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What is MBSR

The program consists of eight weekly two-hour evening classes and a one-day retreat (on a Saturday). Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer. Highly participatory, supportive, and structured, this program will provide you with:

  • guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices;
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga;
  • group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life;
  • individually tailored instruction;
  • daily home assignments; and
  • home practice materials including guided mindfulness practice CDs and a workbook.

The program is challenging and life-affirming. The instructor is accomplished and skilled at creating safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. She will assist you in learning these methods, providing both group and individual instructions and directions for how to learn, practice, and integrate mindfulness into your everyday life. Participating in MBSR requires an ongoing commitment to yourself. You will be asked to attend all classes, including the one-day weekend retreat, and to practice daily home assignments for 45 – 60 minutes a day.

Who Will Benefit

MBSR has benefited people reporting a variety of conditions and concerns:

Stress – including work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future, and feeling “out of control.”

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue, trauma, and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and Wellness – including health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the “how” of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of balance.

Mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire. It is already within you – a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be reawakened and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing.

 – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Who Is the Instructor

Dr. Nimer has been trained in MBSR since 2007 through the UMass Stress Reduction Clinic and the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Program. MBSR is based on a form of meditation known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life inwardly and outwardly. Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.

Nearly three decades of scientific research at UMass and at medical centers all over the world suggest that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.

How to Begin

All class participants are required to attend all eight-week MBSR classes.  Sessions are covered through insurance that offers 32 hours of direct instruction plus course materials. We offer a sliding scale based on family income and situation. Payment plans are available. For your convenience, evening sessions are available.

For more information on the MBSR, including a schedule of classes and orientation sessions, costs, payments options, and class locations, please call 801-266-4643 x 0 or e-mail admin@utahhealingcenter.org to sign up.

Costs are covered by most insurance as group therapy. Or if you don’t have insurance the cost is $30 per session for a total of $270 for the entire course.