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.

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has offered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Minnesota since 1994. The Center's mindfulness programs are unique - 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.

Looking to learn more before signing up? Attend an information session!

Information Session:
Date: Tuesday, August 13
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mayo Meditation Space
Instructor: Mariann Johnson

Sign up to attend the next available Information Session.


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

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Minnesota is now open for registration.

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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).