The Open Centre MBSR programme is based directly on the MBSR program developed in the 1980s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness is originally a Buddhist practice and Dr. Kabat-Zinn is credited with its integration into Western psychology and medicine.
Over the past four decades, the enormously successful MBSR programme has become popular around the globe. Thanks to pioneering research out of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, MBSR is now an evidence-based programme scientifically demonstrated to help individuals suffering from chronic stress, addictions, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions that impact quality of life. MBSR is currently offered in hospitals, universities, and health clinics worldwide.
Mindfulness is simple but requires practice. The calm presence of The Open Centre teachers and the supportive group environment will allow you to integrate the MBSR material and develop your personal mindfulness practice at your own pace. The ultimate goal of the programme is for you to develop a daily meditation practice and to integrate mindfulness into daily life.