Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week experiential course that includes meditation, mindfulness, and movement practices. These practices support you in developing your inner resources for managing stress, regulating emotions and cultivating resilience. MBSR has been researched for over 40 years and outcomes include a decrease in symptoms in physical and psychological stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress, and hypertension. Most importantly, these practices nurture a capacity for greater self-compassion, awareness, and appreciation of oneself.

The founder of MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote, MBSR is about “redirecting your attention and reconnecting with what is most salient and important for you in the moment, in the here and now of your life unfolding.”

Who can benefit from MBSR:

People come to MBSR seeking relief from many different life stressors including parenting, work, relationships, physical health challenges, depression, anxiety, life transitions, etc.

Some of the benefits of MBSR:

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce suffering and distress and increase well-being by helping participants relate to small irritations, difficult challenges, and suffering with less reactivity.

MBSR is often referred to as “participatory medicine.” These practices can help you access a natural capacity to care for yourself and find greater peace of mind.

Research has shown the majority of people who complete the 8-week MBSR course report some of the following benefits:

  • Increased ability to deal with both short and long-term stress
  • Improved focus and resilience
  • Recover more quickly from challenges
  • Decreases in both physical and physiological symptoms
  • Increased ability to deal with chronic pain
  • Renewed excitement/connection to life

Course Structure and Time Commitment:

  • Complete registration and pay course fee of $300
  • Orientation
  • Brief one-on-one meeting with the instructor prior to the first class
  • 2.5 hour class once a week for 8 weeks
  • An all-day retreat
  • 30-45 minutes of home practice each day during the week before the next class

We invite you to register and join us in this 8-week course to explore how mindfulness practice can be supportive in your life. The orientation will provide more detailed information about the course.

*MBSR is not therapy or medical treatment nor is it meant to replace therapy or medical treatment. It is often used as a complementary aid to medical or psychological treatment.

Upcoming Classes

In Partnership with The Speedy Foundation

DATES: February 20 – April 16

LOCATION: Live Online via Zoom

Please note that we are unable to record sessions but participants are provided weekly written learning resources and guided practice recordings.

SCHEDULE/LENGTH: 9 Weeks (Orientation, 8 Weekly 2.5 hour Classes, 1 All-Day Virtual Retreat)

ORIENTATION: Tuesday, February 20, 4:00-6:00 PM MST

CLASS DATES/TIME: Tuesdays from 4:00-6:30 PM MST – February 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16

ALL-DAY RETREAT: Sunday, April 7 – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm MST

INSTRUCTOR: Vashti Summervill

COURSE FEE: $300.00

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to anyone accessing the benefits of MBSR. Please reach out to the instructor if you need a partial scholarship.

Refunds are available after orientation, before the first session. Thank you.

The Mindfulness and Health Institute in partnership with Brown University also has ongoing virtual and in-person opportunities. Please click here for current cours

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