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.

The MBSR program at the Osher Center includes a free information session and a 30-minute private interview with the instructor before the first class. Attending an information session is strongly encouraged. Each class also includes one daylong session on a Saturday or Sunday.

Fee:
$376 tuition + $19 for materials
$341 tuition for UCSF faculty, staff, and students
E-mail [email protected] or call 415-353-7718 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):

July/August Class
Orientation: Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, June 23
Class Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, July 7 - August 25
Retreat: Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Instructor: Nichole Proffitt

August/September Class
Orientation: Wednesday, 1:00-3:30 pm, July 29
Class Dates: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, August 5 - September 23 
Retreat: Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 12
Instructor: Jane Baraz, MA

September/November Afternoon Class 
Orientation: 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 
Orientation: 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 
Orientation: Monday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, October 19
Class Dates: Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, October 26 - December 14 
Retreat: Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, December 5
Instructor: Jane Baraz, MA

October/December Evening Class 
Orientation: 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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