The Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training (“MLTT“) is the only mindfulness teacher training created by and specifically for lawyers. Unlike other trainings that cast a wide net, MLTT is classical mindfulness explicitly designed for the legal mind. Led by Judi Cohen, Alisa Gray, and Gullu Singh, MLTT is comprised of in-person and online learning, one-on-one mentoring with leaders in the mindfulness in law movement, small group collaboration, and individual study and practice. The training begins and ends with week-long, in-person, interactive retreats at Green Gulch Farm in beautiful Muir Beach, California, where our community is forged and strengthened.
We’ll admit up to 20 students to MLTT 2020 and possibly fewer, striving for a balance of diverse, committed, legal professionals who have a mindfulness practice and want to:
- Deepen their practice
- Cultivate the skills and confidence to teach mindfulness to:
- Legal and conflict professionals
- Professionals working in social justice
- Law students and faculty
- Become leaders in the mindfulness in law movement
Who Should Apply to MLTT 2022?
One of the strengths of MLTT lies in the diversity and inclusiveness of our community. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to apply, and especially welcome applications from those who identify as members of Black, brown, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander and other/all communities of color; Queer communities; all other communities historically underrepresented in the law or in mindfulness practice and teaching and/or who have been oppressed or feel unseen; and those who intend to offer mindfulness in those communities, in public interest, or in other racial or social justice settings.
Another strength of MLTT is in the flexibility and openness of our curriculum. We welcome applicants from various streams of contemplative practice. Although our training emphasizes the classical teachings of mindfulness, Zen, and yoga, we honor and make space for multidimensional teaching and learning. We are proud to count among our alumni so far, those who are teaching in secular, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Indiginous meditation traditions as well.
Finally, the MLTT community includes a true kaleidoscope of legal professionals. Our alums are lawyers, judges, mediators, law students, law professors, professional development directors, coaches, trainers, and presenters, from North America, South America, and Europe. They work in Big Law and at small- and medium-sized firms, in internationally renowned and local law schools, with bar associations, and in individual and group coaching formats. We welcome all legal professionals who want to deepen their understanding of mindfulness in order to share that understanding with members of the multifaceted U.S. and international legal community.
What to Expect of MLTT 2022
- Entrée into an exclusive, growing, community of mindfulness-in-law teachers sprinkled across North America, and South America, and Europe
- A warm welcome into what will be a diverse, inclusive, 2022 cohort of students and teachers
- Access to our core teachers whenever you’d like
- Your own small group with whom you’ll share learning, practice leading meditations, share and overcome concerns, spark questions, and no doubt remain close with well beyond graduation
- A solid foundation in classical mindfulness, including history, theory, and practice
- Careful, joyful, personal, instruction in how to create and lead mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and other types of mindfulness-based meditations
- One-on-one mentoring from one of the luminaries in the mindfulness-in-law movement, hand-picked for you to support your unique interests
- Guidance in whatever direction you choose: developing a course; creating a syllabus; pitching a program to a bar association, law school dean, organization, or firm; starting a mindfulness group at your workplace; creating a program for public defenders, DAs, in public interest, or in corporate law – the sky’s the limit and our instructors have done it all or we’ll connect you with someone who has
- Two, incomparable, inspiring weeks at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, CA, where you’ll have the opportunity to sleep in lovely, comfortable, accommodations in the midst of the towering redwoods of Muir Woods; enjoy sumptuous vegetarian meals plus an endless stream of delicious snacks, coffees and teas; wander through the glorious Zen gardens; walk down to the beach, to the edge of the continent, and drink in the wild Pacific Ocean; hike easy (and difficult) mountain trails; encounter silent (and not so silent) Zen students on the paths; and emerge from each week filled up by the learning and community, yet deeply relaxed
- Study with honored teachers who rarely make themselves available to such a small group of students, including at Green Gulch during our two weeks there, and online starting in February of 2022 and continuing throughout MLTT 2022, and beyond in our MLTT Grad Forum
Our Remarkable MLTT 2022 Teachers
Alisa is an MLTT Lead Teacher and an AV-rated partner at Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. in Phoenix, Arizona, where she practices in the area of probate-related litigation and mediation, representing corporate trustees, professional fiduciaries, and individuals in complicated or contested guardianships, conservatorships, estates, and trusts.
Zoketsu is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest who leads the Bay Area Working Group for Law and Meditation, is a senior teacher and former co-abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and is the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.
Kamani is the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer of the Amrit Yoga Institute, a cutting-edge teaching center for advanced studies in eastern philosophy, one of three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, and the author of Life Lessons, Love Lessons and Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep.
