Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches you how to use meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up, being fully alive, and being present in the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, you gain access to your deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress. MBSR teaches present moment awareness, deep relaxation, and gentle movement. Through the use of these techniques, you learn to discover and observe your reactions to life's stressors and to recognize that you can choose how to respond. With practice, you can apply these skills to everyday situations and connect more fully with yourself, loved ones, and the life you are living.

Our outstanding MBSR teachers come from diverse backgrounds including business, education, healthcare, humanities, law and social work. They have decades of meditation and yoga practice, and have all completed extensive training in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness. MBSR is an 8-week, 9 session program that is open to the public with new sessions beginning quarterly. Visit our website for up to date information regarding dates, times and locations. All-day MBSR session retreats, MBSR II, and occasional deepening sessions are available for MBSR graduates. We also offer academic courses for University students and community members who desire deeper studies in mindfulness, meditation and yoga.

It is widely accepted that stress is detrimental to health, productivity and creativity. As employers struggle to provide solutions to help their employees manage their stress, the Center’s customizable corporate mindfulness programming is increasingly in demand. In an era of astronomical healthcare costs, the Center continues to evaluate MBSR as an affordable and effective option for treatment of stress-related problems. The Center is committed to exploring flexible formats so that MBSR can be accessible to individuals and organizations wanting to improve their overall wellbeing.

Academic Courses

Earn academic credit learning about mindfulness and related topics from Center for Spirituality & Healing faculty.

MBSR Community Classes

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction community classes program is eight weeks and nine sessions long. Participants meet once per week for 2.5 hours (3 for the first and last session), and come together for a day-long Saturday or Sunday retreat. 


An increasing body of research has demonstrated that meditation is effective in reducing stress and improving health. Meditation has been found to boost the immune system, improve sleep, decrease anxiety, minimize depression and improve overall quality of life. Our faculty, community collaborators and graduate students are actively engaged in MBSR research. Recent study topics include:

  • Impact of MBSR on quality of life in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Effectiveness of MBSR compared to prescribed sleep medication for people with chronic insomnia
  • Use of MBSR by caregivers to a family member with dementia to manage stress and maintain life balance
  • Efficacy of MBSR to improve quality of life and reduce anxiety in incarcerated women
  • Effects of MBSR on reducing student stress and promoting psychological well-being
  • Effects of MBSR on vascular functioning and exercise capacity
  • Use of MBSR as a platform for health behavior change among nurses at midlife