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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Move towards greater balance in life and meet everyday challenges with awareness, energy, and life-affirming possibility.

This 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is a scientifically researched mindfulness program developed 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After three decades of published research, those who have participated in MBSR courses around the world report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

Although MBSR is an educational program and not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy is has proved helpful for those with a variety of challenges once treatment or therapy are complete including:

  • Stress from job, family, finances
  • Chronic Pain, or illness
  • Chronic anxiety or panic
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleeplessness
  • Grief/loss
  • Headaches/Depression/Fatigue

Course Curriculum
This course is intensive in nature, and requires a commitment for the eight weeks. The curriculum incorporates the following:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga (any level)
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CDs and a home practice manual

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What people are saying after finishing the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course.

"I have more connection to self and a major increase in awareness of changes in myself and the environment.”

"I have a better overall state of being. More acceptance, and less judgment of myself and others.”

"I am able to step back in times of stress and view myself from the outside - evaluate self."

"I now have tools to use in times of stress, a routine of taking time for myself, and daily frequent and consistent mindful yoga."

"I feel more spaciousness, and more of a sense of choice."

“I am taking more time for spiritual practice.”

"The course was a supportive environment, and I feel a sense of commitment to reduce stress in my life."