Karuna and Guest Teachers
September 2020 – Feb 2021
Application deadline EXTENDED – ONE SPOT remains
All classes are live, interactive, and online.

I loved this intensive and it changed my life. I didn’t know what to expect, but I learned so much about myself, deepened my practice, and met a community of friends that I always have. After utilizing the tools I received, I have become a more compassionate and patient person, with myself and others and finally found my heart’s longing. — Autumn R.

This 300-hour intensive is designed to amplify your practice and your life. With two-tracks (teacher training and personal growth), you can decide where you want to go on this journey. You can join from the comfort of your home or anywhere you are in the world, as all classes – including the opening retreat – are live and online. They are interactive – this is not a pre-recorded course. Real training. Real talk. Real people.


Teacher Training: If you’re looking to teach meditation, this intensive is designed to train and certify you as a meditation teacher that is well-qualified to teach live in-person or online classes, and/or guided recorded meditations. After eight-weeks of shoring up your personal practice, you’ll start your practicum teaching meditation on Community Meditation. At the end of February, you will receive a 300-Hour certificate of completion and it is our intention to provide you a place to teach on Mind Oasis if you so choose. Out of the 17 students who completed the Intensive earlier this year, 13 teach on Community Meditation. Many started their Intensive journey for personal growth, but found they love guiding others in meditation!

Personal Growth: If you simply want to reap the benefits of an intensive but aren’t sure if you want to become a teacher – this track is for you. You won’t have to decide for the first eight-weeks of the intensive, as both tracks will be engaged in the exact same activities up until this point. If at the end of the first eight-weeks you know that you don’t want to teach, then you will engage in attending classes taught by those in the Teacher Training and other classes offered on Mind Oasis rather than the practicum teaching opportunity via Community Meditation.

Note there is plenty of independent coursework to engage, including: a number of books to read and resources to engage along the way.

My life is infinitely sweeter since investing my time, energy, and money in Mind Oasis’s Intensive. I have stretched and grown in immensely challenging and beautiful ways. I am able to show up for every living being in higher service than I ever have before. I have softened my edges and opened my heart to the beauty and pain of this world. The decision that initiated all of these changes was choosing to be a part of the intensive. If you feel called to take this leap of faith to learn, connect, and deepen your practice – please know if you answer the call you will not regret it!! — Sarah W.

This intensive is designed with you in mind! If you are a yoga instructor, counselor, or in a healing profession — this 300-hour intensive will take your practice and teachings to the next level. If you are interested in learning specific techniques to amplify and align your personal meditation practice and/or wish to share the practice of meditation with your clients and students — join us!

New this year!

Community, Connection & Compassion: Equity in Wellness with Sheena Brockington-Taylor

As a meditation teacher, you have a unique opportunity to offer students practices to care for themselves, their families, and communities. Each student comes to the cushion with their own stories, experiences and challenges. It’s our responsibility to meet each student with an open heart and mind. We’ll discover how a compassionate teacher builds community and connection while creating a welcoming space for all students. We’ll explore ways to make wellness practices accessible, equitable, and inclusive for all students regardless of their race, economic status, size, sexual identity, gender, or abilities. You’ll leave our sessions with a personal action plan for championing and creating equity in the meditation space and beyond.

Click Here for the Application. Upon completion, please make your deposit below to hold your spot. The Intensive is limited to 20 students. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come and first-serve basis and are due by July 15th. There are 2 discounted work study slots available – please inquire with Karuna directly (kelly at mindoasis.org). Should you not be accepted into the program – your deposit is fully refundable. It is also fully refundable up to one month prior to the start of the intensive. If you need a partial scholarship, please contact Karuna.

Homework Includes:
Daily meditation – six times/week
Engaging in dancing, yoga, or some other movement that appeals to you
Walking meditation
Taking one day off each week to unplug and restore
Gazing at the sky

Required Reading:
How to Meditate – Pema Chodron
The Courage to Teach – Parker Palmer
Learning to Listen. Learning to Teach. – Jane Vella

Other requirements:
A service project benefiting charity or org
One three-day solo meditation retreat

Teacher Training Track includes teaching one online class each week

$2,800 Fee Includes:
300-Hour Certification
Bi-weekly Classes, Online Weekend Retreat
One Group Weekend Retreat in March 2021 – Location TBD by the group
Free classes on Mind Oasis throughout duration of training

You are responsible for purchasing your own books (to accommodate your preference of e-books vs paperback vs hardcover, etc.) and transportation to/from retreat.

The Intensive Consists of Three Modules
Module One: Establishing and Amplifying Your Personal Practice*

Topics Include: Preliminaries, Shamatha Meditation, Stages of Meditation; Analytical, And Contemplative Meditation; Personal Retreat: Prepping And Purpose; Integrating your Life.

Module Two: Finding Your Voice and Aligning Your Life On and Off the Cushion

Includes a three-part workshop: Community, Connection & Compassion: Equity in Wellness with Sheena Brockington-Taylor

Topics Include: History Of Meditation, Ayurveda And Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Somatics, Vulnerability And Focus, Ethics, Social Justice, And Best Practices. Plus the Science of Meditation

Module Three: Serving Yourself and Others

Topics Include: Seva; Compassion, Tonglen, And Maitri Meditation Practices, The Ins And Outs Of Group Retreat And Self-care.

*Please note that for those who choose the teacher training track – in addition to your practicum – there will be plenty of instruction on developing courses, teaching online, and giving meditation instruction across the entire six-month. We’ll tweak this according to the group that signs up!

There will also be a social media//marketing workshop included for those interested in learning about self-promotion, etc.

Intensive Schedule
*(Times presented in Central Time Zone)

Kickoff Retreat Weekend – At your HOME!
September 11-13th

20 hours

Friday, 6-9pm

Saturday, 9– 4:30pm +[Two-hour personal practice before sleeping]

Sunday, Noon – 4:30pm +[Two-hour personal practice upon waking]

Bi-weekly Monday Evening Classes
48 hours
September 21 – February 22nd

Personal Practice
Minimum 20 minutes/day with one day off each week
56 hours

Weekly Practicum on Community Meditation – teaching, observing, or participating
24 hours

Personal Retreat
3 days/2 nights minimum

Service Project
10-15 hours

Group Retreat – March 2021
2.5 days/3 nights

Reading Assignments
50 hours

Journaling, Community Chats, and Various Homework Assignments
26 hours

Guest Teachers Include (with more being announced):
Joseph Schwartz: Breath, Breathing, and the Nervous System
Michael Hewett: Energetic Body
Allison Joy: Intro to Ayurveda
Kelly Lindsey: Ethics and Meditation
Gina de la Chesnaye: Trauma-Informed Methodology
Elizabete Gomes: Practices from the Heart: LovingKindness and Tonglen
Turi Hetherington: Yoga Nidra and Restorative practices
TBD – The Science of Meditation

Reserve Your Spot

$280 reserves your spot
If you are accepted into the program, payment in full – less your deposit – is due four weeks prior to the start date. You save $120 by paying in full. If you need to set up a monthly payment plan, there is an option for that too!

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This 300-hour intensive will be facilitated — with the help of many exceptional guest teachers — by Founder and Executive Director Karuna (Kelly Schwartz). Since January 2017, Karuna has amassed over 1000 hours of guiding meditations. She is a graduate of the 300-hour Dakini Meditative Teacher Training. In addition to a personal dedicated practice that includes many weeks in personal and group retreat, she has a one-month solo retreat under her belt. Despite the time spent on her cushion, Karuna is working with the vicissitudes of like just like everyone else. Her relatability and sense of humor are two reasons practitioners enjoy her guided meditations. It is her greatest desire to help all individuals amplify and align their life to live it to the fullest in each moment and each breath. When she isn’t working on Mind Oasis, you’ll find her on a trail in the Rocky Mountains hiking, running, or climbing with her amazing husband Joseph and beloved dogs: Stella Bean and Ruby Rose.