What is Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
MBSR is an 8-week group program that provides an introduction to a number of mindfulness meditation practices, including sitting meditation and various movement practices (ex. gentle stretching) as a way to manage stress.
The program involves attending a one-time orientation session and weekly 2-hour group meetings, one 6-hour weekend retreat and committing to daily 45-60 min home practice sessions for the duration of the course.
This program is led by qualified MBSR instructors, who have been certified through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies/ University of Toronto and may be covered by extended health insurance.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice of attention. It is a particular way of paying attention to what happens in the present moment, with intention and in a non-judgmental way.
What can I expect during the course?
Each class will involve one or two group practices, discussions of the practice as well as discussion of the home practice assignments.
Meditation practices will be guided by the facilitator(s) in class and will involve guided audio/video recordings for the home practice assignments.
What do I need to bring to the sessions?
You may want to bring a water bottle, a yoga mat, a warm scarf and a small cushion. Wear comfortable clothes in which you can easily stretch. Wear layers and be prepared to take off your shoes during the class.
Chairs will be provided.
We acknowledge the history, spirituality, culture, and stewardship of the land of the Indigenous people of this region, the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
We seek to live in respect, peace, and right relations with them as we live, work, and worship upon their traditional territory.