Humanize Teacher Training 2024

Become a Humanize Dyad Teacher

Learn to teach an innovative contemplative practice

Join a growing community of Dyad teachers.


Early bird pricing is available until October 31, 2023. Applications close on December 15, 2023.

Why join the Humanize Teacher Training?

  • Learn to teach an innovative new contemplative program, based on 20+ years of social neuroscience research and focused on the art and science of connection
  • Become equipped to offer others a research-proven training to improve a wide variety of social & emotional benefits, including lower social stress and higher resilience, emotional awareness, and empathy
  • Learn new practices to help participants with timely and relevant challenges like building empathy, restoring social trust, healing social isolation, and seeing common humanity
  • Extend your contemplative or mindfulness-based offerings with a program that can either build on participants’ exposure to mindfulness practices, or be a first entryway into contemplative practices
  • Deepen your own contemplative practice with a training focused on somatic awareness, recognition of your social patterns, and inquiry into specific daily challenges & moments of gratitude
  • Teach with the technological support of the Humanize portal & app, which enables participants to schedule and hold structured Dyad conversations
  • Join a community of Dyad teachers and get to know peers from around the world

Who is this Teacher Training for?

Past participants have included coaches, consultants, trainers, therapists, human resource professionals, and healthcare workers.

The training is intended for anyone working to help others through guidance in skills of the heart and mind.

Be sure you first take a Foundation Dyad Program!

Participation in a Foundation Dyad Program is a prerequisite for Teacher Training — we want you to experience the program you’ll be learning to teach.

If you are considering Teacher Training, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a Foundation Dyad Program as soon as possible.


Teacher Training Program Overview

Humanize teacher training consists of two phases to be taken consecutively.

Phase 1: Teaching Preparation

  • 4 months
  • Weekly live online 2-3 hour class sessions that include instruction from teacher training faculty, group discussion, breakout groups for teaching & embodiment skills, and small-group practice teaching sessions
  • Weekly self-study through videos and readings
  • Daily Dyads with Teacher Training peers

Phase 2: Practicum Teaching

  • 3 months, beginning right after Phase 1
  • Teacher Training Participants work with Humanize to set up their own Foundation Dyad Course
  • Group supervision sessions with teacher training faculty
  • Participants complete final self-reflection to submit for certification
  • Final certification assessment made by panel of senior teachers
  • Upon certification, participants join Humanize Teacher Network and are eligible to teach Foundation Dyad Program courses

Humanize Teacher Network

Upon successful completion of phases 1 and 2, teacher training participations formally join the Humanize Teacher Network, which includes:

  • Formal certification as a Humanize Certified Dyad Teacher
  • Ability to teach Foundation Dyad Programs to public audiences of your choice, using the Humanize portal & app to support all aspects of your participants’ course experience: course resources, Dyad scheduling & meeting tools, and course administration tools
  • Teacher bio and courses listed on the Humanize website
  • Marketing materials & templates to promote your courses
  • Periodic online meetings for the Humanize Teacher Network

Program Dates 2024

Phase 1:

Opening Session: Fri Feb 9 & Sat Feb 10, 9am-12pm PT (6pm - 9pm CET)

Weekly Sessions: every Friday Feb 16 - May 3, 9am-12pm PT (6pm - 9pm CET)

Closing Session: Fri May 10 & Sat May 11, 9am-12pm PT (6pm - 9p CET)

Phase 2:

You will schedule a teaching practicum of 9 weekly class sessions to teach your first Foundation Dyad Program, beginning summer or autumn 2024. Teacher Training participants will be asked to recruit participants for their program, with the support of Humanize marketing and explanation materials.

Prior to your practicum, you will receive individual and small-group assignments to further your preparation for content & technical aspects of facilitating the program.

Small-group coaching during your practicum will be scheduled with your Teacher Training Faculty member.


