8-WEEK MBSR PROGRAMME
Learn to Embrace Your Life
You can’t sail straight into the wind, and if you only know how to sail with the wind at your back, you will only go where the wind blows you. But if you know how to use the wind’s energy and are patient, you can sometimes get where you want to go. You can still be in control.
(J. Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a Mindfulness-based programme based on several decades of clinical experience, designed to assist people with pain and a range of stressful conditions. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of Mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga to help people become more mindful. In recent years, it has been the subject of controlled clinical research, suggesting it has beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life.
Throughout the programme you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain and illness – and the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Your instructor will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:
Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
Individually tailored instruction
Daily home assignments
Home practice audio files and materials
SCHEDULE & COMMITMENT
There is always a free Orientation about the 8-week MBSR Protocol a couple of weeks before the Programme starts.
The Protocol consists of 8 weekly 2-hour Classes plus a Full Day Class (6 hours) on a weekend day (usually after Week 7).
Attendance is a paramount element of the Protocol. Please make sure you can participate in all sessions.
There is approximately an hour’s worth of daily homework assignments which include guided relaxation & meditation practices, reading, and written reflection exercises. It is important to understand that your success in the programme, whether that is to diminish your pain levels, stabilize your mood, or be less stressed, is directly related to your commitment to fully engage in the entire 8-week process, inside and outside of the classroom.
A maximum number of participants will be accepted.
Before enrolling, a brief interview (preferably on Skype) with the instructor is required.
Have a look at our upcoming MBSR courses.
For more information or to enrol in a 8-week MBSR course, please contact us.
USEFUL INFORMATIVE LINKS
A history of MBSR (Center for Mindfulness Website)
Dan Harris’ s The Skeptic’s Guide to Meditation (Infographics)
Mindfulness; in Medicine, Health Care and Society (video presentation by Center for Mindfulness Senior Teachers)
Additional useful links related to MBSR and Mindfulness available – get in touch with us!