Starting Soon: 8-Week Mindfulness Course in San Francisco

Are you curious about meditation? Have you been hearing about it, and wondering how it can help? Or, are you someone who's looking for an opportunity to deepen your practice? 

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful technique for getting "unstuck" from the thoughts and habits that keep you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. SF Stress and Anxiety Center is sponsoring a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group, led by teachers Krista De Castella and David Perls, in Hayes Valley on Tuesday nights (7:00-9:30) from April 28th through June 2nd. 

What is MBSR?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR offers an invitation to move toward greater balance, control and participation in life. It introduces participants to practices for cultivating ease, resilience and uprightness in the midst of difficult life circumstances. This may involve relating to and working with stress, pain, illness and the many challenges and demands of day-to-day life.

Proven Results

Three decades of published research and clinical studies indicate that the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Reductions in physical symptoms
  • Reductions in psychological distress
  • Increased relaxation
  • Reductions in pain levels
  • Increased pain tolerance
  • Increased energy and optimism
  • Improved self-esteem

Who Can Benefit?

MBSR is appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds. People participate for reasons as diverse as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Illness
  • Insomnia
  • GI Distress
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches 

What You Will Learn

Through this course participants will be introduced to a variety of simple meditation and movement practices designed to cultivate presences and awareness. Practices include:

  • Sitting meditation
  • Body awareness
  • Pain management
  • Gentle yoga
  • Group discussions
  • Mindfulness practices for everyday life

Course Details

Free information session April 14th (7:00 – 9:30pm)

Tuesday evenings April 28thst – June 2nd

San Francisco Zen Center Conference Center,* 308 Page St., CA 94102

Fee: $365 tuition (which includes $35 of class materials – two books and one CD)

*Not a Zen Center event

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