MBSR   Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an intensive nine-Sundays program for people who are committed to overhauling their relationships to their stressors. The course is comprised of eight 2.5 hour classes plus an all-day retreat. Students will commit to participating fully in class for each week of the program, plus there is a required 30 to 60 minutes of a daily home-practice during those nine weeks.

This MBSR  program models the program introduced to the world by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.  You can learn more details about the MBSR program he established at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in his MBSR book, "Full Catastrophe Living".  This program has been reported in the Time Magazine article on "The Mindful Revolution" and also Dan Harris' book "10% Happier".  

Gena Bean teaches this program for Mindful Boston in the Cambridge area.

MBSR is usually offered each spring, usually starting in April.


Mindful Boston requires that those interested in MBSR first complete the Mindful Boston Meditation Toolbox class. This is a prerequisite only within our organization.

There are a number of reasons for this. However most importantly, as media coverage on the topic caused an exponential growth of interest new students to apply, these newer students did not understand just how -hard- the work can be.  For MBSR to be effective, it requires changing your fundamental relationship to what stresses you out.  Naturally, this fundamental change is not easy. 

The Mindful Boston Meditation Toolbox class was developed as a bridge to ease new students into the intensity of the heart-based changes that take place during MBSR.  The Toolbox is usually offered in the winter and spring semesters.  MBSR is offered in the fall. 


Students who wish to take Mindful Boston's MBSR course must first complete the Meditation Toolbox class.  During the final class of the Toolbox course, instructions for enrolling in our MBSR will be offered to all Toolbox students.

If you prefer to take MBSR without the prerequisite, we refer you to MindfulPurpose.  But if you want to take Mindful Boston's teacher trainings, you should stick with our pathway. MindfulPurpose does not offer teacher trainings. 

Picture:  Meditators in a circle at one of Mindful Boston's events. This location was our partner organization on Cape Cod, The Captain Freeman Inn in Brewster, MA