8-week MBSR Programme (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

Founded in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is the most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide. The MBSR programme is specifically designed to support those new to meditation.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) offers intensive training in formal and informal mindfulness-based practices. It is an approach that combines meditation, dialogue, reflective inquiry and mindful movement as a means of assisting participants to work more effectively with stress, pain and illness as well as the inevitable challenges of life.

Through their own experience people who participate in the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme learn how to take better care of themselves through the interplay of mind and body – allowing greater access to inner resources for coping, growing and healing.

With mindfulness, we become increasingly able to observe our thoughts, emotions and sensations consciously, rather than reacting to them unconsciously.  This provides an opportunity for learning to respond to life’s challenges with kindness and compassion.

MBSR Outline

Each of the eight sessions focuses on a different theme, with time allocated to practice, theory, and discussion. Home practices are included each week to support mindfulness becoming an integral part of your life.


  • A pre-programme interview
  • Eight weekly group classes of 2¾ – 3 hours each
  • A full-day retreat
  • Information on the science of stress
  • Teaching of mindfulness practices for stress reduction
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
  • Home practice manual including guided mindfulness practices
  • Refreshments


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