mindfulness based stress reduction
Jen offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes and retreats to private groups and corporations and individual training in mindfulness in person or by phone or Skype.
What is 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, including Stanford and Duke.
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. People take an MBSR course for reasons that include stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, GI distress, chronic illness, fatigue, heart disease, insomnia, or grief/loss. The class is a compliment to, not a substitute for, medical and psychological treatment.
Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, 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 MBSR course includes:
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
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure and heart conditions
- GI distress
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Environmental Illness
- Chronic Illness
- Grief and loss
- Attention difficulties
- Type A Behavior
Contact Jen to schedule individual MBSR training sessions or a group session at your location or to find out more information about MBSR.
The next MBSR 8-week class is scheduled for October/November 2013. FREE ORIENTATION (please contact Jen to register) is Tuesday October 1st 6pm-8pm, and the class will meet on Tuesday evenings October 8 – November 26, 2013 6pm – 8pm plus a Saturday retreat on November 16 10am-4pm. Cost: $450
The next Foundations in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 3-day Retreat is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013. Friday 6-8:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm. Cost: $295
Both the class and the 3-day retreat will be held at McKay Healing Arts at 4916 Wrightsville Ave in Wilmington, NC.
Registration for the class and retreat is limited and on a first come basis. If you’d like to attend the FREE ORIENTATION prior to deciding whether you’d like to attend, send Jen an email to let her know. If you know about MBSR already and are certain you’d like to attend the class or the 3-day retreat, please fill out the registration form and send it to Jen along with a check to hold your spot.
QUESTIONS? Drop Jen an email or give her a call.