Meditation Instructor Training for Non-Diet Clinicians

September 29 – December 1, 2020

9-week Online Program from 3:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Mindfulness and meditation are everywhere. Research has shown that it can help regulate blood pressure and reduce symptoms of stress-related illnesses. It can help prevent relapse into depression when included as part of a treatment protocol. It lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Those who practice it regularly report greater self-confidence, improved communication skills, and an increased ability to navigate conflict and uncertainty.
What I have also found as the result of incorporating mindfulness and meditation into my non-diet nutrition therapy practice is that it can be profoundly effective in helping our clients make peace with food and their bodies. If you are a nutritionist, therapist, coach, or other practitioner in the non-diet space (or you are making the transition away from the weight-normative approach), acquiring the skill to teach meditation can bring great value to both your own life and your work with clients.
It may appear that teaching meditation is a simple thing—what is so complicated about sitting down and breathing?! However, 2600 years of mindfulness-awareness practice has shown us that though the technique is simple, the results it produces are not. A responsible meditation teacher has some knowledge of how to guide others as their practice takes root.
I am so excited to announce the first-ever Meditation Instructor Training Program tailored for non-diet clinicians. This online program is specifically constructed to serve those who work in the non-diet, weight-inclusive space, helping clients to incorporate Intuitive Eating and positive body image. This program has been recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and RDs may claim 18 CEUS.
Participants will gain the necessary skills to teach the meditation technique skillfully and responsibly, to answer the most frequently asked questions with confidence, and incorporate meditation into their non-diet practice.




This course is an immersive 9-week online training program conducted live and in person with up to 30 students from around the world and Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN.

This program is not self-guided. It is live. You are not left on your own with a bunch of videos + instructions for how to use the material. Rather, you will meet as a class for two hours each week where new material is presented in person with plenty of time for discussion, questions, and small group breakout sessions.


Each Tuesday, we gather live from 3p ET – 5p ET to discuss that week’s content. New material will be presented, followed by Q&A and a breakout into small groups for discussion. After class, you will receive a homework assignment. Homework is to be posted to our private, members-only Facebook group before the next Tuesday class.

Beginning in Week Five and for each session thereafter, students will break into pairs to practice offering meditation instruction to each other.

Between Weeks Six and Eight, each student will meet with Jenna one-to-one to give meditation instruction and receive personal feedback.

During the final class there will be a test. Test questions are provided the first week of class so there is plenty of time for review. On test day, you will be asked to answer one question at random, orally and to the group.


  • Nine 120-minute sessions comprising mindfulness and meditation instruction and practice, talks about the intersections of culture and eating and our bodies, practical guidance about how to make these changes, and plenty of time for discussion and questions
  • Weekly readings and homework assignments to deepen and personalize your understanding and application of the principles
  • Support to establish and sustain your own at-home mindfulness and meditation practice
  • Ongoing access to a private Facebook support group (that will not expire at the end of the course!)


Once accepted, applicants must pay within 5 days to secure their spot in the program. Payment plans in three installments are available.

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Week 1 Introduction

  • Introduction, requirements for the program, and review of program materials (45 minutes)
  • Three-tiered learning objectives and underlying “view” of the course
  • Student introductions
  • Introduction to breath awareness meditation practice
  • Practice together

Week 2 Entering the Path

  • Practice together
  • Why is meditation important to someone working as a non-diet clinician
  • Influence of meditation in interoceptive awareness, emotional overeating, and body image
  • Most common obstacles to meditation practice
  • Breakout groups

Week 3 Keeping it Genuine

  • Practice together
  • How to create a strong personal practice
  • The secret to personal discipline
  • Three steps for keeping your practice sacred
  • Breakout groups

Week 4 Opening Your Heart

  • Practice together
  • How meditation opens the heart
  • The four immeasurables
  • Working with strong emotions
  • Trauma-sensitive mindfulness with David Treleaven, PhD

Week 5 Turning Your Practice Outward

  • Preparing to give meditation instruction
  • How to protect the transmission quality
  • Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another

Week 6 Sharing the Practice with Authenticity

  • Creating an appropriate teacher-student relationship
  • Creating a non-exclusive and trauma-informed container for teaching
  • Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another

