• 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.

Mindfulness in Recovery® Facilitator Certification Training

Applications Are Now Being Accepted!

Program Dates – September 27, 2019 – February 1, 2020

Distance Learning with Two 2- Day Residential Retreats 

Applications Available Now

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


Mary Mike Haley

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. 

John will be presenting at the A Way Out Symposium in September and at NCAD West in October. 

Mary Michael Haley, MA, LAC, RPT, CSAT – Mary Mike is the clinical director of Aspire Recovery for Women. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over twenty years, specializing in family issues, addiction counseling, and post-traumatic stress. For Fourteen years Mary Mike was a senior lecturer of Sociology at Western State Colorado University. She is also the co-founder of Living Journeys, a non-profit organization helping individuals and families living with cancer in the Gunnison Valley.


Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) Facilitator Certification Program

Program Overview

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

Opening Workshop:

September 27-30, 2019 – Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, California:

  • Arrive Friday evening, September 27th and leave Monday morning, September 30th

Concluding Workshop: 

January 30 – February 1, 2020 – Mindful Life Program, Carbondale, Colorado:

  • Arrive Thursday evening, January 30th and finish Saturday evening, February 1st. 

Monthly Online Classes:

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

  • Monday, October 28th
  • Monday, November 25th
  • Monday, December 23rd

Additional Meetings:

  • Weekly peer calls 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.

Learn more about the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute

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.