• The MIR Institute offers facilitator certification programs and implementation trainings for clinicians and addiction treatment professionals.
  • Discover the MIR difference, a model that supports all pathways of recovery, delivered in the language of recovery and focused, not simply on a set of mindfulness exercises, but on learning to live mindfully.
Mindful Life Program Trainees

Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator Certification Training

Applications Are Now Being Accepted!

Program Dates – June 2019 – October 2019

Distance Learning with Two 2- Day Residential Retreats 

Applications Available Now – Opened April 8th

Qualified applicants are approved on a first come basis

Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) is a skills-based, accessible and comprehensive mindfulness program designed specifically for recovery. It supports all recovery pathways using an individualized, mindfulness curriculum that empowers the client to integrate it with their personal values, cultural background, and spiritual beliefs. Using the language of recovery in the curriculum to build connections to recovery communities and literature, the MIR principles can be integrated seamlessly with your current treatment modalities providing clients with the skills to put the therapeutic tools you are offering them into practice.  Learn more about MIR.

About the Trainers

John Bruna


Melissa Mose

John Bruna is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program™ and of Mindfulness in Recovery®. John has been in continuous recovery since 1984, had successful careers in addiction treatment and as an educator prior to spending over six years as an ordained Buddhist monastic. Drawing from his extensive training and personal experiences over three decades, John has become a leading voice in the field of mindfulness, authoring The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery, as well as presenting at TEDx and conferences throughout the country. John is for his warmth, humor, and ability to make teachings practical and accessible. 

Our clinical director, Melissa Mose, M.A. Ph.D. (c) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice for 25 years. She primarily treats anxiety, addiction and trauma using Internal Family Systems, ACT and CBT. Melissa began to study meditation thirty years ago, is a certified MLP mindfulness teacher and has a meditation and mindfulness practice that supports her daily life, her recovery and her work with clients. She is the proud mother of a 16-year-old daughter with whom she loves to hike, read and listen to music.


Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) Facilitator Certification Program

Program Overview

2 – two-day residential workshops – to begin and end the four-month training

Opening Workshop:

June 23-26, 2019 – Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, California:

  • The first group arrives Sunday evening, June 23rd and leaves Wednesday morning, June 26th
  • Possible second group: arrives Wednesday, June 26th and leaves Friday, June 28th after 5 pm. 

Concluding Workshop: 

October 17-19, 2019 – Mindful Life Program, Carbondale, Colorado:

  • Both groups, arrive Thursday evening, October 17th and finish Saturday evening, October 19th. 

Monthly Online Classes:

Once a month on the 4th Monday at 6 pm Mountain Time

  • Monday, July 22nd
  • Monday, August 26th
  • Monday, September 30th

Additional Meetings:

  • Every two weeks meet with assigned cohort members on phone or via web conferencing. Scheduled by members.
  • Monthly individual supervision phone meeting. Additional meetings can be scheduled upon request and subject to availability. 

The Training:

  • This training is specifically for clinicians and professionals trained to work in the treatment field. It is open to those that are currently training in a recognized institution. 
  • The training is experiential and requires the participants to develop and maintain a mindfulness practice throughout the training. 
  • Coursework includes self-reflection and journaling.

Training Outcomes:

  • Direct experience in the application of mindfulness within a therapeutic process. 
  • Practical and effective strategies to integrate the Mindfulness in Recovery® methods and practices into the therapeutic process for the treatment of addiction, co-occurring disorders, and family support strategies
  • Identify evidenced based therapeutic modalities that link effectively to an integrated, individualized mindfulness program for clients
  • Knowledge of the diverse perspectives and definitions of mindfulness
  • Clarify the difference between mindfulness meditation and the practice of mindfulness
  • Understand the role of meditation in the practice of mindfulness
  • Training in multiple types and methods of meditation and application of best practices for specific meditations with individual clients. 
  • Training foundations of meditation and effective strategies for developing a consistent meditation practice
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the training, certification as a Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator

Certification Benefits:

  • Listing as certified Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator on our website 
  • Membership in the MIR Clinical Community
  • One year of Mindfulness in Recovery® Community membership
  • Discount on MIR materials and resources 

Training Prerequisites:

Certification, licensure, or currently nearing completion of education and training as a counselor, therapist, clinician, or addiction treatment professional.

Costs: 

$2,600 for the complete training, including materials and lodging at the residential workshops. *This does not include travel.

Payment plans can be worked out for approved applicants upon request.