Just Announced!  New Cohort Begins Saturday, March 27th, 2021
Hi Friend,

Welcome to the Pathways training program registration page.

By arriving here, you've shown dedication to your own mindfulness practice, as well as your sincere commitment to serving others.

So before we go any further, we'd like to congratulate you and share our appreciation for the work you're doing.  It's truly life-changing, and has the potential to profoundly transform the lives of the people you work with.

Today we're thrilled to invite you to join us in the step after Foundations in the UM certification program:  The Pathways training program.

The program has been an incredibly rewarding success for everyone involved, and we'd love for you to come experience it with us starting Saturday, March 27th.
We created Pathways with YOU in mind.
Experience: Pathways is a highly experiential training, designed to support your development as a coach and your mastery of the Unified Mindfulness system in many different ways. You get extensive practice teaching, with a lot of effective feedback on it--both from the teaching staff and from fellow students, in a safe and constructive learning environment.

Support: As the next step beyond Foundations, Pathways is a 12-week training program followed by an 8 week practicum, in which you work directly with UM Lead Coaches to learn to coach individuals and groups in a uniquely empowering approach to mindfulness that can meet their specific needs.

Confidence: You will become more confident, while you reduce the anxiety that can interfere with you taking the initiative to coach others. Many of our graduates report an improvement in their ability to present, generally. Those who teach other subjects professionally also frequently report an improvement in their ability to teach, overall.

Develop as a One-on-One Coach: Typically, training programs focus on group coaching. In Pathways you'll learn to coach groups while also developing your ability to work one-on-one. The framework for doing this is a unique feature of the UM system. You'll receive direct, personal guidance and feedback from your instructors as well as your fellow students.

Teach an Eight Week Class: You will finish the Pathways program with all the tools, course materials, confidence and support to teach your own 8 week mindfulness class (in fact, you WILL teach your own 8-Week class to conclude Pathways :-)
Pathways is a course within a course...
Part of what makes Pathways so unique is that there are actually two distinct components to the program.

During your first 12 weeks of Pathways, you'll be working directly with UM Lead Coaches, L2 Coaches, and your fellow students in live online, virtual classrooms for classes and instructions. 

This is followed by an 8 weeks practicum in which you'll be teaching the series you've learned with the direct support of your instructors. You can teach it to one individual, or a group; to a friend, a group of friends, or people you don't know. You can teach it in an informal or formal setting. The practicum is meant to ensure your success with internalizing the materials, so you're free to deliver your practicum in a way that meets your level of experience and comfort.

In other words, you'll finish the 12 week training with not only the confidence and an exact plan to teach your own 8 week mindfulness class, but you'll also put that plan into action and teach what you've learned with the direct support of UM Lead Coaches. Once you've completed your practicum, you're free to adapt the training as you see fit, for your unique audience. You'll find a vibrant alumni group to connect with around exploring those possibilities.
Your Instructors for the March 2021 Pathways Cohort (P12)
Meg Salter
I offer Mindfulness Coaching and Executive Coaching to those who endeavor to create positive change in their world. My passion is supporting clients to develop custom solutions to their unique challenges, integrating the many facets of the Unified Mindfulness system and evidence-based coaching methods. My coaching approach is based on professional qualifications, deep experience in meditation, and an extensive business background, all underpinned by Integral Theory.

I started meditating in 1995, initiated by a family trauma, which has given me particular sensitivity to how mindfulness can develop personal resilience. I managed to keep practice going while pursuing a career and raising children. For the first ten years, my meditation practice included Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Contemplative Christianity, and Vajrayana Buddhism. When I came across Shinzen Young in 2005, I was able to take practice to another level entirely. This uniquely engineered approach can turn mindfulness from something you do as a special activity to something you do all day long. I have been teaching since 2002, and am a Senior Facilitator in Unified Mindfulness. It is such a joy to witness the boost to resilience and personal flourishing in those who develop mindfulness skills, with the beneficial spillover effects on their colleagues, friends and families.

I hold an MBA from the Boston University at Brussels, am accredited as an Integral Master Coach™, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and a Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional. I have a 30-year professional background both as a senior business manager and, through MegaSpace Consulting, provide change management consulting and executive coaching. To learn more about Meg, go here.
Erin McCarthy, Ph.D.
Erin McCarthy is a compassionate, experienced mindfulness and meditation coach, practitioner and consultant with over 20 years experience as an educator. She is a Professor of philosophy and mother of twins.

Some of her areas of specialization and interest include: concussion recovery; chronic pain; parenting; women and girls; academic professionals; stress and anxiety; undergraduate and graduate students. She works with people of all ages – from 8-80 and beyond!

Erin holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. In addition to being a Unified Mindfulness L2 Coach, she also draws her teachings from trainings and certifications in Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Motherhood; Mindfulness Based Symptom Management; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T); Mindful Kids; and Mindful Schools Educator Essentials.

A long time meditator in the Soto Zen tradition, Erin came to teach mindfulness and mindful self-compassion to a broader audience through her interest in and scholarship on Contemplative Education. She loves the UM suite of techniques because they integrate so seamlessly into everyday life, and help people (herself included) make real, sustainable change possible!  To learn more about Erin, go here.
"I stumbled upon Shinzen’s work on a flight back home. I fell in love with the simplicity, the clarity and the comprehensiveness of it.

My scientifically curious mind and my big heart both found roots in this mindfulness approach. I was searching for a mentor in my area when I was directed to the Unified Mindfulness group.

Serendipity led me from the Foundations course to Pathways exactly when I needed it the most. Pathways was for me an extraordinary occasion to deepen my knowledge and practice of Shinzen’s approach with the never ceasing support of Julianna, Don and all the other teachers.

I fell in love with the content (and the contour) of the curriculum on the very first day!

Over the course of the weeks, I felt more and more confident teaching all those well structured mindfulness practices that we learned. The content was very well organized and there was enough time to integrate the new techniques. The amount of support that I received was exactly what I needed … or more!

I made some new friends who share the love of mindfulness. We developed a worldwide community of coaches and teachers using the online environment to break the barriers of distance. In this new community, I felt free to exchange on many topics and benefited from the wisdom and experience of our mentors.

Pathways deepened my own practice and made me feel very confident to start teaching mindfulness."

Marc-Antoine Landry, M.D.
Physician
Special Consultants for the March 2021 Cohort
Julianna Raye
As creator of the Foundations program and the CEO and Head Trainer of Unified Mindfulness, Julianna  is devoted to deepening people’s understanding of research-supported mindfulness and empowering anyone to guide others in its practice.

With more than 150 weeks of immersive, silent training in both the mindfulness and Zen traditions, Julianna has completed over 20,000 hours of formal practice.

Don McCormick
Don is the Director of Education at Unified Mindfulness.

Shortly after completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in 1985, Don began studying mindfulness with Shinzen Young.

He's a pioneer in the fields of workplace mindfulness, critical management studies, religious diversity in the workplace and spirituality in the workplace.

He is particularly excited about using scientifically supported teaching methods in the Pathways program and sharing them with you throughout the training.

Pathways Schedule and Curriculum
The main classroom instruction takes place over 12 weeks.

Starting Saturday, March 27th, at 8 AM Pacific (11 AM Eastern), you'll meet online in a live, virtual, video classroom once a week for approximately 90 minutes.

After the 12 weeks of formal class, your 8 weeks of practicum will then begin.

Here's the exact Pathways Class Schedule:
Week 1: Overview and Role of the Teacher
  • ​Course Overview
  • ​Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • ​Levels of Teaching Mindfulness
  • ​Fear of Teaching
Week 2: Appreciation Techniques - Feel Rest
  • Explaining the Feel Rest Technique
  • ​Guiding Others in the Feel Rest Technique
  • ​Answering Questions about the Feel Rest Technique
Week 3: Introduction to the Practicum
  • ​Preparation for the Practicum
  • ​ Group Supervision
Week 4: Techniques for Nurturing Positivity - Feel Good
  • Explaining the Feel Good Technique
  • ​Guiding Others in the Feel Good Technique
  • ​Answering Questions about the Feel Good Technique
Week 5: Dealing with Adverse Reactions to Mindfulness
  • ​Negative reactions people have to mindfulness and how to handle them
Week 6: Transcend Techniques - Feel Flow
  • Explaining the Feel Flow Technique
  • ​Guiding Others in the Feel Flow Technique
  • ​Answering Questions about the Feel Flow Technique
Week 7: The Ethics of Teaching Mindfulness
  • Ethical Issues the Mindfulness Teachers Face
  • ​Sexual Relations
  • ​Conflicts of Interest
Week 8: Express Techniques - Auto Move
  • Explaining the Auto Move Technique
  • ​Guiding Others in the Auto Move Technique
  • ​Answering Questions about the Auto Move Technique
Week 9: Practice in Daily Life
  • ​Daily Life Practice
  • ​Trigger Practice
  • ​Techniques
  • ​Obstacles
  • ​Opportunities
Week 10: Responding to Questions, Reports, & Common Objections
  • ​Handling Hostile Questions
  • ​Handling Common Objections
  • ​Handling Self-Denigrating Question
  • ​Reports
Week 11: Private Workshop with Shinzen Young
  • ​Working One-on-One
  • ​Opportunities and Obstacles
  • ​Happiness Evaluation
  • ​Tools for Assessment
Week 12: Practice Structures: Yours & Your clients
  • ​Rhythms of Practice
  • ​Daily Practice
  • ​Retreats
  • ​Accelerators
  • ​Support (From Peers & From Coaching)
A Huge Success...
We've poured our hearts into this Pathways program.

