Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Class – ENROLL NOW
We offer two classes this winter. Perhaps consider enrolling in our other class that runs on Mondays starting January 14th if Mondays work better for you in your schedule.
Benefits of Your Participation in the MBSR Class
This class will help you become less stressed and anxious and improve mood, energy and physical health. You will become less reactive to stress, 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. You will feel more ease in your life and improved overall well-being.
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 run by The Halton Centre are consistent with the world-wide research findings on the UMass curriculum.
We have collected pre-post outcome data on our classes using the questionnaires UMass suggests their Qualified teachers use to evaluate the quality of their programs. These questionnaires measure levels of anxiety, stress, worrying, depression, physical health, self-compassion, and mindfulness in day to day life. We have analyzed all of the data and the analyses have strong positive results. That is, participants are experiencing a reduction in all negative measures (e.g., anxiety, stress) and improvement on positive measures (e.g., physical health and mindfulness in daily life). It has been very rewarding to see the participants feel so touched in their lives by their new mindful perspectives.
What to Expect When You Are in the MBSR Class
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 and some gentle yoga. 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 some handouts and you will be given the recorded meditations and yoga practices we do throughout the class to practice at home. 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. Sometimes you will feel joyful, other times calm, and other times you will feel yourself tapping into your own wisdom, compassion and inner resilience.
For additional information and videos of the MBSR class, visit the UMass website.
Origins of This MBSR Class
Our class is modelled on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum developed almost 40 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) and now taught world-wide. Over these 40 years, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have continually revised the curriculum based on feedback from teachers, participants and research findings. The latest revision of the class curriculum was made in 2017. Our teachers remain in contact with UMass so they remain up to date with the changes as they are made. Therefore, this MBSR class run by the Halton Centre guarantees to always teach the latest and best gold-standard curriculum.
Our teachers, Dr. Susan Williams and Andre Mech, P.Eng. have attended training courses led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues. Dr. Williams is 1 of 14 teachers in Canada who are Certified by UMass to lead the MBSR class. Andre Mech is Qualified by UMass to teach the course. For further information on mindfulness and on our teachers , please go to our What is Mindfulness? and About our Teachers pages.
Participant Satisfaction with This MBSR Class
Our client satisfaction surveys indicate 99% of the participants are “extremely satisfied” with our MBSR class.
MBSR Class Dates
This course begins January 9th and runs to March 6th, 2019.
There is a mandatory orientation on Wednesday January 9th from 6 to 8:30 pm.
The class will run on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 pm on the following dates:
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
The all-day silent retreat is on Saturday February 23 from 9:00 to 4:30.
Location of the MBSR Class
The class is run in a studio by the lake at the beautiful Gairloch Gardens at 1306 Lakeshore Rd. in Oakville. The studio has a cottage look to it, wood floors, fireplace, and lots of windows. The studio is in a lovely park which is also a lovely setting for the all-day retreat. Participants enjoy coming to the studio because they can typically hear the waves in the lake when they park.
For the location of the studio, please refer to the map below.
To Register in This MBSR Class
Our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class is highly regarded so we suggest you sign up quickly to secure your spot. Maximum registration is 20 participants. We will create a waitlist once the class is full. Our past classes have been full.
To enroll, please contact Ann Howarth, our centre’s client care coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 905-901-0597.
Your private health insurance plan may cover this class. Please speak with Ann and ask about this when you contact the centre.
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