8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

  • Mondays 10 am, March 30, 2020, Southwest Austin
    March 30, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Mondays 6 pm, March 30, 2020, Southwest Austin
    March 30, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pre-requisite:  A personal interview or a previous class with Geeta is necessary.

This program is taught through an 8-week class that meets once a week for 2.5 hours.  Participants are also required to attend a day-long silent retreat that is teacher-led.

The dates for the 8-week class are as follows:

  • Mondays: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm starting March 30, 2020 at a private location in Southwest Austin.  Class dates: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, all-day silent retreat on the weekend of Saturday, May 2, or Sunday, May 3 at Stillwaters Retreat Center, 5/4, 5/11, final class day on 5/18
  • Mondays: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm starting March 30, 2020 at a private location in Southwest Austin.  Class dates: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, all-day silent retreat on the weekend of Saturday, May 2, or Sunday, May 3 at Stillwaters Retreat Center, 5/4, 5/11, final class day on 5/18
  • If the above classes sell out, we will take a waiting list for Tuesday morning or evening classes and offer them if there is enough interest.

The fee for the 8-week class is $550 for a total of 26 hours of instruction.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for Social Workers for an extra $25 fee.  Other professionals may also be able to obtain CEUs.  Please check with your CEU agency.

In the 8-week program, participants are trained in mindful meditation that helps them explore their reactivity and response to stress.  In addition, practices that explore the mind-body connection are explored through mindful movement and body-awareness.  The practices of developing stress hardiness through training in kindness and self-compassion and training in mindful communication are also offered.

The MBSR Program is evidence based and has been clinically proven to benefit people reporting a variety of concerns:*

Stress – caused by work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, and several other factors of daily living.

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and wellness –including health enhancement and learning a better sense of balance in life.

This program is offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments.

Who can attend:  Anyone interested in exploring mindfulness practices for stress reduction.  No prior practice is necessary.  All exercises will be modified to meet the individual needs of participants.

What to wear:  Comfortable clothing that allows for gentle stretching and comfortable sitting.

Options to sit:  Chairs and back-jacks (for supported floor seating) will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and blanket for the body-centered practices if they choose to lie on the floor.  If participants already have a meditation practice for which they use a meditation cushion, they are welcome to bring it along.

*  Information used with permission from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  Please visit them for more information on  clinical research and more information on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Venue:  

Address:
Austin, Texas, 78749, United States

Description:

A private location in Southwest Austin, at approximately South Mopac and William Cannon. The address will be provided upon registration.

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