Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Held live via Zoom, 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.

The course meets once per week for eight weeks, including an orientation session and one daylong Saturday or Sunday class. Orientation is one hour, and the following classes meet for 2.5 hours (the first class after the orientation session and the last class are 3 hours in length). These sessions will include individual, tailored instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, as well as group discussions, gentle yoga and stretching, daily homework, and related class materials. 

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.

The 8-week MBSR program provides comprehensive training in developing and sustaining a mindfulness meditation practice. It is not a teacher training program and completing the course does not qualify the participant to teach MBSR. Completion of the 8-week MBSR program is, however, a prerequisite for beginning a standardized MBSR teacher training program or certification process.  

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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?

Pay What You Can Pricing

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is deeply committed to the wellbeing and flourishing of all communities. In order to make the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course accessible to a broader audience, we have implemented a pay what you can fee for the course (registration options between $299-599).

The suggested registration fee is $449, but for those who are not able to pay the standard fee we have lower rates available. If you would like to support this initiative and are able to contribute financially, you can select a registration fee up to $599 to support others attending at the sliding scale rate.

We are also able to offer one volunteer position per course for in-person classes. The registration fee for this opportunity is $100 to show commitment to the course as our instructor depends on the volunteer's assistance. Contact the Bakken Center's community relations office to learn more (mindprg@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).

Mindfulness Courses Held Virtually:

Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. We are currently offering all of our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes in a virtual format, live 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.

This course is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 27.5 continuing education units (CEP # 100057).