Ron is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Stanford Law School who integrates mindfulness into his clinic teaching and practice, and previously enjoyed a 22-year career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California.
Rudhir is an executive coach and consultant offering space for difficult conversations and growth at the intersections of leadership, mindfulness, wellbeing and DEI issues, practiced law for 15 years as a federal clerk, patent litigation partner at Fish & Richardson, and senior patent counsel at Apple, and is a graduate of MLTT.
Emily is a family law lawyer in the Bay Area, the author or co-author of numerous books including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues and on mindfulness and law, and a graduate of MLTT.
Nicolle is an attorney in Ontario, Canada and South Africa who practices family law in Ontario and conducts workshops and retreats on mindfulness and emotional intelligence in North America and South Africa, hosts meditation clinics for her legal colleagues in Toronto, and is a graduate of MLTT.
Katarzyna is an ADR Neutral specializing in dispute prevention and resolution processes, an independent lawyer specializing in property, construction and investment law, a negotiator, conflict-prevention, and risk management specialist, and teaches mindfulness to ADR professionals in Europe.
Words From MLTT Alums
“My biggest take away from MLTT 2020 is that things can always get worse, but through our practice we can endure and withstand far more than we think. MLTT 2020 has been a much needed refuge for me through this very difficult period of time. Walking out of Green Gulch two days before the shelter in place order was the greatest blessing. I was in the right frame of mind to take these difficult times in stride, and with joy. The program has given me the confidence to help others do the same. More than anything, I’ve learned that having a sangha (community) makes everything better.“
“I highly recommend MLTT for those who want to teach mindfulness, build their network of mindful lawyers, and bring meditation to more lawyers in their communities and workplaces. The program provides depths of knowledge, incredible resources, an awesome structure, and an incredible atmosphere for personal growth and building community.“
“Just be. Just breathe. Feel the connection. Be in community. It is enough, I am enough. I learned a bunch, have a bunch more to learn, appreciated all the new ideas and concepts and thinking about them – how they worked and might not work for me – and where my resistance…and…strengths might be in all this.“
“The yoga teaching showed me how to move out of my head and into my body. I would not imagine teaching mindfulness to anyone without that learning and I’ll be forever grateful to MLTT for it. After MLTT I have much more access to my own experience…and that is invaluable training. Thank you!”
“This program is an amazing launching pad for a lifetime of mindful, kind and ethical service to your clients, your community, your family, and YOURSELF. It exposes you to the foundations of mindfulness, and to guest teachers who have thought and written about the area. And it introduces you to a group of like-minded lawyers and legal professionals who provide encouragement and support.”
“MLTT 2018 was a turning point for me – not only has the program equipped me with the skills and confidence to teach mindfulness, it has given me an enriched understanding of Buddhist philosophy, human nature, and life itself. I also came away from the program with a cohort of fellow travelers on this path, and I know the friendships that have been formed through this program will continue to encourage and sustain me for years to come.”
Examples of the powerful work our alums are doing…
- Running a robust mindfulness program at a public defender’s office
- Teaching the first law school mindfulness course in South America
- Speaking about mindfulness at bar association meetings for AAPI Bar Associations, Women’s Bar Associations, NBLSA (National Black Law Student Association) and local BLSAs, at family law, sports & entertainment, and other bar association meetings, and in many other venues
- Developing a national mindfulness-based coaching and training program for corporate and public interest firms and organizations
- Leading county-wide, weekly meditation sittings for all county employees
- Offering a mindfulness course for European mediators
- Providing a 30-minute weekly sit for attorneys at a multi-national law firm
- Running a mindfulness training course for judges
- Integrating mindfulness into a family law practice in Canada
- Holding a regular sitting group for small-firm colleagues
- Running a coaching and training program for attorneys integrating mindfulness into the U.S. Department of Labor
- Teaching mindfulness courses at law schools in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and other U.S. states as well as in Santiago, Chile
- Employing mindfulness practices in high-stress interactions with clients
- …and more
- Tuition: tuition for MLTT 2022 is $5,950, and includes all instruction, small group facilitation, one-on-one mentoring, support to create programs and courses, and plenty of ongoing love & TLC well beyond graduation. It doesn’t include room & board at Green Gulch, or transportation to or from Green Gulch.
- Room & board: the cost of room & board at Green Gulch varies depending on whether you request a single (we have limited single rooms), double, or triple. Details are in the application.
- Cohort: we are able to accept up to 20 students into MLTT but may accept fewer depending on various factors, including our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion in the 2022 cohort.
- Admissions: we review applications and invite students to attend MLTT on a rolling basis. We close admissions as soon as we feel the training is full.