Mindfulness Beyond a Buzzword
Explore, embody and integrate mindfulness
into your life and practice with MBSR
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
MBSR is an 8-week, evidence based, experiential mindfulness training created by Jon Kabat-Zin. With more than 30 years of research behind it, MBSR is considered the Gold Standard in stress reduction programs.
Through didactic learning, experiential practice, and inquiry, participants connect deeply with their own inner resources and capacity for resilience, healing and growth.
MBSR at a Glance
Week 1: Attention
How we pay attention has as much of an impact on our experience as where we put our attention - this week, we begin to get to know what we pay attention to and how by practicing the Body Scan meditation.
Week 4: Stress
We take a deep dive into the physiology of stress and reactivity. We come to know stress as an automatic, conditioned, embodied response that we just might be able to notice and interrupt.
Week 2: Perception
We begin to explore and uncover habitual patterns in the way we pay attention, and learn to use the breath as an anchor to the present moment.
Week 5: Response
Learn to extend the pause between stimulus and response and experience some freedom from habitual reactions as you begin to notice thoughts as "just thoughts".
Week 3: Movement
Just like the mind can hold on to automatic habits and patterns, so can the body. In class 3, we observe our reactions to the body in motion with an introduction to gentle Hatha yoga and walking meditation.
Week 6: Communication
This week we explore stress and response inside of relationships, continue to observe thoughts as "just thoughts" and develop and strengthen concentration and focus.
Between weeks 6 and 7, we spend a full day (9am - 4pm) in silent practice. You invited to turn inward and be led seamlessly from one practice to the next to explore your own inner landscape.
Week 7: Compassion
We practice bringing kindness to ourselves and our everyday experiences with Metta Mediation and reflection on the role of self compassion in healing and pain relief for both individuals and communities.
Week 8: Integration
In our final class, we discuss ongoing practice, support and resources to continue experiencing relief, healing and joy in real life, right now.
Colette DeHarpporte, MA Certified MBSR Instructor
Colette’s teaching is deeply grounded in her own 20+ years of meditation and yoga practice which supported her journey as an entrepreneur, single mother and fellow human. She brings humor and humility to teaching, inviting us to honor the depth and commonality of our human existence as we learn and grow together.
With a BS in Public Health and experience living with autoimmune disease and chronic-pain, she has a broad and nuanced understanding of the complexities of mental, emotional, and physical health. With an MA in Organizational Management and experience in interdisciplinary education, she loves creating and offering experiential learning opportunities for people to expand and support their own wellbeing.
She is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor through UCSD Medical School and an RYT200. She’s trained in Trauma Sensitive, Resilience Oriented Practice and has a commitment to bringing mind-body practices to under-resourced communities.