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8-Week MBSR Course

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It is our mission to make mindfulness accessible to all people, so please ask about making this course possible for you.

*The cost of the course is $400*


A life-affirming course in conscious living

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one daylong class on a weekend. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
Individually tailored instruction
Group dialogue
Daily home assignments
Guided audio files for home practice and a workbook

The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment that allows participants to seek, explore, and inquire.

In this program, you will learn:

*Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
*Differentiate MBSR from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing quality of life
*Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
*Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
*Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate patients and their families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
*Implement brief mindfulness practices with patients and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress.

Feedback from a recent student :)

"Before taking this class, I was a little skeptical as to how much MBSR would improve my life as I came from a very stress-laden home growing up and consequently as an adult live with chronic illness. To say the least, the course exceeded all expectations and I now feel less stressed, happier, freer and “more comfortable in my own skin” than I ever have. While I still have chronic illness, I have some new powerful tools to cope with it. The practices and behaviors we learned were calming and empowering and helped me discover a number of new things about myself that I didn't know before. This spontaneous path of self-discovery and understanding that started in the course continues to happen in my life as my thought patterns and powers of observations are now so much keener. None of this would have happened without Michele's wise guidance and leadership that continue to give me direction along this ongoing mindfulness journey."