Each Pathways cohort has been an incredibly special experience for everyone involved - both teachers and students.

Not only is the training an unmitigated success, but new friendships and professional relationships are forged through the process. Most (if not all) unique Pathways cohorts still meet regularly to stay connected and continue to support each other as they expand their own coaching offerings.

And if you've attended our live, annual online event: IMMERSION, then you may be surprised to learn that aside from Shinzen's and Julianna's participation, the entire 5 day Immersion event is taught 100% by Pathways alumni!

So the Pathways training is actually much more than a 12 week coaching program. We hope you'll take this next step with us in your own contemplative journey.
The Pathways Application Process
There's a simple application for you to complete online before being accepted into Pathways.

But it's not a test.  This brief questionnaire will help us support you and your individual needs as you start the Pathways program.

You will need to have the Foundations training completed before starting the Pathways training. But this next cohort doesn't start until March 27th, so you still have plenty of time.

*NOTE - We only offer this live, virtual program 3 - 4 times each year.  This March cohort was originally NOT on the calendar for 2021.  Early registration for the February 2021 cohort exceeded our maximum size for a Pathways cohort, so rather than host a large single cohort in February we decided to split the February cohort into two and offer this second, concurrent Pathways offering to keep both cohorts small and intimate.

We will have to carefully restrict enrollment in this new March cohort, because we will not be able to offer another "overflow" cohort until late June/early July at the earliest if enrollment gets too big.

We have our annual Immersion event May 12-16, so we won't have the bandwidth to run another Pathways cohort until after Immersion wraps-up.

So this will be the last Pathways offering until mid-summer 2021.

Currently, we have about 3 open spots available in the March cohort ahead of announcing this new cohort.

We expect the remaining spots in this March cohort to fill very quickly. So with that in mind, we recommend you save your spot as soon as possible by submitting a fully refundable $500 deposit.
The Investment
The cost of the Pathways training is $2,497.00

You'll receive live, expert training and supervision for 5 months as part of the Pathways program.

But we realize it's still a large investment.

So to finalize registration into this cohort we're now re-extending the biggest discount we've ever offered for this program...
Register for the March 2021 Pathways cohort before either the remaining spots are taken and you'll receive a $500 discount.
You will graduate the Pathways training with with your own 8-week mindfulness training program in hand and numerous other perks from being in the inaugural Pathways group including...
An Opportunity to Participate as a Coach in Next Year's Immersion
Hopefully you attended this year's Immersion online summit and retreat. What you may not know is that this event was 100% conducted by Pathways Alumni. It's an opportunity to highlight you as coach and provide a platform for you to connect with students seeking your areas of expertise.
Personal Branding on UnifiedMindfulness.com
You'll be acknowledged on the UnifiedMindfulness.com website as having completed the Pathways program with your own, unique web page containing your bio and links to your own website (if applicable).
Moderator Status In UM's Private Group Coaching Program
You'll earn moderator status in UM's Private Group Coaching Program.
Permanent Membership in the UM's Private Group Coaching Program
As a Pathways student, you'll have lifetime membership into the UM's Private Group Coaching Program private UM support group. (a $588/year value!)
Lifetime Access to the Private Pathways Alumni Support Group
You're getting permanent access to the the private Pathways Alumni group for ongoing teaching support, connection, mutual support and and networking.
Free Access to the Weekly Life Practice Program by Shinzen
During your 12 weeks of Pathways  classes, you're invited to attend as many LPP live classes with Shinzen as you like for free.
Free access to the monthly Home Practice Program by Shinzen
Upon successful completion of Pathways, you're invited to attend as many weekly HPP live classes with Shinzen as you like for free for 3 months following the classroom instruction in Pathways.
A Private Workshop with Shinzen
(So excited about this one.) Shinzen is taking over our week 11 class to work directly with you in a virtual workshop.
Certificate of Completion & an Official UM Designation
As Pathways graduate, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion and earn the designation of "Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach."
The Inside Track on Emerging Opportunities @ UM
We're growing...fast!

Not just Unified Mindfulness, but also our entire community and the reach of mindfulness practice, in general.

Which means we need quality, skilled UM coaches.

By participating in the March 2021 cohort, we'll get to know you and see you in action, which is meaningful for the opportunities that present themselves as we continue to grow.

To be clear and transparent, this is not a guarantee of income or referrals. But our vision for Pathways is both to develop highly skilled coaches through proper training, and to create opportunities for them.

We are dedicated to expanding the reach of Shinzen's system and we need to collaborate with skilled coaches and teachers to do that.

We know you share our dedication to providing people with an approach to practice that will yield transformative results in their lives. And after spending 5 months together, we'll have a pretty solid understanding of your skills and how they may fit increasing opportunities in the organization. (If you're interested, of course :-)
The Full Support of the Entire UM Team
You'll have the full support the entire Unified Mindfulness team to ensure your success with Pathways.
So Much More...
There are so many benefits to deepening your practice and helping others deepen theirs.  So join us in Pathways and let's take things to the next level...
"I signed up for the Pathways training program because I felt that being able to share Shinzen Young's Unified Mindfulness system would be a great addition to the training's and certifications I had already completed. That said, the program really exceeded any and all expectations I had.

The Pathways program is a unique opportunity to learn how to effectively share Shinzen unique approach to developing mindfulness. The program's creators have leveraged his systematized approach to contemplative practice by combining it with an innovative and very modern approach to teaching and learning.

The course is incredibly practical from the perspective of content, practice opportunities and support. I was really blown away by the availability of the instructors, the organization of the materials that were provided and then presented formally and the depth and sincerity of my fellow students.

I cannot recommend this program more highly."

Albert Grabb M.D.
"I have noticed, over months, increasing levels of respect and gratitude and appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship—and yes, true beauty that has gone into the unfolding of the Foundations and Pathways experiences. As a life-long student, I’ve encountered many brilliant and talented and experienced teachers, each of whom has brought something wonderful into my life. And that does not discount the “teachers” who are not so designated by culture: my husband and our son; parents and family members, and perhaps most profoundly, the desert and riparian landscape and broader natural world that I grew up “feeling” with the senses, entraining to, appreciating, learning from.

Pathways and Foundations is a dramatic and new experience. The gradually deepening community that started with Julianna and Don and their video Foundations students, expanded into the large Pathways group of “strangers”, none of whom I had met, other than a couple of you, briefly, at retreats—then the dyads and triads, and finally the vividly functioning sangha of our study group. . .just the community aspect is astonishingly powerful—particularly because it’s all via online presence. The atmosphere in these meetings is so light, so full of beauty. But the entire curriculum design, support structure, and logical presentation of Shinzen’s steadily coalescing simple and immediately functioning techniques has made it possible for us to teach confidently and effectively within a relatively short period of time.

I have seen people take “See” and “Feel Rest” into immediate softening and relief of anxiety and drivenness—and received many other very positive and incredulous feedbacks. And the challenge of bringing these techniques to my friends and family, to my churches, is a treasured gift. It, too, unfolds constantly—has its own form of Flow, of expansion and contraction. My own practice has blossomed, essentially all for months through practice-in-life—but there are a lot of practice hours in my life right now, with coaching and the classes, the prep, constant background practice, hospice work, music. Practice now infuses everything I do, every moment. I am massaged by reality in every crevice of life.

You have my deepest bow, timeless and overflowing gratitude, tears of joy. "
Cynthia
Our Guarantee
It goes without saying that we fully stand behind the Pathways training to honor Shinzen's work in developing the Unified Mindfulness system.

We also acknowledge and honor your commitment to "do the work" necessary to help share the gift of mindfulness with others.

So to make this risk-free, you have until the start of the 2nd week class to request a full refund of your Pathways tuition.

In other words:  attend the first Pathways class.  If you decide it's not for you then let us know before the start of the second class and you'll get a full refund.
Just let us team know and you will receive a...
100%, No-Questions-Asked Refund.
So try it out and see what this training can do for you, 100% risk free.

We couldn't be more excited to offer you this training and look forward to working with you in the months ahead.

In gratitude,

The Entire Unified Mindfulness Team :-)
"I was a little reluctant at first to enroll in the Pathways course because I knew it would be during an already busy work and personal life.

But in the end, the extra time devoted to learning to teach mindfulness as well as deepening my own practice was a stress-reducer, not a stress-inducer. In my family life, I found that I was more calm, caring and adaptable.

At work I noticed that my time was more productive, less filled with worries about deadlines and stuff and as a bonus, I was more creative than ever. Now, I'm excited to help other people discover how they can make their own positive changes in their daily life.

Since starting the practicum it's really hit home how focused Pathways is on developing the skill of teaching. I know it's not always the case with teacher training's. There are a lot of them that teach you techniques but not how to actually lead a class.

When it came time to start teaching the practicum I became aware of how much confidence I had in my skills at transmitting the information to others. As you know, teaching meditation can be an experience filled with a lot of uncertainty and it's been awesome to feel so grounded by a solid base of teaching skills.

Just wanted you to know it worked well for me and I'm really grateful for that. My students are really enjoying it so far!"

John Watson
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