Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

8 weeks starting Monday January 13 at 4:00 - 6 PM pm, 

plus an all day (6 hour) retreat, time and date TBD.

MBSR is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. It is a practical approach which trains attention, allowing people to cultivate awareness and therefore enabling them to have more choice and take wise action in their lives. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and exploration of patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling and action. Mindfulness can be understood as the non-judgemental acceptance and "open-hearted" investigation of present experience, including body sensations, internal mental states, thoughts, emotions, impulses and memories, in order to reduce suffering or distress and to increase well-being. (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). 


In the MBSR program, participants will learn to access and cultivate their natural capacity to actively engage in caring for themselves and seek greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. The degree of benefit will be related to the participant's commitment of time and effort in practicing the awareness exercises on a regular basis.  In each class participants will learn about and practice different forms of mindfulness including formal practices of yoga, sitting meditation, body scan, and walking meditation as well as informal practices such as mindful eating, speaking and listening, and mindfulness of daily activities. 

A telephone interview will be provided to each registrant to discuss an overview of the course, answer any questions, and determine the suitability of the course for the applicant.


COST We are doing sliding scales, partial scholarships so all can attend.  $100.00  plus materials (printed handouts) CONTACT:  Erica Karp ericasimages@gmail.com 224-406-4640

Erica Karp, MSW, is a retired social worker with experience in psychotherapy, group facilitation, case management, volunteer coordination and adult education. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for 10 years. She teaches mindfulness because she wants to continually be reminded of it. 

 Donald Schuster has practiced meditation for almost 50 years and is trained in various forms of meditation, including  Hatha Yoga, Transcendental Meditation and over the last 15 years been trained in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical School, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. In retirement, he teaches MBSR classes and offers the mindful practice of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku).