Program Data

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR is highly participatory and deeply engaging experiential learning.

Developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, MBSR is an 8-week program of intensive training in mindfulness meditation. MBSR has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence based program through the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Mindfulness . . . Why bother? –  Use your mind to change your brain (to change your mind).
States of mindfulness become traits with practice. During the 8-week MBSR class you can develop more mindful traits. (if you practice) Research shows mindful traits to be beneficial for the mind, the body, and relationships.
MINDincreased sense of well-being: Deeper experience of focus, purpose, compassion, and balance; increased resilience to stress.
BODYbrain growth: with structural and functional changes, normalizing of blood pressure and heart rate, improved gut and immune functioning.
RELATIONSHIPSenhanced: increased empathy and compassion, greater capacity to be open to the internal states of ourselves and others, and to respond in more accepting and loving ways.