Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is an integrative, participant-centred approach to stress management and to date is the longest standing, most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide. The programme was founded in 1979 by Emeritus Professor of Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday. The highly participatory, practical program includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CD’s and a home practice manual

The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

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