Information on Teacher Training

We are in the middle of a training and not taking applications at this time. If you feel called to be a Hoffman teacher, please complete this form to be put on a notification list for future training announcements.

Please Note: You must be a graduate of the week-long Hoffman Process to apply to the Teacher Training Program.

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The job of teaching the Process is demanding and deeply rewarding. The lifestyle of a teacher is similar to that of someone who travels for their work, and air travel is required. You have limited access to your family while teaching, as you are focused on working with your students. This can be challenging if you have young children or do not enjoy being away from your home for extended periods of time. The decision to apply to be a Hoffman teacher should not be taken lightly, as it is a lifestyle.

Most of our faculty members teach 8-10 Processes per year, or about once every 4-6 weeks, while also leading virtual programs and providing coaching. Teaching requires both scheduling and financial flexibility. Many faculty members supplement their teaching income with other work that can be scheduled around Processes, including coaching and additional work with the Hoffman Institute.

The teaching schedule is constructed annually and published about 3 months before the new year begins. Upon certification as a new teacher, you will be assigned to teach on an as-needed basis until the next schedule is completed. Because scheduling is tied to enrollment, we can’t guarantee the number of Processes you’ll be scheduled to teach initially. As a new teacher, you would likely teach between four and eight Processes in your first 12 months as a certified teacher.


“Teacher training is like doing the Process 10 times. The journey is intense, often uncomfortable, and profoundly satisfying.”

The Hoffman Process Teacher Training Program takes approximately 2 years. The Training Program supports you in doing the personal work and developing the competencies you need in order to become a teacher. It’s designed to give you every opportunity to succeed. Certification as a Hoffman Process teacher is based on your demonstration of competency by the end of your training. Teacher training is considered job training and teachers are employed by the Hoffman Institute Foundation. Teacher training is primarily in person, and takes place in Northern California, and Kansas City.

Personal Work

Personal work is a cornerstone of your Hoffman Process Teacher Training and will be emphasized throughout. In addition to your own ongoing use of the tools, you will also do coaching work with Hoffman teachers. You are also required to take the Hoffman Process once again (tuition and lodging are covered by the Institute).

Phase 1 – Group Training

Applications for the 2024 – 2025 Training are now closed

In this phase, you will work with experienced teachers and your fellow trainees to learn more about the structure and movement of the Process, how and why it works, and the intentions of each activity. You’ll practice presentations, tools, and one-on-one work, and get detailed feedback. Group work is supplemented by extensive in-home practice and study, including reading and writing assignments and working with training partners. Phase 1 training includes:

  • Monthly 3-day weekend training held in Northern California or Kansas City – Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Twice-monthly Tuesday evening meetings held via teleconference
  • 1 observation of the full 7-day Hoffman Process in Petaluma, CA or Caroline, Alberta (travel, food & lodging are covered by the Institute)
  • Logistics Support role for a full 7-day Hoffman Process at one of our retreat sites (travel, food & lodging are covered by the Institute)
  • Independent Study (readings, assignments, presentations, etc.- required materials provided by Institute)
  • Participate in Buddy Groups
  • Individual mentoring with Director of Teacher Training
      * Adjustments to the above schedule could be made due to travel and gathering restrictions, or the needs of the organization. If such changes need to be made, we will work collaboratively with the training cohort.
Phase 2 – Internship Program


Having successfully completed your group training, you will be invited into Phase 2 – the Internship Program. Internships are done independently in each Process and, where possible, each intern will work with a different training teacher. As an intern you will teach under supervision in actual Processes with increasing levels of responsibility over time – eventually leading a small group through the Process. You’ll receive extensive feedback about all aspects of your performance.

  • Working with a training teacher, complete 5-10 Processes during your internship; the actual number depends on your demonstrated competency
  • Receive training to become a certified Hoffman Coach
  • Begin training and certification on Hoffman virtual courses
  • Twice-monthly Tuesday evening meetings held via teleconference from 6:00pm – 8:00p.m. Pacific Time
  • 3-day weekend training in Northern California – Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m
  • Independent Study (readings, assignments, presentations, etc.)
  • Take the Hoffman Process again, sometime between Internship 2 and Internship 4 (tuition and lodging are covered by the Institute)
  • As needed phone coaching with an assigned Hoffman teacher/coach. This relationship is collegial and supportive, but not evaluative.
  • Participation in Hoffman Virtual Courses


Once you have demonstrated competency in the skills, knowledge, and attributes needed to be a Hoffman Process teacher, you will be invited to join the faculty and be certified as a Hoffman Process teacher. Final Hoffman Process teacher certification is determined by a committee made up of the Director of Teacher Training, and the teacher trainer and supervising teacher of your final Internship. Teacher Training must be completed by December 2025.

