8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 2014 Sep 2015 Jan

  • 8-week MBSR class Sept 23, 2014 through Nov 11, 2014
    September 23, 2014
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 8-week MBSR class Jan 18, 2015 through Mar 15, 2015
    January 18, 2015
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • 8-week MBSR class Jan 20, 2015 through Mar 10, 2015
    January 20, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pre-requisite:  You must attend the Free Introduction to Mindfulness class, at which you can meet the instructor and sign up for this program.

This program is taught through an 8-week class that meets once a week for 2 hours.  Participants are also required to attend a day-long silent retreat that is teacher-led.

Two class times are available.  Participants must pick one class time and stay with that group for all sessions.

  • Sundays: 3 pm – 5 pm on Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 8 and 15.  All-day silent retreat on Sunday, March 1 from 10 am – 4 pm.
  • Tuesdays: 7 pm – 9 pm on Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 and 10.  All-day silent retreat on Sunday, March 1 from 10 am – 4 pm.

The fee for the 8-week class is $450 for a total of 24 hours of instruction, with sliding scale scholarships available.

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.  This workshop gives a very brief introduction to the practices.  An ongoing commitment to deepen the understanding and practice of the five foundational tools is encouraged and is required to reap the full benefits of this program.

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:  

Venue Website:

Address:
1701 Toomey Road, Austin, Texas, 78704, United States

Description:

The event is held in one of the conference rooms at Casa de Luz (signs to the room will be prominently displayed on the day of the event).  An organic vegetarian restaurant is available on the premises.

Parking: There is a city parking lot across the street that is usually free after 4 p.m., except on some days when there are nearby events.  Please be sure to read the signs every time and pay the meters if necessary.  More information.

There is also parking available on the street, but you must always pay for it.

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