback from my students on the content and methods shared with them. My meditation classes allow me to share my passion for meditation and this is a wide open market for those wishing to do the same. If you have ever wanted to teach or even just learn meditation without the associated religious beliefs or yoga poses required by other avenues that teach meditation then I would highly recommend the C.MI. course to you!"

Jim Smith, Emerging Path, LLC
Vancouver, WA - USA

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"I highly recommend this course for personal and professional growth."

Sherri T.
Virginia, USA

"This course prepared me on so many levels to both deepen my practice and connect with myself. Stephen is a wise, understanding teacher and I am grateful to have come across this course. Definitely worth it."

Ana Paula L.
Mexico City, Mexico

"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. - Virginia, USA

"This was one of the most difficult programs I have ever engaged in and yet it has been the most rewarding. I would offer anyone who is the least bit interested in Mindfulness to pursue this program wholeheartedly."

Tony M.
Oregon, USA

"Wonderful course full of so much insight and knowledge. I highly recommend it to anyone who truly wants to understand meditation and all of it's benefits. Namaste"

Terri B.
Ontario, Canada

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"I have been very happy with this course, I have learned so much practical information, as well as knowledge of the philosophy behind it. The whole C.MI concept and website is very professional."

Rasmus G.
QA, Greenland

"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.
Maine, USA

"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.
Alberta, Canada

"I really enjoyed and had a tremendous experience with your course. I am looking forward to applying this towards your Bachelors Degree Program.Thank you so much!!!"

James Britten, C.MI
California, 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.
Kentucky, USA

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"This journey has given me my life. This course has been the catalyst to learning to be with myself. I hope to continue to share this gift with others. THANK YOU!"

Abagail Y.
North Carolina, USA

"The C.MI course was an important part of my journey with meditation. Although I've been meditating for a couple of years, I felt drawn to get certified. The books required in this course were great resources for me in conjunction with the practice journals. The insights I gained in my own practice, coupled with the knowledge acquired with both books on posture, distractions, obstacles, and purpose have equipped me with a solid foundation for teaching. Thank you!"

Jodie M.
Minnesota, USA

"I highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn about meditation. It offered me all the basic tools (posture, dealing with distractions,....) and knowledge to practice my meditation in formal seating or in all my daily activities.I strongly believe that with knowledge gained from this course, I will be able to carry out my meditation practice with much less difficulties."

Nguyen H.
Bien Hoa, Vietnam

"I began this course thinking that there was not much more that I could learn in reference to my practice. I quickly learned that I had a lot more valuable knowledge to learn and one day pass on to my students. I am grateful for this experience! I am humbled by the coursework. The text were both enlightening and relevant. I know I will definitely refer to both books. I have read each three times already and there is always a sentence or phrase that takes on new understanding.Thank you for giving m the opportunity to JUST BE! Namaste."

Tammy H.
Connecticut, USA

"Deciding to do thew C.MI course has been one of the most important and sensible thing I have done in my life. It not only makes you partake our ancient wisdom efficiently but also helps us hone ourselves into implementing it in our day to day life. After completing the course I'm much more confident, organized and attuned to my higher self. and I know this is just a beginning of my beautiful journey to self discovery, for now I'm just enjoying every bit of it."

Neetu C.
Pasig, Philippines

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"I found this course extremely helpful. It covered so much one would need to understand and to meditate effectively. The accountability of regular practice of meditation was key to my personal success. Stephen Rinaldi’s feedback was great and educational. The books were great. I enjoyed writing about my own personal experience as well. Well rounded course and well worth the cost of tuition."

Sue N.
Florida, USA

"I reccomend this course to everyone. It really has done me the world of good in body and mind."

Udo O. - Surrey, United Kingdom

"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. - Massachusetts, USA

"I really enjoyed the course and have learned a lot from it. I feel it is the well-thought-out course. Thank you."

Yong un R. - Connecticut, USA

"This course for certification in meditation instruction was thorough, well thought out and enjoyable! I had no idea I could learn so much practical information in just a few short months. I was amazed at how quickly my personal meditation practice evolved. The course does a great job preparing students to teach their own classes, and the Sangha with fellow students through the discussion forums on the campus website is a wonderful addition to a fulfilling and compassionate informal practice. I am extremely grateful for the hard work it took to put this course together!"

Barbara M. - Illinois, 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 (Vipasanna) 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

"The carefully selected reading material probes the mind in all the right ways! Besides abling the student to become comfortable with beginner and intermediate instruction, it also provides the opportunity for deep reflection on the kind of teacher you would be! Our experiences in life, that create the people we are, differ so greatly that we must be able to look at ourselves with an honest eye to realize the unique ways in which we can connect with our students.

I Thank Stephen Rinaldi and all the staff deeply for hastily responding to every question and providing an environment that one can feel comfortable in!"

Tyler Belsito, C.MI
British Columbia, Canada

"Before starting this course, I only expected to learn how to become a meditation instructor. But it turned out to be a great experience and a journey which I discovered so many issues about myself, some hidden subconcious misbeliefs that prevent me from going further in many areas of my life. I learned how to use meditation as a tool to transform inside. Before starting to teach meditation, I saw what I have to learn about myself first.

I thank Stephen Rinaldi for lighting the way, for being a great mentor, and a wonderful teacher."

Ms. Selvin Canbeyli Arihan, C.MI.
Istanbul, Turkey

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