Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Invite joy back into your life with this 8-Week foundational course!
Originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, it is now offered by medical centers and hospitals worldwide. MBSR has a proven track record in reducing pain, illness, and stress.
Scientific research for MBSR has consistently demonstrated:
- Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improved sleep, focus, and attention
- Reduced symptoms of chronic illness including: fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer
- Improved ability to experience joy and contentment
- Improved confidence and self-acceptance
Mindfulness classes are small and practice-focused. We explore the causes of stress and how stress affects the mind and body. Empowered with this information, students learn how to reduce these negative effects.Upcoming Class Info
We’ve been closely monitoring COVID-19 and have decided that the best decision, to keep our community safe, is to move the Free Information Sessions and March Classes to an online, interactive format. See details below.
Learn Mindfulness Meditation Practices
During the course, you will practice several formal and informal mindfulness practices including:
- Body Scan
- Sitting Meditation
- Walking Meditation
- Mindful Yoga
- Eating Meditation
- Routine Activities at Work and at Home
Learning different practices will help you find the one that is right for you and your lifestyle. Manage stress better, naturally!
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
with Carol Hendershot and April Kaiserlian, LMSW
Carol and April are the co-founders of the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness and have been teaching mindfulness classes in West Michigan for years. Learn more on our Instructor Bios page.
Attendance at a Free Information Session is STRONGLY recommended. The MBSR class consists of eight weekly sessions and one All-Day Retreat after the sixth week of class. The retreat is an extended period of practice to integrate what you have learned in the course. Tuition includes lifetime access to meditation audio files, digital downloads, and the MBSR Workbook through the MetaFi app.
Upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes
To help keep our community safe during the current health crisis, we’ve decided to move all our upcoming classes to an online, interactive format. Please sign up for a Free Info Session to receive updates. Even if you can’t participate live, you’ll receive a recording of the info session afterwards.
Free Information Sessions:
Monday, March 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm with Carol
Mondays, March 23 – May 11, 6:30 – 9:00 pm with Carol
Includes one All-Day Retreat – Sunday, May 3rd, 8:50 am – 4 pm at TBD
8-Week MBSR Class Registration: $250 – $450 Sliding Scale Tuition – Registration Deadline is March 20th
Because we strongly believe that mindfulness is such a key to our health, well-being, and resilience, we’ve decided to lower the prices on all of our online classes to make them more accessible. We also encourage people to request payment plans and/or scholarships if they are finding themselves in financial difficulty during this health crisis.Sign up for Classes
Discounts available for couples and previous students — contact our office at 616.361.3660 or email@example.com to inquire.
Because we believe cost should not be a barrier to mindfulness education, we offer payment plans on all offerings. We also have limited scholarships available for students unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Contact us for more information.