MBSR Courses

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction- 8-week course

 “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Now Accepting Registrations for Winter 2022

To learn more about MBSR and how it can help you manage your stress more effectively please register for a free orientation class on January 24, 2022 from 7 pm-8:30 pm or February 12th 2022 from 10 am-11:30 am.

What Is MBSR?

MBSR is an evidence-based program that uses the tools of mindfulness to help people meet their lives and their circumstances in a more healthy and balanced way. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts in 1979 as a new kind of public health initiative for patients living with chronic illness and pain it has helped thousands of people to improve their lives using the tools of mindfulness and meditation. With a history of over 40 years, this highly respected program is now taught across the world and helps people to live better lives by teaching them how to use mindfulness to deal more effectively with illness, pain, and the stresses of an increasingly busy and stressful world.  As the most researched program of its kind MBSR stands alone as a public health initiative as it teaches participants to engage with their minds and bodies allowing them to tap into their own innate resources for wellbeing and healing.

Over the course of 8 weeks, this hands-on course uses guided meditation practices, short lectures, group sharing, and dialogue to explore several themes including how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, the physiology of stress, the automatic nature of our stress responses, communication and how we can bring mindfulness into our daily lives. 

Who Is This For?

MBSR is intended for people who are looking to learn how to manage their stress in more effective ways or to bring more peace and balance to their daily lives. It’s open to individuals with no previous experience in mindfulness and experienced practitioners looking to deepen their practice. MBSR is a valuable tool to bring into our lives but it is not meant to replace traditional or psychological treatments but serves as a complement to them. This MBSR program is available to Canadian residents 19 years or older.

What Will You Get?

MBSR is an immersive program where you and your classmates will explore mindfulness and stress over the course of 8 weekly meetings and a full-day silent retreat. 

  • One information/orientation session that outlines mindfulness, MBSR and how it can bring well- being into our daily lives (1.5 hrs). Session is Free and open to all
  • 8 weekly sessions (2.5 hrs). With the exception of the first and last session (3 hrs)
  • Weekly exercises to build mindfulness skills and serve as topics of discussion during group and open session time.
  • Silent Retreat (6 hrs)
  • Supportive Handouts + Recorded Guided Meditations (MP3’s)
  • Maximum class size of 20

What Will You Leave With? 

At the end of this immersive course, you will leave with several skills that you can bring into your daily life to manage stress more effectively and cultivate feelings of acceptance, peace, and overall wellbeing.  Some of these include:

  • An understanding of how perception shapes our world and individual experiences
  • The ability to recognize and explore habitual “ways of being” or “relating” to ourselves (ways of thinking and reacting) and others and how these patterns can be detrimental to our sense of
    well being
  • An understanding of the habitual nature of stress and it’s physiology
  • Flexibility of attention
  • How to bring mindfulness to moments of difficulty (unwanted physical sensations, emotions etc.) 
  • Bringing mindfulness to and exploring how unmonitored reactivity can affect your health.
  • How to bring mindfulness to interpersonal communication and different communication styles
  • How to develop a mindfulness plan for your daily life (even though it’s busy!)

What Will You Need?

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, this course will be provided via Zoom. In order to participate you will need the following:

  • A computer or another device with sound. microphone and video capabilities
  • Internet Connection

Please Note

  • All participants are required to attend the information/orientation session
  • MBSR is an experiential program that requires a commitment to practice not only the weekly exercises but also to attend and engage with every session
  • MBSR is a valuable tool to bring into our lives but it is not meant to replace traditional or psychological treatments but serves as a complement to them

Meet your Facilitators for Winter 2022-8 Week MBSR Course

Michelle Huser

“Our minds are all we have. They are all we have ever had. And, they are all we can offer others.” – Sam Harris

Michelle Huser is a qualified MBSR Teacher (Level 1) through Brown University and the Center for Mindfulness Canada. Her purpose is to create balance, resiliency, and emotional well-being for individuals, families, and businesses by helping them to build better minds.

Personal circumstances and experiences within the autistic community sparked an interest in mindfulness and meditation that helped to create a new way of being and relating to an increasingly complex world. This new way of “being” led to more peace, better health, and improved ways of dealing with difficult challenges within her community and family. Moved by the desire to help individuals, families, and communities to re-establish balance she utilized her science degree to research how mindfulness and meditation affect our minds and pursued formal training from Brown University and the Center for Mindfulness Canada. 

With a long history of advocating for the neurodivergent community, Michelle brings an openness, acceptance, and empathy to her teaching spaces rooted in the understanding that even though humans are unique they all share a common humanity regardless of the challenges they face. She is dedicated to helping people access their own vast inner resources so they can bring more compassion and understanding to their lives, families, and communities. 

Ghazala Radwi

“There is a dimension of DEPTH to time, not just LENGTH. By slowing down the perceived passage of time, you seemingly have more of it and live longer—and more fulfilled.” – Ghazala Radwi

Dr. Ghazala Radwi is a physician based in Edmonton, Albertaworking in the field of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. She is also a mindfulness practitioner, with a deep interest in the connection between mind and body in achieving a wholesome state of health.

Several years ago, personal stressors and healthcare issues sparked an interest in mindfulness. Mindfulness helped her find increasing clarity, direction, and joy in life. Inspired to help fellow humans reconnect with their inner resources, she pursued formal training in various mindfulness programs including MBSR through Brown University and Mindful Practice through the University of Rochester. She is also trained in trauma-informed psychotherapy approaches including Dr. Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry model, and the Polyvagal Theory which is the science of safety and connection. 

Dr. Radwi offers group mindfulness courses including MBSR as well as individual sessions. Within the healthcare field, she is a strong proponent of creating safe and inclusive spaces to empower trainees and colleagues with skills that lead to compassionate patient care, engaged teams, and a fulfilling personal life. Ghazala brings a fiercely compassionate, heartfelt, open presence to her teaching spaces. 

Now Accepting Registrations for Winter 2022

%d bloggers like this: