MBSR and MSC 8-Week Courses

Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion Courses are offered multiple times per year, allowing for an immersive experience and learning about mindfulness and compassion practice. Each course includes an orientation, 8 weekday evening courses and a Saturday retreat. Courses are open to all. Explore below to learn more about upcoming courses.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
January 29 - March 25, 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion
(MSC) Course
February 3 - March 30, 2020

 
 
 

Why taking Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

  • To better manage your stress and enhance your well-being

  • Learn skills to manage and build an emotional reserve for everyday stress and stressful events

  • Access resources, recordings and weekly home practices to support engagement and growth with mindfulness practice

Do you suffer from anxiety?

Research shows that MBSR improves symptoms of anxiety, sleep disorders, hypertension, and overall well-being. Over 40,000 participants have learned vital skills for engaging in the present moment to live more fully through MBSR.

This program is designed for the general public: no meditation experience required.

“After this course, I learned how to recognize where I hold my tension and release it.” - MBSR participant

Course Details:

Time: Wednesday Evenings, 6-8:30pm
Orientation: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 6-8:30pm
8-Week Course: February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Retreat: Saturday, March 14, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Location TBA.

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 1035 Cambridge St, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA 02141

Course Rate: 

  • Early Bird through December 29, 2019: $600

  • Regular Registration from December 30, 2019 through January 29, 2020: $650

POC and Need-Based Scholarships Available - complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship.

15% Discounts available for members of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim - check with your Member benefits to learn more.

Limited Discounts available for CHA Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more.

Jody Daniels is the Workplace Mindfulness Project Manager and an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate healthcare management program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Formerly a senior V.P. with over 20 years’ experience in human resources with a mid-size healthcare organization, Jody also has over eight years’ clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker at various academic medical centers. She has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA and has been a mindfulness practitioner for the past six years.

Natalia Cepeda, M.A. is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. She is also an Option Process® counselor and yoga teacher. Natalia started meditation studies as a child in her native Argentina; and spent most of her life teaching children and adults languages, and later on yoga and Mindfulness. She is currently teaching at Cambridge Public Schools and senior centers.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC):  Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations).  Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. MSC is co-developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, a senior adviser of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Click here to read more about MSC!

Open to: individuals with all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience, including beginners. Participants will complete a background form and connect with instructors to receive final acceptance in to the course.

“My favorite part of the MSC program is feeling joined by those folks who are "on the road less traveled," and who are asking soul-reaching questions. It's a blessing to meet those who are aware enough to seek something more real than what everyone else seems to be doing - it's the ability to feel a kindred spirit, in a structured, safe space with many who "get it." Or, at least, those folks who are trying to "get it."“ - MSC participant

Course Details:

Time: Monday Evenings 6-8:30pm
Orientation: Virtual
8-Week Course: Feb 3, 10, 17 (skip Feb 24), March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Retreat: Saturday, March 14, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Location: CHA site in Cambridge. Exact location to be announced.

Course Rate:

  • Early Bird Rate through January 3, 2020: $600

  • Regular Registration Rate from January 4 through February 3, 2020: $650

  • MSC Workbook is required. Additional cost may apply.

POC and Need-Based Scholarships Available - complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship.

15% Discounts available for members of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim - check with your Member benefits to learn more.

Limited Discounts available for CHA Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more.

Susan Fairchild, MA, is a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice and on the staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  At WPI she teaches a 7-week mindfulness curriculum, as well as mindful eating and drop-in meditation.  She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as a Section Leader for the year long certificate program. Susan completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

Jorge Armesto, PhD, Ed.M., is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island, where he works with linguistically diverse communities. Jorge’s work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. He is a former graduate and current section faculty in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at IMP. He is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. Jorge is also a graduate of the foundations in Buddhist contemplative care training through the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. His spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. He practices in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Jorge loves to cook, dance to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, build community, spend time with family, friends, and his poodle, Tashi.  


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
April 1 - May 27, 2020

 
 

Course Details:

Time: Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm

Orientation: Wednesday, April 1 | 6-9pm

8-Week Course: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27

Retreat: Saturday, May 16 | 9:30am - 4:30pm (After class 6)

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 1035 Cambridge St, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA 02141

Course Rate: 

  • Early Bird through March 1: $600 

  • Regular Rate from March 2 through April 1: $650

Yasemin Isler, MA, is a coach, teacher and mentor for mindful living across the life span. She has been practicing mind training for over 30 years. She teaches mindfulness and compassion in group and individual settings. She completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training at UMASS Center for Mindfulness, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher training through UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Yasemin is also trained in Co-Active coaching; is certified to teach through Mindful Schools; and teaches mindfulness in corporate/work settings to teams and leaders through Potential Project. She has developed programs for Parenting and for Grief through the lenses of mindfulness and compassion, which she runs in the Boston area. She is trauma informed. With Bachelors in Computer Science and Economics, Yasemin holds MA in Mindfulness Studies.

Juan José Miret, Ph.D. is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. He began meditation studies at UMass Stress Reduction Clinic and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 1994, and continues practicing at both centers. Juan J is also teaching course called Unwinding Anxiety at UMass Stress Reduction Clinic; this course helps participants to change their habits around anxiety. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and is currently working in cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with Harvard University.


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