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
If you would like to retake this course we are pleased to offer a 30% discount to returning students.
Upcoming MBSR Courses
Current Course Pages
The following links direct course participants to a password protected page for their respective course.
MBSR Master Teacher Spotlight
Amanda Votto is a mindfulness teacher trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for Mindfulness. She has extensive experience with mindful meditation, including leading a weekly meditation group, mindful parenting courses, and her own blog, www.divinewithin.me. Amanda is a practicing physician assistant in cardiology and her particular areas of interest include mindful parenting, education and mindfulness in the healthcare setting.
Tracey Sondik, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works in both hospital and private practice settings. She completed the MBSR professional training at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D, and has been teaching MBSR for the past 8 years in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and yoga studios.
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 those dates and all of our silent offerings.
Overnight Retreat with Chris Grosso and Brandon Nappi
September 13-15, 2019
Join us as we focus on courage and strengthening our willingness to face fear fearlessly through various meditations, creative exercises, and compassion practices.
Overnight Retreat with Sharon Gutterman, PhD
September 27-29, 2019
A unique opportunity to experience the key elements of the classic Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in a supportive weekend retreat. Discover how to connect with both your internal and external resources to build resilience, strength, and feel a sense of well-being no matter what challenges you face.
Overnight Retreat with Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
October 11-13, 2019
Explore the four main subjects of contemplation: body, feelings, mind, and thoughts, and each of these is further divided into subsets whose purpose is the development of mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
Overnight Retreat with Mark Nepo
October 18-20, 2019
This weekend retreat is based on the publication of New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo’s new book, "More Together Than Alone."
Overnight Retreat with Beth Mulligan and Brandon Nappi in Madison, CT
October 20-25, 2019
Exploring and practicing the foundational teachings of Mindfulness in a 5 night silent residential retreat. Led by certified MBSR and Mindfulness Teachers Beth Mulligan and Brandon Nappi at Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT.
Overnight Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault
Nov. 8-14, 2019 or Nov. 8-10, 2019
Join us for a 6-night or weekend silent retreat that provides a sacred opportunity for a large Community of Contemplatives to gather as a healing presence to the world and to one another.
Overnight Retreat with Suzanne Manafort
November 22-24, 2019
We welcome veterans, spouses and family members to join us on this weekend retreat and explore powerful mind-body practices which strengthen resilience, bring peace of mind, and relieve traumatic symptoms.
Five Night Silent Retreat with Zayda Vallejo and Éowyn Ahlstrom
January 5-10, 2020
This 5-day silent retreat is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Overnight Retreat with Sandrine Harris & Sondra Loring
January 10, 2020 5pm - January 12, 2020 1pm
Explore what it means to experience our own innate resilience and cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves as we mindfully listen and attend to our body and mind.
Annual Retreat with Miranda Chapman
January 31-February 2, 2020
In this annual retreat with Miranda Chapman, we will explore the home we can cultivate within ourselves—a home where everything is welcome: the comfortable and uncomfortable, the familiar and unfamiliar.
Overnight Retreat with Scott Tusa
February 14-16, 2020
Uncover the true peace of our own inner awakened nature.
Overnight Retreat with Dr. Anna Yusim
March 13-15, 2020
Come explore this divinity, whatever the concept means to you, as you harness the power of synchronicity, elevate your consciousness, and embrace your interconnectedness.
Five Night Silent Retreat with Kate Mitcheom
May 3-8, 2020
Sink into stillness through meditation, gentle guided movement, and the practices of mindfulness, meditation and compassion.
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