mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) was developed in 1979 by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic, University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is now offered in medical centres, hospitals, clinics, corporations, schools, prisons and other settings worldwide. It is a secular, scientifically-informed complement to traditional medical and psychological approaches that allows individuals to take charge of their own life for greater balance, ease and peace of mind.

MBSR is an 8-week highly participatory and structured course, which uses relatively intensive training in mindfulness practices as the core, to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.

  • Number of sessions: 8
  • Hours per session: 2.5 hours
  • Inclusive of a Full Day Retreat: 7.5 hours

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Course benefits
  • Enhances ability to cope effectively with stress
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves well-being and sleep quality
Course content

In this course, we will investigate the following themes:

Session 1: Introduction to Mindfulness
Session 2: Perception Matters
Session 3: Being Present
Session 4: Stress Reactivity
Session 5: Stress Response
Session 6: Interpersonal Mindfulness
Session 7: Applying Mindfulness in Daily Life
Session 8: Maintaining Momentum in Mindfulness

This course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices (choice of sitting on a chair/cushion/yoga mat)
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movements
  • Highly participatory, group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily mindfulness assignments
  • Downloadable daily practice audio files
  • Handouts will be given each session
Who Is This Course For?
  • This course is for people who are interested in an in-depth exploration of mindfulness with an emphasis on stress reductionand are able to commit to 8 sessions and 1 all-day retreat
  • Participants are also highly encouraged to commit to engaging in at least 45-60 minutes of daily practice to get the most benefit from this course.
Course Fee

($110 for eligible seniors* under the National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

*NSA subsidy eligibility
Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident 50 years and above (in year of conducted course)

SkillsFuture Credit may be applied towards this course

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what our participants say

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