Information for MMTCP and/or CE Students 
and 'qualifying' retreat requirements

This page is provided for students in Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) who will be participating in this retreat to receive credit as a 'qualifying' retreat, this information is also valid for those who wish to receive Continuing Educaton (CE) Hours for Health Professionals. If you are not in the MMTCP program, or are not participating to receive retreat credit or Professional CE Hours, this information is not applicable.  

MMTCP/CE Retreat Participant Commitments:

MMTCP students will be required to sign an agreement (provided to registered participants prior to the retreat,) provided by Sounds True and the MMTCP, committing to a set of practice guidelines during their retreat. These guidelines include:

  • refraining from, or minimizing, the use of technology (unrelated to retreat participation), news and social media 

  • committing to a continuity of practice (practicing throughout the day and not only during online sessions,)

  • practicing 'noble silence' as possible at home.

  • taking the entire length of the retreat off from work, school, or other regular activities as you would for a residential retreat


These practice guidelines support a retreat environment similar to what you would experience at a retreat center.  It is understood that compromises may need to be made for those living with others and with certain childcare obligations, however, maintaining these practice conditions as much as possible will significantly impact your retreat experience.

In order to satisfy the MMTCP/CE requirements and to receive credit for this retreat MMTCP and CE students will also need to commit to and agree to:


  • Attending a minimum of 13 total Modules, with at least 2 - 3 Modules each day, (2x2 + 3x3) on the days Friday through Tuesday [the opening (Thursday) and closing (Wednesday) Modules will not count toward this requirement] Please see the schedule for this retreat to find the times Modules are offered; make sure to use the time-zone converter to find your times. All times are in Pacific Daylight Time Zone. 


  • Attending their assigned small group meeting daily (Friday-Tuesday)


  • Have their video on and be present for the full duration of their online practice periods

  • Having attendance tracked and submitted to Sounds True and/or SCRC


  • Creating a continuity of practice during the retreat, including during the time between Modules 


  • Submitting a short form reporting their practice each day (a form will be linked on the main page of the Participant Retreat Portal,) with at least 2 additional daily formal practice periods off-line (30-45 min each) or during additional Module periods


After you are fully registered for the retreat as a MMTCP or CE student you will be sent a link to fill out the MMTCP Online Retreat Participant Agreement provided by MMTCP, which will be submitted directly to our retreat team, and copied to the MMTCP Administrative Office (and/or to SCRC for CE Certificate.) If you have already filled out this form elsewhere, you will have to fill it out here as well, as we are unable to accept emailed copies.


Q: When and where can I fill out the Participant Agreement?

A: A link will be sent out to registered MMTCP/CE participants approximately a month prior to the beginning of the retreat, along with other retreat information.