M I N D F U L N E S S -
B A S E D S T R E S S
R E D U C T I O N
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a comprehensive, evidence-based 8-week training program for people who want 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 supports real changes in the brain. It is proven to help many with a wide range of difficulties:
Chronic illness and pain
Stress and overload
Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:30pm
January 26 – March 30, 2019
Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:30pm
January 30 – March 27, 2019
Instructor: Vicki Herman
(Vicki is a registered psychologist so the course fees may be eligible for reimbursement through extended health care plans; fees may also be claimed as a medical expense with income tax)
What to expect
A variety of guided mindfulness meditation practices
8 weekly classes, 2.5 hours in length
1 day-long session, 5.0 hours in length, on Saturday March 9, 2019
U to 8 participants per course
Mindfulness is a skill that is developed through the practice of mindfulness meditation. In MBSR, a significant part of weekly classes are devoted to guided practice, and daily home practice (approximately 45 minutes) is part of the commitment.
Participants are also encouraged to approach the program with curiosity. The learning in MBSR is experience-based; participants learn through doing the practice. Reflections (yours and other participants’) on the experience (e.g., what happened, what was noticed) enhance learning and insight.
Mindful movement is included in the practices (e.g., walking, gentle stretching). No level of skill is required. Mindful movement is not achievement based—there is no pose to get right. The focus is on awareness of sensations in the body and moving in a way that respects the limits of the body in that movement.
Participant resources include weekly handouts and links to guided meditations for home practice. Yoga mats, padded chairs, and meditation benches are available on site for participant use.
Self-care and commitment are cornerstones of this course. Participants are encouraged to listen to what is needed to make choices with compassion and courage. Home practice, for example, is central to what participants can learn from the course. Participants are responsible to themselves for seeing what is possible, given the changing circumstances in life, and encouraged to bring kindness and commitment to this endeavour