Over 30 years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn began offering a program of stress reduction to patients and physicians at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. His program combined stress medicine and psychology with meditation, gentle yoga, experiential education, group dynamic exercises, and aspects of Buddhist psychology. Download our essay about MBSR. Learn more about dates, times, tuition, program details. Learn about the instructor or contact him through the contact form below.
He dubbed this 8-week 30 hour training Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training or MBSR. The 8 week program is described in detail in Jon’s landmark book Full Catastrophe Living. A rich background of scientific research and subsequent books by Jon and others has made MBSR one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more. Review the clinical results of MBSR here in our clinic’s white paper. You may want to read the review paper about our MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Context & Relevance. Also, you may be interested in our clinical research paper in the same Journal: Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Participatory Medicine: A Community’s Clinical Evidence.
MBSR is a way of systematically, directly and thoughtfully working with the catastrophes of life and learning to accept and take charge even in the face of these challenges. It’s a way of finding your inherent wisdom to face stress, chronic pain, and illness. Read our newspaper article about mindfulness and medicine.
Since that first program tens of thousands of people around the world have taken the course. Two decades of published research as well as tests and evaluations at our Clinic indicates that the majority of those who have taken the course report:
- Reduction in pain levels
- A lasting ability to cope with stress
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.
- A greater ability to relax
- Greater energy
Our 8-Week Program is modeled on the original one at the UMass Medical School: 8 weeks long, a two and one-half hour class each week, and a daylong retreat class on a Saturday or Sunday. Our curriculum includes these:
- Practical learning of mindfulness meditation practices
- Mindful movement, gentle stretching and adaptive Yoga for anyone
- Exercises that help you enhance awareness in your daily life
- Instruction that is tailored to you personally
- Group dialogue and learning exercises
- Daily homework assignments
- Three audio CD’s and a workbook
MBSR is challenging by design and asks you to make a commitment to attend 30 hours of class time along with daily homework.
We hold the Program in our own well-equipped, safe and comfortable classrooms. To register for the program you must complete an interview with the instructor and submit a completed MBSR Application Packet. Learn more details about the MBSR program dates and free Orientation class dates.
We work with each student to make sure tuition is appropriate and affordable. We offer payment plans and some scholarships as needed. A growing number of health plans and employee benefit wellness plans will reimburse for our course. Check with your healthcare provider, insurance company and HR manager to navigate the process of possible reimbursement. We will provide you a receipt for the course. Call or email to discuss tuition or other registration questions.
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