MBSR Training - 8 Week Course
Learn MBSR, the most scientifically tested and well-established mindfulness training program. Created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMASS Medical Center. Taught live & online by certified MBSR instructors.
Reduce stress and live with greater ease through this tested and well-established mindfulness meditation program.
Respond rather than react to stress
Change habitual reactivity patterns
- Learn the most established and respected mindfulness training program
- Earn your MBSR 8 Week course certificate of completion and digital badge
We're offering the official standard 8-Week MBSR Course
To help you deepen your practice and understanding of mindfulness through a rigorous and intense practice & community driven course
- The most scientifically researched mindfulness program
- MBSR was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979
- Taught by certified MBSR instructors
- Course follows the official MBSR Standards of Practice (PDF)
- No prior meditation experience required - great for beginners and advanced meditators alike
- Fulfills prerequisite requirement for MBSR Instructor Training Certification
- Fulfills prerequisite requirement for ML's Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator Certification
- Practice focused with 45 minute long meditations
Simple and Powerful Learning Methodology
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Zoom Video highly interactive instructor-led sessions
Access course from your laptop, tablet, or mobile device
- Certified MBSR Instructors
- 10+ years experience teaching Mindfulness
- Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's MBSR methodology
Live & Online
- 8 weeks of live instructor-led online interactive sessions + Orientation
- Day-long at-home meditation retreat
- You can access the course and live sessions anywhere with an internet connection
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Body scan, sitting meditation, and gentle mindful movement guided meditations
- PDF Lessons, easy access by email
Curriculum at a Glance
10 Live Instructor Zoom Video Sessions
2.5 hour Orientation, 8 weekly 2.5 hour Sessions, Plus Day-long (8 hour) at Home Retreat
(Attendance is mandatory for orientation, all sessions and retreat)
- Intro & Program Overview
- Meet Instructor & Participants
WEEKS 1 & 2
- Mindful Movement
- Mindful Eating
- Body Scan Meditation
- Perception Didactic
- Awareness of Breathing
- Pleasant Events Calendar
WEEKS 3 & 4
- Walking Meditation
- Lying Down Mindful Movement
- Unpleasant Events Calendar
- The Stress Response
- Standing Mindful Movement
- Group Exploration of Stress
WEEKS 5 & 6
- Sitting and Standing Meditations
- Working with Difficulties
- Responding Instead of Reacting
- Choiceless Awareness Meditation
- Mindful Communications Discussion of All Day
Full Day Retreat
WEEKS 7 & 8
- Silent Meditations
- Loving Kindness Meditation
- Formal and Informal Practice
- Sustaining Your Practice
- Course End
“ I thought I had mindfulness/meditation down pretty well before this course. However, this course has brought my practices to new depths through explorations, collaborations, new resources and practices. I have said it in class and I'll say it again... this class has a "sneaky brilliance" in its format, progression and style. Bravo!”
Pharmacist, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Mass
“I enjoyed learning about mindfulness from Mindful Leader. As a yoga teacher, I enjoyed learning new practices I could bring to my students. I also enjoyed actually practicing under another person’s guidance since I am so often the one guiding others. Being a student in the Mindful Leader program was incredibly enlightening.”
Founder, The Yoga Teachers Attorney
“This course is packed with excellent guidance and interactive group activities. I learned many effective skills that I can take back to the workforce. The online format was very effective, people opened up, discovered, learned and shared from the heart.”
Financial Analyst, Mindfulness Lead, Battelle Energy Alliance, Idaho National Laboratory
“This class was life changing for me. It will be something that altered how I go through my existence and perceive my world and others. I will continue to gain greater insights from the class long after it is over”
Team Leader, Pfizer
We limit the class size to ensure an intimate group setting and so our instructors can get to know every participant
✔ 8 weeks of live instructor lead sessions + orientation
✔ Day-long at-home retreat
✔ Guided meditations & course materials
✔ Certificate of completion & digital badge
✔ 30 Day unconditional refund guarantee AFTER the course starts
✔ Option to add 1 on 1 coaching with instructor
Who Should Enroll?
Individual Mindfulness Practitioners • HR Professionals • Wellness Professionals • Healthcare Professionals • Coaches • Mindfulness Teachers • Yoga Teachers • Leaders • Entrepreneurs • Internal Champions of Mindfulness
Pricing: Sliding Scale, Based on Income
By offering a tiered sliding scale we aspire to make this valuable training available to as many people as possible. If your organization has the budget or you are able to pay a little more, please consider selecting the Supporter Tier and help make this program accessible.
