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MBSR courses are conducted by professionally trained MBSR teachers. The course consists of a structured curriculum to introduce mindfulness practices to participants, e.g. sitting meditation, body awareness, simple movement exercises. It is held over 8 weeks with a 2h session once a week, and an additional full day intensive practice session. It is a highly participative course that requires commitment to regular home practice.
MBSR Course Dates
Feb 2017 | 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar 2017 | 2, 9, 16, 23
Day of Mindfulness Sunday, Mar 12 10:00am - 4:00pm
Teacher: Dawn Sim
Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention to the present moment, intentionally and non-judgmentally. It is a simple skill that we are innately capable of and yet do not always call upon. This skill of paying attention can change the way we experience our surroundings and consequently how we react (reflexively) or respond (with choice) in our lives. Importantly, mindfulness is a skill that can be learned. Here is an excellent video featuring Anderson Cooper on 60 minutes, talking about mindfulness:
The 8 week MBSR course Developed to help patients with various illnesses through mindfulness, the original 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course was developed at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School more than 30 years ago. Much of current scientific research on mindfulness (showing psychological, physiological, neurobiological and cellular effects) is based upon this original MBSR course. This MBSR course has consistently shown benefits in reducing medical and psychological symptoms in many medical conditions such as chronic pain, psoriasis, etc. A short video here introduces some past research on mindfulness:
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The Mindfulness Collective
The Mindfulness Collective is a group of qualified MBSR teachers who have trained with Center for Mindfulness, University Massachussetts Medical School. The group's vision is to share the practice of mindfulness in a professional and ethical way. Apart from MBSR, the group conducts other mindfulness related training and workshops.