What to Expect

The MBSR program consists of eight weekly two-and-a-half hour classes and a one-day retreat (on a weekend) between sessions six and seven.  Highly participatory, supportive, and structured, this program will provide you with:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices;
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga;
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life;
  • Daily home assignments; and
  • Home practice materials including guided mindfulness practice CDs and a workbook.

The program is challenging and life-affirming. Instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. They will assist you in learning these methods, providing both group and individualized instructions and direction for how to learn, practice, and integrate mindfulness into your everyday life.

Participating in the MBSR program requires an ongoing commitment to yourself. You will be asked to attend all classes, including the one-day weekend retreat, and to practice daily home assignments.


Post-Program Benefits

The benefits of MBSR training are strengthened through maintaining a daily mindfulness practice. Students discover at the end of the training, that class 8 launches the beginning, not the end of mindfulness as a way of life. The practice is well supported through a community of those interested in continuing, deepening or refreshing their practice. For this reason Jupiter Medical Center, in partnership with the UMASS Center for Mindfulness, offers the continuing benefit of ongoing monthly drop - in sessions, complimentary for all graduates of the 8 week MBSR class. The sessions run 90 minutes and consist of a sequence of guided mindfulness practices led by an MBSR instructor, followed by dialogue and inquiry, as well as discussion of the informal practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is an invitation to reconnect and reaffirm one’s commitment to the living practice of mindfulness. In addition, MBSR graduates are invited to attend the all-day retreat which is offered quarterly.

*MBSR Drop-In sessions are currently being offered on the third Monday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. These sessions will be held in the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness Classroom.