Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Training Program
Mindfulness invites us to move towards greater inner balance and a fuller engagement in life.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.
Those who have taken this user-friendly course report feeling more engaged in their work and relationships, with fewer symptoms of stress and also an increased sense of authority in their lives.
Come and see how this inspiring eight week course can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being. Book early as the course fills up quickly.
The MBSR course was first developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been widely researched over the past 30 years and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of mindfulness programs.
Watch this short video from my teacher Timothea Goddard about MBSR:
“Mindfulness can only be understood from the inside out. It is a way of being and a way of seeing that has profound implications for understanding the nature of our own minds and bodies, and for living life as if it really mattered.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Focus and presence
Cultivate more concentration and capacity to be in the moment with what matters to you most, here and now.
The practice helps interrupt endless rehearsing the future and rehashing the past and to arrive in the moment, again and again.
Reduce reactivity, learn to befriend your emotions and to express them in ways that set clear and caring boundaries.
The practice helps to digest difficult emotions and cultivate more positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion.
Clarity and wisdom
See your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others.
The practice helps to grow confidence in building new habits and more choice in responding to challenges.
MBSR is the “real McCoy” of mindfulness training. Unlike many shorter courses (for which there is no evidence of benefit) MBSR has 35 years of research behind it and is recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field. It can lead to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as well as improving the immune response in eight weeks.
What are the benefits?
Over 35 years of research into the MBSR program has found evidence for these outcomes:
Greater capacity to deal with stress
Increased sense of well-being and balance
Lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety
Increased energy and productivity, feeling more engaged with life
Stronger immune system
Increased levels of attention and concentration
More creative problem solving and greater focus
Increased sense of connection, meaning and purpose
In recent years research in neuroscience has made compelling discoveries about the brain’s capacity to grow and change, including evidence that meditation helps to create new pathways in the brain that increase our ability to be more positive and creative.
Why not just a 4 week course?
Most of us busy humans don’t like it but change takes time. Therefore MBSR unfolds over 8 weeks and beyond – with 28 hours of training, 2.5 hour sessions plus a whole day retreat and with quite a bit of home practice.
Mindfulness is not just a good idea or a simple set of cognitive techniques but involves changing habits of mind and body. Change happens through practice and the evidence suggests that eight weeks provides the time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded.