Healers Circle Student Agreement
Before you begin the program, please read and accept the following Student
The Essentials of Mindfulness Online Course (EMOC) is a diverse community of teachers, students, and practitioners who are committed to maintaining an environment that encourages and supports personal growth and awareness.
It is a community with high standards and expectations, including established ethical principles and guidelines of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with the values of the EMOC, such as the practices of lovingkindness and compassion, ethical living, non-violence, mutual respect, forgiveness, equanimity, and peace.
Students in the EMOC are expected to comply with all policies and guidelines, conducting themselves in ways that support this program and all of its participants.
As a student and member of the EMOC community, I agree to uphold the following principles:
I will conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner consistent with the EMOC values.
I will respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students, teachers, mentors, and staff in the program—and in the communities in which I practice and teach—regardless of race, color, national origin/ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, military/veteran status, or marital status.
I will respect privacy of all students, teachers, mentors, and staff in the program and will hold in strict confidentiality any personal information that I may know about others or that is shared with me by others, including contact information.
I will commit to authentic, respectful, mindful, and timely communication with fellow students and with mentors.
During the program, I will commit to conducting myself in a manner that encourages open communication and does not interfere with others’ ability to participate meaningfully in the program.
As a student of mindfulness, I will maintain clear, appropriate, ethical, and professional boundaries with my peers.
Upon my successful completion of the course and all completion requirements, I understand the following:
Completion of this program does not qualify me to call myself a “dharma teacher,” or “Buddhist teacher.”
Completion of this program does not qualify me to teach mindfulness classes, groups, workshops, and day-long intensives, for which significant additional practice and training is required.
Completion of the program will not certify me to teach multi-day mindfulness residential retreats, for which significant additional practice and training is required.
Completion of this program does not certify me to present myself as a mindfulness therapist, counselor, coach, or any other role that implies psychological guidance. I am also not certified to present myself as a mindfulness health coach, mindfulness health counselor, or any other role that implies health/medical guidance.
I understand that completion this program does not authorize me to offer medical or mental health advice, and I will refrain from doing so. I understand that I am not to suggest or imply medical or mental health diagnoses or treatments.
Upon completion, I will receive a certificate of completion from Healers Circle.
I further understand and agree that Healers Circle may rescind or revoke my certification if I fail to abide by any of the principles set forth in this Agreement, including, but not limited to, my commitments laid out above regarding the representations I may make to the public or students regarding the nature of this certification, my agreement to maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with my students, and my commitment to conduct myself consistent with the EMOC values.
The Essentials of Mindfulness Online Course prohibits discrimination and harassment by teachers, mentors, or students. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin/ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, military/veteran status, or marital status. Prohibited harassment includes inappropriate, unwelcome, or offensive conduct, whether verbal, visual, physical, written, or otherwise. Conduct that creates a hostile or unsafe learning environment will not be tolerated, and Healers Circle reserves the right to remove individuals from the program who engage in harassment or exhibit aggressive, offensive, disruptive, or bullying behavior in any interaction or communication, whether in-person or online, including web forums, messages, emails, chats, discussion boards, social media pages, video conferences, phone calls, text messages, or otherwise.
Students who experience inappropriate, offensive, or aggressive behavior directed toward them or in reference to them should contact the Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their EMOC teacher, who will escalate the issue as needed. The EMOC community takes these concerns very seriously. Any complaints of harassment or discrimination will be responded to in a timely manner, kept confidential to the extent possible, and investigated. If an investigation confirms that discrimination or harassment has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken and steps will be taken to eliminate or deter future misconduct. Retaliation against any individual who brings complaints of discrimination or harassment is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated within the EMOC community.
Acknowledgments and Waivers
I understand that the Essentials of Mindfulness Online Course is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure physical or mental illness. I will not receive therapy as part of this program. I also understand that the instruction and advice presented by Healers Circle, the other EMOC teachers, and any other associated third parties is not meant to be used in place of professional medical advice.
I understand that it is my responsibility to take care when determining my ability to do any physical movements or exercises recommended in this program. If I have any concerns whether a movement class or exercise is suitable for me or if I have a particular injury or condition that may impact my ability to do any movement or exercise recommended in this program, I will consult my physician before beginning my movement practice. I agree to consult the EMOC teachers to get instruction on how I may complete the coursework, taking into account any restrictions provided by my physician or other accommodations I may need.
In consideration for being allowed to participate in the EMOC, I hereby release and forever discharge Healers Cirlce, EMOC’s teachers and mentors, Healers Circle’s officers, employees, affiliates, representatives, and any associated third parties (the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, liabilities, obligations, disputes, damages, causes of action, known or unknown, which exist or may arise as a result of my participation in this program, including, but not limited to, any claims for negligence, personal injury, death or damage to person or property, or loss sustained as a result of my participation in the movement classes, in-person events (including my travel to and from such events), and online learning programs, or arising out of, or in connection with, the use of any services or facilities of Sounds True and the venues used for classes and events, to the fullest extent allowable by law.
I understand that Healers Circle reserves the right to terminate my participation in this program without a refund or to withhold or revoke my certification if my behavior violates the terms or agreements laid out in this Agreement or if they, at their sole discretion, deem me unfit to participate. They also reserve the right to terminate my participation in this program or withhold or revoke my certification if they deem that I lack the subject matter understanding, ethical commitment, or emotional maturity to serve as a mindfulness meditation teacher. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Released Parties and the Program harmless from any and all claims, damages, costs, and expenses, including attorney fees, arising from or relating to my use of the Program and or any services that I provide.
This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with, and its performance governed by, the laws of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This Agreement shall be binding upon me and my heirs, and any other representatives. Any claims pertaining to my participation in this program shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Hong Kong, to the extent allowable by law. The provisions of this Agreement are severable. If any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.