Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program with Kristen Picard
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The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a course that teaches individuals how to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. Through experiential learning and reflection, participants gain a greater understanding of the innate resources they possess and learn to access these resources for increased resilience and enhanced well-being. MBSR programs have been heavily researched in recent decades with studies revealing various benefits such as improved immune function and cardiovascular health; reductions in stress, depression, and anxiety; enriched relationships; and enhanced awareness, concentration, and focus. The program includes mindfulness meditation instruction and practice; yoga and body awareness training (for all ability levels); an exploration of habits and patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior; as well as brief educational sessions and opportunities for discussion.
Registration Deadline for the Fall 2018 Program is
Friday, September 7th, 2018.
Next Course Starts September 2018
The program includes: mindfulness meditation instruction and practice; yoga and body awareness training (for all ability levels); an exploration of habits and patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Knowledge and skills are developed through experiential learning activities; brief educational sessions; and collaborative learning during group discussions.
The MBSR program spans a period of several weeks and includes: a required orientation class, eight evening classes (two and a half hours in duration each) and a day retreat.
Participants are asked to commit 45-60 minutes per day (at least six days per week) to their mindfulness practice. Completion of a few short homework assignments is also encouraged.
Fall 2018 Program Info
All weekly classes take place on Tuesdays
**Orientation (Required) – Sunday, September 9th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm**
Class 1 – Sept 11 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 2 – Sept 18 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 3 – Sept 25 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 4 – Oct 2 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 5 – Oct 9 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 6 – Oct 16 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 7 – Oct 23 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
*All Day Retreat – Saturday – October 27 – (10:30 am – 5:30pm)*
Class 8 – Oct 30 – (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Class 9 – Nov 6 – (6:00 – 8:00pm)
“I want to enthusiastically endorse the MBSR meditation course by Kris Picard, which I took here at CMYW in the winter of 2018. Kris is a very gifted teacher and being in her presence is a peaceful and calming experience. She leads the group with kindness and compassion. I looked forward to each class. MBSR is a very accessible form of meditation, easy to learn and to continue as a home practice. The experience and tools you receive in this class will help you transition from meditating as a group, to a real life practice, anywhere! Kris is a wonderful person and an inspiring teacher. I am so grateful to her and to CMYW for hosting this life enriching program. ” Susan H.