About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an intensive 8-week, once weekly, group program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. It is now an internationally acclaimed program with a growing body of research supporting its potential benefits for a variety of populations.

The curriculum is based on the emerging field of Mind-Body Medicine. Through intensive training in a combination of mindfulness, cognitive behavioural and self-regulation skills, participants learn to mobilize their deep inner resources to facilitate learning, growth, healing, enhance self-care, and make positive shifts in attitudes, behaviours, and relationships.

The program consists of eight weekly (2½ hour) classes as well as an all-day retreat between weeks six and seven. Participants are given daily home practice assignments designed to assist in the development of a disciplined and nurturing meditation practice. Classes take the form of presentations of information, the experience of a variety of guided meditation practices, and discussion of the challenges, benefits, and strategies of developing an ongoing home practice.


The MBSR group run by The Mindfulness Institute.ca, and taught by Priscilla M. Koop, is intended for individuals who are generally healthy, and who would like to learn to manage their stress more skillfully. It may be covered by your personal/work health plan (please inquire with your insurance provider). If you have any questions about eligibility, please Contact Us.

For upcoming sessions, see MBSR for Professionals.

Clinical MBSR programs

Clinical programs are offered independently of The Mindfulness Institute.ca, through Dr. Catherine L. Phillips. These programs require referral by a physician for a medical or psychological condition. Demand is high for this program, and you will be placed on a wait list upon receipt of your physician's referral.