Saturday, May 20th is the Silence Retreat from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Mindfulness, A Way of Living Skillfully
Mindfulness is a practice & way of being fully present & alive to each moment with kindness & curiosity
About The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)
MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the UMass Medical School to help people learn to relate to whatever is happening in their lives with ease, compassion, & clarity. Since then more than 100 academic studies have examined the physiological, psychological, and inter-relational benefits of mindfulness. There is much evidence to show the structural and functional changes in the brain that take place after this eight-week program for better focus, problem solving, and empathy among other benefits in the participants. For more information about the MBSR benefits click here.
MBSR is Not
- Relaxation, although you may start living with more ease
- Religious, although it could deepen your relationship with your religion
- Positive thinking, although you may start noticing all the positive things in your life
This Course Includes
View the Mindfulness Handbook
- This course is an educational program based on experiential learning in a safe environment. It includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching & mindful movement
- Group dialogue & discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- A small dose of multimedia to support learning
- Daily home assignments
- Downloadable audio instructions & a home practice manual
- A day of retreat (see above for Silence retreat date)
- Ongoing support in private group in MindfulUniverse.com
- Ongoing support at Downtown Mindfulness including bi-monthly group meditations.
About The Facilitator
Shalini Bahl has been practicing meditation for fifteen years & got her professional training to teach MBSR including the Practicum, Teacher Development Intensive, & MBSR In Mind-Body Medicine at the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School. She is also a Certified teacher of Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program that was developed at Google.
Shalini has a PhD in marketing and continues to research and publish on topics related to expanding the potential of mindfulness to enhance consumer, societal and environmental well being. She has taught MBSR & mindfulness programs to diverse groups including MBAs & corporate clients. You can learn more about her here.
Free Introduction Classes
If you are curious about the MBSR program or would like to explore if this is the right program for you at this time, please attend one of the free intro classes. Check the calendar for upcoming intro classes.
People taking the MBSR program are required to attend one introduction class or go over the program with me. If you are interested or have questions about this program or other forthcoming programs please contact email@example.com.
We have a flexible pricing model that makes this program accessible to all and trusts in the generosity of people to pay what they can afford. We ask for a commitment fee of $350 for non-students and $200 for students to be paid on registration in order to reserve a spot in the class. At the end of 8 weeks, participants are invited to reflect on benefits received and make an additional payment, if they like, based on their ability to pay. The sliding scale for the MBSR classes in this area vary from $350 to $725.
Please pay Commitment Fee using the link above to reserve a spot for the upcoming class. If you are unable to pay the commitment fee and would like to take this class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. No one is ever refused this class because of financial constraints.
If you ask for refund 2 weeks before class starts, $50 will be deducted as administrative fee.
If you ask for refund 1 week before class starts, $100 will be deducted as administrative fee.
If you can’t continue with the classes for any reason, you can take a new class and will be given $100 discount. However, you will be required to register again and pay the commitment fee, less $100. Again, in case you need financial assistance to recommit, please email me. No one is turned down for financial reasons as long as the commitment is there to attend at least six out of the eight classes.
Parking & Location
Please note that these classes are taking place at Downtown Mindfulness, 67 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, next to Starbucks and above Monkey Bar Bistro. There is street parking, which is free after 6:00 pm; parking behind CVS on the opposite side of the road and the Amherst public parking garage behind this office that is free after 8:00 pm.