Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

Mindfulness training for stress reduction and resilience


2.5 hours weekly
8 week course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the 8-week curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. MBSR is the specific intervention used in many of the studies documenting the beneficial effects of mindfulness on stress reduction, mental health and the management of chronic health conditions.

Mindfulness is a basic human capacity, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life as it is happening. Rather than ruminating about the past or being lost in future plans, mindfulness prompts us to stay focused on the unrepeatable, precious moments that make up our lives

Mindfulness is a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and resilience. MBSR is a course that aims to develop a mindfulness practice.  It is an education process, not therapeutic although the practice can result in healing and experiencing a greater sense of wellbeing.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-defined and systematic patient-centered educational approach which uses relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation as the core of a program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Meditation: What It Is, What It Isn’t, And It’s Role In Health Care and Medicine

For more information about the history, science and curriculum of MBSR, please see the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.