Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people become more mindful.
The MBSR program is an eight-week workshop taught by Dr. Mark Brown, a certified trainer, that entails weekly group meetings (two-hour classes) and a one-day retreat (six-hour mindfulness practice) between sessions six and seven, homework and instruction in four foundational practices: sitting meditation, walking meditation, body scan, and mindful movement.
The program is offered worldwide and is offered in hospitals, universities and a wide variety of businesses.
Since its inception, more than 24,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.
The last two decades of research have shown that MBSR participants had:
dramatic reduction in anxiety and depression
dramatic reduction in pain levels
increased ability to cope with chronic pain
developed effective abilities to cope and manage stress
Dr. Mark Brown is a stress reduction professional with over 15 years experience. He has worked with the UofC, CBE and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Mark began his training in 2003 with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. it is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We fell more alive. We also gain immediate access to our won powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Great course to keep me motivated to meditate and practice compassion daily.
It reawakened a love for mindfulness. I'm very glad I took the course. I have been speaking about it to many colleagues, friends, family, about how much I am enjoying it.
Participating with others brought another dimention rather than practicing on my own. Very appreciative of the insight from Mark and others. Thank you.