Global Online 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
Many of us are feeling overwhelmed by a tsunami of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Mindfulness brings awareness to what is unfolding moment to moment and offers us a path toward resilience, healing and greater wellbeing.
This online MBSR 8-week program connects participants from around the world and offers a unique and enriching mindfulness experience.
About the course
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn more than 40 years ago. MBSR is an evidence based program which has been at the center of research for many years. It has been shown to enhance resilience and reduce stress related effects for many people around the world.
We are four MBSR teachers, collaborating internationally, to offer MBSR online live to the global community. We hope to offer valuable opportunities for participants from around the world to cultivate mindfulness together.
This experiential 8-week program will be offered on Saturdays, August 29, 2020 for 2.5 hours, to October 24, 2020. Refer to the schedule below.
Teachers from the United States, Slovenia, Singapore and Japan will offer support to each participant in their mindfulness journey during the 8 weeks. We welcome participants from all walks of life and all countries. Limited enrollment. Early registration recommended.
In this chaotic and uncertain time, with many facing financial hardships, we want to contribute to the overall wellbeing by waiving our regular fee of 600 USD and providing this offering as a donation-based course.
Global MBSR Collaborative
New York, United States
We are MBSR teachers from 4 countries and 3 continents, trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School and at the Mindfulness Center, Brown University’s School of Public Health. We had the privilege of training directly with Florence Meleo-Meyer, Lynn Koerbel, Saki Santorelli and Judson Brewer, among others.
As we live through this pandemic, we realise how interconnected we really are. We are also acutely aware of how dependent we are on each other for our well being and survival.
While we are from different racial, social and cultural backgrounds, through our mindfulness practice, we understand our common humanity and experience. We also discovered that it is possible to deeply connect with and support one another virtually despite our geographical separation.
In forming a collaborative to bring together our varied experience and differing cultural insights we believe we can offer participants a unique learning experience and the opportunity to participate in and benefit from this global community.
From August 29 to October 24
Orientation: August 15*
Except All Day Class
– United States(EDT): 8:00am-10:30am (GMT-4)
– Slovenia: 2:00pm-4:30pm (GMT+2)
– Singapore: 8:00pm-10:30pm (GMT+8)
– Japan: 9:00pm-11:30pm (GMT+9)
The course will be conducted in English on Zoom platform.
Orientation: August 15*
Week 1: August 29
Week 2: September 5
Week 3: September 12
Week 4: September 19
Week 5: September 26
Week 6: October 3
All Day Class: October 10
Week 7: October 17
Week 8: October 24
*Only participation in the Orientation is available for free of charge. Participants in the course are required to participate in the Orientation as well.
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Founder of MBSR
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. Hachette Books, 2009.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being fully awake to whatever arises in the present moment.
It is a non-judgmental focused attention and innate capacity to know what is happening moment to moment.
Mindfulness is heartfulness, a curious investigation and spacious acceptance of what is with wholeheartedness and heartfulness.It means to set up a welcome mat with an open heart and kindness to ourselves and others.
It is accepting and recognizing what is here now and holding it in awareness.
Mindfulness is like coming home.
It is remembering and reconnecting with our being in the present moment which is the only time we have to learn, act, respond, feel and heal. It is also the only time we can truly connect. Mindfulness is relational.
“Knowing what you are doing while you are doing, it is the essence of mindfulness practice,” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
What is MBSR?
Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the MBSR program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979.
It has been time tested over these many years. Extensive scientific research has found that the practice of the MBSR method is associated with reducing physical and psychological suffering, strengthening resilience and fostering greater wellbeing and health.
The benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Improved self care
- Better able to manage anxiety and depression
- Dealing with negative habits and thinking
- Improvement in symptoms of burnout
- Learning how to approach difficult and unwanted thoughts and feelings from a different perspective
- Learning how to be present and appreciate the simple pleasures of everyday life, connect with yourself, and the experience of being alive
MBSR training teaches us how to wake up and become aware of ourselves. It is through this awareness that we can learn to temper our reactions to stressful events and change our experience.
Application for the Orientation in August is closed.