Inner Strength
Teacher Training 2019

Level II
learn to teach mindfulness and developmental thinking to teens

The Developmental Perspective


July 9 – Aug 4

In-Person & Webinar

Includes in-person retreat August 1-4*

  • Four day in-person training
  • Four 90min live video discussion sessions
  • Four 60min video lectures
  • Eight supplemental video lessons
  • Twenty 30min meditation practice sessions

*The In-person retreat will be held outside of Philadelphia, PA at the Pendle Hill Retreat Center. For travel information, please see the retreat center directions here.

What is the Inner Strength Teacher Training?

The Inner Strength teen mindfulness teacher training is an 80 hour program to enable you to teach the valuable tools of mindfulness and developmental thinking to high school students. The Inner Strength System(TM) is a unique mindfulness school program which teaches adolescents powerful and evidence-based focus, stress reduction, and compassion tools, all set in a framework of cultural and physiological development. Teens learn to see their experience in a larger context, developing important flexibility and resilience of thinking, critical to 21st century learning. They become archaeologists of themselves, learning to explore their personal experience as they feel it and as a result of 300 million years of influence. These tools and perspectives make all the difference, turning a life burdened by overwhelm into a life filled with curiosity and interest.

In the Inner Strength Teacher Training, you will learn how to teach the 12-week Inner Strength program. You will also receive ongoing support once you begin bringing these tools into the classroom. The Inner Strength Foundation runs over 70 programs per year in the Philadelphia School System. Successful graduates may apply to become a teacher for the Inner Strength Foundation.

The Developmental Perspective (Level 2) builds on the mindfulness practices learned in Foundations of Mindfulness (Level 1). The Developmental Perspective is required to receive the Inner Strength Teachers’ Certificate of Completion.

What do the teens learn?

— Self Support & Focus: Tools to de-stress and self-regulate
— Adolescent Brain: 300 million years of brain development
— Effects of Cultural Development: Depersonalizing the Experience of Stress
— The Art & Science of Relationship: Empathy & Compassion Building

Unlock access to liberating perspectives for teens.

Teaching the Inner Strength Teen Programis personally rewarding. New insights catalyze our own growth and transformation. Not only do we learn how to teach inner strength for outer stability, we develop that in our own lives.

When lightbulbs go off for students and they connect the dots, both the teens and the teachers discover unexpected joy and depth.

Inner Strength Teacher Training Details

The Teacher Training is designed for optimal support. You will learn the techniques and perspectives, practice teaching, and participate in ongoing teacher’s calls once you begin teaching. The goal of this program is to impart in-depth training and ensure a very high caliber of instruction in the schools. Additionally, this training is designed to grow a supportive collective of school mindfulness teachers who support each other’s creativity and growth.

Indepth Practical, Experiential & Philosophical Training

The Inner Strength Teen Program Teacher Training includes an in-person training, teleconference & webinar sessions, 30 half-hour virtual guided meditation practice sessions by video-conference, and access to weekly professional development teleconference calls once you start teaching.

The training includes conceptual overview, background reading, practice teaching sessions using the 100 page Teacher’s Manual, and mindfulness sessions to explore your own understanding of the practice.

Mindfulness requires practice, understanding, and insight – are you ready to train?

Please note, the Inner Strength Teacher Training Level 1, Foundations of Mindfulness is offered Feb 12 – Apr 2, 2019. It is a required course for The Developmental Perspective. For more information click here.

If you would like to participate in the 2019 Level 2 and have not yet completed Level 1, you have the option to complete Level 1 as a self paced program.

Teaching Mindfulness
& Systemic Thinking

July 9 – Aug 4
By webinar & in-person training Aug 1-4

The unique holistic perspective of the Inner Strength System

In Part II of the Inner Strength teacher training you will develop the understanding and ability to teach students to see their experience in a larger context.

You will learn how to:
— Give simple and graspable explanations for how teens can take more responsibility for themselves by understanding the neurological triggers that have developed over 300 million years.
— Guide students back into a simpler time in history, enabling them to appreciate the advances they benefit from and reduce the insecurity they feel in relationship to the complexity of modern culture.
— Integrate these tools with the practice of mindful exercises.

Teen benefit greatly from learning how to calm themselves and gain some emotional stability. Their sense of wonder and curiosity awakens when they start to feel empowered to engage with the culture, the world, and their feelings with the interest of a scientist. As students become explorers of their experience in a systematic way, they better understand how history or biology has a direct effect on them and how their learning can take on new meaning. In this day and age, with technology advancing so rapidly, we as educators are preparing students for a world none of us can imagine. Training teens to work with complexity and to think systemically prepares them to be flexible, resilient, and engaged and so be better able to succeed and realize their higher goals.


Teleconference Calls Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM

  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30

In person training at Pendle Hill Retreat Center, near Philadelphia, PA USA.
— Aug 1 – 4

Brain Science & The Teen Brain

As sophisticated as we are, we are still influenced by our reptilian brain, which has been honed to trigger fight and fear responses for over 300 million years. The teen brain is also undergoing seismic chemical shifts, which influence judgement, perception, and responses. Learning about these physiological changes helps teens become responsible for themselves, and gain confidence during this turbulent stage of life.

  • Basic parts of the brain
  • How mindfulness supports healthy brain growth
  • The adolescent brain
  • Teaching students to be safe & enjoy their teenage years

Cultural Development

Our culture and social structures have made some huge leaps in the last 800 years. Connecting the dots between the greater freedoms we have now, the broader personal responsibility and choices, and our levels of stress and uncertainty gives students new ways to work with their own experience.

  • Seeing our experience in larger historical context
  • The pressures and advantages of postmodernity
  • Teen view on the world
  • Teaching teens to embrace their role in culture change

Trauma Awareness, Diversity Training & Classroom Management

Learning how to teach and embody the values of mindful awareness. This requires conscious contemplation and discussion so we better understand our students and ourselves, and how we interact. In this section:

You will learn:

  • How trauma affects students, how to identify and respond appropriately.
  • To be aware of your own biases, triggers, and preferences.
  • Appropriate classroom management techniques that go along with mindfulness values.
  • How to collaborate with the classroom teachers when you encounter disruptive or disinterested students.

The Inner Strength System is a Comprehensive Training for Teen Mindfulness Instructors

Additional Resources

Teacher’s Manual

Registration for Part II includes an electronic copy of the 100+ page Mindfulness & Cultural Development Teacher’s Manual.This manual includes detailed lesson plans, additional resources for teachers, and teaching tools for the classroom.

Audio & Video Resources

Access to teacher only audio resource page with audio downloads, sample lessons, guided meditations, and video sections specifically for teacher training.

Ongoing Development Teleconferences

Fall or Spring

Weekly 1-hour teacher development calls during your first semester teaching to plan the next week’s class, discuss challenges, share creative teaching tools.


Register here for The Developmental Perspective

At Inner Strength, we strive to make this training available to all regardless of an individual’s economic means and to make the training a welcoming environment for a diverse community of instructors.
We have a limited amount available for partial scholarships and offer a sliding scale. Please email for more information.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Prior to the Course Portal Opening, two weeks before the start of the program, participants who cancel their registration will receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee. If cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the start of the program, no refunds will be given.



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