The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is an integrative, participant-centred approach to stress management and to date is the longest standing, most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide. The programme was founded in 1979 by Emeritus Professor of Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
Ubuntu Wellness Centre is currently running this course here:
Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:
Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
An increased ability to relax
Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
People participate for reasons as diverse as:
Stress — job, family or financial
Chronic pain and illness
Anxiety and panic
High blood pressure
Those who want to learn how to live more mindfully.
The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday. The highly participatory, practical program includes:
Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
Daily home assignments
Four home practice CD’s and a home practice manual
The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.
The South African MBSR programmes are modelled on the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and are offered in the following areas:
Cape Town Central
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Cape Town, Facilitators: Dr Simon Whitesman MBChB & Linda Kantor MA (Counselling Psychologist) (both Simon & Linda are Certified MBSR Instructors), Tel: (021) 480 6177 / (021) 424 7914, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.mbsr.co.za