Megan Leuchars Mindfulness
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“I have a measure of control, humor, choice and joy back in my life. My situation has not changed, but I have.” ­
-MBSR Participant

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“I have a measure of control, humor, choice and joy back in my life. My situation has not changed, but I have.” ­

-MBSR Participant

mindful labs program The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program is an 8 week experiential program in learning how to relate to life’s challenges with less reactivity and more wisdom and clarity. In this evidence­based, highly experiential course, participants will practice and didactically explore how to more positively relate to all aspects of life (including stress, pain, anxiety, and illness) to bring about greater balance, clarity, and life satisfaction. Through guided meditation and gentle movement instruction as well as group discussion and inquiry exercises designed to enhance awareness, participants will come to understand mindfulness as a way of tapping into inner resources and as a way of responding to life’s challenges rather than reacting.

In this program, participants will learn . . .

What mindfulness is as it relates to stress reduction, coping with difficulty, and enhancing well being.

How to practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings.

How to integrate mindfulness into social interaction with colleagues, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication

How to slow down for greater satisfaction.

The neuroscience of stress and happiness, and how mindfulness can help. This course was developed by Jon Kabat­Zinn at UMass Medical School in 1979, and has since been followed by an explosion of research confirming the benefits of Mindfulness. Over 30,000 people have completed this course and in the last 30 years published studies have shown Mindfulness has reduced anxiety, burnout, symptoms of stress, and mind­wandering, and found to increase immune function, moral reasoning and ethical decision making, emotional resilience, creative thinking, mood and well being.

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program is offered in a 8 week format, consisting of eight weekly, 2 1⁄2 ­hour sessions in a classroom/discussion group format, plus a 4­hour retreat. This class is often most easily integrated into life and offers an opportunity to take practice into daily home and work life.

NOTE: We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents from attending any two sessions of the course, that you consider waiting until the next offering of the program.