MBSR for Adults
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Registration Now Open – FALL 2023
WITH OPTION TO JOIN LIVE-ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
September 21st – November 16th
8-Week Class along with a
Full Day Mindfulness Retreat – Whispering Waters Retreat Center
Saturday, November 4th
Sunday, September 17th
Full rate – $625
with Reduced Rate Options and
Financial Assistance Available
on the Registration Page
No one is turned away due to
MBSR is a highly structured, eight-week, evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with a host of stress-related physical, emotional and psychological conditions. MBSR is a practical approach, which uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and the exploration of patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling and action. MBSR was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and is now offered in over 200 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world.
Since then there has been a tremendous amount of research coming out of Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, UW-Madison and other institutions providing insight into, not only how MBSR is helpful and how MBSR works, but also how it actually can change our brains for the better through positive neuroplasticity. You will find a plethora of this research at the American Mindfulness Research Association or www.goamra.org
This 8- week structured class and full day mindfulness retreat, along with ongoing practice, trains attention and cultivates awareness, helping us to utilize of our inner resources and providing us with the positive coping tools we need to become strong and resilient in both body and mind.
Mindfulness as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn is:
Paying attention in a particular way, to what is actually happening in the present moment, on purpose and with an attitude of non-judgment.
Viktor Frankl, a Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, explains how mindfulness teaches us to pause and bring moment to moment awareness to our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations in the face of unpleasant stimuli; permitting us to calmly choose to respond thoughtfully instead of simply reacting habitually to life’s inevitable challenges. Most of us, are unaware of this space “between stimulus and response” because we get caught in our habitual patterns of reacting to life.
“Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
The MBSR program helps us become more aware of these habitual reactions and helps us relate to ourselves in a new way, to interrupt this cycle and to create more choice in life.
For more information or to REGISTER for an MBSR class please fill out the online Registration Form or contact Northern Michigan Psychiatric Services at: 231-935-0355.
To learn more about joining a Zoom Classroom, click on the Zoom Tutorial link below
About the Instructor: Wendy Weckstein, P.T., M.Ed. is the Director of Wellness at Northern Michigan Psychiatric Services, PC. She is a Physical Therapist, Wellness Consultant, and a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher for Adults through Brown University. She is also certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T). In addition to teaching MBSR, Wendy provides health and wellness evaluations, customized wellness programming and an assortment of healthy living and mindfulness classes for teens and adults.