Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Class
This daytime class will help you become less stressed and anxious and improve mood, energy and physical health. You will become less reactive, calmer and more self-accepting. People with chronic pain will also live a better quality of life, function more and not suffer as much with their pain. Participants will learn to live in the present each day with less worries about the future, and less ruminations of the past.
In each class, under the guidance of our warm and empathetic teachers, Dr. Susan Williams and Andre Mech, you will be guided through different meditations. There will be an opportunity for discussion and there will be information provided on stress and anxiety management. There is an accompanying class binder with handouts and you will be given the recorded meditations we practice throughout the class. Experiential learning is a key part of the class to ensure you transfer what you learn about stress reduction into your life. There are also many educational practices we do in class.
Our class is modelled on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum developed 40 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) and now taught world-wide. Our teachers, Dr. Susan Williams and Andre Mech, P.Eng. have attended training courses led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues and are currently qualified by UMass to teach the course. Dr. Williams has 20 years of experience in the mental health field as a psychologist assisting individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain and many other concerns. She brings these skills to the leadership of this class. She was also the research coordinator in the 1990’s for Dr. Zindel Segal, Dr. Mark Williams and Dr. John Teasdale who developed the world famous mindfulness curriculum for depression. For further information on mindfulness and on our teachers , please go to our What is Mindfulness? and About our Teachers pages.
Peer-reviewed research on mindfulness meditation supports that there can be tremendous improvements in physical and mental health, including improved stress management, from regular mindfulness practice. Research findings from participants going through our class is consistent with the world-wide research findings on the UMass curriculum.
For additional information and videos of the MBSR class, visit the UMass website.
Our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class is highly regarded so we suggest you sign up quickly to secure your spot. Our client satisfaction surveys indicate 99% of the participants are “extremely satisfied” with our MBSR class. Maximum registration is 16 participants. We will create a waitlist once the class is full. Our fall 2017 class was full.
This course begins February 21, 2018 and runs to May 9, 2018.
The course will run from 1 to 3:30 pm on the following dates:
February 21 (mandatory orientation), 28
March 7, 28
April 4, 18, 25
May 2, 9
The all-day silent retreat is on Saturday April 28 from 9:00 to 4:30.
Drop into your life. Your life depends on it!
We run the class in the studio at the beautiful Gairloch Gardens at 1306 Lakeshore Rd. on the lake in Oakville. For the location of the studio, please refer to the map below.