Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week evidence based, scientifically researched program which was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Since then it became the gold standard in Mindfulness Based Interventions helping people to build stress resilience, improve focus and concentration and live more vibrant, appreciative and engaged life. Many studies are showing the benefits of the program for better management of chronic pain and illness, anxiety and depression.
During the weekly sessions participants engage in various experiential practices, group discussions and exercises, such as mindful movement and mindful walking. The course is primarily experiential and draws on the combination of the universal contemplative practices from the Buddhist tradition, on one hand, and The Western Medicine and Psychology on the other.
In order to best benefit from the course, apart from the 2.5 hours weekly sessions and the all-day retreat, participants are assigned daily home practices and exercises, which are assisted by MP3 guided recordings of the practices, comprehensive Participant Handbook and Home Practice Sheets.