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Mindfulness Based Stress Management Program (MBSR) (in Montreal)

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The Mindfulness Based Stress Management Program (MBSR), offered by Living Arts, is based on the original program founded and directed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living (Delta, 1991) and Wherever You Go, There You Are (Hyperion, 1994), at the University of Massachusetts Medical Health Care Center.

MBSR is an approach to self-care and effective coping with stress, illness and chronic pain, for which there may be no immediate cures. Nor is it a cure. It is an intervention focused on how to live well in the presence of physical and emotional challenges and not only in the absence of them. One's own inner resources become mobilized for healing and for moving to a greater level of health and well-being.

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What is Mindfulness?

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state of awareness in which we are paying attention on purpose to our moment-to-moment experience. It is a quality of attention that is grounded in the present moment and free of judgement. We are attending to what is happening while it is happening. It includes an awareness of our reactions and interactions with the world around us. Alongside this awareness, we learn to bring compassion and clarity to our lives and its challenges so that we can respond with greater wisdom and effectiveness.

Who takes the program and how can it be of benefit?

Many people who come to the MBSR program want to experience a deeper sense of connection with themselves. They want to develop more effective ways to cope with a variety of personal challenges and would like to learn how to integrate a more mindful state of awareness in to their daily lives. Essentially it is not the events, people or occurrences in our lives that will determine whether we experience stress but rather how we relate to our experience.

This mindfulness based approach has been shown to be effective in longitudinal studies in which individuals have reported a lasting decrease in both the physical and psychological symptoms associated with:

  • Work/family stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Chronic pain/illness
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • GI distress
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Fibromyalgia

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) offers you:

  • Eight weekly sessions in which mindfulness meditation will be taught and practiced; the body scan, mindfulness based yoga and sitting meditation.
  • Eight weekly sessions in which mindfulness meditation will be taught and practiced; the body scan, mindfulness based yoga and sitting meditation.
  • Presentations and group discussions on managing stress and integrating mindfulness in daily life (Bilingual).
  • Weekly home practice assignments supported by 3 guided mindfulness meditation CD's and an MBSR workbook available in both French and English.
  • A Mindfulness Retreat Day for practice integration.

Special Promotional Offer: $475.00 Student and Seniors Rate: $425.00 (Payments can be made by check or cash)
** Payment Plans Offered.

The cost covers the (8) 2 hour classes, three Guided Mindfulness Meditation CDs, a Stress Reduction Workbook, all practice assignments and the MBSR Retreat Day.

Receipts:

I offer receipts as a registered psychologist for insurance and income tax purposes.
Please note that early registration is advisable as spaces are limited.

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Individualized MBSR Programs:

For those individuals whose schedules do not permit the attendance to the group session or prefer to have more individual attention, the MBSR Program can also be followed on an individual basis and catered to your specific needs and goals.


Mindfulness Based Stress Management Programs (MBSR) 2017 – 2018:

MBSR Fall Session 2017:

Dates: Sept 25th – November 14th Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Retreat Day: Sunday, November 5th, 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

MBSR Spring Session 2018:

Dates: March 6th – April 24th, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Retreat Day: Sunday, April 15th, 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

Mindfulnesss Retreat Morning Open to All: Cultivating Genuine Acceptance

Dates: Sunday, May 7th, 2017: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Shanti Yoga Studio
51 Avenue Westminster Nord
Montreal, Quebec
H4X 1Y8



Registration and Cancellation Policy

To register and to reserve your space in the MBSR program, a deposit is required. Spaces will be reserved upon receipt of your registration form and deposit.

Early registration is advisable as spaces are limited.

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*Please note, any payments made to Living Arts for the MBSR program will not be refunded within the two week period prior to the start date of the program but can be used as a credit for a future MBSR program offered within the following 12 month period.

*The credit is non-transferable.

*There will be no refund OR credit issued once the program has begun.

'After only a few weeks, you can feel the power of this program as you find yourself already able to apply what you are learning in your daily life. Much less reactive and better able to respond to difficult situations. I so appreciated my experience and I thank you Gina for accompanying me throughout the process which has only just begun! '
- L.R., Spring 2016