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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

8 Week Course

TEACHER’S NOTE

Currently, there are a wide–range of mindfulness–based programs that have developed out of the basic structure and format of MBSR. I applaud these adaptations and experiments, as there are many doors into ‘mindfulness’. I teach the original MBSR course as developed by Jon Kabat -Zinn over 40 years ago. I trained for ten years with some outstanding contemporaries of Jon with onsite studies at UMASS Medical school along with many mandatory silent retreats before attaining my certification at Brown University, R.I.. I share this for you to know my teaching adheres to a high level of structure and standards, without such adherence, the veracity of MBSR would be diminished and the scientific results increasingly suspect.

 

Exciting news!

Interested participating in a new study?

For the next course offering in the Fall,  I am collaborating with the University of California, Davis. Students enrolled in this upcoming FALL course have the opportunity to optionally participate in research on mindfulness-based training and can earn up to $230 USD for doing so! If you are eligible, as most of you will be,  the rebate will mean half the cost of the course taken care of!  If interested, see more details by scrolling down below, or for reaching out to the Saron Laboratory to learn more about the study. You can register for the MBSR course directly here on the link you see here, or travel further down the page. where you will find dates and times. Take your time to read more about this transformative course on other pages if you like. 

Looking forward to cultivating a solid foundation of mindfulness into your life. You will learn about how to embrace more ease and peace into all the moments of your day.  

 

Warmly,

Karen   

Welcome to a practical, no nonsense, fresh way of approaching life!

The practice of mindfulness has been shown to exert a powerful influence on one’s health, mental balance and happiness.

The renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) is a hands-on experiential healing and learning program, intended to engage and connect the mind and the body relationship towards optimal health. You could call this 'participatory medicine' where you will learn to take some responsibility for your health and well-being. You'll soon discover you have more resources to tap into for better physical and mental health than you might have realized. Different from conventual health care, mindfulness recognizes what's working with you and puts it to good use to heal the mind and the body. You will learn to take care of yourself not as a replacement for ongoing treatment, but as a vital important compliment to it. This is a self-directed training program in the art of 'conscious living' where you will come to know ways in which you unknowingly limit yourself which is an important step towards living healthier.   

In each MBSR class as well as the weekly themed lesson, there will be introduction to different mindful meditation practices including some gentle yoga and Qi Gong. We engage in mindful discussion and inquiry about our home meditation practice (support and guidance you would not usually receive if you were just to follow a mindfulness app). For extra insight I share my curated library of poetry which has always been highly beneficial as express by past participants. Practical applications of mindfulness in daily life will also be explored so that participants can meet all the moments of their lives, including times of stress, difficult communication, pain and illness with as much ease, and confidence as possible. 

Come experience this for yourself! All are welcomed. This 8 week highly standardized, evidence-based course, is designed to help participants discover and utilize their own inner resources for bringing balance, health and peace of mind to an ever-changing busy world.

This course includes almost 30 hours of instruction :

  • A pre-class orientation (approx 1 hr)

  • 8 virtual group sessions (2 1/2 hrs each)

  • An 'All Day' Silent Retreat (6 hrs)

  • Numerous supportive handouts, a workbook and recorded guided meditations (MP3s).

  • Maximum class size of 16 

  • Please refer to course breakdown in the menu above for topics covered

Mindfulness training is intended for individuals who are generally healthy, and who
would like to learn to manage their stress more skillfully. Again, MBSR is meant to complement, not replace, any treatments you might be receiving. This course is for those new to mindfulness awareness and meditation, as well as all those have studied with me before to refresh your practice and continue a deeper dive into what you have learned already.

I look forward to sharing this transformative journey with you.

"Thank you again, Karen. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your wisdom and generous heart. I was lost, unable to cope with my racing thoughts before your course and now have found myself again, With my new resources and strength I am ready to move on with with my life with more ease.~ A.C. (Past participant)
 

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Benefits past participants have reported

Increased ability to relax

Decrease in pain and increase in ability to cope with chronic pain

Reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression

Improved overall health including a stronger immune system

More energy and enthusiasm for life

More self confidence

Stress resilience in the face of health and life challenges

Greater sense of compassion for self and others

I have and will continue my meditation. Karen has a strong understanding of the principles of MBSR and explains all with great ease and confidence. She is a natural teacher who leads the class with great care and gentleness … you will be amazed and delighted with her
skill set. 

/ CLIENT TESTIMONIAL /
/ M.P. /

NOW ENROLLING FALL 2024!

The OFFICIAL ONLINE 8 WEEK MBSR COURSE

Register early to ensure placement

(Early Bird pricing still in effect!) 

PLUS THIS OPPORTUNITY... 

As part of this course, you have the additional opportunity to participate in an independent research study. The study is being conducted by Dr. Clifford Saron and his colleagues at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. They are investigating the effects of mindfulness-based training on reactions to social and emotional scenes and situations, and on interpersonal experiences in daily life. 

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete 3 assessments and would be compensated up to $230 USD for your time. The 3 assessments would be completed from your own home and would take place the week before your course begins, the week after your course ends, and 8 weeks after your course ends. Participation in this research is entirely optional and is not part of the training you will receive in your MBSR course. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please follow this link to see if you are eligible to participate.

IMPORTANT: To participate in this research study, you must fully enroll in your class at least four days before the official class start date.

Thank you for your interest and consideration!

CONTACT LINK  for the SARON STUDY 

https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9n5iYy17KqZFf3E

THE 8 WEEK FALL MBSR COURSE

with Karen Waddell

(certified MBSR teacher)   

 

ORIENTATION: THURS SEPT 19th, 7:00-8:15PM 

(You choose what day suits you to attend in the week. All times in EST. 

TUESDAY EVENINGS: Starting SEPT 24, 6:30- 9:00PM    

WEDNESDAYS AFTERNOONS: Starting SEPT 25th,  2:00- 4:30PM 

 THURSDAY EVENINGS: Starting SEPT 26,  7:00-9:30PM  

'ALL-DAY’ RETREAT:  SAT. NOV 3rd, 9:00AM -3:30PM. 

Almost 30 hours of instruction in this course. Small class size. 

Multiple MP3 recorded meditation guides and supplemental support material for each class also provided.  

INVESTMENT $549.00

(Early Bird discount till JULY 31st. 2024)

$499.00 

 Contact me directly to enrol and to ensure your placement.

(Fill out the MBSR contact form).

Can't make these sessions?

NEXT 8 WEEK MBSR COURSE will BEGIN IN JANUARY 2024 TBA 

TEACHER'S NOTE

Currently, there are a wide-range of mindfulness-based programs that havedeveloped out of the basic structure and format of MBSR. I applaud theseadaptations and experiments, as there are many doors into ‘mindfulness’. I teachthe original MBSR course as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. My teaching adheres to a high level of structure and standards, without such adherence, the veracity of MBSR would be diminished and the scientific results increasingly suspect. You will learn how this secular, scientific, evidence-based practice has become an accepted part of mainstream medicine, and discover how it can positively affect the quality of your everyday life.

TESTAMONIAL 

Karen’s thoughtful teaching and skills leaned in the MBSR course has given me the resources, strength, and clarity to be an active participant with the obstacles that "come up" in life. It's the medicine I needed - valuable tools have been learned to really let go of pain and unnerving, habitual self-torture.       ~Chris R

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If you have questions please review the FAQ  or contact me.

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