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Trainings offered here are intended for individuals, agencies and institutions interested in incorporating mindfulness and mindful eating into their professional work. The Center for Mindful Eating invites our members to publicize professionally-sponsored events on our website. For our posting criteria and submission form, please see our Professional Trainings Listing page (member log-in required).

We aspire to make The Center for Mindful Eating a community-driven network of shared resources. These Professional Trainings listings offered by TCME members is a valued component of our mission. The Center for Mindful Eating has published Good-Practice Guidelines for those wishing to teach mindful eating to the public as well as other professionals.

These trainings are offered independent of The Center for Mindful Eating which receives no compensation from them. TCME acknowledges that it does not control the content of these programs and offers them for informational purposes only.


Upcoming events

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 12 Jul 2019
    • Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA

    For mental-health and healthcare professionals,

    Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller and supported by National Institute of Health–funded research, addresses mindless and stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity through the application of mindfulness practices. This program provides intensive training in the application of the MB-EAT intervention in clinical settings.

    Informed by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction work and the principles of food-intake regulation, the MB-EAT program employs mindfulness meditation, mindful eating exercises, self-acceptance and compassion practices, didactic instruction, and self-reflection to cultivate awareness and a more balanced and positive relationship to eating and weight.

    Those with a mindfulness meditation practice and related professional/clinical experience with eating issues are eligible to receive the full manual and are qualified to teach the MB-EAT program. Others receive an introduction to the practices of MB-EAT and gain valuable tools and information to integrate into their work.

    This is a weight-inlcusive training.

    This residential training is led by Jean Kristeller Phd and Andrea Lieberstein MPH, RDN, RYT

    For more information, visit, email or call 866.200.5203.

    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 11 Oct 2019
    • Live Interactive Virtual Program, recorded options

    With MB-EAT Teacher Trainer and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor:

    Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT and guest faculty appearances by Jean Kristeller, PhD

    Learn to become an embodied mindful eating and meditation practitioner and instructor.

    This is the seventh dynamic year Andrea has offered the three-month online training and mentoring program which provides training in the practices and approaches of the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT), in mindfulness meditation, and other mindfulness practices as they support the practice of mindful eating and living.  MB-EAT was pioneered by Dr. Jean Kristeller, and supported by NIH-funded research. It addresses mindless and stress-related eating, emotional eating, disordered eating patterns and obesity so prevalent in our culture through the application of mindfulness meditation. This training provides a weight inclusive approach to mindful eating and living.

    “…Andrea is a passionate facilitator and teacher with vast meditation experience, who is able to balance the science behind MB-EAT with mindfulness practice in a way that creates a learning environment that is both rich in depth and breadth. I highly recommend this course. It is both personally and professionally rewarding. "

    - Barbara Sobel., MS, Integrative Nutritionist, Winter 2016 Online MB-EAT Training

    Through mindful eating practices, one learns to pay attention to what the body really needs and why, how to experience the full pleasure and taste of food without overeating, and how to release the guilt and struggle so often associated with eating. The approach of inner and outer wisdom, integral to the program help support each person to make informed, balanced, healthy sustainable choices over a lifetime, while being truly nourished by food and other aspects of their lives on many levels.

    You will learn to become an embodied mindful eating and meditation practitioner and instructor.

    This course integrates the step by step tools for you to implement and teach the 12 week MB-EAT group outpatient program to your clients, with a special focus on the core practices. The Mindful Eating and MB-EAT tools and principles are invaluable to use in individual sessions and customize to your population to support and deepen your nondiet approach to healthy living.

    Foundational to learning to teach these skills to your clients is establishing your own personal mindful eating practice.

    Foundational to this online program is the support and guidance to cultivate and deepen your own mindfulness, mindful eating and self-compassion practices, even as you learn to teach these skills to your clients. From a firm personal foundation, you can be the best, most effective, confident and inspired support and guide for your clients’ journeys.

