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28 Jun
A health educator asks BR: I work in a non-profit wellness center where I lead group guided meditations. Mainly I just "wing-it". Where can I get certified in these skills?
Hi! I heard your keynote at the Las Vegas conference on Thurs, May 20. I was very impressed with the whole idea of guided imagery exercises. I work as a health educator in a non-profit wellness center and have been exploring and leading group guided meditations. I have explored some resources and readings but mainly I just "wing-it".

I have learned that one can become certified in meditation and have thought of persuing this just to learn more on how to facilitate meditations and learn new techniques and become comfortable in other types. Do you know of any such training? How did you learn to conduct guided meditations? I understand as only a health educator I would have to stay away from therapuetic types of exercises and stick with mainly ones for relaxation. How does one learn? I appreciate your suggestions and welcome any advice you might have to offer in how I can grow my skills in this field. Thank you.


Dear Patty,
I learned by first listening to what was out there - at the time, twenty years ago, this was David Illig, Emmett Miller, Louise Hay and Bernie Siegel, until I got the hang of what they were doing and gathered the confidence to try my own versions. Continuous feedback and research results helped me refine what I was doing, and still does.

You might want to try one of Julie Lusk’s or Andrew Schwartz’s excellent books of imagery meditations. Both come with good pointers for group leaders.

For a more intensive pursuit of imagery know-how, there are excellent training programs out there. Check our "Guided Imagery Training" link which will take you to The Academy for Guided Imagery, The Nurses Certificate Program, The Bonny Foundation and The Imagery Training Institute. These are all excellent programs. In addition, my calendar for more intensive workshops is posted on our Events Page. I’m currently talking with The ConferenceWorks! about a week-long certificate program for next year, but that’s neither certain nor scheduled, and these programs are already up and running and provide terrific training in one-on-one imagery.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award