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University of Holistic Theology is an Institutional Member of the Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) - an affiliate of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

C.MI™ is an IAMI Provider
International Association of Meditation Instructors

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All Zen Meditation information and background provided during the C.MI. program , is done under consultation with the Kokorono Sato Center - Ito, Japan - Under the guidance of Kondou Satoshi

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Certified Meditation Instructor Program - C.MI™


Become a Certified Meditation Instructor in 2024 with C.MI™

The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certificate Program is a highly effective and proven way of deepening your personal mindfulness practice, while also learning how to teach meditation to others.

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This C.MI™ Meditation Instructor / Teacher Training Program is an exciting and unique instructor training course format. Designed as a self-paced online program, students move through the at-home / online study and practice requirements, along with fellow students located around the world, under the direction and guidance of Course Author & Instructor, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.

The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certification Program has been designed to give you the tools you'll need to be a competent and effective meditation teacher, helping both yourself and others down the path toward effective mindfulness meditation practice.

The C.MI™ Online Meditation Instructor Certification Program!
Author & Instructor, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT. / Provided and Certified by UHT

There is much more to the practice of meditation than simply learning to sit quietly. While many meditation courses focus almost entirely on relaxation, it is important to note that while relaxation is one component of meditation - it is only the very beginning of a life-long study of mindfulness and self.

The C.MI™ Meditation Instructor Certification Program addresses a broad area of study in mindfulness meditation practice and meditation instruction. From posture and attitude - to dealing with breathing, distractions, training plateaus and much more.

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The C.MI™ curriculum includes required reading work, written assignments, multi-media resources, interactive study and practice forums, practice journal assignments, as well as an online final exam.

Outcomes: C.MI graduates are expected to develop (and/or deepen) a solid working foundation of:

  • Meditation Postures (basic standing and seated postures)
  • Mindfulness Concepts and Practice
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Techniques
  • Mind / Body Concepts
  • Teaching Formats (private and group classes)
  • Responding to Common Student Questions
  • and More...

The C.MI™ Program is a self-paced, instructor-led, online course of study that features required reading and written assignments, section quizzes, instructor-reviewed home practice, online participation, and much more.

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Here's a sample of what we will cover in this program
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The C.MI. program was authored and is directed by Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT. The course is Certified by the University of Holistic Theology

We'll start by expanding your understanding of the basics...

  • Historical Background of Meditation Practice
  • Theories and Science Surrounding the Effects of Meditation
  • Types of Meditation Practice
  • Basic Practice Techniques
  • Structuring Your Meditation Practice
  • Dealing With Distractions (Internal and External)
  • Mindfulness vs. Concentration
  • Differences between meditation, contemplation, etc.
  • Meditation in Daily Life

Then, we'll move on to learn and practice many more advanced concepts, including...

  • Understanding the Importance of Posture
  • Body Alignment for Effective Energy Flow - During Practice and Throughout Your Day
  • Understanding and practicing the methods and techniques of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
  • Preparation for practice sessions
  • Integrating Meditation Practice with Life's Daily Activities
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • What is the "Now"?
  • Maintaining Mindfulness during practice
  • Learning not to TRY too hard - or- Learning to be patient with your mindfulness practice
  • Dealing with resistance to meditation
  • Breathing Methods
  • Alleviating and adapting to physical discomfort in practice
  • Addressing Odd Sensations, Drowsiness and Agitation during practice

We'll also cover a variety or practical material related to your work as a Meditation Instructor, including...

  • Principles of Meditation Instruction
  • Right-Brain / Left-Brain Considerations
  • Communicating the Benefits of Meditation
  • Working with Meditation Students
  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Children
  • Planning Meditation Classes and/or Private Instruction
  • Developing your Teaching Style
  • Communicating with your Students
  • Promoting Your Meditation Instruction Services
  • and much more!

The C.MI™ Course (and our private Online Campus) contains an enormous amount of meditation resources and materials for our students. With over 1,500 pages of discussions, guides, e-books, practice handouts, and resources - as well as a variety of supplementary audio and video segments (and growing by the month),

C.MI™ is perhaps the most comprehensive meditation teacher-training program available anywhere. C.MI Students now also receive a collection of specialized meditation MP3 audio tracks FREE (part of the Radioasis Ultra-Cosmic™ Meditation Audio Series - a US$150+ Value FREE)! meditation certificate - holistic university


Now you can BUNDLE UP with our NEW Specialty Add-On Certifications!

Now you can expand your mindfulness credentials with two brand new Specialty Add-On Certificates***

C.MI™ Mindfulness for Kids Add-On Certificate Course!

C.MI™ Mindfulness for Creativity Add-On Certificate Course!

Beginning now, all new C.MI™ students may add pre-enrollment to one or both of these Specialty Certificates -- and -- receive a great discounted bundle rate!

*** Specialty Add-On Courses are designed to take approximately one-month to complete -- and may be started upon completion and graduation from the main C.MI™ course.

Also -- pre-enrollment for the C.MI™ Advanced Program is also now available as a special course bundle option!

The C.MI™ Advanced Program is designed to provide an additional 90-hours of documented and reviewed practice time, along with advanced-level reading and written work.


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Course Testimonials

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We've worked hard to make the C.MI™ Program one of the best of its kind, anywhere in the world. Students are able to move through their studies at their own personal pace, but know that anytime they have questions or need guidance, we're here to help. C.MI. has its own private online campus area on the UHT University Campus System. There, we meet to share ideas, practice challeneges, and discoveries in an online open exchange with other students from all around the world. It is a safe, private online environment that allows the student to really discover (or re-discover) their practice from the ground-up. I encourage you to register today. I greatly look forward to working with you in the course!

- Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT,
C.MI™ Author / Director

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"This course has been a transformative experience for me. I experience life so differently now compared to when I started the course. I was actually scared that I would "fail" at this course. However, once I got stared I realized that it's not about being smart enough but more being honest and open to learning. I have so many ideas of how I will use the knowledge gained from this course. It is one of the best investments I have ever made in myself. Thank you Professor Rinaldi. Your insight and feedback were so helpful and I truly value your comments. You are a great instructor!"

Sandra B., C.MI. - Montana, USA
June 2022

"One of the best things I have ever done. Loved the course. I have grown so much and could not be happier with not giving up on my dream. Young or old, advanced or novice this program is for everyone and you will not be disappointed!!"

Jahnyia S., C.MI.- Nova Scotia, Canada
June 2021

"The C.MI course was extremely valuable to my personal meditation practice and my work as a meditation teacher. I highly recommend this course to anyone with a desire to deepen their personal practice and to support others in doing the same. Stephen Rinaldi is a compassionate and highly gifted teacher!"

~ Don Iannone, D. Div., M. Div., and M.A., Complementary Medicine, C.MI.
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center
August 2021

"Thank you so much for creating this program; it has been a wonderful experience and a beautiful journey. I am grateful for this program and the dedication for growth it has encouraged me to follow. Meditation has become an integral part of my everyday life; and I find myself slowing down; feeling utmost whole, and full of love. With waves of gratitude".

Allison P., C.MI.- Ontario, Canada
August 2021

"Words cannot describe the transformational journey I've experienced from taking the C.MI course. I'm so grateful I answered the call. I checked many other resources on line, but I kept coming back to C.MI. I now know why! As an Adult Educator, it was great to see this course is designed with all the important principles of how adults learn. At the age of 61 I found it a gentle process as I moved through the course curriculum, I never felt alone, the community and resources were always there for me when I needed them. I've gained a trunk full of tools to support my future life-time practice. I'm very excited to begin facilitating meditation classes on my wellness retreats! Thanks so much to Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT. for your part in my journey, you changed my life! "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand". ~Confucius

Theodora L., C.MI. - Toronto, Canada
February, 2020

"This course was exactly what I needed to build my knowledge and confidence before opening a meditation studio. Thank you."

Laura S., C.MI. - Florida, USA
October, 2019

"I found the C.MI course to be transformational. It completely changed the nature of my meditation teaching style from a more high level, theoretical approach to a very down to earth, practical application. This makes it so much easier to connect with my students."

Paul L., C.MI. - Calgary, Canada
December, 2018

"This C.MI course exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend taking this course for those who are looking to establish a mindfulness meditation practice, who want to learn how to implement mindfulness in daily life and who are passionate about helping others. For myself, taking this course was one of the best things I have ever done and I am looking forward to continuing my journey helping others. Thank you, Stephen Rinaldi, for your insight and guidance."

Dawn A., C.MI. - Alberta, Canada
June, 2018

"I had previously taught meditation and I still found this course work to be exceptional. I learned a great deal from participating in the coursework. I feel I am a much better informed teacher now. Because of the course my personal meditation practice is now more disciplined and regular. This helps my teaching practice a great deal. I am very grateful to Stephen and staff for putting together such a well rounded curriculum."

Francis O., C.MI. - California, USA
April, 2018

"This coursework was incredibly beneficial to my practice. The readings were excellent and perfect for both my practice and my soon to be business. I feel there was a perfect balance of learning, practicing, assessments, and valuable feedback in order to feel confident about my moving forward with my certification. I also enjoyed the group support among other classmates through our group chats (wonderful people!). Thank you very much, Prof. Rinaldi!"

Amanda A., C.MI. - New Jersey, USA
January, 2018

"This course has helped me grow tremendously in my knowledge of mindfulness meditation and in my personal life! The recommended reading materials were easy to read yet full of useful information for personal and teaching use. The forums were great! They let you bounce ideas or issues off of other students. It gave you a sense of being in a brick and mortar classroom. Of course, the instructor was always available for the tough questions! Overall, this is a great start to getting a practice and/or business going! A+"

Linda L., C.MI. - Pennsylvania, USA
September, 2018

"I went into the C.MI course with two years experience teaching meditation and I left knowing so much more! The course teaches you important techniques that you can apply to yourself and to your students. This course is extremely valuable. Thank you so much for the opportunity!"

Natalie D., C.MI. - Kentucky, USA
June, 2018


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* Note on Course Books: C.MI. Students are responsible for purchasing
(or borrowing from their local library) two required course books. The current
cost for on Amazon.Com is approximately US$12 - $15 each (less for Kindle ebook versions), plus shipping. Both texts are also commonly available from your local book stores, or public library. Further details will be provided upon your enrollment in the course.

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Certification Program Format

arrow This is a self-paced, instructor-led, meditation teacher certification course that includes access to the world-class UHT Online Campus System.

arrow As an enrolled student, you are free to visit the campus and study at any time during the day that fits your schedule - whether that is 3:00PM or 3:00AM - the online campus is always open.

arrow Written Assignments are submitted via the online campus system as they are completed. Grades and comments on assignments are available to you from within your online campus account.

arrow This course has been designed to be interactive between your instructor and other students. We will make use of discussion forums and a variety of media. Custom Audio Lectures may be created by your instructor during the course, based on discussions we are having on the campus web site.

arrow Course assignments and exams have been designed to be thought-provoking, challenging and fun. You will NOT be asked to do course work only for the sake of keeping busy! Everything you are asked to do during this course will contribute directly to your practical, working understanding of Meditation - how it applies to you - and your work with your students. The C.MI. Program is THE Meditation Instructor's Boot-Camp!

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C.MI™ utilizes a State-of-the-Art Online Campus System!

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