Workshop

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Medicine, Practice & Science

A 7-Day Professional Training Retreat

Jan 11 - Jan 18 2019 Mount Madonna, CA
Learn MBSR from Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT, and Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, in this 7-day professional training.

This comprehensive program with experts from Brown University's Mindfulness Center offers health-care and other professionals an opportunity to come together under the direct guidance of foundational leaders in the practice and science of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Participants engage with mindfulness practices and their direct application personally and professionally. Through direct experience, reflection, and dialogue, we assimilate core tenets of MBSR and how these apply in health-care settings. We also learn the underlying scientific principles and mechanisms, review the new developments in the exponentially expanding mindfulness field, and explore how these are applied to improve health in practice and society.

In the retreat-like format of this program, grounded in a continuity of mindfulness practice, mutual respect, and exploration, we contribute to a learning community that supports introspection and the cultivation of wisdom. The ethos of MBSR expressed as innate wholeness, sovereignty, and participation support the development of self-awareness, resilience, and compassion. Innovative approaches to employ mindful awareness into one’s daily life can lead to greater personal satisfaction, while also informing decisions that affect patients, clients, systems, and society.

The program is founded on synergistic learning, employing both conceptual understanding and experiential engagement with the intention of developing embodied wisdom. Through a combination of guided meditation practices as taught in the MBSR program, didactic presentations, dialogue, reflection, and inquiry, whole-person knowledge that is practical and immediately applicable can develop.

The program is open to professionals and individuals who come prepared for the intensive nature of this training. Understanding the ethic of embodying mindfulness practice in one’s life, before attempting to share this with others, is essential and necessary.

Specific themes and areas of focus include:

  • Seamless cultivation of mindfulness throughout the program, through formal and informal practices, silence, conversation, and dialogue
  • Respond skillfully in the face of stress, pain, anxiety, and burnout, within ourselves and when working with others
  • Mindful approaches to develop resilience with workplace challenges
  • The review of research supporting the clinical value of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Explication of Teacher Education pathway
  • Exploration of the ethical principles and core elements of the ethos expressed within MBSR through non-harming, compassion, and wisdom

CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. However, you must register for CE/CMEs to receive them. You may register for your CE/CMEs with Omega registration at 877.944.2002 before your arrival or with your Omega representative on site. To receive CE/CME certification you must attend and sign in at all sessions.

If you have any questions about payments, reservations, cancellations, CEs, or accommodations, please call Omega Registration at 877.944.2002. Please do not contact Mount Madonna, as they will not be able to assist you.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Please note: this program has lengthy extended hours with daily early morning sessions beginning at 6:00 a.m. and evening sessions ending between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. There are NO BREAKS during scheduled sessions, which may run up to 3 hours. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.

Required reading before the program:

  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (2013 edition) by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli
  • Craving to Quit: From Cigarettes, to Smart phones to Love: Why We Get Hooked, And How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer

Also recommended but not required:

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Things To Bring

It is important that you bring the following:

  • Warm comfortable clothing (for cool nights and mornings)
  • Towels (Mount Madonna does not provide towels)
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Shoes (for a rural setting)
  • Slippers for indoors (shoes are left in lobbies)
  • Wet weather gear
  • Bathing suit (for hot tub)
  • Meditation cushion (please bring your own if you are able to)

Mount Madonna supplies shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion in all showers.

Schedule

Please note: this program has lengthy extended hours with daily early morning sessions beginning at 6:00 a.m. and evening sessions ending between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. There are NO BREAKS during scheduled sessions, which may run up to 3 hours. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.

 

Friday


7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Mind-Body Medicine

 

Saturday


9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Overview of MBSR. The experiential introduction of essential elements of MBSR within the MPS training is explicated with the introduction of meditation practices, awareness exercises and methods used by participants in MBSR.   Formal and informal mindfulness modalities are introduced including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness in the daily activities of life.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Continued overview of MBSR with the introduction of initial meditation practices, awareness exercise and methods learned by participants in MBSR.  Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, is engaged, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness in the daily activities of life.

Large and small group instruction/supervision so that participants have an opportunity to practice, examine in detail and refine their skills in the various mindfulness practices taught.  Attention will be given to the verbal instructions, pacing, use of language cues, and silence in the introduction of mindfulness as a method and a way of living.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
MBSR Overview, including theoretical foundations, and program structure, including origins of mind-body medicine, history of stress research, elements of the MBSR program, and the potential impact of MBSR as a public health initiative.

 

Sunday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice.

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Continued overview of MBSR and initial meditation practices, awareness exercise and methods learned by participants in MBSR.  Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness in the daily activities of life.

Large and small group instruction/supervision so that participants have an opportunity to practice, examine in detail and refine their skills in the various mindfulness practices taught.  Attention will be given to the verbal instructions, pacing, use of language cues, and silence in the introduction of mindfulness as a method and a way of living.  Examination and differentiation of methodological and instructional skills employed in teaching mindfulness from those often used in teaching relaxation techniques.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Continued overview of MBSR and experiential approach to the initial meditation practices, awareness exercise and methods learned by participants in MBSR.  Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness in the daily activities of life.

