Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses (MBSR)
Mindfulness is a way of relating directly to whatever is happening in your life, consciously and with intention. Mindfulness is not something that you have to “get’" or acquire; it’s already within you — a deep internal resource you can always tap into in the service of growing, coping and healing.
"Thank you for a life-changing experience. In a way, I feel as if the winds have changed course and I am heading towards a more balanced life with greater equanimity and peace."
- Carina Jiminez
What is the MBSR Program?
MBSR is an 8-week program that provides you with tools to help you cultivate greater mindfulness in your day-to-day life. Each session is highly participatory, and the training encompasses a wide array of mindfulness practices, including sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating and mindful communication.
Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the MBSR course report:
- Increased well-being and happiness
- Less stress and anxiety
- Strengthened immune system
- Less emotional reactivity
- Greater focus and cognitive flexibility
- Greater empathy and compassion
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain
MBSR is for everyone. The only requirement is the desire for greater awareness, balance, ease, and happiness.
"The problems and issues haven't gone away, but the way I choose to handle them has changed. I feel so much more positive about this life." - Betty
MBSR Master Teacher Spotlight
Suggested Retreats for MBSR Graduates
Here is a sampling of our upcoming programs that may be of particular interest to MBSR graduates. You’re always welcome to attend the day-long silent retreat at the conclusion of our ongoing MBSR programs. Click here for all of our silent offerings.
A Short History
MBSR was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. Since then, well over 20,000 people have completed the program, a number that grows daily. MBSR has been featured on CBS’s Sixty Minutes, the Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary, “Healing and the Mind,” NBC Dateline, ABC’s Chronicle and in countless national print media. It is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn's best selling book, “Full Catastrophe Living” and Saki Santorelli's book, “Heal Thy Self.”
MBSR is rooted in the two distinct lineages of science, medicine and psychology on the one hand and Buddhist meditative traditions on the other. Its practice is nonsectarian and has universal application, focusing on mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges and adventures of everyday life.
“I've been a dedicated spiritual student for well over a decade, and have taken more courses during that time than most do in a lifetime! But the MBSR course blew my socks off. It added a layer of grace to my practice and my life. I am eternally grateful.” – Linda A.
“The MBSR course was life transforming. It gave me stronger tools for more steady and rooted mindful life practices which showed up in my personal and professional life in subtle and beautiful ways.” – Helen B.
“Four weeks into the course, my wife and I were having a discussion. She stopped and said, “Something is different. You are listening so attentively.”” – Rich B.
“This is the first time I have been relatively pain free in five years.” – Mary Ann
“MBSR brought a depth to my mindfulness practice and helped me become more committed. I like to think of it not as a diet of meditation, but rather one of several snacks a day. Lots of two-minute, one-minute, and 30-second practices are bringing me peace.” – Brian M.
“I enjoy teaching retreats and MBSR courses at Copper Beech Institute because of the sincere intention to support teachers and participants in every way possible.” – Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D., MBSR Master Teacher