Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

About the Program

The MBSR program was created more than 30 years ago by The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (by Jon Kabat-Zinn and assisted by Saki Santorelli and their able staff). The program teaches you powerful methods for reducing stress and learning to actively participate in your health and well-being. Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete our Program report:

  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
  • An increased ability to relax
  • A more stable, centered perspective from which to observe life’s ups and downs
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • Reduction in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Great energy and enthusiasm for life

Mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is a natural human capacity—a powerful resource you can become familiar with and harness for coping, for growing, for moving towards greater levels of health and well-being. It is inherent and natural, but it does take practice in order to develop. Many people find that the group class over a two month period is the best way to begin a lasting mindfulness-based practice.

Participating in the Stress Reduction Program does require a commitment to your-self and to the Osher Clinical Center. You will be asked to attend all classes and practice daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes per day.

When you enroll, you will learn:

  • Practical coping skills to improve your ability to handle stressful situations
  • Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed, alert, and at ease
  • Gentle, full-body conditioning exercises to strengthen your body and release muscular tension
  • To become increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
  • To take responsibility for improving your own health
  • To face change(s) and difficult times in your life with greater ease
  • To discover and develop your own abilities to help yourself move towards greater balance, control, and peace of mind

The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructor is accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment. The course schedule consists of eight weekly morning or evening classes and one day-long class on a Saturday or Sunday. Courses are offered in fall, winter, spring, and summer. As a participant, you will receive:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and mindful Yoga practices
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • A range of exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Exercises and methods to enhance interpersonal communication skills
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Two guided mindfulness CDs and a workbook

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