Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a holistic and scientifically validated method for reducing stress and restoring a sense of balance to one’s life. Integrating principles of Eastern meditative practice with a modern understanding of stress and anxiety, MBSR helps us live our lives more skillfully. It does this by strengthening our capacity to be aware of our reactions in the moment, increasing our ability to handle unpleasant thoughts, feelings and sensations, and enabling us to respond to our circumstances in a centered way. MBSR was pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been validated in several scientific studies and shown to benefit individuals confronting a range of difficulties.
MBSR workshops, as developed by the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical School, typically meet for two hours and 30 minutes, one day per week, for eight weeks, with a full-day (7-hour) retreat between the sixth and seventh sessions. This workshop will be a modified MBSR course. We will follow the core curriculum as developed by the UMass Center for Mindfulness, but will instead meet for nine weeks for one hour and 45 minutes each time. Many people find that this modified format is easier to integrate into one’s working life. As with the standard MBSR workshop, participants are asked to also set aside time at home each week to practice skills learned in class (30 minutes per day, five days per week). A commitment to the full nine-week program is required as each class builds upon material learned in previous weeks.
Cost for the nine-week program is $240 with a $20 discount if registering by September 10. A full refund is available up to one week before the start date. For more information contact: MBresnan@NSMindfulness.com, or register by following this link: September MBSR Course