SEPT  - DEC 2018


We are excited to announce THREE JEWELS second Meditation Teacher Training this fall! Led by THREE JEWELS president and senior teacher, Hector Marcel, and guest speakers that have completed over 3 years of silent meditation retreat! This training will provide deep instruction on meditation, a basis on cultivating bodhichitta (ultimate compassion) and a thorough understanding of the Lam Rim, or Steps on the Path to Enlightenment in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Practitioners will acquire new tools, sharpen them with precise skill, and re-enter the world as an embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal of love, wisdom and service. The premise of this training is that to teach, to share knowledge, is the very foundation of creating a practice for oneself and that going inward and going outward to serve inform one another inextricably.


Training includes

  • In- depth study of meditation and its practical uses

  • Deepening your daily personal practice

  • A complete overview of enlightenment through meditation

  • Learning correct postures and the preliminaries of meditation

  • Intensive study of all 9 stages of meditation

  • Cultivation of compassion and its importance in meditation

  • In depth study of Shamatha and Vipashyana (Quietude and Insight)

  • Receive instruction on core texts of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy

  • Understand neurophysiological applications of meditation

  • Knowing why yoga and meditation unify

  • The importance of ethics and conduct as the teacher role

  • Learning signature THREE JEWELS meditations

  • Developing and delivering instructions for different audiences (privates, studios, corporations, schools, shelters, and more)

  • In-class teaching with mentor feedback

  • Utilizing service and outreach as opportunities for spiritual growth

  • Observation and notation of THREE JEWELS classes

  • Assigned readings and homeworks

  • Final examination and presentation



Teachers will be credentialed for participation in special projects through Three Jewels including in-house teaching, community initiatives and international service. Beyond Three Jewels classes, our meditation teachers currently teach at corporate workplaces, shelters, schools and more. We do not guarantee employment upon graduating, but you will be more than ready to begin teaching and building your personal brand regardless.



Practice requirements, community involvement and home study will link the weekends together, giving students the opportunity to apply lessons to real life throughout the training. Students will be required to complete written homework and required reading of ancient and modern texts through the training. It is expected that students will maintain a regular meditation practice and a daily meditation journal.

  • Complete Application by Sept 27, 2018

  • Take at least 3 classes at THREE JEWELS prior to applying

  • Interview with Hector Marcel after applying

  • Have a daily personal meditation practice

  • Complete full attendance in the training (there are no make up classes, but everything will be recorded)

  • Complete all readings, homeworks, final exam and presentation




SEPT 28 to DEC 9, 2018

(every weekend except Thanksgiving weekend: Nov 23 - 25)

Weekend Schedule

Fridays | 6 - 9PM

Saturdays & Sundays | 9AM - 5:30PM



Hector Marcel is the President of the Three Jewels. He has served as Senior Teacher for the Asian Classics Institute teaching buddhist philosophy for the past 6 years. At Three Jewels, Hector teaches a series of sutra courses that cover the breadth of a 25 year monastic education for monks and nuns completing a "Geshe" degree, and travels internationally to transmit these teachings. Hector is also social entrepreneur, public speaker and organizational change management specialist. After 15 years of experience leading successful cultural transformations in the public and private sectors in Australia, Hector now consults in New York City to a variety of international clients, integrating eastern philosophy into corporate culture. Hector is the  Senior VP of Learning and Change for John Foley Inc., delivering workshops and keynotes on High Performance designed to achieve excellence in teams and inspire individuals. He is also the founder and Director of the 108 Lives Project: a micro non-profit that cares for under-privileged communities in Nepal. 


Coco Korniczky has been practicing yoga and Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years. She recently completed a traditional 3-year solitary meditation retreat in the Arizona desert. Coco has trained for thousands of hours in various lineages of yoga including Kundalini yoga through the Agni Teacher Training, the Yoga Dharma Teacher Training, the complete Tibetan Heart Yoga Series, and the Mysore Ashtanga and Anusara lineages. She graduated from the Asian Classics Institute, and the Advanced Studies in Vajrayana at Diamond Mountain University. She is licensed in numerous movement and healing modalities including pilates, gyrotonics, and Eastern and Western massage therapies.




