Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Since Jon Kabat-Zinn’s first MBSR program tens of thousands of people around the world have taken the course. Three decades of published research as well as tests and evaluations in my trainings here 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

My next MBSR program will be offered online in fall of 2022 staring Thursday September 29th at 6pm with a free Orientation on Thursday, September 22nd at 6pm, online (book here).  As you consider the course –  Contact Me, Brant, with any questions you may have,

Please Note:  If you are having financial difficulties during this challenging reach out and we will find a way to provide a place for you in the course via payments, scholarship, or gift.  We will find a place for you if this is learning that calls to you.

My 8-Week Program is directly modeled on the original one at the UMass Medical School where I have been certified to teach MBSR: 8 weeks long, a two-plus 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
  • Audio recordings and a workbook
  • Daily homework assignments

Some History, Research & Clinical Results Here:

Over 30 years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn began offering a program of stress reduction to patients and physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Worcester. This first MBSR program combined stress medicine and psychology with meditation, gentle yoga, experiential education, group dynamic exercises, and aspects of phenomenological psychology. Jon 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. Read a summary of my MBSR program’s clinical results  You may want to read the review paper about my MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by my colleagues, 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in  Participatory Medicine Context and Relevance  Also, you may be interested in my clinical research paper coauthored by my colleague Dr. Michael Christopher and my intern Zeynep Sunbay-Bilgen in the same Journal: Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Participatory 
Medicine- A Community’s Clinical Evidence.  Here is a link to some video interviews with recent MBSR students and below you’ll find a YouTube video of comments by alumni of my trainings. 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 my newspaper article about mindfulness and medicine: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine. MBSR is challenging by design and asks you to make a commitment to attend 30 hours of class time along with daily homework.

Getting Started: 

I have held the MBSR course online since early 2020 and will continue through fall of 2022.  I may begin in-person classes in 2023. Reach out with any questions.

To register for the program you must complete a brief conversation with me and submit a completed online  MBSR Application. I work with each student to make sure tuition is appropriate and affordable. I offer payment plans and some scholarships as needed and as best I can arrange with you. 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. I will provide you a receipt for the course. Call or email to discuss tuition or other registration questions. With my colleagues I have developed and delivered mindfulness-based trainings tailored for a variety professions and organizations.  Read more:  My Organizational Trainings Page. You may want to learn more about my background and training or contact me for a courtesy Clarity Session.  I will be more than glad to visit with you about your interest in MBSR via email, phone or here.

Further Details:

Note as above I work with each student to make sure tuition is appropriate and affordable. I offer payment plans and some scholarships as needed and as best I can arrange with you.

Tuition:  To pay tuition you must complete the application and visit with Brant briefly via phone to make sure this course is right for you at this time.  You will be provided a link to pay tuition at that time. The $325 tuition payment or agreement should be completed by September 22nd.

Class and Home Practice:  There will be gentle movement appropriate to your unique capacities, periods of sitting or lying stillness, periodic reflections with course members, and other simple, straightforward modes of practice outlined in weekly emails.

Class Times:  We will meet weekly on Thursdays staring September 29th at 6-8pm online for 8 weeks with a free one-hour Orientation (book here) at 6pm the week before classes begins, Thursday September 22nd.  There will be an all-day MBSR retreat on Sunday October 30th; 10am to 5pm.  Check you schedule to mark these dates and times.