MBSR Online 8-Week Program Schedule:
Sessions 1 – 8: Thursdays, May 6 – June 24, 6:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, June 12, 9:30am – 4:30p.m.
Note: Session 1 will be 30 minutes longer from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
MBSR Overall Description
In the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) online program modeled after the world-renowned MBSR developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., you will learn how to:
MBSR Overall Benefits
According to published research plus as reported by graduates of MBSR with Karen:
What are the MBSR Online modalities?
Throughout the 8-weeks you will experience:
What is the MBSR Online Program structure?
What a participant in Karen’s recent MBSR online program has to say:
“This was the most “together” and seamless Zoom meeting that I have attended yet, and I have attended many Zoom meetings recently. Karen’s organization, clarity and the obvious numerous hours she puts into developing each training is so evident. She is a calm yet engaged and enthusiastic teacher. Her non-threatening, non-judging presence travels right through Zoom and is felt as a soothing, comforting presence that facilitates trust, openness and curiosity in me and the group.”
-Ann, 47, San Diego
Who can enroll in the MBSR Online 8-Week Program?
This program is available for anyone who cannot physically attend the MBSR In-Person 8-Week Program due to reasons such as coronavirus concerns, proximity, scheduling/commuting needs, etc. It is also for those who prefer online learning. (Note: MBSR 8-Week In-Person Program is not currently being offered due to coronavirus in-person restrictions.)
What are the Technology Requirements for MBSR Online 8-Week Program?
To ensure your optimal learning experience, the MBSR Online Program will be delivered through the Zoom video platform. The requirements for Zoom to work properly include having a computer with speakers, microphone and video capabilities (webcam) along with a high-speed internet connection. Mobile devices (phones and tablets) may work although the class material is optimized for full screen viewing with a computer.
Also, you will receive the digital version of the MBSR Program Manual and digital versions of additional class materials (slides, etc). If you want to use the paper copy during class time instead of the digital version, you will need a printer.
For the best listening experience and to ensure the privacy of others, if possible, using a headset during the Zoom video sessions is encouraged.
If you need guidance on how to use Zoom, please review the following:
What is the tuition fee for the MBSR Online Program?
Tuition fee is $495. The fee includes the 8 weekly class sessions, Day of Mindfulness, comprehensive MBSR digital program manual, 8 weekly Mindfulness Encouraging Words email support, daily practice digital mindfulness recordings, access to the MBSR Online Resource Library for 3 months, 2 one-on-one phone sessions with Karen (30 minutes each) and more!.
Pre-registration is required: Due to the unique small group experience, registration is limited to a maximum of 20 – 25 participants. For information on how to register, read the following on How To Get Started:
How To Get Started:
Program Director/Teacher: Karen Sothers, MEd, E-RYT, has been teaching MBSR at Scripps since 2004. She has completed the MBSR teacher training taught by the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education in Health and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). For more than 25 years, Karen has dedicated her life to teaching the art and science of mindful living. She blends the time-tested healing practices of meditation and yoga with the most current research in mindfulness, resiliency and compassion to inspire people to live more fully, and with greater ease and vitality.
Special Guest Teacher: Dr. Robert Bonakdar is the Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. In addition to the many other professional roles and trainings, he has completed the MBSR for Healthcare Professionals course with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and the Richter Fellowship in Southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, Tai Chi and mind-body practices. Dr. Bonakdar will be sharing his expertise in an overview of MBSR research and neuroscience along with an experiential guided meditation practice.