What is MBSR?

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program is an intensive eight-week evidence based program to empower participants to take an active role in the management of their health and wellbeing. During the course participants learn to cultivate life-long tools to maximize wellness, even when facing stress, illness and pain. The program was developed by the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School and is supported by over 35 years of clinical research.

The highly participatory practical course includes:

  • Guided Instruction in Mindfulness Meditation

  • Gentle stretching, movement and mindful yoga

  • Inquiry exercises promoting awareness in everyday life

  • Daily home practices.

  • Three home practice CDs and a course handbook.

What is the course schedule and time commitment?

In-Person MBSR

Heart of Mindfulness currently offers in-person courses in Limerick at Milford Care Centre beside the University of Limerick campus. In this format participants meet for 8 weekly classes of 2.5 hrs and there is an all-day session in the sixth week usually on a Saturday or Sunday. During the 8 weeks participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day.

Online MBSR

The MBSR course is also available in an online format. Participants can follow the course in a self-directed format or a teacher led format. In both cases participants should put aside time for their weekly class (teacher led format) or to go through the materials on their own (self-directed format) and to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day.

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How much does it cost?

The cost for attending the 8-week MBSR course is €350. Concession rates are available to full-time students, the unemployed and those on low incomes. It is also possible to pay for the course in installments. Our aim is to make the program available to everyone regardless of means, so please enquire about affordable payment options by contacting us.

Online formats of the course are also available at prices ranging from €150 (Self-directed) to €400 (Teacher led one-on-one).

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Benefits of MBSR

The research indicates that MBSR training can be of significant therapeutic benefit for a wide range of emotional, physical and medical issues including the following:

  • Stress – Job – Family – Relationships – Financial

  • Depression – Anxiety – Fear – Worry

  • ADD – Cancer – Heart Disease – Diabetes – Psoriasis

  • Burnout – Fatigue – Irritability – Post Traumatic Stress

  • Chronic Pain – Fibromyalgia – Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Emotional Pain – Sleep disorders – Eating disorders

  • Bereavement

Through the process of cultivating moment-to-moment awareness you can learn skills to assist you with the pain, stress and difficulties that are a natural part of life. In addition, participants often report feeling more alive, more “in-tune” with themselves and others.

The course is challenging and life affirming. It enables participants to face and open up to whatever difficulties arise in life, with careful attention, kindness and a sense of possibility that arise through responding rather than reacting to experience. Mindfulness offers the potential to live life with more ease, less fear, less anxiety, less resistance and to connect with the present with a soft and open heart.

Want to learn online?

Heart of Mindfulness also offers online MBSR programs that can be started at any time of the year.

Online MBSR