Select the tier, payment options, and optional coaching during the check out process
For lower income participants
Standard price for participants
Add 45 minute 1 on 1 coaching
Led by an expert certified MBSR instructor and you will get trained in MBSR, the most scientifically researched and established mindfulness program. You'll receive orientation, 8 live sessions, a full day long retreat, a certificate of completion, digital credentials and course materials.
We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied simply email us within 30 days after the course starts and we will give you a full refund. There is no risk to register, you can get a full refund even AFTER the course has started.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this course qualify as a prerequisite for MBSR Instructor Certification training?
This is the official standard 8 Week MBSR course, taught live & online by a certified MBSR instructor. We strictly follow the MBSR Standards of Practice. This course qualifies as prerequisite for MBSR Instructor Certification programs.
What can I do with my certificate of completion?
Your certificate of completion certificate and badge can be shared on LinkedIn, on your website, or printed out. We use the Open Badge 2.0 credentialing framework. Your digital credentials are verifiable through www.credential.net and do not expire.
How much time is required to complete the course?
The program is eight weeks long, meeting live online once a week for about 2 1/2 hours per session (session 1 and 8 may be a little longer), with a day-long retreat on the Saturday between sessions six and seven. There is also a mandatory orientation the week before our first session.
What are participants required to complete?
How much work is required outside of the weekly live sessions?
There is a minimum of 45 minutes to over an hour of formal and informal home practice every day during the eight weeks of the MBSR course. Much of this is meditation using the guided recordings provided for that week, in addition to some informal activities and reflections.
What is MBSR?
MBSR is a course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It features sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, gentle movement, body scan, and informal, every day practices. You can learn more here.
Is prior meditation or mindfulness training required?
No experience is needed to take MBSR. We'll guide you through every step of the journey you'll be taking with the other participants.
How should I prepare for the Full Day Retreat?
The "All Day Silent Retreat" will take place over Zoom. Please join from a quiet area free from noise and distraction. Consider asking those who will be in the same space to give you the gift of time for this practice. Bring what you may need during the day, like water, medications, blankets, etc. to support your practice. Bring lunch since we will have an hour for a silent and mindful eating lunch practice. Wear comfortable clothing and know that you will be able to tend to personal needs throughout the day to visit the bathroom, or to take medications, or to drink water, etc.
What will this course offer for students who already have other meditation or mindfulness experience?
With the variety of meditation teachings and styles available in contemporary society, the MBSR course may have meditations and other practices even experienced students may not have previously encountered. There is a great deal of information about the scientific study of mindfulness, as well as new connections that form while learning with others, which can be helpful in sustaining a personal practice. In addition, this is the full MBSR course, which is a first step to those who may be interested in pursuing an MBSR Instructor Certification.
What should I do if I need to miss a live session?
Consider taking the course at a later time, as your presence in all sessions is important. It may happen that circumstances create unplanned absences on top of planned missed sessions, so if you already know of conflicts, you would be welcome to apply for the course at a later date.
Please verify your availability for all the session dates and times, and that you will not have conflicts like dependent care, work, vacation over holidays, or other commitments you've already made prior to applying for this course!
When will this course be offered again?
This course will be offered again in the near future.
Can I get a refund if I’m not satisfied? Even after the course starts?
We put a great deal of effort into packing incredible value into this program. We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied simply email us within 30 days of the course start date and we will give you a full refund. You can can a full refund up to 30 days after the course starts.
What is the difference between instructors?
All instructors are certified in MBSR with over 10 years experience. All classes follow the official MBSR Standards of Practice. The main differences between the classes are the days and times when they will occur.
MBSR is the most tested and tried secular mindfulness program available. With the explosion in popularity of mindfulness and the lack of set standards, it's hard to know what programs to take. With our focus on mindfulness for the workplace we believe that MBSR training is one of the best options for individuals looking for a safe, reputable, and deep exploration into mindfulness. The program has been structured the same way, with the same standards, as the in person program as set forth by the MBSR Standards of Practice and created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. This includes 2.5 hour sessions each week for 8 weeks, a full day-long at home retreat, and daily practice. This is not easy. This is not a 5 minute meditation course on an app. This is an intense course for people who want to have more depth in practice and understanding through a trusted and thoroughly researched system. All sessions are live, online, and mandatory.
If you are willing to make the commitment to yourself, you will find the same numerous benefits and rewards that so many have before. If now isn't the right time, we understand - we plan to offer the course again in the near future. But if you know that the time for you is now, we are excited to have you join this program - Get deeper benefits and understanding of mindful meditation through a standardized practice you can trust.
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