Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week course that will help you learn about the physiology and science of stress. You'll learn about a variety of mindfulness techniques - like guided instruction, gentle stretching, mindful yoga, mindful communication, and daily practices.

MBSR is about taking control of your life, being aware of influences that affect your health and wellbeing, and finding peace-of-mind and returning to balance in an oftentimes chaotic world. Developed by renowned practitioner and author Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR will teach you to consciously and methodically deal with stress, pain, illness, and the demanding challenges of everyday life.

This class is appropriate for anyone wishing to improve their general health and wellbeing through a regular and consistent mindfulness practice. MBSR meets once weekly for 2.5 hours throughout an 8-week timespan. In addition to your weekly classes, you will deepen mindfulness practice at one all-day retreat.

Your course fee includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, individual reflection, small/large group dialogues, daily assigned practices or "homework", Individual, tailored instruction as needed or requested, downloadable meditations, and a course workbook.

For more than 15 years, the Center has offered unique mindfulness courses - we are a hub for mindfulness research, academic course instruction, and community mindfulness leadership and development. 

Your MBSR experience with us includes high-quality, cutting-edge instruction from expert teachers who are passionate about your health and wellbeing.

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Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness before you sign up for the course? Check out these articles from our Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website and watch the video below:

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What Will I Learn in an 8 Week Mindfulness Class?

Summer and Fall Mindfulness Courses Will Be Held Online:

Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Due to the public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to offer the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course beginning Thursday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 15 online via Zoom. 

All Center MBSR instructors completed the MBSR Teaching Online program offered by Brown University’s Center for Mindfulness, supporting the Center’s instructors in offering the 8-week MBSR program live online, with skill, ease and interactivity. 


General Public - Early Registration: $425 (Regular Fee $450)

Repeat Participants - Early Registration $350 (Regular Fee $375)

Discounted - Early Registration $382.50 (Regular Fee $405)

A 10% discount is offered for some University of Minnesota associations, including:

  • University of Minnesota Alumni Associate (UMAA)
  • University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) 
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 
  • UPlan Member Benefit
This course is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 27.5 continuing education units (CEP # 100057).