Sah D’Simone is a meditation teacher, author, transformational speaker and coach. Born in Brazil, Sah came to the U.S. at the age of 16, working for over a decade in the fashion industry, becoming the co-founder and creative director of Bullett Magazine. Despite his immense success, the high stakes culture of the fashion industry led Sah down a path of addiction and depression, eventually opening the doorway to a different way of life. In 2012, he walked away from his career in fashion and began an intensive search for health and well-being, traveling to Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Europe to study with some of the most prolific masters of our time. After immersing himself in practice for several years, Sah returned to the states, dedicating his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential. Sah has masterfully synthesized the ancient techniques of meditation, contemplative psychotherapy, breath work, and plant based nutrition for a modern and accessible approach to well-being. His infectious enthusiasm for healing and self-love has built a devoted fan base, with a client list that includes Google, MoMa, American Express, the United Nations, New Balance, Bloomingdales, and Havas. Sah also shares his mission with underserved communities, advocating for mental health and well-being in the LGBTIQ and POC communities. 


Geshe Tashi Dorje is the director of the Center for universal peace in New York. He was born on the border of Tibet and Nepal in a remote village. At a very young age, he moved to South India to study at Sery Mey Monastery. In 1991, he received the Getsul (Samsrana) ordination blessing from His Eminence Kachen Lobbing Soepa. In 1993, he received Bikshu (Gelong) Ordination Blessing from His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. In 2003, he was awarded the Rigchung degree on completion of the perfection of wisdom course. In September 2005, he was appointed to be the "Chant Master" which was the third highest rank official of Sera Mey Monastery. After 17 years of studying in Sera Mey Monastery, he was honored with the exceptional Geshe degree. In 2012, he received his Doctorate in Buddhism from H.H The 14th Dalai Lama. He has been living in NYC since 2012 and been teaching Dharma and Tibetan language to New Yorkers.


Molly Birkholm is a yoga and meditation teacher trainer, trauma educator, professional speaker, consultant, and writer.  She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities.  Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents' Organization.  She is also an iRest Yoga Nidra teacher trainer.  Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.


Earle Birney started his studies over 20 years ago under the guidance of Geshe Michael Roach, with whom he completed the 18-course ACI program.  As one of the original pioneers at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, Earle then completed the 7 year advanced study program.  During this time he taught the yoga philosophy programs, meditation, yoga, and Buddhism.  He served on the board of directors, taught yoga in prisons and schools, and led workshops and retreats in Mexico, the United States, and China and Canada. At the conclusion of this advanced study program Earle completed the traditional 3 year three month retreat. Earle has opened 2 youth centers and a youth run cafe for underprivileged youth, developed leadership and day programs for at-risk and adjudicated youth, and now co-directs the Become a Grand Master Program, a spiritual based youth leadership training in China.


Mark Krassner is the founder and CEO of Expectful, an app that makes it easy for hopeful, pregnant and new moms to meditate. Since its founding in 2016, Expectful has partnered with several universities to conduct research on the relationship between a mother’s mind and her baby’s health. The company’s mission is to make meditation as common as prenatal vitamins.






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Pooja Amy Shah, MD is a practicing dual Board Certified Integrative and Family Medicine physician, who is also licensed in medical acupuncture. She has trained at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and recently completed the two year program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute, where she will be staying as teaching faculty. She will be furthering her studies in Tibetan Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in Nepal this fall. Pooja has studied yoga since medical school and has practiced more than 600 hours of vinyasa yoga asana at Kula Yoga Project over the last four years. She has a private integrative medicine practice in lower Manhattan focused on the holistic healing of chronic illnesses and pain using a discerning blend of Eastern medical traditions and standard Western allopathic care. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University / New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she serves as Director of Integrative Medicine, teaches residents and medical students, and works as inpatient hospital faculty.


Q & A

Have questions about the training? Watch this video.

(recorded live at Three Jewels on 9/6/18)



$3000 (paid in full by Sept 28)

Members: $200 off

Application Deposit: $250

 A $250 deposit is required when applying. If you are accepted into the training, this deposit will be applied towards your tuition. The deposit will be returned if you are not accepted. If you are accepted and do not attend, the deposit is non-refundable. Tuition is also non-refundable.