Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is the most widely studied and accepted program of its kind. It teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities to diminish stress and pain, and to improve overall physical and mental health. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in 1979, and is used in hundreds of schools, hospitals, and other institutional facilities worldwide. Kabat-Zinn's eight-week MBSR curriculum has been completed by tens of thousands of people since its creation.
What: An eight-week course in stress reduction techniques, inspired by the curriculum pioneered more than 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Who: Open to all UO faculty, staff, students, and Eugene-Springfield community members.
Where: UO Baker Downtown Center
When: MBSR is offered fall, winter, and spring terms.
Cost: $250 for UO and LCC faculty, staff, and students, and PeaceHealth employees; $350 for all others. Some need-based scholarships are available.
Orientation and info session: Monday, April 17, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions Wednesday evenings: April 19-June 7, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
One day-long session: Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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Lisa Freinkel is a UO administrator and professor whose current research focuses on questions of mindfulness in higher ed. Freinkel trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and completed a two-year internship in medical contemplative care, working with patients, families, and staff in a level 2 trauma center. She has taught meditation and mindfulness in prison, hospital, and university settings since 2007. Freinkel founded and directs the UO MBSR Program.