Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate a capacity for mindfulness to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful challenges. The program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in 1979.
MBSR includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 6-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness at least 30 minutes per day through out the program. However, it is quite normal to have to miss one or two classes.
There is a 2.5 hour Orientation to the MBSR program that each person is asked to attend. The purpose of this program is to help ensure that the MBSR program is a good fit for your needs. There is no charge for this session.
In January 2018, the orientation will be offered on:
- Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
- Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 from 9:30 am to Noon
- Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MBSR.
Some Recent Testimonials
Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me. I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity. I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality". I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice. I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past. Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for. Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment. - Denise L
If you're stuck, in a slump, looking for a change, or simply want to take time to do something for yourself take this course! I promise that if you dedicate yourself to attending the classes and doing the work on your own at home it will change your life. Not in the dramatic, fireworks kind of way you see in the movies, but in a much more subtle, realistic way that's no less dramatic. Doug is the real deal when it comes to experiences teachers who walk the walk. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Kim McNeil, B.Sc., CYI
“Feeling stressed at work, tired of a racing mind and sleepless nights? I was , so I took the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course given by Doug Maclean. MBSR gave me the tools to calm my mind, reduce my anxiety level at work and and compartmentalize my thoughts allowing me to sleep more soundly. It is a valuable technique I will use for the rest of my life.
Doug provides you with a safe and non judgemental class room where you learn to become aware of the stressors in your life and cultivate a technique to cope with them rather than reacting to them. I would recommend this course to anyone that needs a little more Mindfulness in their lives." Eric Panchy
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Investment: $375 plus GST.
Some scholarships available depending upon financial need