Stress reduction

Managing Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

Be present

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week introduction to mindfulness through guided meditation, group dialogue, and home practice.

Mindfulness refers to open, non-judgemental awareness of present-moment experience. The MBSR program focuses on the use of mindfulness for managing everyday stressors related to everyday work, health, relationship, and other concerns. Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll learn to be more present and to be more aware of automatic reactions and communication patterns that cause stress.

Learning these skills will allow you to:

 

  • Engage with the present moment
  • Gain greater insight and clarity on the causes of stress
  • Improve self-care and self-compassion
  • Develop greater equanimity and resilience in the face of stress
  • Cultivate greater gratitude and joy in everyday moments

 

MBSR in English:

  • Dates: Thursday evenings from February 7th to March 28th, 2019 (8 weeks). Mandatory orientation session on January 31st.  
  • Time: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Location: MindSpace Studio Westmount
  • Retreat date: March 16th.
  • Instructors: Dr Sébastien Nguyen
  • Cost: $600
  • Register here 
  • Insurance receipts provided

  • Dates: Monday evenings from February 18th to April 8th, 2019 (8 weeks). Mandatory orientation session on February 11th.  
  • Time: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Location: Presence Studio
  • Retreat date: March 30th.
  • Instructors: Dr. Karine St-Jean
  • Cost: $600
  • Register here 
  • Insurance receipts provided

 

MBSR in French:

  • Dates: Thursday evenings from February 14th to April 4th, 2019 (8 weeks). Mandatory orientation session on February 7th, 2019.
  • Time: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Location: MindSpace Studio Downtown.
  • Retreat date: March 23rd, 2019.
  • Instructor: Manon Breton
  • Cost: $600
  • Register here
  • IMPORTANT: Insurance receipts are NOT provided for this class.

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings from April 16th to June 4th, 2019 (8 weeks). Mandatory orientation session on April 9th, 2019.
  • Time: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Location: MindSpace Downtown Studio.
  • Retreat date: May 25th, 2019.
  • Instructor: Manon Breton
  • Cost: $600
  • Register here
  • IMPORTANT: Insurance receipts are NOT provided for this class.

 

More on MBSR

The MindSpace MBSR program is based directly on the MBSR program developed in the 1980s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness is originally a Buddhist practice and Kabat-Zinn is credited with its integration into mainstream Western psychology and medicine.

Over the past four decades, the enormously successful MBSR program has become popular around the globe. Thanks to pioneering research out of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, MBSR is now an evidence-based program scientifically demonstrated to help individuals suffering from chronic stress, addictions, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions that impact quality of life. MBSR is currently offered in hospitals, universities, and health clinics worldwide.

Mindfulness is simple but requires practice. The calm presence of MindSpace teachers and the supportive group environment will allow you to integrate the MBSR material and develop your personal mindfulness practice at your own pace. The ultimate goal of the program is for you to develop a daily meditation practice and to integrate mindfulness into daily life. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary.

Our MBSR groups meet for two hours per week, with an all-day silent meditation retreat between weeks six and seven. Participants are provided with reading material to accompany in-class discussions, and audio guides for at-home meditation practice.

FAQ about MindSpace mindfulness programs

 

If you have already completed the MBSR program, you are invited to join our weekly sitting groups, which are a great way to connect with other MBSR graduates and deepen your mindfulness practice.