Transformative Mindfulness Meditation for Inquiry and Intervention

This Certificate Program is jointly certified by the Interprofessional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Continuing Education, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and Transformative Mindfulness International

Faculty: Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw

Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) is a mindfulness-based protocol which offers unique intervention strategies for clinicians and educators. Based on ancient Buddhist, as well as contemporary, approaches to health, TMM can readily be integrated into one’s current clinical practice. TMM combines basic mindfulness meditations with compassionate, progressive inquiry. Theoretically, it is believed that TMM accesses and explores implicit memory by identifying the body’s reactions to suffering through the ‘embodied mind’.  Simple, gentle, even playful, the experiential nature of TMM elicits an ease of practice and understanding for most ages and cultures. One becomes drawn into a language of description and the subjective voice (i.e. metaphors, descriptors and feelings aided by journaling or drawing) rather than analysis and objectivity.  Working directly with one’s suffering, no matter its origin, most clients have reported immediate and/or sustained change.

Or as Thich Nhat Hanh would  say, “No mud, no lotus”. 

The methods can be quickly learned and used  for both self-care and applied for the care of others. This highly adaptable protocol has been applied in inter-professional healthcare (institutional and community settings) and education over 20 years. TMM’s research on pain management of acute migraines will be completed this year. TMM is recognized by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom whose patron is H.H. The Dalai Lama.

TMM are adapted from ancient transformative practices by their developer and author, Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw, a former Tibetan Buddhist nun who is currently the Co-Director of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program. She works with the international community to bridge both the transition of the dharma coming to the west and the impact of this transition on Buddhist understandings.



Level 1: Foundations of Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Inquiry

In this module, beginning with one’s self, you will learn practical tools for life that lead to a personal shift. Learn the history, principles and diverse applications of the Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) protocol.
Through direct experience, you will:

  • discover the five main exercises for healing (to make whole) and self-care.
  • change your experience of challenging situations and pain
  • experience how to easily access embodied wisdom which participants report leads to a sense of acceptance, compassion for  self, others and enhanced health for all.

Be prepared to be fully present in a respectful environment of caring and compassion that develops during this module.

Instructor: Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw

Dates & Times: Select either the in-class module or the remote module.

In-class: Friday, October 18 to Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9am to 4pm (TMM1)

Remote: Tuesdays on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 2013, 7 to 9pm (TMM1-R)

Fee: $287.00 (HST included)



Level 2: Deepening Transformative Mindfulness Methods: Self-Practice for Inquiry and Intervention

This international distance learning module, via telephone or Skype, will help those who would like to strengthen their understanding and personal experience of healing. Six tele-sessions provide a personal, private experience including practical explanations, guided exercises, inquiry in supportive small and large group formats, and 10 practice sessions at home.

Participants will:

  • gain confidence to use TMM methods for a variety of subjective approaches to situations and applications.
  • learn more about TMM’s methodological principles, neuroscience and its foundations in Buddhist psychology
  • experience insight into the mind’s capacity to be free of suffering
  • network with an international peer support group exploring TMM’s methodological approach

Audio archives, exercise transcripts, and a practice journal will be provided. A summary of personal reflection will be required upon completion, and a short personal review by phone completes this module.

Prerequisite: TMM1 - Foundations of Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Inquiry or its equivalent.

Instructor: Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw

Dates & times:  Select either the Tuesday or Wednesday offering of this module.

Tuesdays (TMM2-T): Six teleconferences at 12:00-2:00pm EST on the following days:

  1. November 12, 2013
  2. November 26, 2013
  3. December 10, 2013
  4. January 7, 2014
  5. January 21, 2014
  6. January 28, 2014

Wednesdays (TMM2-W): Six teleconferences at 7-9pm EST on the following days:

  1. November 13, 2013
  2. November 27, 2013
  3. December 11, 2013
  4. January 8, 2014
  5. January 22, 2014
  6. January 29, 2014                                              

For students who are in Southern Ontario, or who wish to attend an on-site workshop, Sessions 5 and 6 will be in-class on Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm.

Fee: $490.00 (HST included)



Level 3: Transformative Mindfulness Methods Certified Practitioner Training

Level 3: Part 1 Training

Engaging at a deeper level of compassionate presence, this supervised skills training and practicum of Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) is available directly on-campus as well as internationally via distance education. Professionals will advance in their capacity to unlock the full potential of TMM and gain confidence from practice and clinical application of these methods with individuals.

Many professionals have reported that TMM  reinvigorated ,and renewed their practices, re-inspiring their work with others.

Students will: 

  • learn skilful applications of each method, and explore adaptability and support required for different age groups and specific challenges
  • deepen understanding with supervised peer and case-based practices with peer support and supervision
  • deepen theory, neuroscience and Buddhist psychology embedded in the effectiveness of each method as well as research potential
  • strengthen peer support through an international community of practitioners and senior facilitators


A paper integrating findings from peer practice, case-based practice studies and self-reflection will be completed before certification is granted. Supervision and support includes a review of peer and individual practice case reports with written feedback or a short phone interview. A practice journal and report forms will be provided.


  • A regular meditation practice and commitment to apply these methods to help others
  • TMM2 – Level 2: Deepening Transformative Mindfulness Methods: Self-Practice for Inquiry and Intervention or equivalent

Instructors: Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and senior certified practitioners

Dates & times: Select either the In-class or Remote offering of this module.

On-site: TMM3

Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9am-4pm

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9am-4pm

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9am-4pm

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9am-4pm

Friday, June 20 to Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9am-4pm

Remote: TMM3-R

Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, July 6, 2014 ( two to three distance learning session per month)

This distance learning training includes six teaching videos and 16 teleconferences or webinars that include four peer practice sessions. The training also includes 12 case studies.

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Fee: $1505.00 (HST included)

Certification: This is a progressive certification to be granted on completion of Level 3:Part 2.
The Level 3 TMM Practitioner Training Certificate will be conjointly granted from the Interprofessional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program, Continuing Education, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and Transformative Mindfulness International.

Level 3: Part 2 Application and Supervision

This support program consists of participation in 12 months of post-program practice, support and continuing education provided by Transformative Mindfulness International as well as contributing shared practice experience and knowledge with a TMM community of practitioners; cost will be $50/month. Certification will be reviewed annually to maintain quality of practice.

To be completed before Level 3 Part 2 certification is granted:
Note: These will be available through distance learning in the next year.

  • MINDA1 - History of Mindfulness
  • MINDA2 - Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation
  • MINDA5: Secular Ethics through Mindfulness or 16 Guidelines for Life

Participants with previous training and practice in these or their equivalency, may apply for an exemption.

Level 4: Transformative Mindfulness Methods Certified Group Facilitator Training

This training includes skills training, program design and adaptation for facilitating these methods in groups with specific needs. Gain confidence through practical application and practice supervision with groups.

Prerequisite: Level 3 TMM Certified Practitioner Training - both TMM3:A and B

Instructors: Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and senior TMM facilitators

To be offered in 2015