    This live interactive small group training in our virtual classroom, uses state of the art video conference technology easily accessible to your computer, tablet or smartphone. It's like being in a room training together, but from the comfort of your own home or office. Practices and topics introduced include mindfulness meditation, eating exercises, eating meditations, guided visualizations, loving kindness and self-compassion practices, didactic instruction, inquiry method, role playing, tools, motivational interviewing concepts, weekly home practices, assignments, coaching and self-reflection to cultivate mindful awareness and a more balanced and positive relationship to eating and weight.

    You will gain personal understanding, experiential learning, and have a new intimate relationship to mindfulness and mindful eating practices.

    You will learn to apply a variety of mindfulness and mindful eating practices, coaching approaches, information and tools to your clients, both individually and in group settings.

    Upon completion of the training, participants can be qualified to teach the 12 week MB-EAT group program to their clients. Inquire below for eligibility requirements.

    "You don't just learn about the techniques of mindful eating with Andrea, you learn what it FEELS like to live, breathe and practice a lifestyle of eating as a form of meditation.  She helped me experience mindfulness and understand meditation through the lens of a mindful eater. By practicing this art at the table, we transform and embody this practice beyond the table, as it moves into other experiences in our lives.  As a fellow dietitian, Andrea is a unique gift in the world of nutrition because she breathes live into everything she teaches, which then only deepens my own understanding of nutrition and convinces me even more how possible it is to make peace with food." 

       - Anny Ha, Registered Dietitian, USA -  MB-EAT Mentoring and Training, Fall 2013  

    42 CPE's available for Dietitians, Psychologists, Counselors/MFT, Social
    Workers, Nurses and related fields

      12 Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. PST  + 2 Q & A Sessions + Small Group Coaching + Teachback Sessions + Virtual Retreat    

    To request more information and a registration form contact: Andrea Lieberstein at

    Learn more about this program at or

    Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT, is author of the new book, “Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship to Food, Feed Your Whole Self and End Overeating” She is a mindfulness and mindful eating expert, speaker, mindfulness-based registered dietitian nutritionist, mindfulness meditation teacher, and a champion for leading a Well Nourished Life. She leads mindful eating and Well Nourished trainings and retreats internationally, coaching and training professionals and the general public. In her private practice, Andrea works with individuals to have more peace, balance and joy in their relationship with food, nutrition, body-image, and stress-related issues and health concerns or whom simply want to bring their lives back into balance and vibrancy through mindful eating and living. She spearheaded mind body programs at Kaiser Permanente Northern California centers for many years. Andrea is also a contributing author to "Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook, and to the “The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook” (5th edition). She has degrees from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.

    Guest Faculty Appearances

    Jean Kristeller, PhD, founder of MB-EAT, author of the book, The Joy of Half a Cookie and a psychologist with her doctorate from Yale University has used meditation-based interventions for eating disorders and obesity for more than 25 years. Her research on Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) has received NIH funding, and she is a leader in the area of mindful eating and a founder of the Center for Mindful Eating. She is on the faculty at Indiana State University, with previous faculty appointments at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    • 03 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Online

     Eat for Life is a 10-week mindful eating program designed to help you develop a loving and kind relationship with your food and your body. It was developed for faculty and staff at the University of Missouri and has been taught around the world to professionals and the general public for the past 12 years.

    Whether you are seeking personal or professional development in the practice of mindful eating, the Eat for Life Program will help you enjoy the food you eat, the body you inhabit, and the life you live. 

    The program emphasizes the experiential practice of mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, body awareness, self-compassion, and mindful eating exercises so that participants will learn to make choices that reflect an increased self-awareness, whether those choices are about food or other activities that comprise a meaningful life. Taking the program is the first step in the certification process for teaching Eat for Life.

    Research on the program demonstrated its success at helping people increase intuitive eating (eating based on hunger cues instead of emotional and environmental cues), increase mindfulness, decrease binge eating, and increase appreciation for their bodies (Bush, Rossy, Mintz, and Schopp, 2014). The concepts have been published in Dr. Rossy’s book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (2016), named one of the top mindfulness books of 2016 by

    This program is taught live online by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. who developed and researched the program.

    Eat for Life is approved for 21 continuing education credits from the APA-approved sponsor, International Seminars Group. These CE credits can be used by psychologists, dieticians, and most other mental health professionals. Note: This is a required course for Eat for Life Teacher Certification. Please contact Dr. Lynn Rossy for details at

    How does Eat for Life online work?

    We will meet live as a group each week for two hours on a platform called Zoom. You can take the class from the comfort of your own home and still engage in a lively, meaningful group learning experience and exchange.

     I have used the Zoom platform for a few years now and I’m very pleased with the results. While of course it’s not the same as being in the same room with people, it comes pretty close (see Zoom training videos here). Zoom offers the possibility to meet with the whole group but also for small break-out groups, which is also an important part of my in-person classes.

     A high-speed internet connection is recommended. Computers, tablets, and phones work, but keep in mind that with the smaller screen of a tablet or phone the images of your class friends will be very small. Your device needs an in-build camera and either an in-build microphone or you need a microphone to plug in. In addition, I will be recording the sessions so that if you have to miss one then you will be able to see the entire session later.

    REGISTER HERE for the Monday or Tuesday class option. 

    Option 1:

    Starts: September 3, 2019

    Ends: November 19, 2019

    Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time

     Option 2:

    Starts: September 5, 2019

    Ends: November 21, 2019

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Central Time

    Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., is an author and health psychologist. She is the President of the

    Center for Mindful Eating and has been teaching the Eat for Life since 2006. She is the Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, LLC, specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for eating, stress, and workplace wellness. 

    She developed an empirically validated mindful eating program called Eat for Life which helps people have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies — decreasing binge eating while increasing body image, mindfulness, and intuitive eating. She published the concepts from the program in a book entitled, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (New Harbinger, July 2016).

    She founded a Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri and has been teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs since 2001—receiving her training from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society in Massachusetts. She completed her yoga teacher certification through the National Yoga Alliance Program at Kripalu in 2002. She completed a three year Community Dharma Leader Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California in January 2008 and has been a student of Buddhist meditation since 1998.

    Her greatest passion is helping people find delicious ways to eat and move their bodies, while discovering greater meaning and purpose in life. She loves to play the piano, dance salsa, eat fabulous food, and celebrate life with friends. She can be found anywhere by listening for her infectious laugh.

    Sign up for her monthly blog and listen to her mindfulness recordings at, be inspired by her posts on Facebook, or sign up for her daily tweets on mindful eating and living on Twitter @DrLynnRossy. You may email her at

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Great Vow Zen Monastery 79640 Quincy Mayger Rd Clatskanie, Oregon, USA

    This training is designed for professionals who have completed ME-CL1 foundational mindful eating professional training, have an ongoing formal meditation practice, and have led one or more 8-week programs based on the ME-CL protocol. 

    The heart of this second level training is an invitation for experienced mindful eating teachers to explore more deeply the principles that are the underpinnings of the ME-CL program and to step more fully into embodied mindful presence. Teaching from this platform highlights the need for the teacher to have an ongoing formal and informal mindfulness practice.

    This training will focus on the cultivation of intentional presence, authenticity, integrity and mindfulness-informed boundaries that support both the teacher and participants. We will examine the importance of meeting ourselves and our participants with steadiness and kindness, and carefully contemplate the place of compassion in this program. We will explore the psycho/spiritual aspects of eating which include craving, greed and aversion.

    Throughout this training there will be opportunities for teachers to explore the intention and rationale of mindful inquiry and practice the skills associated with this pivotal piece of the program.   This second training invites a higher level of collegial participation and sharing. There will be time to nurture these qualities and skills through silent mindfulness practice, teaching opportunities, discussion and personal mentoring by the teachers.

    Note: This is a required course for Teacher Qualification or Certification in ME-CL.

    Facilitators: Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

    The program will be led by experienced clinicians, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders, Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, LCSW. Char is a MBSR teacher certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA. Jan is a pediatrician and author of Mindful Eating, A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. The program draws from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), current research, and the instructors' combined 26 years of experience working in public and clinical settings with a wide range of people with distressed eating patterns.

    Registration will be limited for this experiential program in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive workshop environment. 

    For more information, see

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