Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program that introduces you to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement, modeled by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. This program can help if stress is having a negative impact on your life, if you are experiencing chronic physical or mental distress, or if you are simply interested in learning ways to maintain health and well-being. Over 6,000 research papers have published findings on MBSR including decreased depression, pain, and distress, and increased attention, concentration, performance, and quality of life. 

Participation in an Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness is strongly encouraged for anyone enrolling in or considering enrolling in MBSR. The session consists of meeting the instructor and other participants; an introduction to what participation in the class entails; a talk about the impact of stress and mindfulness on health, the history of MBSR, and research on the MBSR model; and instruction in and practice of introductory mindfulness techniques.

The MBSR program is comprised of the free Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness, a 30-minute private interview with the instructor before the first class, 8 weekly sessions, and one daylong session on a Saturday or Sunday.

Fee:
$376 tuition + $19 for materials
$341 tuition + $19 for materials for UCSF faculty, staff, and students
E-mail [email protected] to receive the applicable discount. 

Please note that you will need a copy of Full Catastrophe Living (Revised and Updated Edition, 2013) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. For in-person classes, the book fee is $16. Also, due to program capacity challenges, students can participate in only up to 3 MBSR courses.

2020 Class Dates (Online):

September/November Afternoon Class Register
Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness: Thursday, 2:45 – 5:15 pm, September 3
Class Dates: Thursdays, 2:45 – 5:15 pm, September 17 - November 5 
Retreat: Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 25
Instructor: James Mitchell, PhD

September/November Evening Class Register
Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness: Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, September 15
Class Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, September 29 - November 17   
Retreat: Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 7
Instructor: Nichole Proffitt 

October/December Afternoon Class Register
Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness: Monday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, October 19
Class Dates: Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, October 26 - December 14 
Retreat: Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, December 6
Instructor: Jane Baraz, MA

October/December Evening Class Register
Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness: Monday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, October 19
Class Dates: Mondays, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, October 26 - December 14 
Retreat: Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, December 6
Instructor: Bonnie O’Brien Jonsson, MS  

Should you need accommodation in order to apply to or participate in a program offered by the Osher Center, please contact the Osher Center clinic education coordinator at [email protected] or 415-353-7718.

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