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Mon 19

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 19 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Thu 22

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

November 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 26

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 26 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 28

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 29

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 29 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Thu 29

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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

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

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 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.


Check back for 2019 dates.

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 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, 2019.

PRE-REQUISITES:  The requirements to join the Fundamentals 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 for CFM Teacher Certification.

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.


9-Day Fundamentals, which includes the “5-Day Mindfulness Tools” MBSR Intensive: $2640 (CFM Tuition Fee) Plus $875 (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.


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 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 CFM Instructors

Margaret Fletcher

Margaret Fletcher teaches MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs, professional trainings, and presentations in the various educational pathways of the Center for Mindfulness including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Oasis Institute, and the community and workplace mindfulness programs.  She brings over two decades of experience in corporate, small business and non-profit settings to her teaching and training at the CFM. Prior to coming to the Center, Margaret was guiding teacher for White Mountain Sangha, a non-dual meditation community in NH. She is a founding member of the NH Professional Mindfulness Community.


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.




Rebecca Eldridge

Rebecca Eldridge has taught mindfulness to cancer survivors, people in chronic pain, medical and mental health professionals, lay ministers, and monastics, and was featured giving meditation instruction in two courses taught by Pema Chödrön: Making Friends with Yourself and How to Live with Compassion and Courage. She now teaches MBSR and MBSR graduate courses in the Stress Reduction Clinic, as well as education programs for teachers-in-training through Oasis Institute. Before joining the faculty at the Center, Rebecca co-founded The Integrative Medicine Community of Hampton Roads in Virginia and served as a hospice volunteer.



Friday, August 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, 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

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
What Past Participants Have to Say

“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

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.

“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

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact

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