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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is taught at locations worldwide.

If you’re tired of your racing heart and mind keeping you up at night, struggling with feeling anxious and overwhelmed, feel you’ve lost yourself in the chaos of your life, battle with a merciless and relentless inner critic, and/or you want your life to be different, but you don’t know where to begin, keep reading.

MBSR teaches mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga to increase awareness and reduce stress. You’ll learn how to relax your body, calm your mind chatter, cultivate more peace and joy, make peace with your inner critic, and start living your life more mindfully and intentionally.

Free orientation on Wednesday August 30 at 6pm. Registration for the orientation and course is limited and required. Email Jen to register.

The practice changes people’s lives. It has certainly changed Jen’s life, which is why she loves teaching it so much. Jen Johnson is a mindfulness teacher, personal coach and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been teaching mindfulness for 30+ years.

MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, decreased symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, reduced pain levels and/or improved ability to cope with pain that may not go away. For links to articles and research abstracts related to the efficacy of MBSR, click here.


The program includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, the body scan, gentle mindful yoga, group discussions to enhance mindful awareness in everyday life,  home assignments, and downloadable digital audio files of guided meditations and mindful yoga sequences.

Typical reasons that people take an MBSR course:

  • Daily life stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure and heart conditions
  • GI distress
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Environmental Illness
  • Chronic Illness
  • Insomnia
  • Grief and loss
  • Attention difficulties
  • Type A Behavior


The next MBSR course in Wilmington, NC is scheduled for
Wednesdays September 6 – October 25, 2017 from 6-8pm
and Saturday October 21 from 9am – 3pm

FREE ORIENTATION is Wednesday August 30, 2017 6pm

COST: $425 (payment plans are available)

REGISTRATION for orientation and the class is limited and required
Contact Jen to register

Contact Jen to schedule individual MBSR training sessions or a group session at your location or to find out more information about MBSR. 

Jen offers MBSR classes and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction 3-day retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  She also offers Individual Mindfulness Training sessions in person and by phone/Skype. Sign up for Jen’s email list (blue box to the right) or keep an eye on the schedule page for upcoming training dates.

QUESTIONS? Drop Jen an email or give her a call. 


“I took MBSR with Jen to gain a better understanding of the science and skills based approach to meditation for myself and for my clients, as well as to enhance my own mindfulness in my yoga practice and in everyday life. With practice I have found the rhythm and structure that works for me and have benefitted with better sleep, more patience and overall positive and appreciative thinking. Jen’s style is welcoming, generous, and a great fit for both beginners and veterans of meditation practice.” —Tracy Boyer-Matthews, LPC

“Jen’s knowledge and non-judgmental approach created an atmosphere of honesty and compassion among the participants. I recommend Jen’s class to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in a safe and supportive environment.” –Amelia H.

“Jen has a warm personality that makes you feel peaceful and ok.  Any fears that I had initially about doing the course were calmed by the first day. Jen gives an aura of trust and compassion.  She has helped me turn the lens of mindfulness on my life and has helped me down the path of personal change, and doing so has changed my life.” –Tina Abraham

“The MBSR course is life changing. I encourage anyone who is able to attend to do so. I am truly grateful for this course and instructor.” –L.


CAN’T ATTEND IN WILMINGTON? TRY ONE OF MY MINDFULNESS e-COURSES coming Fall 2017. Sign up for my email list to stay in the loop!