What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
-W. Somerset Maugham
The MBSR program was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been taught at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School since 1979 with over 3 decades of research documenting its role in health promotion.
The MBSR Program is an intensive, highly participatory training. It teaches how to bring the power of our attention to the present moment and harness our own innate abilities to recharge and heal.
What Are The Benefits?
Benefits have been documented not just with those dealing with medical conditions, but also the caregivers of society, including physicians, nurses & teachers.
Caregivers have previously experienced such benefits as:
- Reduced burnout & exhaustion
- Improved self-care & resilience
- Expanded situational & self- awareness
- Greater capacity for harmonious communication
- Improved quality of work & service
What Can You Expect?
The course schedule consists of 8 weekly 2.5 hour classes and one day-long class on a Saturday. There are typically 15-25 participants.
This highly participatory, practical course includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Assignments for home practice
- Home practice audio materials and manual
The course is challenging and life-affirming. The aim is to offer a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.
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