The MBSR course is an intensive 8-week training in mindfulness.
It is an invitation to fundamentally transform your relationship with yourself and your life through the practice of mindfulness.
The course was developed at the the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, a committed meditator, for patients whose medical conditions could not be helped any further by medical care alone. The program proved so successful that scientists took notice and started investigating the benefits of MBSR for physical and mental health. What followed was what Time magazine termed the ‘Mindful Revolution’ – an explosion of interest in mindfulness worldwide, with the number of scientific studies growing at an ever accelerating rate.
Today, the MBSR course as developed by Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn is still the gold standard in mindfulness training and taught all over the globe, offering people from all walks of life the opportunity to develop new ways of taking care of themselves and their lives.
During this intensive training in mindfulness you will be supported in creating positive changes through:
- Learning how to calm down by switching from stressed out ‘doing’ mode to ‘being’ mode
- Learning how to regulate and transform emotions through awareness and acceptance
- Understanding your habitual coping habits, discovering new ways of relating to your thoughts and beliefs, and developing new ways of responding to stressful situations
- Increased mental capacity: developing greater concentration, focus, and clarity
- Connecting with your values and priorities and identifying concrete steps you can take to make your days reflect more what truly matters to you
The MBSR course consists of:
- An initial interview with your teacher
- 8 weekly classes of 2.5 hours
- 45-60 minutes practice at home, 6 days per week
- A Day of Mindfulness, held on a Sunday
- Access to an app with recorded guidance for various mindfulness practices, including movement practices
- A 100-page course book
The MBSR course offers you:
- Intensive training in a variety of meditations and yoga based mindful movement practices
- Training in how to bring mindfulness into your everyday life
- Exercises to help you approach different areas of your life with greater mindfulness and to develop skillful new ways of living
- Group discussions
- Ongoing support for your mindfulness journey from your teacher
- The opportunity to explore your patterns and deepen your understanding of them
- Information on stress physiology and the scientific basis for mindfulness practice
Topics covered include:
- Mindfulness of body and breath
- Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions
- Stress patterns, the physiology of stress, and how mindfulness can help
- Mindfulness in relationships / mindful communication
- Mindfulness of daily activities and routines, and making healthy choices
- Mindfulness of priorities and values
- How to continue the mindfulness journey after the course