Teaching Mindfulness – A 100-Hour Certification Program

Join Ethan Nichtern, Dr. Shanté Smalls, and David Perrin for a 100-Hour Mindfulness Meditation Certification Program Fall 2019. This program is designed to train those with meditation experience to provide meditation instruction and incorporate mindfulness into their professional work. If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please email adriana@ethannichtern.com.

Dates & Curriculum:

Weekend 1: The Techniques of Mindfulness

  • – September 27-29th, 2019

Weekend 2: Embodying the Practice in Both Intention & Action

  • – October 25-27th, 2019

Weekend 3: Taking the Teacher’s Seat

  • – November 15-17th, 2019

Each weekend schedule is Friday 6-9pm, Saturday, 9-5pm, and Sunday 9-3pm. In addition to three weekends in person, there will be three group Zoom sessions, one with a member of the Faculty.


Sixth Street Community Center in Alphabet City: 638 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Sixth Street is accessible via the following subways: the B (Fridays only), D, F, M to 2nd Ave; 6 train to Astor Place; R, W to 8th Street or Prince Street; the L to 1st Ave.



There will be partial scholarships offered for those who identify on the trans spectrum and/or as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for these scholarships on your application.


2 years of consistent mindfulness meditation practice

Application Process:

1.) Application submission by August 1st

2.) Two recommendation submissions by August 1st. One of your recommendations must be submitted by an individual with meditation experience.

3.) Once your application and recommendations have been received and reviewed, you will receive a notification regarding your application in Mid-August.

Program Notes:

  • – Submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment in the program
  • – Acceptance to this program does not guarantee a partial scholarship for individuals who identify as BIPOC
  • – There are no refunds once the program has started


Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher. From 2010-2018 he served as the teacher in residence for the Shambhala NYC community. He is the author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG Books, North Point, 2015), The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairytale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships (FSG Books, North Point, Sep 2017) and One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications, 2007). The Road Home was named to Best Books of 2015 lists by both Library Journal and Tech Insider. Ethan is also the founder and former director of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a teacher and student in the Shambhala school of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. Shanté began studying and practicing Buddhism at age 17 and has practiced in Zen, SGI, and Shambhala communities. Shanté began on the teaching path in 2009 and was authorized in the Shambhala tradition to teach meditation and buddhadharma in 2015. Dr. Smalls teaches dharma and meditation in a variety of locations including dharma centers, conferences, corporations, and colleges and universities. Shanté is focused on the healing impact of contemplation and meditation in Black communities, People of Color communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and prison and recovery communities. Shante is a Teacher on the Liberation App and teaches regularly on Weekly Dharma Gathering Online . Shanté is an Assistant Professor of Black Literature & Culture at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, and they live in Brooklyn, NY with their dog, Drala. They will be living in Atlanta for the 2019-2020 academic year on a research fellowship at Emory University.

David Perrin

David Perrin is a meditation teacher and mentor in the Shambhala tradition. David is a MNDFL Lead Teacher and Director of the MNDFL Teacher Training, core faculty at the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, and Co-Director of the Teaching Mindfulness Training with Dr. Shanté Smalls and Ethan Nichtern. He is also a Licensed Creative Arts Psychotherapist. David serves as a Trustee at the Perrin Family Foundation supporting youth social justice projects in Connecticut. He is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in meditation centers, social institutions, and in his own practice. David lives in New York City with partner Anne Kenan, and their three children. www.davidbperrin.com