Large and small group instruction/supervision so that participants have an opportunity to practice, examine in detail and refine their skills in the various mindfulness practices taught.  Explication of the MBSR intention, structure and process as it is expressed in the experiential engagement in the MPS training.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Review of mindfulness and MBSR and Mind Body medicine research.  Current research on mindfulness approaches to addiction, habit-formation and release with exploration of findings in neuroscience.  Review of current science including findings with MBSR and blood pressure regulation.

 

Monday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice.

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Large and small group instruction/supervision so that participants have an opportunity to practice, examine in detail and refine their skills in the various mindfulness practices taught. Experiential exploration of awareness of thoughts and emotions in sitting meditation.  Discussion on the value of extended meditation practice and silence allowing deeper awareness of the elements which contribute to stress.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Examination of professional and personal sources of stress and, discussion on the value of the application of meditation practice and silence allowing deeper awareness of the perceptions and choices which contribute to stress. Discussion on the value of a continuity of meditation practice and preparations for a period of extended practice.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
No evening program

 

Tuesday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice.

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Detailed experiential exploration of mindfulness meditation in MBSR. Specific training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation, and, mindfulness in daily activities.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Continued experiential exploration of mindfulness meditation in MBSR. Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation, and, mindfulness in daily activities.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Continued experiential exploration of mindfulness meditation in MBSR. Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation, and, mindfulness in daily activities.

 

Wednesday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Continued experiential exploration of mindfulness meditation in MBSR. Detailed training in formal and informal mindfulness methods, including the body scan meditation, sitting meditation, hatha yoga, eating meditation, walking meditation, and, mindfulness in daily activities.

Small and large group discussions on direct perception and recognition of stress patterns within the context of mindful awareness.  Closing the extended period of meditation training.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Continued discussion of learning during the extended period of detailed mindfulness meditation training. Habitual stress reactivity and mindfulness –mediated stress response as taught in MBSR is described and applied to personal experience. Explication and application of habit-loops from direct experience are applied and assimilated.

7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
(optional attendance)
Explication of MBSR teacher training and options for mindfulness training.

 

Thursday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Discussion of personal, social and institutional elements that contribute to the debilitation of burn-out.  Interpersonal mindfulness practice with the exploration of the influence of empathy and compassion in personal and professional life.  Detailed introduction to mindfulness and kindness as resources in daily life and as supports in facing personal and professional challenges.

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Investigation, dialogue and discussion on the unifying characteristics of MBSR. Exploration in small and large groups of the ethos of MBSR as contributing factors to both a health supporting life style and of MBSR as a public health initiative.

7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m.
Examination of questions relating to personal development of meditation practice and professional applications.

 

Friday


6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Experiential mindfulness practice

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Suggestions for integration of MBSR into everyday life for health care practitioners.

 

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Meet the Teachers

  • Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT, serves as Global Ambassador to the MBSR Affiliates world-wide ...
  • Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self- ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine

$1150
regular
$1250

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

TYPE Rate - 7 Nights

MMDBL - Double Room With Shared Hall Bath

Simple Double Occupancy room in a hotel-style building (no phones or televisions in rooms) with a gender specific shared hall bath with multiple shower stalls, toilets, sinks & mirrors. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1022.00

MMCOM - Commuter/Facility Fee

Commuters stay offsite and drive in daily. Please be aware that this program has long hours, running from 6 a.m.-9:30/10 p.m. most days. The commuter fee includes all meals, and facility use.

$ 497.00

MMCAMP - Tent/Van

Developed campsites, for your own tent, with good drainage and access to showers and privies, are available year round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.

Various spots are available for your own van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

$ 574.00

MMTRP - Triple Room With Shared Hall Bath

Simple Triple Occupancy room in a hotel-style building (no phones or televisions in rooms) with a gender specific shared (private while in use) hall bath with multiple shower stalls, toilets, sinks & mirrors. Register with companions, or same gender roommates will be assigned to you.

$ 875.00

Refunds, less a $100 processing fee, apply to both tuition and housing and are available only if you give notice of cancellation at least 45 days before the beginning of the program. If you cancel less than 45 days before the program begins, do not show up or leave early; no credit or refund is available. All fees are nonrefundable.

Travel Insurance

Please Note: We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance, which insures you against unforeseen sickness, injury, job loss, inclement weather, and more. Rates are available through TravMark's A+ Program Protection Plans. Get a free quote today.

Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

Credit Hours: 62

ACCME - Physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) $ 0

APA - Psychologists (American Psychological Association) $ 0

BRN/ANCC - Nurses $ 0

NCBTMB - Bodyworkers and Massage Therapists (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) $ 0

SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors/Marriage & Family Therapists $ 0

WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board) $ 0

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