Terms of Service

Community Rules, Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of the IMTA community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to this medium. This is a great medium with which to request the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions or technical issues should be directed to the IMTA staff by using the contact form.

A few simple rules help us create a positive environment – 1) Be nice. 2) Own your own words. 3) Keep it relevant. 4) Assume good intent. 5) Share. Don’t sell.

These important guidelines are fleshed out in more detail below. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

The Rules

Don’t challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 

Don’t post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact individuals directly with product and service information if you believe it would be helpful them. Do not spam other members. 

Use caution when discussing products and services. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 

All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 

Carefully note all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted. 

Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise. 

Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate discussions. Do not spam several discussions with the same message.

All messages must add to the body of knowledge. IMTA reserves the right to reject any message for any reason.

Discussion Group Etiquette

Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, and location. 

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 

Only send a message to the community when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 

Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list.” Instead, use the web interface to change your settings. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings. 

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of International Mindfulness Teachers Association. International Mindfulness Teachers Association is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by International Mindfulness Teachers Association or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall International Mindfulness Teachers Association be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants International Mindfulness Teachers Association and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

International Mindfulness Teachers Association does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of International Mindfulness Teachers Association, we will take all appropriate action.

International Mindfulness Teachers Association reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and email address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below. Revise your privacy settings on the site here.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

Our Service Providers. 
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers. 
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

Government and Legal Disclosures 
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.


A “cookie” is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by third party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. For any other information please contact us using the IMTA contact form. 

IMTA’s Right To Terminate

IMTA reserves the right to terminate or remove any content, Group or IMTA Community access without notice if (a) IMTA believes that you have acted inconsistently with the spirit or the letter of this Code of Conduct; or (b) IMTA believes you have violated or tried to violate the rights of others; or (c) for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such content). Please help us keep the IMTA Community an enjoyable and positive experience. If you see content that violates our rules, please let us know.

We adhere to the following “Three Strikes” Policy outlining consequences for participants who violate the Code of Conduct:

  1. Upon the first violation, the participant will receive a written warning from a IMTA staff member.
  2. A second violation of a similar nature will result in a three-month suspension from the IMTA Community.
  3. A third violation of a similar nature will result in immediate and permanent suspension of all IMTA Community privileges.