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Mon 21

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 23

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 23

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 24

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 25

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 30

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 30

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 31

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 31 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm


Participants of 5-Day Mindfulness Tools program at the Krame Center

The first step to becoming an MBSR Instructor (after taking the MBSR course)
Friday, January 10 – Sunday, January 19
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of New Jersey

MBSR Fundamentals Information

You can complete 3 of the steps on the pathway to becoming an MBSR instructor at the Krame Center.  We offer the 8-Week MBSR, 9-Day Foundations Teacher Training and 5-Day Silent Retreat.

The residential format for the MBSR Foundations training combines the five-day “Framework for Living Mindfully” , with a four-day seminar for those interested in becoming teachers. Through a trainee’s own direct experience of the five-day “Framework for Living Mindfully” program, the personal and multi-faceted nature of the MBSR program is revealed. This personal experience directly fosters the early learning of the participant-trainee.  See the Center for Mindfulness at Brown University website for details on the teachers’ path

Retreat Information

This retreat consists of the 5-Day Mindfulness Tools Residential Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive program and the 4-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training Intensive.

SR-401-9D MBSR Fundamentals – 9 Day MBSR Fundamentals is an intensive residential training based on the 8-week MBSR curriculum. For the first 5 days, students are immersed in the Mindfulness Tools Program™, a synthesized format of the 8-week MBSR course that includes intensive meditation, small and large group dialogue and interaction, and teacher instruction. In the 4 days immediately following Mindfulness Tools Program™, students participate in an intensive, highly experiential professional training to facilitate further integration of the Mindfulness Tools Program™ through instruction, investigation and dialogue with teachers and other Fundamentals participants. This intensive is to study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of MBSR. A small cohort explores issues arising out of the MBSR learning and teaching experience.

When you register for the 9-Day Teacher Training Course, you will automatically be registered for the 5-Day MBSR course Both courses must be completed at the same time. 

Application and Registration

NOTE: As with all teacher training programs, acceptance into this course is required. Please do not make any travel plans until you have received an official acceptance determination.

Application Process: Step 1

To apply to 9-Day Teacher Training, please check back.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until December, 2019.

PRE-REQUISITES:  The requirements to join the teacher training program are the 8‐week MBSR course, a minimum of 1‐year personal practice, and participation in at least one 5-day or longer silent, teacher-led retreat. This retreat fulfills the first of four retreats required.

Our partner reviews all application for Fundamentals, their website is the official place to check for updated requirements for attendance to the teacher training program.

Registration Process: Step 2

Once approved, they will send you a Krame Center link to both register and pay for the course through the Krame Center. You are now ready to reserve accommodations.

Due to high demand and limited space, only registrations that have paid are considered complete. You must pay in order to be registered. If you have any difficulties with the payment link please contact

Thank you.


Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of NJ.
Please park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot. A parking pass and walking directions will be emailed to you in the confirming email after program registration.


9-Day Fundamentals, which includes the “5-Day” MBSR Intensive: (Tuition Fee) Plus  (Krame Center program fees, i.e. venue, administrative, housekeeping, etc. and daily meals which include, breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee and tea).  Please note: There is not an option to opt out of this fee, including meals.

Faculty in Ramapo College’s Mindful Fellows program are eligible for a discount.

Lodging is separate. See accommodations below.

Cancellation Policy: A refund of  55% may be given if registrants cancel more than 30 days before this program begins. There is no refund on cancellations of 30 days or less.


Please do not make any travel or hotel arrangements until you have been accepted into the program. Commuters are welcome.

Single accommodations: Please call the Fairfield Inn directly to reserve your single room. Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price. Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-4000. Approximately $132/day, which includes taxes and fees. (Do not book online, please call to receive the Krame Center discount.)

Double accommodations: If you would like a double room, please sign up for our Facebook group page to find a roommate and then book the hotel together.

NOTE:  The hotel is offering special and competitive pricing, so if you are comparison shopping please keep in mind that the accommodation rates provided above inlcude taxes and fees.  Should you have any questions regarding rooms and pricing, please contact the hotel directly at 201-529-4000.

For more information on traveling to Ramapo College, please visit  

Upon Arrival 

If you arrive early, please go directly to hotel to drop-off luggage and have some breakfast and/or lunch prior to coming to Ramapo College. The college will be running on summer hours and the cafeterias may be closed when you arrive.

Please note, shuttle service will be provided from hotel to campus the first day of the program as participants will begin to arrange ride shares with fellow classmates who are commuting and/or have their own transportation on-site.

About the Instructors

Please check back for Instructor information.


**Subject to change.**

Friday, January 10:
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Check In Trustees Pavilion
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Orientation in Trustees Pavilion
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Orientation for 5-Day MBSR Tools

Saturday to Wednesday, January 11-15:
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM early morning session Pav 2/3
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast Pav 1
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM – Morning Session Pav 2/3
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Pav 1
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Afternoon Session Pav 2/3
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Dinner Pav 1

Thursday, January 16-Saturday, January 18:
7:00 AM – 8:00AM – Early Morning Session  8:00 AM – 9:30AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM – Morning Session  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Afternoon Session  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Dinner

Sunday, January 19:
6:30AM – 7:30AM – Check out of hotel
8:00 AM – 9:30AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Morning Session 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch  course ends

Sample Menu

The meal program includes, breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee, tea and water.  Meals are prepared by our wonderful on-site catering staff, are vegetarian based with fish and chicken options, and are catered to your specific dietary needs, as indicated on the registration form. Vegan vegetarian, diary-free and gluten free options available. The Krame Center is working with Ramapo Green in its Zero Waste Campaign. All retreat will now recycle and compost food and dinnerware. We appreciate your cooperation.

Following is a sample menu:


Breakfast Buffet including yogurt, fresh fruit, and oatmeal


Field green salad with tomato and cucumber

Quinoa salad with black beans and avocado

Singapore rice noodle salad with pan-seared tofu

Vegetable flat bread pizza (Gluten free option available)

Fresh fruit tray


Roasted salmon with green herbs dressed with lemon oil

Eggplant rollard stuffed with wild mushrooms and tofu; Roasted plum tomato sauce and polenta

Rice pilaf

Lemon sorbet

Frequently Asked Questions
Krame Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarships through the Krame Family Scholarship Fund at the Krame Center will be geared to (but not limited to) candidates wishing to pursue the MBSR Teacher Training path. To learn more about the Fund and to apply, click here.

What Past Participants Have to Say

“We wanted you to know we that we have officially fallen in love with Ramapo and the Krame Center. It was perfection for our all-day silent retreat. Thanks too for sprinkling the fawns and woodchucks around for our deep pleasure. Nature abounds here!” – Lynn Koerbel, Center for Mindfulness Fundamentals Instructor

“The beauty and stillness at Ramapo College truly enhanced the journey of looking inward and outward of this retreat. You will see how your journey is shared with others. A true gift.” – Anonymous 2017 participant

“9 days of deep learning that is transformative in so many ways – opening doors to growth and investigation. The setting is gorgeous and tranquil. Feeling grateful for the opportunity to participate in such an experience.” – L.H., 2017 participant

“I appreciate the instructors’ well-structured presentation and embodied in mindfulness. They modeled for me to be a mindful MBSR teacher, such as relational skills, guided meditation, and caring attitude.” – F.W., 2018 participant

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact

Krame Center for Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey