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FALL 2024


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course: FALL 2024

Center for Contemplative Practices is pleased to offer an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to staff, faculty, students, and administrators. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. based on clinical research and his own experiences, MBSR is the most studied mindfulness program in the U.S. Research has shown that with consistent practice, MBSR can relieve stress in personal and professional settings and increase overall well-being.

The course takes place over eight Wednesday sessions and one Saturday session:

  • Class 1: Wednesday, September 18, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Wednesday, September 25, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Wednesday, October 2, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • (break)
  • Class 4: Wednesday, October 16, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Class 5: Wednesday, October 23, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Class 6: Wednesday, October 30, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • All-day retreat: Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Class 7: Wednesday, November 6, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Class 8: Wednesday, November 13, 6–8:30 p.m.

Location TBD.

As you consider MBSR, please be aware of the following:

  • It is important to attend all sessions of the course and the all-day retreat.
  • A personal commitment to home practice of 45–60 minutes daily at least six days per week for the next eight weeks is essential (“formal practice”). It is the home practice of mindfulness that gives you the best chance to fully realize the benefits MBSR can offer.
  • A personal commitment to practice mindfulness in daily living (“informal practice”) can enhance the benefits of the MBSR program. We can bring mindfulness to eating, walking, driving, and interpersonal relationships, anytime throughout the day.
  • In addition to mindfulness practice in class and at home, you will have occasional additional assignments to complete between sessions.

This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle movement and mindful yoga
  • Practicing in community
  • Group dialogue & inquiry
  • Home practice (with guided audio and a home packet to support your practice)

Staff, faculty, students, and administrators are all welcome to participate. No prior mindfulness experience is necessary. We anticipate that the 15 seats will fill up quickly.

Considering taking an MBSR course is in itself practicing mindfulness—pausing to check in about whether this is the right time for you to participate.

If the answer is yes, please register here. You will be placed on a waitlist if registration closes prior to your registration.

If you have questions, you can contact Ranjeeta Basu (



We also offer a variety of customized workshops, courses, retreats on a range of topics which include:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Contemplative pedagogy for faculty
  • Mindfulness and Inclusive excellence
  • Mindful Communication
  • Mindfulness for finding Joy
  • Mindfulness for Resilience and Uncertainty
  • Mindfulness for Morale Building
  • Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Mindful compassion for caregivers and social workers
  • Mindfulness for Community Healing
  • Mindfulness for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness for Teachers
  • Mindfulness for Health related fields
  • Mindfulness for Business

These workshops and courses range from semester long courses to 4 to 6 week offerings to half day sessions to 2 hour sessions. If you don't see one offered that you would like to see us offer please reach out to us and we will be happy to design one for you or for your unit or organization. To explore further please contact Ranjeeta Basu at


If you would like to register with us or have inquiries, use the form below.

CCP Interest Form