Certificate Training in

Contemplative Therapy & Mindfulness

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science (NYC) hosts their renowned Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Teacher Training Program in Toronto at X-Hale. It is a historic program offering unprecedented cross-training in contemplative theories and practices applied to psychotherapy, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring and community. Students are thoroughly trained in four discrete meditation techniques and are immersed in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology.


Who is the training for?

This program is for health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and anyone in a helping profession interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.



The curriculum is taught over two years. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other in Compassion-based Psychotherapy. Participants may start the two-year program in either year.



The Nalanda Institute’s Certificate in Mindfulness-based and Compassion-based Psychotherapy is awarded to those who complete all of the requirements of that year’s curriculum, including the initial retreat, coursework, meditation teach-backs, and a capstone project.

Curriculum for each certificate

Mindfulness Year

The Mindfulness year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practice into contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object relational, interpersonal, family-systems therapies and related caregiving fields. Areas of study include:

• foundations of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology
• neuroscience of meditation
• clinical applications of mindfulness: mechanisms of change and effects
• contemplative psychotherapy: integrative nuances
• meditation practicum: instruction and supervision with Sharon Salzberg

Compassion Year

The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation practices of the Nalanda tradition into contemporary transpersonal and self-psychology, narrative, somatic, and gestalt therapies. Areas of study include:

• transforming the mind for social engagement
• self-analysis and giving-and-taking practices
• role-modeling imagery and embodied openness for self-transformation
• visualization and sublimation practices

Ready to find out more?

All details are on the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science Website

Faculty & Guest Teachers


Dr. Joe Loizzo


Dr. Robert Thurman


Moustafa Abdelrahman


Sharon Salzberg


Pilar Jennings


Geri Loizzo

For a full list

of all Faculty, Guest & Online Faculty visit the Nalanda Website.

Begin your journey today...