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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a comprehensive, evidence-based 8-week training 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

Winter MBSR programs begin the week of January 26 (registration now open: see details below)
Spring MBSR programs begin the week of April 17 (registration details TBA)

Class Schedule:

MBSR Saturday Mornings: 10:00am to 12:30pm, January 26 – March 30, 2019 (no class Feb. 23)
MBSR Wednesday Afternoons: 1:00 to 3:30pm, January 30 – March 27, 2019 (no class Feb. 20)

Instructor: Vicki Herman 

Cost: $500

Class Size: up to 8 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 Saturday mornings or Wednesday afternoons


What to expect 

COURSE COMPONENTS

  • Orientation session: 1.5 hours
    Saturday January 19, 2019, 10:00–11:30am OR Wednesday, January 16, 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, 1:00–3:30pm OR Saturdays, 10:00am–12:30pm

    • 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, and meditation benches available on site

  • Day-long retreat: 5.0 hours
    Saturday March 9, 2019, 10:00am–3:00pm

    • Primarily silent, day-long retreat

    • Opportunity to deepen and solidify personal learning through extended practice

    • Note: both Wednesday and Saturday groups will come together for this retrea

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