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
MBSR Fall 2018 Daytime
Location - West Hartford Campus
Class Dates - 8 Mondays:September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Class Time - 9:30–noon, with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat - Sunday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
MBSR Fall 2018 Evening
Location: West Hartford Campus
Class Dates - 8 Mondays: September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 (skipping October 8)
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat - Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
MBSR Fall 2018 Evening - Shoreline
Location - Shoeline Campus
Class Dates - 8 Tuesdays: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
Class Time - 6:30–9 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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 Miranda Chapman
October 26-28, 2018
Explore your inner home through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, dialog, and experiential exercises to cultivate resilience and greater care for yourself.
Overnight Retreat with Beth Mulligan and Steven Hickman
November 9-14, 2018
Renew and deepen your practice of compassion and mindfulness meditation, enhanced by silence and with the support of experienced teachers.
Overnight Retreat with Paul Epstein
February 1–3, 2019
Learn how to strengthen your resilience amid life's inevitable ups and downs through the practice of mindfulness and compassion.
Overnight Retreat with Fleet Maull
February 8-10, 2019
Learn simple yet powerful tools that allow you to shift unhelpful, self-limiting, habitual patterns and create life you want.
Overnight Retreat with Susan Woods and Carl Fulwiler
April 26-28, 2019
Explore basic skills from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and learn how you can become more resilient when faced with adversity, trauma and difficult emotions.
Overnight Retreat with Carl McColman
May 17-19, 2019
Celebrate the stories of the Celts of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other Celtic lands, and explore their prayers and practices in this silent retreat.
Overnight Retreat with Mark Nepo
June 7-9, 2019
Come explore the heartwork required to inhabit our lives by engaging our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and Source with New York Times best selling author Mark Nepo
Overnight Retreat with Rose Pavlov
June 28-30, 2019
Join us for a weekend retreat devoted to the practice of compassion-based mindfulness for self-care and for the work of equity, inclusion, and mindful social justice in education.
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