Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“MBSR is intensive training in the art of living” Jon Kabat-ZinnZen stones with daisy

MBSR is an 8-week program that was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This program is aimed at helping participants learn how to manage the physical and psychological symptoms of stress related to psychological or medical stressors.

MBSR is a well-defined and systematic client-centered program that uses mindfulness tools and meditation to teach participants to live better and more adaptive lives.

The anxious mind is always worrying about what might go wrong, or what might happen if…. or about unfounded fears and feelings of overwhelm. Someone with anxiety feels trapped by their anxious thoughts.

The depressed mind feels sad, hopeless, wishing things to be different.

The stressed mind feels pressured and sees life as if it was an Everest mountain to climb.

The pain mind feels trapped in a body that is not healthy; fears eternal pain, dwells on possible solutions, or can feel tired and hopeless.

MBSR is a program that teaches participants how to relate to and manage their personal pain and struggles in more effective and self-caring ways.

MBSR is training in how to gain mastery over our minds so that we can weaken the power of anxious, depressive, obsessive, stressful, or torturous thoughts.

MBSR teaches participants a series of mindfulness practices that invite more clarity and calm in the midst of life’s storms.


Life is like the ocean, sometimes it is calm and sometimes it is stormy and aggressive. In MBSR we think of life as the ocean and of MBSR as giving you the tools to navigate life in a way that reduces stress and improves your overall quality of life.

MBSR is a program within the behavioral medicine field.


  • Meet weekly for 2.5 hours
  • Learn skills and tools that are proven to help you manage emotional and physical pain and stress
  • You will learn the practice of mindfulness of body and mind
  • Achieve mastery of the thoughts and struggles that make your life feel unmanageable.

MBSR runs for 9 weeks: 8 sessions of 2.5 hours and 1 longer session of 6 hours

Cost: $430 (note that Extended Health Plans may reimburse payments to a Registered Psychologist.  Non-reimbursed psychologist receipts may be tax deductible ). Includes practice recordings.

Location: Nikkei Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks, Burnaby

To register or for information email or call click here

8 thoughts on “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  1. Hello,
    I am wondering when the next session starts, what days and, times the 2.5 hour and 6 hour sessions are.
    Also do you have any one on one sessions?

    Thank you
    Sandy Wood


  2. I am a social worker with VCH and am looking for MBSR programs for my patients with M.S. and am hoping they can be paid by MSP. What is the cost of your program?


    • Hi Mary:
      I am so sorry I did not respond right away. I don’t check the messages here too often. I am not offering the program until COVID is resolved as I feel that doing the program in person is much more beneficial than on line and I don’t want to put anyone at risk.
      I will announce new dates probably end of 2021 if things are looking better.
      Thank you so much for checking in!


  3. Hi there,
    I sm interested in learning more about this course. Xan you tell me when you are offering the next sessions? I am thinking Winter 2021


    • Hi Lisa:
      Thanks for checking in! I am not offering any sessions until COVID is more under control as I don’t want to put anyone at risk. I am hoping that I will announce new dates at the end of 2021. Please check back then!
      Thanks again for your interest!


  4. Hi Erika,

    I was just wondering if a certificate is issued upon completion of the course as in the future I am looking into possibly becoming a certified facilitator and having successfully taken the 8 week course with a certificate of completion is a pre-requisite.

    Wishing you good health,



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