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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a free, 8 week course offered each semester that brings together mindfulness meditation and yoga. This world-renowned program was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a renowned author and researcher from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR has been hailed by medical journals for its ability to help people develop greater inner strength, flexibility, and balance in the midst of life’s everyday ups and downs. In a sense, it’s a course on teaching emotional coping skills to deal more effectively with stress and overwhelming emotions.

MBSR uses the principle of mindfulness to increase access to inner resources for coping with the stresses of school, work, and personal life. Mindfulness is an open, nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment.

The course is not for academic credit. It is a personal course designed to help improve your academic and emotional performance. To get the maximum benefit, you will need to attend weekly 90-minute sessions for eight weeks, attend a half-day retreat, and complete the homework assignments. In return for your commitment, you will gain a valuable life skill.

The course will be led by Dr. Josh Felver, Assistant Professor in the Psychology department.

Two orientation sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 27 and Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 8-9pm. Please plan to attend one of these orientation sessions to find out more about the program, as well as to sign up for the course. If you are unable to attend an orientation, please email for more information and to sign up.

The 8 week course meets weekly and will run from February 17 through April 13, 2016 from 7-9pm. There will be no meeting on March 16 due to Spring Break. There will also be a half-day retreat on Saturday, April 2.

Location for orientations and class:

                Psychology Department Research Building (formerly Falk College)

                Room 201 (conference room)

                426 Ostrom Ave

If you have further questions or desire additional information, please email