What past Teacher Training participants have said…

White Woman standing in a a forest in a beige jumper with her hands on her heart smiling

“The Teacher Training was a great experience with excellent and heart engaged trainers. Humanize's Dyad program offers a deep experiential space. It allows me – more directly than other mindfulness practices – to work on my relationship with myself, others and the world and it allows me to share this opportunity with others.”

“With the Dyads, I am impressed not only by the scientific basis, but also by the wide range of effects that I can observe in beginners as well as in experienced meditators – and not least in myself. For example, after more than 20 years of Shamatha, Vipassana and Metta practice, my body awareness has deepened significantly within a few months with Dyads. In conversations, I notice my empathic response more quickly and can consciously switch to compassion.”

Program Cost

Register and pay before October 31, 2023 and claim your early bird discount:

Pay in full, $4060


Four Monthly Installments of: $1061


Register and pay between November 1, 2023 and December 15th 2023:

Pay in full, $4315


Four Monthly Installments of $1125

Monthly Installments

If you decide to pay installments then the first installment is needed once your application is approved in order to secure your place. The remaining payments are made monthly thereafter.


A small number of scholarships are available for those in financial need. Humanize relies on tuition from participants to offer teacher training. Request for financial aid is included in the program application.

Is the Teacher Training program right for me?

Here are the qualities Humanize is looking for in Teacher Training applicants. If you’re unsure if the program is a fit for you, contact and we’ll be happy to talk through your questions.


Required Qualifications:

  • Participation in a Foundation Dyad Program Course
  • Experience teaching contemplative programs, such as mindfulness or compassion-based programs
  • Personal meditation or contemplative practice
  • Comfort with facilitating a program online using basic Zoom features like chat, breakouts, and screen share


Beneficial but not required:

  • Certification in a mindfulness or compassion-based training program (e.g. MBSR, MBCT, CCT)
  • Training or experience in psychology, therapy, or coaching
  • Other group teaching experience

Humanize Teacher Training Faculty

Lori Schwanbeck

Lori is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, curriculum experience designer, organizational emotional intelligence facilitator, and retreat leader.

She is a senior faculty member at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), an organization born at Google, where she mentors and trains teachers, and designs and facilitates both in-person and virtual mindfulness based emotional intelligence programs. Lori was involved in a 2-year project in Bhutan working in partnership with the Gross National Happiness initiative bringing SIYLI’s program to all levels of the Bhutanese government.

The heart of Lori’s work is embodied presence and conscious interconnectedness – to others and to nature.  She delights in sharing this through her nature-based mindfulness retreats at Esalen Institute, Modern Elder Academy, and Canyon Ranch.

Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen is a licensed psychotherapist and was one of the first ten people to become a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  For over 25 years, she has pioneered secular contemplative programs for a wide variety of populations including physicians, nurses, HIV positive men, cancer patients, overweight women, military spouses college students, clinicians and educators.  She has developed and taught contemplative interventions for research studies at Stanford, UCSF, Portland State, Penn State, University of Michigan, and University of Miami.  In 2013, she developed a mindfulness and compassion program (MBAT - Spouse) for military spouses that she piloted at Ft. Drum, Maxwell Air Force Base, and Joint Operations Special Command.  In 2015, she co-authored a book on Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance (MBEB), an evidence-based program that she piloted across the US and Canada.  She has also designed and co-delivered teacher trainings for MBAT-Spouse, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and MBEB.

As a clinician, Margaret has been a facilitator of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones for 25 years.  In 2010, she was invited by Thupten Jinpa to contribute to the development of CCT, first through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education at the Stanford School of Medicine and currently as Founding Faculty for the Compassion Institute.  A meditator for over 40 years, she has sat dozens of intensive retreats ranging from ten days to three months and has written extensively on mindfulness. Nothing brings her greater joy than contributing to a more compassionate world.

Peter Bonanno

Peter Bonanno, Ed.M., designs and teaches large-scale mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs for organizations worldwide. He has been a founding team member in six different organizations within the fields of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, leadership development, and education, including as a founding faculty member of Search Inside Yourself Teacher Training, Compassionate Leadership Teacher Training, and Humanize Teacher Training.

