MBSR Course Fall 2020
October 20 @ 6:30 pm - December 8 @ 9:00 pm UTC-6
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness. It is an intensive 8-week, 9-session training in mindfulness. Groups meet weekly for 2.5 to 3 hours and for a one day retreat between the sixth and seventh class. In each class, participants are provided with instruction in various mindfulness practices, including sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga, and other guided meditations. Information about the human stress response, neuroplasticity, and mind-body medicine will be offered. In addition, there is time in each class for group discussion. It is important to note that participants will be invited to commit 30 to 45 minutes each day for the duration of the eight weeks to do the practices and homework exercises.
The practices are learned together as a group, creating a sense of connection and belonging. Participants are also given the opportunity to practice these techniques at home and given the opportunity to talk about their experiences and discoveries. Class sizes vary, though are kept small enough to allow participants to have a sense of safety and trust.
Completing the MBSR course can be a transformative experience that enables people to become active participants in their own health and well-being, and to ultimately to awaken to their own lives. It is not group therapy; rather, an opportunity to awaken your inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.
There is a substantial body of evidence that mindfulness helps restore and maintain a sense of personal balance, thus helping people to avoid emotional and physical depletion. This is important not only for people with stress-related, mental health, and chronic illness but also for those who want to prevent such struggles. The majority of people who complete the eight-week course report:
lasting decreases in symptoms of physical and emotional discomfort
an increased ability to relax and enjoy life
enriched relationships with self and others
greater energy and enthusiasm for life
better quality of sleep
an ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations
- (Tuesdays): October 20 & 27 – November 3, 10, 17, 24 – December 1 & 8 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Retreat on Saturday, November 28 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)