What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a psychoeducational experiential learning program based on the core principle of mindfulness. The program is offered in a group setting and guided by qualified MBSR teachers as the curriculum unfolds over 8 weeks.> Learn more about the classes
Benefits of the MBSR Course
The regular practice of Mindfulness Meditation can enrich our lives with enhanced calm, clarity, insight, emotional intelligence, creativity, productivity, and wellness. Mindfulness practices are useful in addressing illness, stress, and pain.
Classes & Programs
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
This class meets weekly for 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes a combination of mindfulness practices, group sharing of experience with practice, and the exploration of topics such as mindfulness, stress, and communication. Additionally, there is a full day of practice that occurs between the 6th and 7th week of the 8-week program.> Sign Up
Registration: $475.00 (due upon completion of orientation session)
This registration fee includes 30 hours of instruction, practice recordings, written instruction, and a certificate of completion. Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, or e transfer. Some private health plans provide coverage for stress management. Please check with your insurer to determine if funding is available to you. Alternate payment options may be considered. Health care workers may be eligible to receive a special funding grant offered by the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Health Sciences North.
Ramsey Room - Sudbury District Health Unit
1300 Paris Street, Sudbury, ON
This Program Offers:
- Eight weekly classes (2.5 hours each) plus an all-day silent retreat during the sixth week of the course
- Intensive training in mindfulness meditation (e.g. Body Scan, Sitting, Walking, Eating, and Gentle Yoga / Body Movement)
- Daily home meditation practice supported by resource materials
- Educational and interactive discussions on mindfulness
- A strongly supportive community with future mindfulness events throughout the year
Class Schedule (Dates to be announced)Download Class Calendar
Mindfulness Meditation Monthly Refresher
These monthly sessions are for participants who have completed the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or who wish to explore this practice. These monthly sessions offer the opportunity to strengthen your mindfulness practice in a supportive group setting. There is no fee for these sessions.> Sign Up
7:00am to 8:00am
Medicine Lodge, Health Sciences North, Ramsey Lake Health Centre, Main Site
41 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON
Other Mindfulness-Based Special Opportunities
Mindfulness programming may be customized to suit organizational needs (workshops, public talks, retreats, professional training, special events).> Contact
Organizations That We Have Worked With
Our Teachers are qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Gary Petingola MSW, RSW
has received formal training with Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn, founder of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland; the OMEGA Institute for Holistic Studies; Shambhala Mountain Center; and the Harvard Medical School. He is invited to speak internationally and has published on the topic of mindfulness.
Sheila Damore-Petingola MSW, RSW
brings a wealth of knowledge on care for the caregiver. She has received training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School; the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland; the OMEGA Institute for Holistic Studies; Shambhala Mountain Center; and the Harvard Medical School. Sheila holds a faculty appointment with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Completing this application form will add you to the class list. Payment due upon completion of orientation session (for applicable classes).