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 access to recordings 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.
This course is aimed at the general public and is not helpful or suitable for everyone. When you register for the course you will be asked a series of questions in the application form that will help us determine whether or not the course is likely to be safe and beneficial for you at this time.
In some circumstances we may suggest that you consider either waiting a while to take the course, or that you explore other options, including more specialist mindfulness-based programmes designed for people experiencing specific difficulties, or support from a GP or mental health professional.
This guide outlines some of the issues that we have found can limit or prevent people from benefiting from our public MBSR course: “MBSR -Is this the right course for me to attend”
Of course, everyone’s situation is slightly different, and we encourage you to speak to either to the course teacher, or your GP/psychologist/psychiatrist after reading the information below, you have any remaining concerns or questions about the suitability of the course for you.
Term 1 2019: Starts Friday 8 March 4pm – 6.30pm (all day silent retreat on Saturday 13 April)
Term 2 2019: Starts Saturday 11 May 2pm – 4.30pm (all day silent retreat on Sunday 16 June)
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor: Marelle Wilson
Location: St Chad’s Parish Centre, corner of Cheltenham Place & Roseberry Ave, Highgate
* Subject to change closer to the date
If you would like to register in an upcoming MBSR Course, you will need to do the following: