MBSR Classes

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 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
  • Downloadable home practice audio files (or CDs ) and a home practice workbook

What is the course structure and commitment?

The MBSR program consists of:

  • Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
  • Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each (31 hours direct instruction)
  • One All-Day class on a Saturday or Sunday, between classes 6 and 7
  • Daily home practice assignments for 45-60 minutes each day

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 Schedule to determine days and times that work for you.
  2. Check the Orientation Schedule to find an Orientation Session (required) that works for you.
  3. Complete the Orientation Application Form*
    * Please note, payment will not be requested for in-person class until after orientation

Class Schedule - Summer 2018

Tuesday PM 6:00 - 8:30 pm June 26 - August 14
Thursday AM 9:00 - 11:30 am June 28 - August 16
Thursday PM 6:00 - 8:30 pm June 28 - August 16
The first class is extended an additional thirty minutes and the last class is extended an additional hour

The required All-Day class: 

  • Saturday, August 4, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm EST

Fall Session begins week of September 24 (registration details TBA)

Apply for Orientation


The first step toward enrollment in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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 - Summer 2018

Thursday, June 7 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, June 12 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursday, June 14 9:00 - 11:30 am

Classes and orientations fill quickly.  The best opportunity to select your first choice is now.

Apply for Orientation

All-Day Class

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 six and seven. 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.

  • Make sure to bring a lunch
  • Wear loose fitting clothes in layers since the temperature may fluctuate
  • Bring mats, cushions, blankets, or any other items to help in your practice


Orientation Sessions, Weekly Classes and the All-Day Class are all conducted in the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Shrewsbury Campus. We are located at 222 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, at the Hoagland-Pincus BuildingPlease click here for directions.

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