Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living

In 2015, Mindful Kids Miami launched a groundbreaking Pilot Program with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) where over 200 educators participated in the mindfulness trainings during the 2015-2016 school year.

Discounted rates apply for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Educators plus receive 27 Master Plan Points.   Since inception, Mindful Kids Miami has taught our mindfulness programs to almost 1,000 educators within Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Read more…

“This course has helped me put life into prespective and not sweat the small stuff…I am able to forgive myself, accept what is, and move forward. This has been a great release!”

Martha M. Smith, MBSR Grad

“Thank you for allowing me the space to regroup and allow life to evolve without me anticipating all possible outcomes, but to be less judgemental and take each circumstance according to its own problems. I can work through one situation at a time and can reflect in a less reactionary way.”

Lucy Seife, Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary

“My unique experience because of attending this program has been peaceful. I feel that I have learned different techniques to help me regain myself when experiencing difficult life situations. Bringing my mind and body to at least a short period of allowing me to disconnect and breathe. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. Thank You.”

Enrique Quindemil, Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary

“Before taking this course, I thought it would be mostly about meditating. I now have a better understanding of how our minds can physically impact our bodies. I have used the stress reducing techniques at school and at home. I find they help me cope with the challenging every day stress that occurs. I like and look forward to the routines established. My goal is to find a way to incorporate the practices into daily routine.”

Sabine Gornail, Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary

“I enjoyed this program and I appreciate the fact that it was for teachers. We need a lot of help to take care of us. We often focus so much on the kids that we forget about us. If we aren’t okay we can’t help them. This program taught me how to be mindful on a daily basis. I was able to bring some of these strategies to work, which helped me better understand and deal with stressful situations at work and in my personal life.”

Keisha Candelario, SPED Teacher, Fienberg Fisher Elementary

“Not knowing what to expect coming into the program, I was pleasantly surprised and very appreciative to experience the outcome that I have. Just to understand myself and situations in a more positive way, has been an amazing feeling. I am looking forward to the next part of my journey with Mindful Kids Miami.”

Claudia Chatterton, Teacher Avocado Elementary

“This program helped me identify destructive patterns especially during stressful situations in my daily life and taught me healthy alternatives when stress comes up in my life. I love all the mindful practices, specially body scan.”

Ximena Cienferoni, Teacher, Miami Killian Senior High School

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) course is an 8-week program in which you will learn how to access and cultivate your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself with compassion while accessing your own inner resources for coping, growing and healing.

Since its inception in 1979, tens of thousands of people have completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is unfolding in your life, moment-to-moment, with awareness, compassion, acceptance, and curiosity. MBSR is a secular, scientifically informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background and can be practiced by people of all backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary.

Over three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world demonstrate that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life with more enjoyment and balance. 

 

“I wasn’t sure what I would get out of this class but I did know I had to change my laundry day and I had to cook the day before for the day of class. Sacrifices had to be made. The first class felt like an eternity, however, I did like the body scan. Then we did meditation and yoga and stretching all of which I like. Soon after, the classes seemed to go quickly. On the day before the last class, I had a stressful situation that I handled with ease. My daughter was amazed and so was I but I didn’t realize that until it was over and I thought to myself “wow I did it and I’m not freaking out”. I am very thankful for this class and grateful for having made it thru.”

Beatriz Diez-Rodriguez,Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary

“I began this course with a defined purpose; I was stuck re-visiting a toxic pattern in my environment. Through the practices, lessons contemplated, and efforts to improve and lessen the stressors that come from such encounters, I now “know” what has allowed me the freedom to move past these recurring patterns of negative exposure. The awareness of “surrender” in a mindful way – is a powerful, health altering, healing practice. Thank You!”

Amanda Pinero-Trombly, Counselor, Palmetto Senior High School

“Well I have been reintroduced to meditation and to mindfulness. And I am so, so, grateful!! I am more aware of my behavior, my ability due to this program to not react, but to step back take a few breaths and respond.”

Enrique Lopez, Teacher, Leisure City Elementary

“Having the opportunity to learn practices of self-care and self-discovery has been a life changing experience. It is a journey of week by week, day by day personal growth. The skills you practice while in the course extend to outside of class and strengthen your mind, focus, attention, and body. Wonderful class.”

Veronica Rivera, Senior Class Counselor, South Dade Senior

Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) may include:

Decrease stress and anxiety

Improve focus and attention

Increase concentration

Improve relationships

Strengthen emotional resilience

Builds compassion and empathy

Increase sense of well-being

Join Mindful Kids Miami for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the eight-week course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. The course teaches practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life and build and sustain a personal mindfulness practice.

Each program includes:

  • 2.5 to 3 hour classes (start times may vary) 
  • Meet once a week for 8-weeks
  • All-day silent retreat
  • Guided audio recordings will be provided
  • MBSR manual 
  • Other materials to support practice

Continuing education (CE) credits available for this course.

Related Information

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness Research 

Check out our resources page for articles and videos

“What I have discovered and realized while attending the mindfulness program is that the practice of mindfulness really has helped me deal with stress. By practicing mindfulness on a regular basis you become more aware of yourself and others. Mindfulness takes practice to be helpful. Being mindful has helped me be able to help others by understanding them.”

Timothy Lie, SPED Teacher, Homestead Senior High School

“I have realized I need to pay more attention to myself, to enjoy the simple and wonderful things that make me happy, instead of rushing and trying to do everything at one time. This class made me be aware of my needs, to pay attention to daily activities like eating, walking, resting, and feeling the effect they have in my life. Being aware of the people who are around me. Being aware of my students and How my behavior affects them. “

Janine Castro, SPED Homestead Senior High School

“I believe this course is a must for all teachers. As teachers, we deal with many stresses that come with the responsibility of teaching the next generations. This course helped me to learn how to cope with the stresses that show up in our daily lives and ways to incorporate it into my classroom. It truly was a great experience getting to know myself at a deeper level and learning to be kind to one another but most of all being kind to myself.”

Natalia Gonzalez, Teacher Palmetto Senior High School

“I had the most wonderful experience. Learned to be more compassionate with myself. I learned to believe in myself and be patient with myself. That my thoughts and feelings are valuable. I’ve learned to deal with stress by being aware of the importance and the effects of it. I learned to step back and look at situations and evaluate them before reacting. I am a happier person after this.”

Michelle Mathis, Teacher Avocado Elementary