Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course
Mindfulness is the state of moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness of one’s experience. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an intensive eight-week course designed to transform your relationship with stress, improve your health, and increase your enjoyment of life.
SPRING COURSE DATES:
Orientation: Friday 4/21 6:00-8:30pm
Class 1: Sunday 4/23 6:00-8:30pm
Class 2: Sunday 4/30 6:00-8:30pm
Class 3: Sunday 5/7 6:30-9:00pm
Class 4: Sunday 5/14 6:00-8:30pm
Class 5: Sunday 5/21 6:00-8:30pm
(5/28 OFF for Memorial Day Holiday)
Class 6: Sunday 6/4 6:00-8:30pm
Full Day Retreat: Saturday 6/17 9am—4pm
Class 7: Sunday 6/18 6:00-8:30pm
Class 8: 6/25 6:00-8:30pm
All classes held at Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Hwy, Roslindale MA 02131
Fee: $550.00 (including over 20 hours of instruction, meditation recordings, and home-study workbook).
WHAT IS MBSR? MBSR is an intensive experiential eight-week training program in the use of meditative awareness, helping participants heal by entering into a new relationship with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other difficult and distressing internal and external experiences. MBSR offers a powerful, alternative approach to addressing chronic stress, physical pain, and emotional and psychological distress. The program is based on the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. It is presently taught at over 200 medical centers in the United States and in Europe.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MBSR?
Many people have found MBSR to be a helpful and transformative approach, offering concrete, flexible and powerful tools to deal with difficult experiences in several key dimensions of life. Good candidates for this program include people struggling with:
> Stress: including common life stressors or transitions, including relationship stress or breakups, grief, and work and family stress.
> Emotional & Mental Health: including living with anxiety, panic, depression, and other difficult emotional experiences.
> Physical Health: including ongoing physical difficulties, chronic pain and illness.
> Overall Well-Being: including struggling with creating and maintaining more balance in their lives.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The MBSR class consists of:
> Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices
> Gentle mindful movements and stretching
> Practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life
> Daily and weekly home practice
> Home practice materials (meditation recordings and workbook)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Robert Bonazoli, LICSW, received his MSW from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and completed post-graduate training fellowships at Harvard Medical School and The Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Since 1999 he has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation at the Cambridge InsightMeditation Center, the Insight Meditation Society, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He continues his formal training in mindfulness meditation through completing 2-3 weeks of intensive silent meditation retreat each year. Robert trained as an MBSR instructor at UMASS Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Robert operates a private practice in the Back Bay, Bonazoli Therapy (http://bonazolitherapy.com)
TO REGISTER: Call 857.273.2123 to speak to the Leggett Group’s intake coordinator, Alyssa McSherry or email Alyssa@theleggettgrouptherapy.com to get started.