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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a comprehensive, evidence-based 8-week program for those wanting to fully explore the benefits of mindfulness. Participants will have the opportunity to establish a solid foundation of mindfulness meditation practice, develop insight into habits and patterns of reactivity that contribute to difficulties, and learn new ways to meet challenges with more flexibility, clarity and ease. 

MBSR enhances internal resources and cultivates life-long tools to help you lessen symptoms and have more quality of life in the face of challenges. It has been shown to help people with a wide range of difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety

  • Low mood

  • Chronic illness and pain

  • Eating difficulties

  • Stress and overload

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Attention difficulties


Details

Fall MBSR programs begin the last week of September (registrations details below)

Program Schedule:

Orientation: Wednesday September 25, 1:00–2:30pm
Weekly sessions: Wednesdays, October 9–November 27, 1:00 to 3:30pm
Retreat: Saturday November 16, 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Vicki Herman 

Cost: $500

Class Size: up to 6 participants

(As Vicki is a registered psychologist, your course fees may be eligible for reimbursement through extended health care plans; fees may also be claimed as a medical expense with income tax) 

To register for Wednesday afternoon


What to expect 

COURSE COMPONENTS

  • Orientation session: 1.5 hours
    Wednesday September 25, 2019, 1:00–2:30pm

    • Program review

    • Practice meditation

    • Considerations re: when to take the course

    • Confirmation of interest

    • Questionnaire

    • Scheduling of individual meeting with instructor

    • Note: the orientation session is a prerequisite to participation in the 8 weekly sessions

  • Individual meeting with your instructor: 45–60 minutes
    Date and time to be established via consultation with instructor

    • Review intake questionnaire

    • Identify personal goals and individual supports for practice

  • 8 weekly sessions: 2.5 hours
    Wednesdays, October 9–November 27, 1:00–3:30pm

    • Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices

    • Mindful movement (e.g., walking, gentle stretching)

    • Weekly themes

    • Learning through direct practice, reflection, and group dialogue

    • Daily home assignments and practice (approximately 45 minutes/day)

    • Weekly handouts and links to audio recordings for home practice

    • Cushioned chairs, yoga mats, meditation benches and cushions available on site

  • Day-long retreat: 6 hours
    Saturday November 16, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

    • Primarily silent

    • Opportunity to deepen and solidify personal learning through extended practice

    • Note: Past MBSR participants are invited to attend this session

If you have any questions or would like further clarification of the MBSR schedule or class format, please contact Vicki Herman at vicki@sitsaskatoon.ca