Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness

To learn more about the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, join us for this free Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness. 

MBSR introduces you to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement, modeled by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. This program can help if stress is having a negative impact on your life, if you are experiencing chronic physical or mental distress, or if you are simply interested in learning ways to maintain health and well-being. Over 6,000 research papers have published findings on MBSR including decreased depression, pain, and distress, and increased attention, concentration, performance, and quality of life. 

Participation in this orientation is strongly encouraged for anyone enrolling in or considering enrolling in MBSR. The session consists of meeting the instructor and other participants; an introduction to what participation in the class entails; a talk about the impact of stress and mindfulness on health, the history of MBSR, and research on the MBSR model; and instruction in and practice of introductory mindfulness techniques.

The MBSR program is comprised of the Orientation and Introduction to Mindfulness, a 30-minute private interview with the instructor before the first class, 8 weekly sessions, and one daylong session on a Saturday or Sunday.

This orientation session is correlated with the class that meets on Thursdays from 2:45 to 5:15 pm, between September 17 and November 5. The retreat is on Sunday, October 25, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Instructor: James Mitchell, PhD

Thursday, September 3 at 2:45pm to 5:15pm

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Class/Info Session, Wellness


UCSF Medical Center


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni, Patients







Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

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Contact Info

classes@ocim.ucsf.edu or 415-353-7718


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