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The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed in 1979 by  Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,  and was designed to empower participants into taking an active role in  the management of their health and wellness.

This program gave rise to the present Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School.  MBSR is now a well- established complementary medical program used by  medical centres, hospitals and clinics all over the world.


The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program (MBCT) was adapted from MBSR to prevent relapsing depression.  The focus in MBCT is narrower than the Stress Reduction program in that it concentrates on teaching awareness of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that initiate the slide  into the rabbit hole of depression.


Mindscapes’ MBSR program is modeled after the MBSR program pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

If you are interested in taking an MBSR program but prefer individual instruction Mindscapes program is designed for you. You will have a program tailored to your individual needs and scheduled according to your timetable,

It is an intensive program which trains participants in mindfulness: a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in our lives; a way of taking charge  and doing something for  ourselves that no one else can do for us. It is a way of consciously and  systematically working with our own stress, pain, illness, and the  challenges and demands of everyday life.

Mindfulness is not something that we need to “get” or acquire. It is already within us — a deep internal resource waiting to be released and used in the  service of learning, growing, and healing.

Emphasizing the principle  that “there is more right with you than  wrong with you,” MBSR  is a life-affirming approach designed to teach participants how to  integrate and apply mindfulness in daily life,  as well as to respond to the range  of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life  stresses.

This one-on-one MBSR program consists of 6 weekly 1 1/2 hour classes. There is a 1 hour orientation session at no cost to you. It is a highly participatory, practical course which includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Dialogue and discussion aimed at enhancing awareness in daily life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Weekly home assignments
  • Home practice CDs, textbook, and a home practice binder (included).


If you have already completed a group MBSR or MBCT program and are interested in building and reinforcing what you have learned, Mindscapes offers one-on-one graduate sessions.  These sessions are designed to help you  integrate mindfulness into day-to-day life as well and build your skills in working  with issues of particular concern to you.