What is mindfulness-based stress reduction?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course that invites participants to use simple meditation techniques and gentle movement, to notice any thoughts, emotions or sensations that arise and to learn to be more present to their experience.
The course comprises eight experiential sessions and a safe and supportive environment to explore your experience.
Sessions are made up of a combination of mindfulness meditation, gentle movement, discussions and instruction. We also invite you to develop your own practice through weekly homework (about 45 mins a day). We provide course materials and CDs for you to do this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the MBSR course suitable for me if I have mental health issues?
The MBSR course is designed for people who want to find ways of working with stress / anxiety more effectively and for increasing overall well-being and awareness / insight. The course does presume a basic level of mental health. We will ask participants to complete a short confidential questionnaire and have an informal telephone chat prior to starting. If you have serious mental health problems such as current severe depression the course may not be right for you at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your circumstances.
I am concerned that I may not be flexible enough for the 'movement' part of the MBSR course?
The movement during the course is extremely gentle and based on basic hatha yoga. Participants are encouraged to work within their physical limitations what ever these may be.
Does the MBSR course have a religious affiliation?
No, mindfulness can be learned by anyone, no matter what their religious (or non-religious) affiliation.
I am not sure if I have time for the MBSR 'homework'?
We appreciate everyone has busy lives but you will not get as much out of the course if you are not committed to the daily homework (approx 45 minutes) that we invite you to undertake during the 8 weeks. Please talk to us if you have concerns about this part of the course.