Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
June 2016
Saki F. SantorelliJudson Brewer

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine

A 7-Day Professional Training Retreat

June 10, 2016 – June 17, 2016
Rhinebeck, NY
Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Judson Brewer
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Inspired by the vision of a more awakened and compassionate world, for more than 35 years the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has pioneered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine, health care, and society through patient care, rigorous scientific research, academic medical and professional education, and a range of broader societal initiatives in the public and private sectors, including education, business, law, leadership, government, and collegiate and professional athletics.

The Center was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1995 and has been directed by Dr. Saki Santorelli since 2000. Since the inception of the Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, more than 20,000 people with a range of medical and psychological conditions have completed MBSR training at UMass. Worldwide, with programs on six continents, tens of thousands of people have participated in MBSR programs. More than 14,000 health-care professionals from 80 countries have participated in the Center’s Oasis Institute professional education and training programs. Globally, there are more than 740 places offering MBSR programs in clinics, hospitals, and academic medical centers based on the model developed at UMass.

In the past five years, there have been nearly 2,000 papers about mindfulness and MBSR published in the scientific literature. Dating back to the inception of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, MBSR research at UMass and at other academic medical centers has shown, among other benefits, consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including chronic pain conditions, over the eight weeks of the MBSR program. Maintenance of these changes continues, in some cases, for up to four years of follow up. Most clinic participants experience long-lasting improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors and in perception of self. Studies have also shown changes in the brain and the immune system consistent with greater mental and physical health.

Taught by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, and Judson Brewer, this 7-day program is an opportunity for health-care professionals to train intensively in mindfulness meditation as it is taught at the MBSR Clinic. Specific themes and areas of focus include:

  • Seamless cultivation of mindfulness throughout the retreat, through both formal and informal practices, in silence, conversation, and dialogue
  • Mindful approaches to the experience and expression of stress, pain, grief, and anxiety within ourselves and when working with others
  • Examination of the language and methods used for instructing and guiding others in the formal and informal methods of mindfulness meditation in various settings
  • Review of research supporting the clinical value of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Exploration of the essential components of the MBSR curriculum, including specific program structure and content and their rationales, assessment and screening of program participants, as well as teacher readiness and competency
  • Exploration of the ethical and moral principles and the domains of nonharming, compassion, and wisdom that underlie mindfulness meditation practice and MBSR

This program is open to health-care professionals and educators who come prepared for the intensive nature of the workshop and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life before attempting to teach it to others. This course is one component of a rigorous education and training trajectory for professionals who are intent on becoming certified MBSR teachers through the UMass Center for Mindfulness.

The schedule and the work are rigorous and include both intensive training in mindfulness meditation, including extended periods of silence, and an ongoing exploration of mindfulness meditation’s practical applications in health care and other settings.

Since the cardinal principle in doing this work is that it must come out of one’s own extensive personal experience with mindfulness meditation practice, participants who do not already have a strong daily personal mindfulness meditation practice and additional MBSR teacher education and training should not attend this retreat with the expectation of immediately returning home to open an MBSR program.

Ultimately, it is the depth of one’s personal commitment to learning and growing using the MBSR approach that is most important. Integrating mindfulness into one’s professional life comes out of that commitment and the imagination and effort it inspires.

Continuing Education
  • ACCME - Physicians
  • WESPSB - Educators
  • NAADAC - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses
  • APA - Psychologists
  • SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors
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Enrollment period is October through start date. CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. However, you must register for CE/CMEs to receive them. If you have not already done so, you may register for your CE/CMEs with Omega registration at 877.944.2002 before your arrival or at check-in.

There may be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants. This program fulfills one of the requirements for entry into MBSR Teacher Certification Programs conducted by the Center for Mindfulness. Attendance at this retreat does not constitute authorization by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, or Judson Brewer to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Required reading before the program:

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness
  • Saki Santorelli, Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

Also recommended but not required:

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


Please note there is a special schedule for this course, with lengthy extended hours. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification. There may also be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants.

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Workshop/Class Ends

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

The Children’s Program will not be available during the extended hours of this workshop.

Saki F. Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, is the executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, and associate professor of medicine, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); established Oasis Institute. He is author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. umassmed.edu/cfm

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, coauthor of The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, is director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness. A licensed family therapist, she is also the developer of the mindfulness-based program, Cool Minds™, for adolescents, and wrote and narrated a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™. umassmed.edu/cfm

Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined more than 15 years' experience with mindfulness training and scientific research. His work has been featured on BBC, NPR, and TEDx, as well as in Time magazine and other publications. He is currently the director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School.