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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Have you ever had the experience of physically arriving at a destination without being able to recall the journey there? So busy attending to the constant thoughts in your head that you are not aware of what is actually happening in the present moment?

Mindfulness is a way of taking back your life.  It is the practice of paying wise attention to whatever is happening in your life, moment-to-moment, without judgment. This way of paying attention is healing. It reduces stress by helping you to access your own inner resources for coping, growing, learning, and living fully.

WHAT IS THE MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM [MBSR]

It is an eight week class originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School over 30 years ago to develop skills that can be used in everyday life to manage stress, pain and illness. It is now offered in hundreds of hospitals and clinical settings in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about MBSR at the University of MA Center for Mindfulness.

In this Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program , you will learn mindfulness skills in a safe, supportive, deeply engaging group learning environment. Through meditation, simple hatha yoga, interactive exercises, and group discussion, you will develop self-regulatory skills and insights to reduce stress symptoms and deepen well-being. You will learn how to finely tune your attention to thoughts, emotions and physical sensations—increasing awareness, and mobilizinginner resources for changing attitudes and behavior.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MBSR AND MEDITATION?

Brain scans before and after 8 weeks of MBSR reveal physiological changes in regions of the brain—a thickening of the cerebral cortex, associated with higher order reasoning and empathy, and a reduction in the amygdala, from which stress and reactivity originates.  Health benefits of MBSR include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced medical symptoms
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved mental health
  • Decreased stress hormones
  • Improved sleep patterns

Review published research supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation:

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM MBSR?

Those experiencing stress, and/or anxiety related to work, finances, school, family, aging, or grief; those who are facing or recovering from surgery, experiencing chronic illness, pain, panic, fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, and the feeling that their life is “out of control”.

HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?

The MBSR program is interactive and experiential. Each of the 8 sessions include meditation, small and large group discussions, simple yoga, and activities designed to bring your internal experience into focus. You will be expected to attend all classes and to practice 45 minute daily home assignments. The full day retreat is an opportunity to apply mindfulness training for an extended period of time—providing time and space to deepen your practice!

WHAT IS THE FEE?

The MBSR program is a self-pay program offering 25 hours of direct instruction plus course materials.  The fee is $400 per person.  Materials include a workbook and 6 guided meditation CDs.  Meditation cushions and yoga mats are provided free of charge.

2017 MBSR CALENDAR SCHEDULE

Spring Session

March 11-April 29, 10 am-12 noon
Full day session April 22, 10 am-3:00 pm

HOW DO I REGISTER? 

Please contact Stana Gnatovich at stanamg@me.com to register for the MBSR program.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to reserve a space in the class.