Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course for the Community

(For the community-at-large, individuals who are not Wellness House members.)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ( MBSR) is a person-centered educational approach which uses training in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga as the core of a program to teach you how to take better care of yourself and live a healthier, and more adaptive life.

No matter your profession or background, now is the time to make self-care a priority. It is something that is easy to put off until “later”, but so important to do now. Phebe Duff is an amazing certified MBSR instructor with over 10 years of experience teaching this practice. Join us as we together take the time to invest in ourselves, de-stress, and learn how to incorporate daily practices to help keep our inner peace during this tumultuous time.

ABOUT MBSR: MSBR was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinnat the University of Massachusetts in 1979.  Since that time this evidence-based group program has empowered thousands in changing the way that they relate to the challenges of day to day life.  According to Kabat-Zinn, the basis of MBSR is mindfulness, which he defined as “moment-to-moment,non-judgmental awareness.” We are so lucky to have MSBR instructor Phebe Duff in our community and inspired to bring the power of MSBR to Wellness House.

DATES: The course is eight weeks and includes a half day of silent practice. Meets online via Zoom.

COST: This course is offered on a ‘donate-to-participate’ basis, with a recommended contribution of  $50 – $150.

Registration for the MBSR Community Offering scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 13th is currently closed as the class has reached capacity.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of format do the classes follow?

Each class is limited to 15 participants to ensure an individual-focused experience, and consists of a period of mindfulness practice and a period of discussion/activities.

What is covered in each class?

Week 1:  Introduction to Mindfulness
Week 2:  Perception and Creative Responding
Week 3:  There is pleasure and power in being present
Week 4:  Awareness of being stuck in one’s life and how to get unstuck
Week 5:  Reacting and responding to stress
Week 6:  Stressful communications
Mindful Half Day
Week 7:  Intake stress
Week 8:  Keeping your practice going

What are the practices like?

Formal practices:  body scan; seated meditation (in a chair, on the floor, against the wall etc.); yoga.  CDs or electronic files are available for your home practice.

Informal Practices:  eating; walking; “noticing” journals; daily tasks

What kind of commitment does the course involve?

  • To do the practices as assigned (generally 6 days a week for 30 minutes).
  • Come to class (with the caveat that life happens!).

Are there any limitations to participating?

There are no physical limitations to taking the course.  If you are under a therapist’s care for any mental health issues, please get their OK to take the course.