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About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course on mindfulness practice and stress reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then over 18,000 people have taken MBSR. There are several other mindfulness-based classes and interventions but MBSR is the oldest and most studied for general improvements in health and well-being. Significant improvement has been shown for a wide variety of physical and mental illnesses.   [See current MBSR class listings below]

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Since 1979, more than 18,000 people have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. It is a course that helps participants draw on their own inner resources and actively engage in caring for themselves and finding greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

The program was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD at the Stress Reduction Clinic of UMass Medical School and described in his book Full Catastrophe Living. The technique was originally developed for use in hospitals with patients suffering from painful, chronic, or disabling conditions. It was found that following participation in an MBSR program, participants' levels of anxiety and depression decreased and their sense of well-being increased. Extensive research has shown that the Stress Reduction Program can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of state of health.

Research Evidence Suggests MBSR is helpful for:

  • immune system function
  • reducing anxiety
  • preventing relapse of depression
  • reducing negative emotions responding to stress
  • managing chronic pain
  • chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders.
  • effective coping with short and long-term stressful situations.
  • growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
  • enhancing compassion and altruism
  • reducing pregnancy-related anxiety (with relationships and communication)
  • professionals: coping with stress, connecting with patients, and reducing burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
  • Veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
  • obesity - increasing “mindfulness of eating”
  • general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful. Research citations available on request.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the Media

MBSR has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary Healing and the Mind, which was seen by more than 40 million people; on NBC’s Dateline; on ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs; on The Oprah Winfrey Show; and in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. In the Seattle area a wonderful new documentary on the power of mindfulness with veterans at the Seattle VA Hospital is available online through this link.



Healing and the Mind - Healing from Within - the classic 1993 documentary with Bill Moyers on Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR. Well worth the 46 minutes


Our 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course 

In a safe, supportive atmosphere participants meet in a closed group every week with their instructor to:

  • Investigate the nature of stress- how habitual reactions increase it, and how it affects your life.
  • Learn and practice mindfulness practices which are done in class and during home practice. This includes body awareness work, yoga, and sitting and walking meditation (among others).
  • Learn mindfulness approaches to manage physical, emotional, or psychological pain, stress, and difficulty in an effective way.
  • Connect with the wisdom of one's own body and learn to relax tension.
  • Develop tools to work with and transform stressful situations and reactions.
  • Discover how to address depression and anxiety more skillfully.
  • Overcome old habits of reaction and forge new pathways of responding mindfully.
  • Re-establish balance and a sense of well-being and ease in your life.
  • Have more control over your own health and fitness, and feel empowered to live with more joy and equanimity.

Course details

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Group discussions and dialogue aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Discussion with partners and small groups on personal responses to stress and well-being goals
  • Daily home assignments
  • Guided audio files for home practice
  • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness


The Commitment of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR is truly experiential education. By spending a significant amount of time in class and at home it’s truly possible to change patterns of reactivity and stress. New ways of relating to life that are less reactive and more healthy often result. The power of this investigation into moment-to-moment living offered by MBSR can change your relationship to your own experience and this carries forward into relationships and attitudes of all kinds.

For this “magic” to work participants must be committed to putting in the time in practice and study. This includes:

  1. Eight classes, each typically two-and-a-half hours long.
  2. One day long retreat (typically six or seven hours long).
  3. Daily practice at home of 30-45 minutes during the entire course which many participants choose to continue after the course ends.

Sometimes with tongue just a little bit in cheek MBSR instructions tell participants that learning about stress reduction can be quite stressful! Most of us have busy lives and it’s not easy to add the weekly class and daily home practice.

To receive benefit from MBSR you must be ready to make your best effort to attend all class sessions and do the home practice. And to bring forward a gentle but persistent effort with an open-minded spirit of curiosity. There is plenty of support from the instructor, the recorded and written materials, and from your fellow participants but the decision to commit to MBSR can come from you alone.

Thousands of people of all ages, from all walks of life and lifestyles have now benefited from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program - and you can too! This program is suitable for anyone who is interested in living a less stressful and more rewarding life.

Our Classes

Below, you can find a list of current, upcoming, and past MBSR classes offered by Mindfulness Northwest.

Or view our Entire Schedule, which includes our MBSR classes as well as all other classes, workshops, and retreats we're currently offering.

Current & Upcoming MBSR Classes

    • 9 Apr 2019
    • 4 Jun 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
    • 12

    MBSR in Bellingham.
    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Primary Instructor:
    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Schedule and Location:

    8 classroom sessions:  Tues, April 9 - June 4 (skipping April 23)
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225 (map and directions)


    All-Day Retreat
     Saturday, May 18:

    Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge
    9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
    Blaine, WA 98230
    (map and directions)

    Cost: $310 - $450 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)

    Up to 26 CE credits are available for an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.

    Registration:

       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.



    Our Other Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 9 Apr 2019
    • 28 May 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island WA 98040
    • 16


    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Instructor:
    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 28

    Mercer Island Community Center
    Slater Room 105 (except on Feb. 6 & 26, in room 104)
    8236 SE 24th St
    Mercer Island, WA
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day: Saturday, May 11,  9 am - 4 pm

    Peace & Spirituality Center (Lakeview Room)
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $340-$520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 29 May 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • 11

    Wednesday Evening MBSR in Kirkland.
    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!


