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The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Are you stressed and can’t find any way to beat that sinking or churning feeling that you have inside?

If we let unwanted stress go on for too long it strips us of our life force, our energy… even our dreams.

There is a really effective way to deal with stress.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is the original group mindfulness experience where you’re giving mindfulness not just your passing interest, but a real chance to bring kind-hearted attention into everyday life, to cope better with stress, feel better and live the life that you want.

The stress-busting, habit-forming Group MBSR Course now $555 (Earlybird $530)!

Includes 27 hours of direct course time, eight 2 1/2 hour group sessions and a one day mindfulness retreat filled with rejuvenating practices for mind body and spirit including led restorative and yin yoga. We also offer great price reductions for full-time students, for those with a health or seniors card, or current mental health care plan. Get in touch today to find out more!

Do you really need a 27 hour mindfulness course to get a handle on stress?

Neuroscience researchers suggest that mental stress often involves long term habits of mind, maybe stretching back a lifetime! Are these going to change in a jiffy? You may feel some ease straight away but long lasting change comes with application – just like when we go to the gym for the first time.

Ready to register for MBSR?

When considering MBSR mindfulness – even in a busy lifestyle – ask yourself how important is my health, happiness and peace of mind?

MBSR is a comprehensive highly experiential immersion in mindfulness. That’s why we feel that you need eight weeks and 27 hours of learning, trying it out and best of all – finding out you’re ‘doing’ mindfulness without even thinking about it!

Gold standard research suggests that it takes this long to change stressful mental habits like over-thinking, worry and negativity, and to replace them with positive calming ones like clarity, peace of mind, acceptance, focus, creativity – all mind states that come when we take the time to make mindfulness a well-being habit.

The Brisbane MBSR course is facilitated by an internationally-accredited mindfulness teacher.

Alison Keane is one of a small number of Australian mindfulness teachers accredited to facilitate MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society. The CFM is actively involved in establishing global teaching standards in mindfulness. Alison is also a clinical psychotherapist and senior hatha yoga teacher (Yoga Australia). When you really immerse yourself in mindfulness it can get really fascinating. It’s important to have someone alongside you letting you know that you’re really doing okay and giving you heaps of support and encouragement.

Helpful things to know about the Brisbane MBSR Course:

How is the MBSR different from other mindfulness courses?

MBSR has been well-researched

While some mindfulness courses make a lot of promises about the benefits of mindfulness, the positive participant outcomes of MBSR are based on solid empirical research spanning more than four decades.These include the ability to cope more effectively with stress, an increased ability to relax, more positivity and heightened energy levels. 

It’s longer and more comprehensive than many other courses.

MBSR is an eight week educational course, with nine sessions in total and a one day mindfulness retreat – 27 hours of direct hands on training and support with an experienced mindfulness practitioner and teacher.Why eight weeks? Research suggests that it takes this long to change stressful mental habits like worry or negativity and to learn a positive calming ones like mindfulness and selfcompassion. 

The Brisbane MBSR course is facilitated by an experienced mindfulness teacher who has been facilitating MBSR in Queensland since 2007.

What happens in an MBSR course?

Throughout MBSR you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress – and the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Sessions include lecture information about stress physiology and wellbeing, a variety of progressive mindfulness practices, some discussions and practices and exercises to do between sessions. Your teacher will create a safe and supportive environment for this work.

Do you need to have experience in meditation or be good at yoga?

No, it doesn’t matter if you have never tried meditation. Or even wonder whether you’ll be able to!  One of the foundations of mindfulness is having a ‘beginner’s mind’ – coming to each meditation as if it was your first! As our teacher is an experienced hatha yoga instructor there is some gentle mindful movement in MBSR. This includes learning to walk mindfully. Instruction is given thoughtfully and carefully to ensure everyone is safe and getting the most out of the experience.

Is there any support once I have completed an MBSR course?

The 8-week MBSR course provides the tools to begin your mindfulness journey.However you might also like some on-going support to help you keep things going. As an MBSR ‘graduate’ you will be able to arrange private one on one meetings with your MBSR teacher. Or, you might like to register to join one of our Brisbane or online MBSR on-going learning and support groups and forums when they happen.Living a mindful life, and the discoveries and awakening that come with this are further enriched by attending the regular MBSR Full Days or even doing the MBSR course again at some stage. In recognition of your commitment to a mindful life we provide a special ‘Past Participant Refresher’ price should you wish to engage in the full MBSR group course again.

What time is MBSR and where does it happen?

6pm Mondays (sometimes Tuesday evenings also) at the Brisbane Quaker Meeting House, 10 Hampson St Kelvin Grove.

What happens once I register for MBSR

Once you have completed registration you will be contacted by your teacher. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to discuss your reasons for doing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

The MBSR course may not be suitable if you are experiencing severe anxiety or depression. If in doubt consult your doctor or health care provider.

What if I can’t get along to an evening MBSR course?

We’d love to find another way for you to experience MBSR and the benefits of making mindfulness meditation a habit in your life. For people who cannot make the MBSR training in person or who would like a one-on-one experience, we also provide our MBSR training course in Brisbane or via Skype. Or we can tailor a private introductory mindfulness package regardless of whether you are just starting out on your mindfulness journey or already an experienced practitioner.

Upcoming Day & Evening Group MBSR Dates:

Sessions Held: 6pm Wednesdays
Bookings close: June 27
Earlybird Price valid until June 6
Session Dates:
  • Session 1: June 27
  • Session 2: July 4
  • Session 3: July 11
  • Session 4: July 18
  • Session 5: July 24
  • Session 6: Aug 1
  • Full Day: Aug 4
  • Session 7: Aug 8
  • Session 8: Aug 15

To register for this course CLICK HERE

Sessions Held: 6pm Mondays
Bookings close: July 21
Earlybird Price valid until June 15
Session Dates:
  • Session 1: July 23
  • Session 2: July 30
  • Session 3: August 6
  • Session 4: August 13
  • Session 5: August 20
  • Session 6: August 27
  • Full Day: September 1
  • Session 7: September 3
  • Session 8: September 10

To register for this course CLICK HERE

Sessions Held: 10.15am Thursdays
Bookings close: August 21
Earlybird Price valid until July 24
Session Dates:
  • Session 1: August 23
  • Session 2: August 30
  • Session 3: September 6
  • Session 4: September 13
  • Session 5: September 20
  • Session 6: September 27
  • Session 7: October 4
  • Full Day: October 6
  • Session 8: October 11

To register for this course CLICK HERE

Sessions Held: 6pm Wednesdays
Bookings close: September 4
Earlybird Price valid until August 4
Session Dates:
  • Session 1: September 5
  • Session 2: September 12
  • Session 3: September 19
  • Session 4: September 26
  • Session 5: October 3
  • Full Day: October 6
  • Session 6: October 10
  • Session 7: October 17
  • Session 8: October 24

To register for this course CLICK HERE

Client Comments:

I came to MBSR seeking a quick fix and have come away realising that mindfulness is a life journey….I now have the skills to start that journey

Annette, QLD

MBSR has been brilliant. I feel great! I now have the tools to deal with stress when it arises. I’m so proud of myself for doing it, and I believe that mindfulness has, and will continue to change my life

Sarah, Brisbane