Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week, evidence-based course that was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. It is now taught worldwide in many different settings, from hospitals to community centres for a range of chronic pain and stress related health problems.
Benefits range from improvements in immune function, reduction in pain and increased sense of ability to cope with a range of stressful situations.
Mindfulness meditation is a type of attentional brain training that has its roots in Eastern philosophy and meditation practices. It has been adapted for use in healthcare and can be described as a way of developing the capacity to pay attention, particularly reducing the tendency to ruminate and over-think pain and health problems.
MBSR has benefited people reporting a range of conditions and concerns, including:
A full Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is comprised of eight weekly 2.5 hour classes and one full day retreat.
MBSR courses also run at varying times and dates throughout the year.
The classes are highly participatory, supportive and structured. Each session provides a range of activities, including:
1. Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation
2. Gentle stretching and mindful yoga/movements
3. Group discussion and dialogue
4. Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
5. Daily home assignments
6. Home practice materials including CDs and a workbook
Participation in MBSR requires an ongoing commitment for the duration of the course. Participants will be asked to attend all classes, including the all day session and to practice daily for around 30 minutes.
Upcoming Course: Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 9pm starting 18th October (full day retreat held on Saturday 18th November 9.30am – 4pm)
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor: Marelle Wilson
Location: St Chad’s Church, corner of Cheltenham Place & Roseberry Ave, Cheltenham St, Highgate
To book into an upcoming Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, you can: