The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8-week Program Details
The course consists of the following:
- a 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full day retreat
- mindfulness meditation training
- yoga and body awareness training
- exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
- brief talks and discussions
- individual feedback and support
- scientific rationale for the practice
- your commitment to daily homework practice using audio support and course book
You will be offered a systematic training in mindfulness – learning how to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and impulses. Specific information about stress physiology, emotion regulation, cognitive behavioural strategies, interpersonal communication and implementing self-care will be given.
Structure of weekly classes
The emphasis in the classes is on experiential learning – practicing becoming more mindful, rather than on theory. A weekly class usually starts with practicing various mindfulness meditation techniques and often also some gentle mindful movement practice. We then explore together how everyone is doing with practicing mindfulness at home and applying the principles in daily life. Each class also has a few topics that will be explored with brief lectures, group discussions and short exercises.
Day of Mindfulness
Between sessions 5 and 7 (this varies slightly) there will be a full Day of Mindfulness. This day is like a mini-retreat, and is dedicated to the practice together of various mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement. The day is mainly conducted in silence, apart from guidance by the teacher. The Day of Mindfulness is an important and integral part of the course, and many participants report gaining a lot of benefit from it.
Course graduates can participate free of charge in any Day of Mindfulness that is held after their course has finished, as a way of refreshing your connection with the mindfulness practices and with yourself.
Details of Upcoming MBSR Programs
Weekly MBSR Classes
Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm
Teacher: Heather Albrecht
Venue: Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Qld
Day of Mindfulness Venue: TBD, Sunshine Coast, Qld