The practice of meditation is used to help people learn to focus awareness on body sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a nonjudgmental way. Through this practice, a person is given the opportunity to explore their inner world of mind/body, recognize and mobilize their inner psychological resources and take better care of the self.
The course is modelled on the program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
The course consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class (usually on a Saturday). It is designed to introduce Mindfulness practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance, control, and fuller participation in your life. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, including the challenges of stress, pain, illness and everyday demands.
In the course, you will practice skills to improve your ability to let go of the past, worry less about your future, and live more fully in the present. The course includes guided mindfulness meditations and mindful stretching/movement. All instruction is modified for each individual’s needs. You are provided with daily assignments contained in two guided meditation CDs and weekly handouts. Courses are taught by trained instructors from a variety of professional backgrounds.
For more background on MBSR, including supports for MBSR graduates and how to become an instructor, click here.
Course Fees and Registration
Cost (8 week course): $500.00 is the base rate with a sliding scale based on income. See the MBSR brochure to see rates.
Courses available at CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg
Please note MBSR courses are also offered in Winnipeg by these organizations.
If all classes are full and you would like to add your name to the wait list email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a notification of upcoming MBSR courses and events.
CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg will work with private and public organizations to offer MBSR in their workplace or community. Please see our fee schedule for closed MBSR courses.
See also commonly asked questions about offering closed courses.
For more information, please contact Rose Tan, Volunteer and Education Coordinator.
To download the audio files used for the 8 week MBSR course, click the links below.
Please note: These audio files are stored on Dropbox. When you click on one of the links, a window will pop up asking you to sign-in or create a Dropbox account – below these options you will find a link that states “No Thanks. Proceed to download” Use this link if you don’t have or want a Dropbox account.