Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week program offered by the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. It introduces you to the practice of meditation, body awareness and mindful movement. This course is modeled after a program developed at the University of Massachusetts by Jon Kabat-Zinn. There are more than 250 similar programs nationwide.
Medical research has shown that mindfulness-based stress reduction is effective for the physical and emotional symptoms of general stress as well as stress due to illness, such as cancer, depression, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, psoriasis and chronic pain. Benefit also has been seen in a wide range of other heart and vascular, gastrointestinal, and psychological conditions.
The program includes:
- Private interview with an instructor
- Weekly two-and-a-half-hour classes for eight weeks
- Guided mindfulness practice, group discussion and instruction
- All-day retreat
- The book Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Audio CDs to guide home practice
Cost and Registration
The fee for the class is $330 and an additional $35 for materials.
You can register online at www.osher.ucsf.edu or call the center at (415) 353-7718.