​In accordance with guidelines for proactively taking care of ourselves and each other, MBSR classes are cancelled until further notice.


Enrollment Form /Payment/Alumni

It's not the stress,
it's how you handle it. 

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is designed to help participants heal by entering into a new relationship with the present moment. The 8-week training offers in-depth training in mindfulness meditation and integrating mindfulness skills into daily life. There are home assignments that include daily meditation. Week by week, we explore mindfulness meditation from various perspectives and with different forms of practice, talks and discussions. The home practice, done using guided meditation recordings and some workbook assignments, compliments the in-class training and allows us to explore mindfulness quite deeply, on both an inner and outer level.

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness. It helps us cultivate our potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. By feeling better, sleeping better, increasing our ability to cope with stressful situations, improve self-esteem and renew enthusiasm for life and work one can feel more alive and joyful and gain immediate access to powerful inner resources for healing.

Based on the methods of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the UMass Medical Center and featured on the Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary, “Healing and the Mind,” these courses are now taught at over 200 medical centers in the United States and in Europe. it is considered one of the most reliable ways to learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to form new skills for living well and enjoying life, regardless of it's ups and downs.

(No physician referral is necessary in order to take this program.)  

What can I expect after learning MBSR?

Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete the MBSR course report:

  • Knowledge of how to practice mindfulness, both in meditation, mindful movement and in daily life

  • An increased ability to relax  

  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life

  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations

  • Major improvement in pain-related anxiety, depression, hostility, and the tendency to become preoccupied with painful sensations in both body and mind

  • Lasting decreases in difficult physical and psychological symptoms

  • Reductions in pain levels with an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away

2020 Schedule 
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One-on-one web-based MBSR inquire for details



Davis: Wed. Jan. 15-March 11, 6:45-9:15 p.m.

Sacramento: Thurs. Jan. 16-March 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Retreat: Sat., Feb. 22, 9:30-4:30


Davis: Wed. Jan. 15-March 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Details


Davis: Wed. Apr. 1-May 27, 6:45-9:15 p.m.

Sacramento: Thurs. Apr. 2-May 28, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Retreat Date: Sat. May 16, 9:30-4:30


Davis: Wed. Apr. 1-May 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Details

SPECIAL SUMMER 2020 Tiny Habits® For Stress Reduction, Meditation and Wellbeing

Sacramento: Thurs., July 9-Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(No Class Thanksgiving Week)


Davis: Wed. Sept. 9-Nov. 4, 6:45-9:15 p.m.

Sacramento: Thurs. Sept. 10-Nov. 5, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Retreat: Sat., Oct. 24, 9:30-4:30


Davis: Wed. Sept. 9-Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Details


Davis Location: Sanctuary, Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Rd, Davis, CA 95616

 Sacramento Location:  Sutter Health University, 2700 Gateway Oaks, Suite 2600, Sacramento

2020 Flyer

Enrollment Form

If you have trouble with the online enrollment form for some reason, contact the instructor for a version you can print and mail in. You may reserve your spot in the class by paying the tuition with the link below. Hope to see you in class! - Denise


$375*, If you prefer to pay by check (email instructor for mailing address.)



*Please note the standard class cancellation policy:

  • The orientation class is designed so participants can make sure the class is a good fit. Payments are collected in order to hold your spot in the class, which often fills up before the orientation.

  • There is no charge if you cancel before "class one"

  • Once the class has begun, we will issue a refund for:

  • 75% of the fee if notice is given within 48 hours after the first class.

  • Unless there is an emergency situation, no refunds will be issued after this point. 

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