Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
MBSR is an intensive 8-week, once weekly, group program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. It is now an internationally acclaimed program with a growing body of research supporting its psycho-physiological benefits.
It is also used as a standard in studies researching the benefits of Mindfulness, including (but not limited to) reduction of inflammation and stress, increase in immunity, and improvement of fertility.
The curriculum is based on an emerging field of mind-body medicine and neuropsychology. Mindfulness actually rewires the brain and strengthens the neural pathways for resilience. It helps us to be less reactive to stressors, to manage and recover more quickly from stress, and to decrease the negative impacts of chronic stress on our bodies.
Through practical training in mindfulness, cognitive behavioural and self-regulation skills, participants learn to cultivate a different relationship with stress and to develop skillful and healthy strategies in response to challenging situations.
The program consists of:
- an orientation
- eight weekly (2½ hour) classes
- a 6-hour Day of Mindfulness Retreat between weeks six and seven
For optimal benefit, this program requires participants to follow daily home practice assignments, designed to assist in the development of an effective, nourishing, and sustainable meditation practice.
Classes include presentations of information and experiential learning through:
- a variety of guided meditation practices
- mindful movement exercises (with optional modifications for safety)
- discussion of the challenges, benefits, and strategies for developing a mindfulness practice in daily life
Next Online Course: Mindfulness for Fertility
Join us for this fall’s 8-week series with seasoned Mindfulness Instructors, Stephanie Curran and Dr. Alda Ngo, who have over 35 years combined clinical experience, supporting fertility patients. They have also both had their own personal experiences struggling with infertility, and found their Mindfulness practices to be a key support on their own fertility journeys.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program using Zoom. You will need a high-speed internet connection, a video cam (built-in or external), and an audio microphone (built-in or external).
Mon, Sept 28
6-730PM PT | 7-830 MT
Mondays, Oct 5 – Nov 23
6-830PM PT | 7-930 MT
Day of Mindfulness Retreat:
Sunday, Nov 8
9AM-3PM PT | 10AM-4PM MT
By donation at the completion of our 8wks together.
During these uncertain times and with many experiencing significant financial strain, registration to this 26hr course is being offered by donation.
The deadline for registration is Sep 28.