What is MBSR? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week nine session educational training in conscious living, and the practice of Mindfulness. The evidence-based MBSR program is taught in a group format within the context of a highly supportive, and dedicated learning environment.
History of MBSR: The Stress Reduction Clinic was founded in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR is taught worldwide in a variety of settings including: universities, medical centers, schools, corporations, employee wellness programs, law firms; along with speciality programs such as sports teams, corrections, community development, etc.
Who can benefit: Over thirty-five years of scientific research suggests that training in Mindfulness supports overall health enhancement, resilience, and emotional well-being across the life span. MBSR may be of benefit with:
- Enhanced vitality, and well-being
- Work, family, school, relational stress
- Interpersonal communication
- Depression, anxiety, worry, panic
- Enhance mood, emotional regulation
- Chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Cultivate emotional resiliency, concentration, calm
- Chronic illness, high blood pressure, heart disease
- Sleep disturbances and fatigue
- Gastro-intestinal distress, eating challenges
- Learning self care, compassion, equanimity
What to expect: What to expect: MBSR consists of eight weekly two and a half hour classes, and an all day retreat. The learning is participatory, and structured providing guided practices, skill development, and group discussion. Participants receive 31 hours group instruction, a program packet, and guided Mindfulness practice recordings. Participation requires a commitment to oneself, and regular Mindfulness practice.
View the MBSR Frequently Asked Questions document.
View and Print the MBSR Support Services Release Form.
View and Print the MBSR Medical Services Release Form.