Phase 3 – Post-Certification: Associate Teacher Status

As a new Hoffman Process teacher you will continue to have coaching and mentoring support available to you for ongoing competency building.

  • Implement the Development Plan you created in partnership with your Certification Committee over your next 6 to 8 Processes
  • Report to a faculty manager
  • Participate in the All-Teacher Call held every other month
  • Continue training and certification of virtual and graduate courses


  • Hoffman Process graduate
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  • 5-10 years of related work experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent*
  • Demonstrated competency in:
    • Working with people
    • Presentation and facilitation skills
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Experience in guiding individuals in relevant emotional process work
    • Strong technical capabilities, and ability to lead online programs
  • Willingness to travel to all US locations and Canada to teach Processes
  • Commitment to teach a minimum of 8 Processes per year, once established as a teacher
  • Commitment to providing ongoing coaching to Hoffman graduates
  • Commitment to leading virtual programs

*Some exceptions to a Master’s Degree may be made through significant personal and professional experience and/or relevant professional training and certifications; these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The Hoffman Institute is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law or otherwise.

We strive to create a workplace and a faculty in which diversity and inclusiveness are the standard, and not merely an initiative. At The Hoffman Institute, we continue to build an inclusive culture that supports, celebrates, and inspires the diverse voices of our employees and the students we serve. While we have more work to do to continue to advance diversity and inclusivity, we’re continually investing to move our organization forward.


Teacher Training applications are closed at this time.

The following is to give you a sense of what to expect in Part 2 of your application. You will receive specific instructions, including how to submit, upon completing Part 1.

Two videos:

  • Make a video of yourself teaching the concepts of Negative Love and Patterns (maximum 10 minutes) – Recommended resources: Your student workbook, the “Hoffman: Explaining the Negative Love Syndrome” video on our website, the “Path to Personal Freedom and Love” booklet (you can download this from our website), “Journey Into Love” by Kani Comstock, “The Hoffman Process” by Tim Laurence
  • Make a video answering the below two questions (maximum 5 minutes)
    • What is the biggest personal challenge you faced since you completed your Process. How did you recover? Be specific.
    • Tell us about a difficult work situation where you dealt with someone in a highly triggered or emotionally activated state and how you addressed it.

Essay responses to the following (maximum 6 pages total, 1.5 spacing, 12 point Arial font):

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (maximum 3 pages) – Rather than focusing on your love of the Process, please tell us about the specific skills, knowledge, and abilities you would bring to the role of Hoffman Process teacher. What past experiences, courses, and education do you have that are similar? What would be new/foreign to you as a Hoffman Process teacher? In your response, consider:
    • Holding space for emotional exploration in front of a group and individually
    • Leading groups through emotionally intense experiences/breakthroughs
    • Successfully operating in a team environment
    • Skillfully teaching emotionally charged concepts in front of a group
    • Experience teaching/leading online using videoconferencing technology
  • Central Teachings of the Hoffman Process (maximum 1 page) – What do you see as the central teachings of the Hoffman Process? Address this question generally and personally.
  • Other skills, background, and experiences you have that could contribute to the Hoffman Institute Foundation (maximum 1 page)
  • Hoffman Process Teacher Training and You (maximum 1 page) – Over the course of two years, the training to become a Hoffman Process teacher takes place in Northern California; Kansas City, KS; and internships at selected sites. There will be regular weeknight trainings, weekend trainings, and the attendance of many Processes. This requires both availability and flexibility of scheduling and travel. Describe your plan of how this will fit into your life over the next two years.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation
    • Request letters from two people who have been professional supervisors, colleagues, or teachers (excluding Hoffman teachers). Ask each to appraise your performance in the following areas: 1) intellectual abilities and learning capacities, 2) achievements, 3) emotional maturity and willingness to grow, 4) presence in front of a group, and 5) interpersonal and team skills. Do not have more than two sent, only two will be considered.
    • These reference letters are confidential and must be emailed directly to Deb Bethany at by the person making the recommendation in order for them to be included with your application

Teacher Training Application Deadline

The application deadline is September 29th, 2023, no later than 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The following items must be submitted for your application to be considered complete:

  • Signed application (Part 1)
  • Recent photograph (Part 1)
  • Resume or CV (Part 1)
  • Two videos (Part 2)
  • Essay responses (Part 2)
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation (Part 2)

For more information about logistics, timing, and the status of your application, please contact: