What is MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1979, by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is taught to people throughout the world who are experiencing challenges in all areas of life. It explores topics like mindful communication, working with difficult emotions and how perception influences our relationship to stressful events. It is an intensive eight week programme that integrates mindfulness into your daily life.
Online: The programme meets every week (Online) for 8 weeks, for 2½ hours. There is a "Full-Day" mindfulness practice modified retreat, which is scheduled on a Saturday, 10.00-4.00pm. (Online). Online meetings use the Zoom platform.
Formal and informal practice: During classes you will learn and practice different forms of mindfulness, including formal sitting meditation, body scan, walking mediation, and yoga and some informal mindfulness practices.
Topics covered: You will learn about stress, and explore habits of thought, emotion and physical reactions. You will have an opportunity to explore effective responses to the challenges of day to day living, ways of relating differently to stress and finding what will improve your sense of wellbeing. There will be some small and large group discussion, (mbsr is not group therapy), offering participants an opportunity to share experiences of practices and exercises.
Home practice: Participants are encouraged to commit to an average of 30-40 mins of practice per day, as home practice helps to deepen the insights and skills to response to difficult mental and physical experiences. You will be provided with an e-handbook and with links to audio recordings of the practices to support your home practice.
Who this is for: This course is suitable for anyone who wants to respond to life with more meaning, and gain a deeper understanding of mindfulness.