Individual introductory pre-course interview
Eight 2.5 hour weekly session (20 hours plus the retreat day)
A daylong retreat to help deepen participants' experience
This life-affirming program includes
Guided instructions in mindfulness practices
Gentle stretching and mindful movement
Activities to enhance awareness in everyday life
Group dialogue and support (although this is not group therapy)
Daily home practices
Supporting materials, audio and workbook
The course outline:
Week 1. What is mindfulness.
Week 2. Gathering the scattered mind - The power of being present, living all your moments.
Week 3. What is stress? Learning about our patterns of reactivity to stress.
Week 4. Coping with stress - Using mindfulness to Respond instead of React.
Week 5. Mindfulness of thought.
Week 6. Mindfulness of emotions.
Week 7. Cultivating compassion.
Week 8. A mindful life.
The MBSR program is interactive and seeks to engage participants in practical activities to enhance learning. Daily practice is a hugely important component, so to get the most benefit from the course, participants are asked to commit themselves to a prepared home practice for between 40-60 minutes per day, 6 days per week. You will also receive a workbook with helpful reading about each week’s topic, along with all the meditations for the course.