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.

Curious about mindfulness, but would like to learn more about how it can help you? Click here for an Oprah Winfrey interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the mindfulness-based stress reduction course.


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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

 
 

Dates: September 11 - November 6, 2019

Instructors: Yasemin Isler and Juan José Miret

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 stressand 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

Notes: If you wish to attend the 4-Day Group Leader Training: Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) in the Fall, you are encouraged to take this MBSR course to fulfill MTPC the requirements.



Course Details:

Time: Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Orientation: September 11, 2019 (Required)
8-Week Course: September 18 - November 6
Retreat: Saturday, October 26, 2019,
9:00 - 4:00 PM

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

Course Rate: $650

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

50% Discount Available in partnership with CHA Wellness for CHA Patients and Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more

Discounts available for members of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim. Check with your Member benefits to learn more.

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.

Mindful Self-Compassion
(MSC) Course

 
 

Dates: September 9 - November 4, 2019

Instructors: Susie Fairchild and Jorge Armesto

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 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Orientation: Virtual
8-Week Course: September 9, 16, 23 & 30, October 7, 14, (Skip October 21), 28, November 4
Retreat: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 - 1:30 pm

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

Course Rate: $650

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

50% Discount Available in partnership with CHA Wellness for CHA Patients and Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more

Discounts available for members of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim. Check with your Member benefits 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.