Commiment Fee: Student

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class: Non-Student


Product Description

  • 2 ½ hour class
  • Once class per week
  • 8 week course
  • Includes a Day of Silence Retreat
  • Free introductory class required prior to participation

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.

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We follow a flexible pricing model to make MBSR accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. In order to reserve a spot in the upcoming class, $350 is to be paid as a commitment fee. The commitment fee covers the operational costs including rent, electricity, and running the classes at Downtown Mindfulness location in Amherst. This fee does not cover payment to the teacher. Teachers freely offer these teachings and rely on the generosity of course participants for a sustainable income. After you have experienced the benefits of this program, you are invited to make an additional payment based on your ability to pay that goes towards paying teachers and offering scholarships to participants who need financial support. This is an inspired pricing model to make this program accessible to all and trusts in the generosity of people to pay what they can afford. The sliding scale for MBSR classes taught at other locations in the Pioneer Valley is from $350 to $725.

No one is refused because of monetary constraints. Please contact me if you would like to explore other possibilities for payment.

Refund Policy

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.


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