MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

MBSR Program Testimonial: “I have incorporated many effective coping and relaxing techniques into my life. Instead of holding it all in frustration, I feel like I can finally breathe again.“

Learn practical ways to manage stress

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week program that can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and working memory, develop more awareness, increase resilience, and enhance focus and concentration.

This psycho-educational group program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress and build resilience.

The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn

To develop skills to cultivate a different relationship to stress, including stress that can result from managing a variety of chronic health conditions.

Sessions include a variety of meditation practices, gentle mindful movement practices, reflective and practical exercises, and discussions on stress.

Please note that the mindful movement exercises will have options to modify movements and poses for comfort and safety.

Two diverse women meditating while sitting crossed legged in a calm and soothing mindful yoga studio

Who Should Attend

Individuals suffering from stress, who wish to increase their overall well-being and change habitual reactivity patterns in order to live a life of greater ease.

See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.


8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each plus Orientation & Interview (9 weeks, 23 hours)


*$100 off MBCT offerings June – August 2024*

As a charity, we do not charge taxes.

MBSR Program Testimonial: “Very helpful in learning methods of managing my anxiety. This program helped me sort through my overwhelming thoughts that left me feeling stuck, guilty, and that I was not doing enough.“
MBSR Program Testimonial: “I feel like people of all ages can benefit from this experience. It really makes you look at your day-to-day routine and teaches you stress-relieving techniques you can keep for life.“

Most third-party insurance plans cover the cost of this program.

Upcoming Courses

MBSR Online ($100 off) 25-109-05

Start: Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Facilitator(s): Rhea Plosker RSW RP

MBSR Online 25-109-07

Start: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Facilitator(s): Jacquie Dover RN & Pawan Singh MSW RSW

MBSR in Downtown Toronto 25-109-06

Start: Tuesday, October 1, 2024
Facilitator(s): Amanda Guthrie RP ND & Elaine Smookler RP