Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness is a way of relating directly and compassionately to whatever is happening; taking charge of the challenges and savoring the joys.

The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is designed to teach mind-body awareness and self care to people living with physical or psychological symptoms due to stress, pain, or illness. It is also essential for preventative care and leading a most fulfilling life. It’s based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and offers lifelong tools for increased well-being.

The 28-hour course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one daylong class on a weekend day. Participants learn lifelong tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle, mindful movement
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in daily life
  • Individually-tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice audio recordings and a home practice manual

People participate for reasons as diverse as:

  • Stress — work, personal or financial
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Anxiety or depression
  • GI distress
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Preventative self-care


MBSR Online (KP)

$110 KP members, $180 non-members

TO REGISTER: Call KP Health Education, Pinole, CA 510-243-4020

Partial scholarships available: Inquire at [email protected]

Winter 2023 – Saturdays

Overview: January 14, 2023 11 AM-12:30 PM

8-week Course 11 AM-1:30 PM: 

January 21, 28

February 4, 11, 18, 25

March 4, 11

Daylong Retreat: Sunday, February 26, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM


Spring 2023 – Tuesdays

Overview: April 4, 6-7:30 PM

8-week Course 6-8:30 PM:

April 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Daylong Retreat: Saturday, May 20, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Fall 2023 – Tuesdays (1 Wednesday, Halloween week)

Overview: September 12, 6-7:30 PM

8-week Course 6-8:30 PM:

September 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24

November 1 (Wed), 7 (Tues)

Daylong Retreat: Saturday, October 28, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM


TO REGISTER: Call KP Health Education, Richmond, CA 510-307-2210

When you dwell in stillness, the judging mind can come through like a foghorn. “I don’t like the pain in my knee…This is boring…I like this feeling of stillness…I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I’m having a bad meditation…It’s not working for me…I’m no good at this. I’m no good, period…” This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down. It’s like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Mindful meditation means cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Contact us to create a course in your community or workplace, and for private mindfulness sessions.