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Free Orientation & Information Sessions for MBSR

As developed by The Center for Mindfulness
at the UMASS Medical School

Nancy Bennett

Offered by Nancy Bennett
Certified and trained as an MBSR teacher at the Center for Mindfulness

An in-depth 8 week course with weekly sessions from 2.5-3 hours at 6pm on Mondays. 

Free Orientation & Information Sessions
Sign Up here for Monday May 14 or Monday May 21  both are 6-7:30pm
*Prospective participants must attend one prior to registration*

Price:   $365, Early Bird rate is $295 if registered by May 22, Scholarships available.

Schedule – Mondays 6:00-8:30pm, June 11 - July 30 (the first and last class will run to 9pm). And an all day session – July 22, Sunday 10am-6pm. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an intensive 8-week course designed to help people in distress discover the healing power of mindfulness.  
Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMASS Medical School in the late ‘70’s, MBSR has helped over 24,000 graduates learn to cultivate awareness in the present moment and discover their natural capacity for wellness, ease, and peace of mind. 

Moments of experiencing wholeness, moments when you connect with the domain of your own being, often include a palpable sense of being larger than your problems and in a much better position to come to terms with them.”  -Jon Kabat-Zinn

In 8 weekly sessions and one All Day retreat, we will explore what causes stress, how perception affects stress levels, what makes it difficult to manage stress, and what helps free us from reactivity to stress so that we can respond with wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others. Through a variety of mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditation, the body scan, mindful movement/yoga, and loving kindness meditation, participants will learn to bring awareness to thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations to empower themselves to live their lives more fully, more productively, more joyfully.

These are some of the many reasons people have turned to MBSR:  trouble falling asleep, feeling overwhelmed or out of control, impatience with family of friends, feeling anxious or depressed, challenging physical conditions or illnesses, loss, or an inability to enjoy life.

Taught around the world, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been studied extensively and shown to lower stress, boost immune response, and bring relief and joy to people with a variety of physical and psychological conditions. 

Participants report more balance, ease, peace of mind in their lives

  • “I love it.” 
  • “I find being in meditation a sanctuary…a time to give myself permission to relax and be calm.”
  • “I really did love the course and have been trying to practice mindfulness and meditate daily.”

    The Course consists of the following
  • a free 1 ½ hour orientation and information session (This orientation is required to take the course)
  • 8 weekly classes of 2.5 to 3 hours
  • an All-Day retreat
  • daily mindfulness home practices of 45 to 60 minutes a day

A strong commitment to attendance, participation, and engagement over the 8 weeks is required.  If a prospective participant expects to miss two or more classes, it is recommended he or she take the course at a later, more convenient time. 

CD’s or MP-3’s for home practice are included.

Nancy Bennett -  Has been leading mindfulness and stress reductions workshops including MBSR for several years. She has an MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling in the Buddhist track from New York Theological Seminary and the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care with experience as a chaplain intern in NY & RI hospitals including work in psychiatric care units.  She has been a long-time meditator in the Vipassana/Insight tradition working with renown Insight meditation teachers Joseph Goldstein, Guy & Sally Armstrong,
Larry Rosenberg and Analayo among others.