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Thu 24

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 25
Mon 28

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 30
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Thu 31

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

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

MBSR Fundamentals Professional Education: In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass

Formerly “Practicum” – The first step to becoming an MBSR Instructor (after taking the MBSR course)

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 Fundamentals and 5-Day Silent Retreat.

In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at UMass Medical School, the Krame Center now offers the first step in Oasis Institute’s comprehensive, highly-professional training to become a CFM Certified MBSR Instructor, with the opportunity to earn CFM “Qualified Teacher” status after the first three courses (SR-401, SR-402 and SR-403). With completion of all six courses (SR-FLEX, plus SR-401 through SR-405), you will earn CFM MBSR Teacher Certification. You can now complete your first step in becoming an MBSR teacher at the Krame Center (after taking the MBSR course as a participant and fulfilling the CFM prerequisites found below, and in our Frequently Asked Questions section, and on the CFM website.) For more on CFM UMass Oasis MBSR Teacher Education and Certification, click here.  

Educators will receive 40 hours for the 8-Week and 56 hours for the 9-Day course. CEU Certificates for any 8-Week Fundamentals and 9-Day Fundamentals Professional Intensive Teacher Training will be automatically processed by CFM upon completion of the course based on application submission request.


August 10-19, 2018

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 Fundamentals Course, you will automatically be registered for the 5-Day Mindfulness Tools MBSR course Both courses must be completed at the same time. 

Application and Registration:

NOTE: As with all CFM Oasis programs, acceptance into this course is required. Please do not make any travel plans until you have received an official acceptance determination from the Center for Mindfulness.

Application Process: Step 1

To apply to CFM’s 9-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training, click here.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until July 23, 2018.

PRE-REQUISITES:  The requirements are the 8‐week MBSR course, participation in at least one 5+ day silent retreat, and a minimum of 1‐year personal practice are required to join the Fundamentals program. Center for Mindfulness at UMass reviews all application for Fundamentals, their website is the official place to check for updated requirements for attendance to the Fundamentals program.

Registration Process: Step 2

Once approved by CFM, 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.


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.


Tuition for the 9-Day Fundamentals, which includes the “5-Day Mindfulness Tools” MBSR Intensive: $2640 tuition.
Administrative fees plus the 9 day meal program is an additional $875. The meal program includes, breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee, tea and water.
NOTE: Lodging is separate. See accommodations below.

Cancellation Policy: If cancelled 30 days before training begins 50% of tuition will be refunded.


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: Please contact, once you have registered and paid for this course. The Krame Center will arrange your double room accommodations.  At check out, you will be responsible for half of the total room fee of approximately $132/day, which includes taxes and fees.  For each person, it will be approximately $66/day, which includes taxes and fees.

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  

About the CFM Instructors

Lynn Koerbel

Lynn Koerbel is the Director of MBSR Education and Curriculum Development at the the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher, Trainer. She teaches MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs, professional trainings, and presentations in the various educational pathways of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Oasis Institute, and the community and workplace mindfulness programs.

Bonita Jones

Bonita Jones is a CFM certified MBSR Teacher, a Stress Management and Wellness Educator, and a Program Manager and Developer for 36 years. Bonita has practiced meditation since 1975 and taught meditation since 1981.

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule

Friday, August 10:
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Check In York Room, Birch Mansion
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Orientation in York Room, Birch Mansion
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Orientation for 5-Day MBSR Tools

Saturday to Wednesday, August 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, August 16-Saturday, August 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, August 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


“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

Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey
Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey MBSR silent retreat mindfulness-based stress reduction