    Instructor: Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: Wednesdays, April 10 - May 29

    308 4th Avenue S
    Kirkland, WA 98033  
    (Special directions for building entry)

    All-Day Retreat, Saturday, May 11:

    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)       

    Cost$340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)

    Registration:
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle WA 98103
    • 8


    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule and Location:

    8 classroom sessions: 
    Nalanda West (Community Room)
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle WA 98103
    (map and directions)

    All-Day Retreat: Saturday, May 11:

    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions) 

    Instructor:
    Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)

    Registration:
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 7 Aug 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island WA 98040
    • 22
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    26 CE credits also available if you're a healthcare professional.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Instructor:
    Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through
    the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: 

    Mercer Island Community Center
    Slater Room 105 
    8236 SE 24th St
    Mercer Island, WA
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day: Saturday, July 27,  9 am - 4 pm

    Peace & Spirituality Center (Lakeview Room)
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $340-$520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)


    Up to 26 CE credits are available for an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE

     or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 20 Aug 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle WA 98103
    • 28
    Register


    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: Tuesdays, June 25 -  August 20, skipping August 6.
    Nalanda West (Community Room)

    All-Day Retreat: Saturday, August 3:

    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions) 

    Instructor:
    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs.)

    Registration:
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 8 Jul 2019
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 19
    Register

    Monday Evening MBSR Online.
    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!


    Instructors: Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.


    Oori Silberstein and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. 

    Location:  Offered Live Online.  

    Online Note: We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. This class is an interactive online class. All that is needed to participate is a device with a camera and microphone (like a smartphone, tablet or laptop). Simple and easy instructions will be provided and we will help you get set up smoothly. In addition, details on how to use Zoom will be sent with your registration. 

    Schedule:
    9 meetings: 8 regular class sessions and one extended session.

    Cost$310 - $450 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (a downloadable course manual and home practice CDs).

    Registration:
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    A Special Extended Session Option
    Those living in the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bellingham areas (or willing to travel!) may instead choose to attend an in-person Extended Session at Brightwater Environmental Education Center in Woodinville on Saturday, August 3, from 9 AM - 4 PM, in place of the online Extended Session scheduled for Saturday, August 17.   

    There is no additional fee charged for attending this alternative Extended Session. Please simply register for the online course and then email us and let us know you'd like to attend the in-person Extended Session at Brightwater Environmental Education Center. We will register you for your alternative selection if space is available. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Our Other Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 4 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 9 Aug 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236
    • 7
    Register

    Our 5-day residential intensive form of
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness can be a delightful by-product.


    Course details:
    This highly participatory residential intensive form of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • A 60-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
    • Supplemental, optional, meetings for meditation and enriched learning
    • Excellent vegetarian meals and five days of peaceful quiet living

    Please see the MBSR page  for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Schedule:
    Sunday dinner through Friday lunch. Please arrive by 5pm on Sunday if possible and no later than 7pm.

    Each day will include two 3-hour class sessions in the morning and afternoon. Additionally optional early morning meditation, and evening programs featuring our favorite videos for learning about mindfulness will also be offered.

    In this immersive in-person experience expect to be deeply embedded in a cohort learning experience as you make your way through a powerful week of training together.

    Instructors: 

    Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Richard is qualified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Location:
    The Whidbey Institute
    6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236
    [On Whidbey Island: a ferry ride is required]
    (map and directions)

    If you would like to set up a carpool with other participants, use our carpooling service here.

    Cost:
    The $860 - $1290 Sliding Scale Tuition includes instruction, materials, room and board. Rooms are doubles and singles. There is a $90 supplement for single rooms.


    We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. We can only offer limited quantities of scholarship tuition so please register early.

    Monthly payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Up to 26 CE credits are available for healthcare professionals with an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.

    Registration:
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    About the Whidbey Institute

    Our hosts for this retreat, The Whidbey Institute, have offered a home for transformational learning since 1972 on South Whidbey Island.

    The vegetarian cuisine is farm-to-table local, delicious, and varied. Neighbors are far away and the property includes hiking trails. 

    To reach the Whidbey Institute you typically take the Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo, Washington.

    The Institute is a 15 minute drive from the ferry landing and ferries run every 30 minutes but wait times do increase on weekends. Our Sunday evening start should help.

    More details on reaching Whidbey Institute are available here.

    Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

    Transportation issues or running late? For help reaching the Whidbey Institute please call their office at 360-341-1884. To get a message to our instructors please call our office at 360-830-6439  ext 0.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community course and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session of training. If participants miss a morning or afternoon session, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.


    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats


       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

Past MBSR Classes

27 Feb 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Wednesday Evenings
24 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
23 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
23 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
22 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
22 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Tuesday Evenings
20 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
17 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Wenatchee) - Thursday evenings
26 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Wednesday Evenings
25 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Wenatchee) - Friday Mornings
20 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
20 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Thursday mornings
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Snohomish) - Wednesday mornings
28 Jun 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
5 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
4 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
4 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Tuesday Evenings
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Tuesday Evenings
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Mar 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Seattle) - Wednesday mornings
4 Feb 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Sunday Evenings
30 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Tacoma) - Tuesday Afternoons
25 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
24 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
24 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
23 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
20 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
19 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
18 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Mondays Mid-Day
13 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Federal Way) - Thursday Evenings
12 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
6 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
1 Feb 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
26 Jan 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
24 Oct 2016 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Monday Evenings [MBSR-Bham]
22 Sep 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
21 Sep 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
2 May 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Monday Evenings
21 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
14 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Kent) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Mid-Day
12 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Tuesday Evenings
3 Feb 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
21 Jan 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
16 Sep 2015 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
16 Sep 2015 (MBSR-Bham) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Weds. Mornings for the Community
25 Sep 2014 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Healing Professional (Bellingham) - Thursday Evenings
25 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Bham) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
22 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Garfield) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Seattle, Central) - Monday Evenings
17 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings

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