Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Live Online via Zoom September-November 2023

No In Person Option Available

Instructors: Margaret M. McGann, MA, LCPC, CFM UMASS Certified MBSR Instructor

Charles Berry, PsyD, UMASS Qualified MBSR Instructor

The MBSR program is an 8-week evidence-based experiential training course that systematically introduces the practice of formal (meditation, body scan, yoga/mindful movement, mindful walking, mindful eating) and informal mindfulness practices and their application in coping with perceived stressors as well as the concepts of mindfulness and physiologic stress. Practices cultivate moving towards responding versus reacting to stress, self-reflection, and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, resiliency, and personal growth.

Class Mondays: 6:00-8:30 pm CST; September 18th-November 6th, 2023

Retreat: Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm CST

In order to register for an upcoming MBSR course, you are required to attend a FREE information session. Information Session dates/times are available on the Mindfulness Midwest Website https://mindfulnessmidwest.com/mbsr-information-sessions/

Click Here to Register for Information Sessions

MBSR Course Fee $450.00

Early Bird Discount of $50 if you register by August 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm CST

Returning Students (do not need to attend an Information Session)—all students who have previously completed an MBSR course live online or in-person with a Certified MBSR teacher may retake the course for $300.00.

Questions: contact Margaret McGann via email: margaret@mindfulnessmidwest.com

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. Over the past 30+ years, thousands of people have completed the evidence-based MBSR course, with many participants finding health benefits in cultivating mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of living that promotes being present, conscious living, and full participation in the world. Research suggests that developing Mindfulness fosters greater positive psychological states, promotes resilience, and encourages mental well-being.
MBSR may help with:

  • Developing interpersonal communication & relationship skills
  • Coping with career, family, school, financial and relational stress
  • Decreasing the effects of depression, anxiety, worry, and panic
  • Cultivating emotional balance, calmness, and self-compassion
  • Enhancing vitality, resilience, and sense of well-being
  • Improving focus, concentration and information processing
  • Encouraging an active role in developing mind/body health
  • Learning more skillful ways to deal with life’s challenges
  • Decreasing the impact of chronic pain, illness, or conditions related to:
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Sleep disturbances
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart Disease
    • Gastro-intestinal distress, eating challenges

Participants in the MBSR course are asked to commit to the entire eight-week program. Classes meet for two-and-a-half hours each week plus an all-day retreat within the program. Practicing meditation outside of classes is a crucial component of mindfulness training, helping solidify what is learned in class as well as allowing students to gain the most benefit from mindfulness training. The Course incudes: guided audio meditations, a course manual, and 30 hours of in-person group instruction. Sign up now to start cultivating your inner resources and awareness of being present to the richness of everyday living.



“Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.”
― Maya Angelou