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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is considered the gold standard in curricula designed to guide participants into cultivating a practice of mindfulness through techniques of body awareness, sitting and walking meditation, and mindful movement. MBSR fosters comprehensive personal wellness including an increase in emotional resilience and management of stress, anxiety, and pain.

Pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, the MBSR curriculum is routinely shared in schools, hospitals, and businesses as a practical way to seek a contemplative path.

Format

An 8 week program with 2.5 hour weekly classes and one all-day retreat. Participants also engage in home practice for forty-five minutes per day between each class.

Materials

Tuition includes an exercise mat and a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living.  Supplemental materials will be provided in class.

Attendance & Commitment

Attendance at each session is critical for immersing yourself into the practice of mindfulness and also in completing the home practice.

However, “life happens” and participants may miss one session due to illness or an emergency. If a participant needs to miss two or more sessions they will be allowed to re-take the course at another time with no additional charge. All absences should be communicated to the instructor.

Participation & Consideration

MBSR includes the practice of walking meditation and mindfulness movement (a gentle form of yoga) and is well-suited to most ability and age levels. Please consult the instructor for any considerations you may have and if you have any difficulty engaging in any of the techniques at any given time, you are under no obligation to do so.

MBSR is an educational curriculum for personal use and development but not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological intervention. If you have recently or are currently undergoing treatment for addiction, psychosis, PTSD, clinical depression, anxiety, or other psychological conditions you should consult with your therapist or counselor to determine if MBSR is the right setting for your individual needs.

Instructor

Eric Budzynski is the Associate for Religious & Spiritual Life at Northwestern University and is a Qualified Teacher of  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  He has been trained at University of California San Diego, University of Massachusetts, Shambhala Mountain Center, & Zen Life & Meditation Center (Chicago).  Eric is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Illinois MBSR Consortium, and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.  

Eric is passionate about connecting the Northwestern community into the spiritual practice of mindfulness as a way of cultivating compassion for one’s self and one another. 

 

Upcoming Courses

  • 8 week program:  Wednesdays, October 2 - November 20, 2019 | 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • All-Day Retreat:  Saturday, November 9 | 9:30am-4:00pm
    • Location:  Parkes Hall | 1870 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208 
  • Tuition:  Students $100 | Employees $195 | Public $295
    • (Need-based scholarships for students are available.)
  • Tuition includes a yoga mat and a copy of John Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living.
  • Open to all students, employees, and community members. Class size is limited.
Register here for the next MBSR session or to learn about all sessions.

For more information contact e-budzynski@northwestern.edu.
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