Stress Reduction Program


The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is dedicated to furthering the practice and integration of mindfulness in the lives of individuals, institutions, and in society through a wide range of clinical, research, education, and outreach initiatives in the public and private sector.

The Stress Reduction Program, founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, has been featured in the Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and The Mind, on NBC Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self.

Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed our eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. The central focus of the Clinic is intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges/adventures of everyday life.


Here’s what a few of our 20,000 graduates have said:

“The Stress Reduction Program became my life line — It literally saved my life. One can find peace and calm in the middle of chaos and confusion.” – Amy

“The techniques I learned, particularly meditation, have proven so powerful and helpful...” – Bob

“I never thought once I started living in constant pain that I would ever be able to have peace of mind and enjoy life again. Thank you for proving me wrong.” – Elaine

"I became aware that when I was acting on impulse, I could stop and not just react. It changed my life.” – Wesley

“Thanks UMass, for one of the best gifts I’ve ever received...Real tools for a healthy, vibrant, mindful life.” – Linda