For the past ten years, Peter has custom designed and taught mindfulness-based programs for diverse audiences including the United Nations, Google, the Bhutanese Ministry of Education, the International Rescue Committee, the American Red Cross, Cleveland Clinic, and Stanford University.

As the former Director of Program Development for the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Leadership Institute, he designed a train-the-trainer program that built a global network of over 750 certified trainers, reaching over 100,000 participants including tens of thousands of pro-bono participants in the social sector, and serving as perhaps the first widespread effort to bring mindfulness and compassion training to workplaces.

Peter’s creative work has been featured on three apps, for which he has been a curriculum designer, game designer, meditation teacher, and filmed instructor: Simple Habit, ReThink Care, and Balance. He has served as an advisor to Mindful Education and Transformative Educational Leadership, two non-profits in the education sector.

Early bird pricing is available until October 31, 2023. Applications close on December 15, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

What languages can the foundation Dyad program be taught in?

The Foundation Dyad Program is currently supported in English and German. Once certified, you are able to teach Dyad programs in any language currently supported by Humanize, and in which you are capable of teaching a program. For example, you may complete teacher training in English and once certified teach programs in German.

Humanize has received requests to have program materials available in other languages. While we aspire for the program to be available in multiple languages, there are no current plans for Humanize to support translation into other languages in 2024.

Will Humanize Teacher Training be offered in other languages?

Humanize Teacher training is currently offered only in English. While teacher trainings in other languages may be available in the future, we encourage anyone who may be interested in teacher training and is able to take this training in English to sign up for this program. Teacher Training graduates will have materials to teach the Foundation Dyad Program in either of the two languages currently supported by Humanize, English and German.

What are the criteria to be certified as a Humanize Dyad Teacher?

Humanize Teacher Training is structured around developing four areas of teacher competency:

  1. Embodying mindful, compassionate presence
  2. Holding a safe and effective group learning environment
  3. Conceptual clarity
  4. Group Facilitation

What are the prerequisites for attending Teacher Training?

To be eligible for Humanize Teacher Training, you must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  1. You have completed a Foundation Dyad Program 
  2. Or, You are currently participating in a Foundation Dyad Program that will be finished before Feb 1, 2024
  3. Or, You have completed a Dyad Masterclass program

Note: If you have only completed a Dyad Masterclass, you will be required to watch recordings of the FDP sessions before beginning Teacher Training to ensure that you are familiar with Humanize’s version of the Dyad training practice.

What happens if I need to miss a teacher training session?

Attendance at all Humanize Teacher Training sessions is essential for building community and preparing you to facilitate a Dyad program. If you are unable to attend a session, we ask that you notify the Teacher Training Faculty as soon as possible, and you will be asked to complete make-up work. If a participant will need to miss more than 2 sessions, Teacher Training Faculty will reach out to assess whether completion of the Teacher Training program is still possible.

After certification, do I have to teach the specific Foundation Dyad Program curriculum? Can I apply what I’ve learned in other ways?

Throughout the Teacher Training program you will learn skills and research related to the interpersonal nature of the Dyad practice which you are free to use and apply in your teaching or coaching practice. A “Foundation Dyad Program,” however, is a specific program and protocol created by Humanize which must be taught according to the curriculum guidelines and facilitated by the Humanize portal and app. The Humanize slides, brand, videos, and technology may only be used when teaching an Humanize Dyad Program.

How do I take advantage of the early bird discount?

If you register, get accepted and pay either in full or the first instalment before October 31,  2023, you will receive the early bird discount.

What is the difference between the paid in full option and the four monthly installments?

If you pay the full course fee in advance you get a discount on the total price. If you are not able to pay in advance you can divide the course fee up into four monthly installments. We require either the paid-in-full fee or the first installment to confirm your place on the course.

How do I pay for the course?

Once you apply for the course, if you are accepted we will send you an invoice. You will be able to pay this invoice via bank transfer.

Early bird pricing is available until October 31, 2023. Applications close on December 15th 2023.