We all know about the damaging physical and mental health consequences from ongoing stress. If you want to learn to take better care of yourself and to discover a deeper sense of ease and peace of mind then the eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) may be what you are looking for. The MBSR offered follows the program pioneered at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR is a well-defined and systematic person-centred educational approach which uses a relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation as the core of the program. It teaches people how to take better care of themselves, physically and mentally, and to live healthier and saner lives. It originated in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts and has been utilised in a wide variety of settings: medical centres, schools, prisons, athletic training programs, professional programs and the workplace. It is supported by significant physiological, psychological and neuroscience research. Our Founder, Kathryn Choules (PhD) is qualified to teach the MBSR through the University of Massachusetts.
Who would benefit from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program?
Do any of the following situations apply to you?
- Stress – work, school, family, financial, illness, ageing, grief, uncertainty about the future, and feeling “out of control”
- Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin disorders and many other conditions
- Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances
- Prevention and wellness – including health enhancement and wellness
Commitment to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program
Before signing up for an MBSR course, consider if you are ready to make the personal commitment required. You need to be motivated and exert individual effort and regular disciplined practice of meditation in the various forms taught, whether or not you “feel” like practising on a particular day or not. This requires an immediate lifestyle change – 45-60 minutes a day, six days a week at a minimum is dedicated to formal mindfulness practice. You will be expected to attend all classes.
What to expect
The MBSR consists of eight weekly classes and a one full-day Mindfulness retreat (on a weekend) towards the end of the course. The first and final classes run for 3 hours. The others run for 2 1/2 hours. The classes are highly participative, supportive and structured.
You will receive:
- guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- group dialogue and mindful communication exercises
- individually tailored instruction
- daily home assignments
- home practice materials
- guided mindfulness practice MP3s
DATE: Mondays, 9 October – 27 November 2017
LOCATION: Southcare Community Hall, cnr Bickley Cres and Pether Rd, Manning
TIME: 6 – 8:30 pm (Note: Class 1 and Class 8 run 6 – 9 pm)
ONE DAY RETREAT: Sunday, 19 November 2017 (9:30 am – 4 pm)
COST: $585 ($485 concession)
Early bird before 9 September 2017 – $535
We are committed to making the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program accessible to whoever needs them. If you would like to attend and need to discuss payment or price please contact us. A number of places are kept for people who are unable to afford the course but who have the commitment to attend and complete. A refererence from a healthare practitioner is required.
INTERVIEW: On registration we will contact you by phone. The phone interview lasts about 20 minutes and allows you to discuss with us your particular circumstances. After the interview if you decide not to proceed your fee will be refunded. You will be advised if your place in the course is confirmed.
REFUND POLICY: We expect this course to be of great benefit to you. If there are reasons that you need to withdraw from a course before the second week, we will refund the fee less a $100 administration fee.
FACILITATOR: Kathryn Choules (PhD) is an accredited MBSR instructor through the University of Massachusetts. Her practice in Mindfulness and experience running adult education programs cover decades.
The MBSR has helped me learn to accept what life throws at you. Rather than let stress build up, I am able to take time out for myself. Kathryn was available and supportive throughout the course with e-mails and telephone calls when needed. I have greater calmness through understanding and accepting thoughts and feelings, without getting caught up in them. The course was worth it! I’d recommend it because it is tough and rewarding. Men need to do this more often.(Dan – Engineer)
The MBSR course is like an antidote to the fast paced multitasking reality many of us seem to live. I have come away with a stronger sense of who I am and the way I want to be in the world. I believe that this has already positively impacted on not only myself but my relationship with family, friends. (Lara – Psychologist)