Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

An 8 week programme


  • stress related illness
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress in the workplace
  • Addiction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Illness related stress


The eight week programme provides a continuity of practice, time to talk with other participants about one’s experience, personal goal setting, incentives for behaviour change and skills for increasing self-reliance.It is a process that requires daily commitment and regular weekly attendance. The results come out of this process rather than as objectives within themselves.

The programme consists of a 1 hour orientation session followed by 24 hours of mindfulness training in the form of eight 2-hour weekly sessions and a full-day (8 hour) workshop. The sessions will be divided approximately equally between practical exercises and teaching and reflection time. The full-day workshop offers a context to deepen learning through more sustained group practice. Each participant will be invited to give 30 minutes a day to complete tasks between sessions using a workbook and instruction CDs to assist home practice.

We measure our results, have systems in place to manage clinical risk are able to offer one on one support for course participants should it be needed to assist them to complete the programme.

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“One of the things I found most useful was that it gave me tools to use in my day to day life. With many courses one attends on the night and does the homework during the week but once the course is finished often it is put at the back of the cupboard (and the mind) and not used again. That those courses often only occupy a superficial part of one’s mind makes them easy to forget. This course seemed to focus differently. It engaged and I’m not sure how to say this – the mind on what seemed to be a more deeper level so it wasn’t merely a matter of superficial knowledge easily forgotten. It seemed to be on a more visceral, body based level (especially with the different body scans, variations of mindful moments and breathing) and thus the message seemed to sink in better, to become embedded in me rather than rest lightly on me.

I believe that without changing the mindset it is impossible to change the behaviour especially in a situation such as mine where there is not going to be someone standing over me with a big stick saying “do this or else”. I am the moderator of my own behaviour and, although I didn’t realize it before, I needed a course which would help me change my mindset so I could change my behaviour.

This course provided that and this was very, very important.”

Participant in MBSR programme Wellington Dec 2010