Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers mindfulness training to assist people in managing stress and stress-related disorders. Through experiential learning and practice, MBSR engages participants in mindfulness meditation, body awareness, mindful movement, and an exploration of patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling, and action. The program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970’s. Since then, it has been found to be helpful in the alleviation of suffering from a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic pain disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches, insomnia, amongst many others.
Participants in the program will commit to eight weekly 2.5 hour classes, one day long (6 hour) silent retreat between the sixth and seventh weeks, and a home practice of 40-60 minutes per day for the duration of the eight week course. While intensive, it is a time rich with learning and growth.
Dr Queenan is offering the program fully covered by the provincial health insurance OHIP for residents of Ontario, Canada.
Dr Emily Queenan is a certified MBSR Facilitator through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.
The next MBSR program will be held Mondays February 6, 2023 – Monday April 3, 2023; the day long silent retreat will be on Saturday March 25th 10:30am-4:30pm. All sessions will be in person at The Yoga House in Penetanguishene, Ontario, with option for virtual attendance in case of illness. All COVID precautions will be followed as recommended by public health guidance.
Please use the form below to contact us if you are interested in signing up for the upcoming session, and we will contact you when registration is opened. If the upcoming session doesn’t work in your schedule, but you are interested in participating in an MBSR program with us, please also use this form to express interest, and to let us know when a better time would be for you. We anticipate offering both in person and virtual programs in the future.