Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week course that teaches basic awareness skills that ultimately lead to less suffering and better functioning! All human beings have the capacity for moment to moment awareness “built in” but often do not know how to tap into and use it as a resource. MBSR helps develop your ability to navigate life with focus, wisdom and compassion. It’s no surprise that this can greatly enhance overall quality of life!
The course is taught by Geri Wilimek, LICSW, a 40year resident of the Bemidji area, and a Certified MBSR teacher, who studied in the Mindfulness programs at both University of Massachusetts Medical School and Brown University’s School of Public Health.
While meditation can be associated with various spiritual practices, MBSR is fueled mostly by modern neuroscience and social science, and is compatible with whatever spiritual practice a person may or may not have.
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The all day retreat scheduled for March 19 has been canceled due to lack of Winter 2022 participants able to attend. There will be opportunities to participate in the next all day retreat for all MBSR participants past and present! Follow this site to be informed of the next opportunity to attend!
It’s that time again….all past participants of MBSR are invited to register for the All Day Silent Retreat, a day of silent guided practice, from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday March 20,2021 on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to refresh your meditation practice in a supportive setting with others who have taken MBSR. See guidelines below. Contact Geri Wilimek to register if you plan to attend. I will email you a link Friday, March 19, 2021.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the evidence-based program that has been helping people reduce suffering and improve overall quality of life for over four decades. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, MBSR combines centuries old human wisdom supported by modern neuroscience. MBSR is more than an app, a mantra or a guided meditation. It is an intensive 8-week program that helps people develop greater emotional regulation, and improve self awareness, self compassion and self care. It also helps develop focus, clear communication, and opens our natural capacities for learning, creativity, problem solving, collaborating, and decision making. The benefits of mindfulness are experienced as “wellbeing” in our bodies, hearts, and minds, benefiting all of the lives we touch every day. If you experience, stress (and who doesn’t?) MBSR can help you find fresh new ways to navigate life!
It is time to register for Winter 2021 MBSR classes! You are invited to explore the material on this website, and to attend the January 26, 2021 Orientation, 6:00-7:30pm. Early registration is encouraged. Payment is refundable if, after the first class you decide to withdraw.
The MBSR Fall 2020 All Day Silent Retreat was held November 14, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:00pm online. Seven class members and eight alumni from past MBSR classes were present. If you missed the All Day Retreat when you were taking MBSR, or if you’ve taken MBSR and want a one-day “refresher” for your mindfulness practice, consider attending the next all-day retreat, March 20, 2021. The day is teacher-guided and is an opportunity to step back from “doing” and focus on exploring “just being”. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org with ALL DAY RETREAT in the subject line.
Fall 2020 MBSR is underway online. There are two classes meeting this fall, one in the morning and one in the evening, both on Tuesdays. Participants have completed an orientation that covers the basics of the class. They will begin learning the skills of focused attention, curiosity, and self regulation that are the signatures of mindfulness. I always recommend that people go “all in” without expectations. It is a radical approach that respects that each person has the intrinsic ability to be aware, and to guide themselves purposefully through the training.
If you are interested in a future MBSR class, subscribe to this site in the lower right hand side of the home page for future reminders about Winter 2020 classes!
Who knew? This summer, has been the first time I’ve offered MBSR online and it has gone well for me as a teacher, and for the participants! The All Day Retreat was completed Saturday July 25, and fit right in as part of the online curriculum. Thank you all for bringing yourselves to the day wholeheartedly! May the benefits you experience from mindfulness practice continue to inform and enrich you. Geri
You can always contact the teacher, Geri Wilimek, by emailing at email@example.com using MBSR in the subject line! I am happy to answer questions and place you on an email notification list for future classes!
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