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.

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


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: Feb 3, 10, 17 (skip Feb 24), March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Retreat: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 9:30 - 1:30 pm

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.  

Please stay tuned for the next MBSR dates in February 2020!