spring 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR

Attend an Orientation at any of the listed dates and locations below to sign up for either the Portland or Vancouver Series


The orientation session (required before signing up) is free and is not a commitment to taking the series. It provides an overview of the course and what to expect. It is also an opportunity to answer all your questions about the program and to determine if its a good time to enroll in the series and if the course is a good fit for you.

An online orientation will be offered via Zoom.us.

Technical Requirements: computer, tablet or smart phone with hi-speed Internet access, web cam and speakers. Click the "register for orientation" button below to reserve your space


orientation Dates Spring 2018


Wednesday, March 14 or 21 

7:00 PM at Fremont Whole Foods yoga studio Portland

3535 NE 15th Ave. Portland


Saturday March 17 or Sunday March 18

2:00 PM Vancouver Yoga Center

1101 Broadway St. #216, Vancouver WA


Online Orientation, Thursday March 22, 6:00 PM via the Zoom.us Conferencing Platform


Dates and locations for the spring series

Vancouver Yoga centr, 1101 Broadway St. #216, Vancouver WA

April 1 - May 20, Sundays, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Harmony Yoga, 2108 NE 41st Ave. Portland OR,

April 2 - May 21, Mondays, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM


Cost: $385 early bird registration by January 10. $440 thereafter

Partial scholarships available if cost is the only barrier. Please feel free to inquire.



Why Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and how does it work?

  • Are you looking for the ability to better cope with distress, change, workplace stress and transitions in life? 

  • Dealing with illness, pain or stress connected with your health and struggle with these issues? 

  • Have you wanted to start a meditation practice to deal with stress or find life balance and resilience, but find it challenging or just haven't been able to establish a steady practice?

The 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class is an evidence-based intervention for a broad range of chronic disorders and problems. MBSR as developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is offered through Mind Body Mindfulness. Through understanding and investigating the triggers which cause stress, and which can diminish physical and emotional health, you will gain effective tools for dealing with the challenges life brings.    

This course will teach you to identify stress triggers, understand and experience how these affect your mind and body, and develop mindfulness practices to bring about the change to lead you to more ease and balance as you learn to manage stress and life in a new way. That said, MBSR it isn't a magic wand to instantly remove the stress from your life or bring everything back into balance overnight.

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes (about 2.5 hours each) and one day-long retreat on a weekend. In this highly participatory and practical course, the series unfolds to include:

  • Sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement (gentle Hatha yoga) and the body scan

  • Cultivation of informal mindfulness practices

  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life

  • Individually tailored instruction

  • Daily home assignments

  • Guided audio streaming or downloads for home practice and a workbook

  • The outline of the curriculum week by week can be found here at the UMass CfM

Throughout the program you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain and illness - and the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Engaging with this course teaches you to mobilize your own inner resources for learning, growing, and healing and can transform your relationship to stress. You will learn to access and cultivate your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

Come to an orientation session (required and free of charge) to find out more about the course, what it involves, and the commitment you are asked to take on in the 8-week course.  This session will help you decide if the course is right for you. Attending the orientation is not a commitment to sign up for the course.