MBSR | SR-201-IDE (Online Live)

MBSR LBGTQ MandalaMindfulness: Supporting emotional healing, clarity of mind and freedom of expression

In the Online Live MBSR class for the LGBTQ+ community, together we will learn and practice mindfulness as a way of contacting our deepest resources to support emotional healing, clarity of mind, and freedom of expression. Since its founding in 1979 at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness (CFM), the clinical research of MBSR has shown that it has a significant impact on easing physical and mental health symptoms and promoting well-being.

MBSR LGBTQ+ FacultyFree Informational Sessions Available in August and September


This program is taught by two highly experienced and knowledgeable MBSR teachers, Lynn Koerbel, MPH and Robert (Bob) Linscott, MTS. Lynn is the Director of MBSR Education and Curriculum Development, and is a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher and Trainer at the Center for Mindfulness. Bob is the Assistant Director of the LGBT Aging Project at The Fenway Institute. These teachers will guide and support you throughout the entire 8-week program.

Learn to cultivate life-long tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, illness and pain.

Throughout the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program you will be consciously and systematically working with the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Your instructors will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Systematic instruction in formal MBSR meditation practices, with opportunity to check in with teachers
  • Daily home assignments
  • Home practice audio files (or CDs ) and a home practice workbook

What is the MBSR 8-Week Live Online LGBTQ+ program?

This program addresses the needs of those interested in taking the MBSR 8-Week program with others, but are unable to physically attend the in-person program. The entire course is delivered live through video conferencing. Rather than meeting in-person, participants engage with the teacher and interact with one another through their computer during class time, and for home assignments and practice.

A computer and high-speed internet connection are required.  Mobile devices such as phones and tablets are not recommended.

What is the course structure and commitment?

The MBSR program consists of:

View the week-by-week Course Outline.

You must be willing to make a strong commitment to attend all classes and to practice daily home assignments for eight weeks.

How much does it cost?

Click here for Tuition and Payment Plans

3 easy steps to get started

  1. Look at the class & orientation schedule to determine the day and time that work for you.
  2. Review the Technology Requirements, to make sure you have (or can accesss) the required equipment for video conferencing.
  3. Attend a free online informational session (below)
  4. Complete the Application Form

Free Informational Sessions (Online)

Thursday Afternoon  2:00pm  EST September 7

 Informational Sessions will be available at their scheduled time via Zoom at this link:  https://zoom.us/j/316308675

Class Schedule - Fall 2017

Tuesday Evening 6:00 - 8:30pm EST September 26 - November 14
The first class is extended an additional thirty minutes and the last class is extended an additional hour

The required All-Day class for the Fall 2017 course: 

  • Sunday November 5
  • 8:45 am - 4:30 pm EST (online)

Register for Orientation

Orientation (Online)

The first step toward enrollment in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is an Orientation Session - before the start of classes. These Orientation Sessions are free of charge and are required of all participants before beginning the program. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and explore whether it is right for you
  • Meet our program instructors
  • Experience, first-hand, mindfulness methods and approaches you will be learning during the program
  • Confirm your place in the class that fits into your schedule and enroll in the program.

Apply online to reserve your place in an upcoming Orientation Session. If you are unable to apply online, please 508-856-2656 (Option 1).

Orientation Schedule - Fall 2017

Tuesday, September 12 6:00 - 8:30pm EST

Apply for Orientation

All-Day Class (Online)

The All-Day class is an intensive 7.5 hour session of mindfulness practices intended to assist participants in firmly and effectively establishing the use of mindfulness across multiple situations in their lives, while simultaneously preparing them to utilize mindfulness far beyond the conclusion of the MBSR program.

This all-day class takes place between weeks five and six. The intensive nature of this session is intended to assist you in firmly and effectively establishing the use of MBSR skills across multiple situations in your life. Having established a daily mindfulness practice during the previous 6 weeks, you will be better prepared to benefit from this class.

Technology Requirements

To ensure the best possible experience for all participants, the program relies on video conferencing which has minimum requirements to work properly. That includes having a computer with speakers, microphone, and video capabilities, and a high-speed internet connection.

For the best learning experience:

  1. Review the system requirements for the Zoom online meeting platform 
  2. Watch the video tutorial, "Joining a Meeting with Zoom," below:

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