Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Series, April and May 2021

2021 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The Gold Standard for Mindfulness Training

10 Spring Sessions

26 hours of Continuing Education credits approved by
the MN Boards of Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing
Via Zoom for safety.
Nurture yourself, and everyone benefits.


Orientation:  Friday, April 2, 2021,  9:30am – 11:00am *
Sessions:  Friday mornings April 9 – May 28  (9:30am – Noon)
PLUS: 1 Saturday All Day, May 15, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location:  a Zoom link will be sent to you at the email address you provide in your registration

Facilitator:  Paula Coyne, MA, LP, RYT, Certified MBSR Teacher

MBSR is the most trusted, most researched, and most respected training mindfulness program in the world. This 8 week series is based directly on the Mindfulness training developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness at U Mass Medical School and Brown University. Four decades of research confirm that the practice of mindfulness skills can empower participants to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live more fully. This specific offering is directed toward Behavioral Health professionals to support their acquisition of foundational Mindfulness skills for the purpose of improved provider awareness of self as well as awareness of client; to provide skillful means of meeting stress through steady, compassionate presence toward self and others; and in turn become better prepared to introduce the value of embodied mindfulness skills to their client populations. The curriculum has recently been enhanced to increase trauma sensitivity and accessibility. This series includes some didactic components but is mostly experiential; the key elements of the curriculum are integrated into the guidance and through inquiry that inevitably emerges through our interactions.

This exploration of Mindfulness requires a rigorous commitment to inquiry. Participants will engage in 10 sessions, including a one hour Orientation session* (April 2, 9:30-11) to meet the instructor and other participants and to ensure the program is a good fit at this time; 8 weekly sessions (2.5 hours each Friday morning, 9:30 am-Noon), and one All Day session (9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 15). The Foundations of Mindfulness will be explored in accordance with the curriculum of the Center for Mindfulness through the fundamental practices of the Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Yoga (simple, gentle movement accessible for anyone), Walking Meditation. Mindful eating and interpersonal communications will also be included. Daily 45 minute home practice using materials provided by the instructor is an inherent part of the program.

Our Zoom sessions

Simple and powerful methodology for our shared coursework. Class lessons and meditations delivered directly to your inbox. Benefit from the support of your learning circle. (Don’t worry, you won’t be staring at a screen all the time.)

*The Orientation Session: Scheduled for April 2, 2021 at 9:30am. If you absolutely cannot make it, please let me know and we can tailor a time that works for you prior to our first session on April 9.

What if you have to miss a session? We can work with that. We would plan ahead and possibly schedule a meeting to fill you in on content. It is ideal to attend every session. You will have a workbook with each week’s assignments at the start. If you know ahead of time you’d miss 2 sessions, this is not the best time for MBSR. You deserve the whole experience.

A Sliding Fee Scale is available.

Please pay as much as you are able. Your generosity helps to expand access to participants who are in need. There are three price levels. $565 is the Standard MBSR program fee. $300 is the MBSR Scholarship level. $725 is the Standard MBSR and includes a contribution to help make scholarships available. Diversity is highly valued.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be rough on everyone. No one intends to cancel when they register, and they can be impactful for facilitators, too. Here’s what we offer:

  • 45 days prior to retreat: Full refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee
  • 44-15 days prior to retreat: Half refund
  • 14 days or less prior to retreat: No refunds


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