Week 7 Incorporating Meditation and Mindfulness Skillfully

  • Bringing meditation and mindfulness into your non-diet work
    • When to offer meditation instruction
    • How to incorporate it into your sessions
    • How to draw from the practice and view of meditation in connecting dots with clients
    • The importance of self-compassion
  • Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another

Week 8 Teaching Meditation to a Wider Audience

  • How to give a talk about meditation to a small group
  • Students break into dyads to provide meditation instruction to one another

Week 9 Warrior’s Circle

  • The warrior’s circle is a way of testing knowledge. All of the FAQs are in a virtual “basket” and chosen at random. Each student must be prepared to answer each question verbally, but only one will actually be posed to him or her.
  • Nurturing your personal meditation practice
  • Staying connected with one another


  • A copy of the Eat to Love audiobook
  • A workbook containing our curriculum, the readings and homework assignments, a meditation journal, a series of Frequently Asked Questions, Quick reference guides for providing meditation instruction, for meeting with individual meditation students, and for presenting to a group on the topic of meditation
  • Instructions for joining our private Facebook support group
  • Two 10-minute meditation instructional videos (one with full instruction, one with light instruction, audio-only also available) to accompany you on your meditation journey
  • One meditation posture troubleshooting video
  • Course materials will remain accessible to students for one year


Whether you are a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, therapist, counselor, or coach in the non-diet, weight-inclusive space (or are making the transition to that discipline), this program will teach you how to introduce meditation to the people you work with skillfully and responsibly. In addition, you will develop a personal understanding of how to bring the fruits of meditation–wisdom, compassion, and confidence–to others.


A deeper personal meditation practice

* A sense of where you are on your unique spiritual journey

* Personal understanding of the principles that give meditation its transformative power

* Familiarity with key Buddhist teachings about meditation

* Confidence to teach this powerful practice to others

* Understanding of how to merge meditation and mindfulness with non-diet work

* Understanding of how to make the practice trauma-sensitive and inclusive

* The ability to answer the most frequently asked questions about meditation

* A sense of community with fellow students

* Knowledge about what makes a meditation practice sustainable for yourself and others

* Insight into keeping the practice sacred (rather than self-help)

* A skill set that will differentiate you from others in the non-diet, weight-inclusive field

* A certificate acknowledging your successful completion of this program as a trained meditation instructor

* A lifelong connection to people who share your values!


Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN, is a non-diet dietitian who helps people struggling with chronic dieting, disordered eating, and body image. She uses a combination of Intuitive Eating, mindfulness techniques, and meditation to help her clients move toward greater peace, health, and wellness. Jenna is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) in New York State. She has a Bachelors degree in Nutrition from Penn State, a Masters degree in Nutrition from Tufts University, is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and an Open Heart Project meditation guide. In 2018, Jenna joined the board of The Center for Mindful Eating. Jenna teaches at mindfulness retreats in the United States and France. She has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Health, Lion’s Roar, Mindful, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Women’s World, and Fox News. Jenna is the author of Understanding Dietary Supplements, a handy guide to the evaluation and use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and botanicals for both consumers and clinicians, and the memoir Drinking to Distraction. Her third book, Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life, was published in January, 2019.


* Nine Tuesdays beginning on September 29, 2020: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1 (note we are not meeting November 17th due to Jenna’s teaching schedule)
* Class time: 3:00-5:00 pm eastern time
* Classes will be recorded and shared within 24 hours of each gathering
* The course will be conducted on the Zoom video platform
* You have access to all class materials (videos, check-ins, forums) for 1 year.


Attendance at all classes is mandatory. If you foresee a conflict, please email Jenna’s assistant Lisa here before completing an application. If necessary, you may miss one class however the first and last classes may not be missed. Use The Time Zone Converter to see what time the class is held in your city. You can use New York City as the class location.


* Early bird pricing of $995.00 available until June 30th.
* Regular price of $1195.00 from July 1 – September 28th.
* No refunds


Once accepted, applicants must pay within 5 days to secure their spot in the program. Payment plans in three installments are available.


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We are offering two full scholarships for this program. Please click here to apply. The deadline for scholarship applications is June 20. Decisions will be communicated on June 25. Those who do not receive a scholarship will be eligible for the early-bird price.