Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Contemplative Psychotherapy Toronto

Two-year training integrating time-tested mindfulness and compassion practices in Buddhist psychology with evidence-based western psychotherapy and neuropsychology.


The Toronto program is an online certification  program for those residing both inside and out of the Toronto area. This program is a combination of in person  retreats, online learning and live interactive online meetings.


The Toronto program begins each October with a 3-day weekend retreat hosted by our local partner, the Institute for Traditional Medicine (ITM) in Toronto, where Nalanda Institute Director Joe Loizzo provides intensive instruction. There are also two additional retreats at ITM—the first lead by Joe, Pilar Jennings, or another of our core faculty—and the final daylong retreat with Marco Mascarin and facilitator Moustafa Abdelrahman.

Semesters are comprised of watching weekly 3-hour videotaped classes from New York, weekly readings, and daily meditation practices, enhanced by six 90 minute zoom supervision meetings (including group discussion and guided meditation practice) with Drs. Joe Loizzo, Marco Mascarin, and Moustafa Abdelrahman over the year. A concluding retreat celebrates classmates’ capstone projects.


Those who complete all in-person retreats, live virtual cohort meetings, online lectures, readings, daily meditations, assignments and capstone project are awarded Certificate in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for the Mindfulness Year and Certificate in Compassion-based Psychotherapy for the Compassion Year. It is not mandatory to complete both years, and one may apply separately for each.


Psychotherapists of all disciplines—psychology, social work, nursing and medicine—as well as integrative health providers, creative arts therapists, coaches and human resource professionals, educators, yoga teachers, social entrepreneurs and others in the helping fields are encouraged to apply.

Preference may be given to those who are established in their clinical practice, who have had at least some exposure to meditative practices, and who wish to deepen their awareness of contemplative-based practices and their clinical applications. Students currently in graduate-level professional training are also welcome to apply.


Tuition for Toronto participation is CAD $3200 per year. Tuition includes retreats and all materials. A small number of scholarships and flexible payment options are available based on financial need.

Please note that no refunds or credits will be issued once classes begin in October, 2019.

Application information

The application period for the Mindfulness Year starting Fall 2019 has closed.  If you are interested and have any questions about the Toronto Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy be sure to contact us.

More information may be found here.

Please visit the X-Hale/ITM website to apply.


Dr. Joe Loizzo,

Graduates of Toronto’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program with Marco Mascarin and Miles Neale.