Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life.
MBSR provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques over eight weekly classes. Each class includes guided meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator in a warm, friendly atmosphere with a maximum of 14 participants.
Reported benefits of attending this course include:
- A greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- Improved self-confidence and creativity
- Better sleep quality
Who can Attend
This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice.
We have a diverse range of participants on our MBSR courses, from students and parents of young children, to corporate directors and healthcare professionals. Participants join for a variety of reasons; from simply taking the time to prioritise their wellbeing, to those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing health concerns such as high blood pressure, IBS, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression.
Please note that MBSR is not designed to be a “quick fix”, relaxation class or group therapy session. This course teaches a valuable life skill, the development of which requires a personal commitment to attending all eight sessions and maintaining a regular meditation practice at home. Also, as each class builds on the preceding week, it is important that anyone who misses a class attends a “catch up session”. We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed you may not be able to finish the course. We therefore recommend carefully checking the course schedule below before reserving a place. Thank you.
Is it the right time for me to attend a mindfulness course?
It is not unusual for people to attend mindfulness courses during periods of change and/or difficulty in their lives with many often finding mindfulness courses both more challenging and more rewarding than they expected.
There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. UMASS (the university from which Mindfulness-Based Interventions originate) list the following as areas requiring particular care ‘addiction, early recovery, untreated psychosis, acute depression, suicidality, PTSD, social anxiety, recent loss’. These circumstances or conditions do not necessarily rule out the possibility of attending a class as suitability is very much influenced by:
- your current psychological health,
- the extent to which you have previously explored areas of particular difficulty and
- the support networks that you have around you, such as friends, family and mental health professionals.
We would ask that if any of these apply that they are clearly stated on your booking form alongside details of the points above. The booking form is also an opportunity to make us aware of any other additional needs you may have. If you are currently receiving treatment for an ongoing mental health problem we strongly advise that you discuss your course attendance with your mental health professional before booking. We would also strongly recommend not making any changes to any medication during or immediately after a course – however well you may be feeling at that time. Instead giving yourself time to fully establish your mindfulness practice and any new routines associated with it before considering subsequent changes with a trained healthcare professional.
Please contact the course instructor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding course suitability. They will be happy to discuss your particular circumstances and how you may best be supported during the course. If a course is not felt to be suitable at this time alternatives options including, for example, suggesting healthcare professionals who integrate mindfulness into their work.
This course will be taught over eight evening classes from 26th September to 21st November. There is a half-term break in the course on the 31st October. Each class will be 2.5 hours long and will take place on Wednesdays from 18.30 – 21.00.
The facilitator for this course is Dr. Lauri Bower.
Lauri has 30 years experience of mindfulness and meditation practice, and has been managing courses and retreats for 15 years. She joined the York MBSR team in 2012 and completed a Ph.D. in Mindfulness in 2014. To date, over 300 people have completed mindfulness courses with Lauri.
Frequently Asked Questions…
What if I miss a class?
We are happy to provide catch up sessions for delegates who miss a class. Catch ups are usually provided on a one-to-one basis with the course instructor and take 30 minutes to complete. There is a nominal charge of £15 for this service.
Is there disabled access to the venue?
The venue is fully accessible.
What further information will I receive?
All our delegates receive “Joining Advice” one week before their course commences. This email will include information on the class schedule, venue and facilities, and a link to our “pre-course questionnaire” which we would be grateful if you could complete before the course commences.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel your place on this course, we will refund…
- Your full course fee, minus a £20 administration charge, if we receive notice from you at least 7 days before the 1st class
- 75% of your course fee if notice is given before the 2nd class
- 50% of your course fee if notice is given before the 3rd class
- No refunds will be issued after the 3rd class
In the case that the course is cancelled by York MBSR, all course fees will be refunded in full.
I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will an MBSR course enable me to do this?
For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR, MBCT course or 10-week MBLC is generally considered a good starting point and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. Please note however that our MBCT courses are restricted to those who suffer personally from depression and as such we don’t offer places on our MBCT courses for those seeking professional development. We would recommend instead attending either an MBSR or MBLC course. If you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites with your training provider.
My organisation are interested in/supportive of mindfulness – do you offer in-house training?
Yes we offer a full range of in-house mindfulness training, including stress reduction, resilience, change management, compassionate care, creativity and leadership development. Introductory workshops are an important first step for those wishing to offer mindfulness training. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We have also agreed employee discounts with a number of local organisations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation has this offer in place please check with your HR/Staff Benefits/Management team.