What is MBSR?: The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an 8 week      researched based program to help people better respond to stress, anxiety and pain.  Measurable outcomes include: reduced stress, better sleep, lower blood pressure and fewer ‘worries’. The MBSR program is being taught in over 700 medical centres across North America.


  Participants will learn:

  •   How the body reacts to stress including short and long-term effects
  •   Practical strategies to better cope with stressful situations 
  •   Simple strategies for mindful living ie: mindful eating, being in the moment etc..
  •   Different ways to practice formal and informal meditation
  •   Strategies to reduce stressful communication with others
  •   New ways to respond to pain, stress and discomfort

Desired Outcomes:
MBSR is not about stopping your thoughts or reaching an ‘Altered State” of Zen.   It’s about increasing your ability to sit with stressful situations without being swept away into negative habitual behaviours such as emotional outbursts, worrying, emotional eating, sleeplessness etc…This program is designed to increase your present moment awareness. Present moment awareness allows you to slow down and choose your response to stress instead of simply reacting.   Think of it as brain training to become more aware of these unconscious habits and give you the power to choose your moment to moment experiences.  You can’t control what happens to you in life… but with mindfulness, you can control how you respond to it.  

Who Should Attend?
Anyone looking to learn strategies to better deal with stress with the goal of increasing their overall health and well being.

 Dates/Times:  Wednesday’s 9-11:30am

 Wed April 29th: Free Introduction 9-10:30am

 Week 1: May 6th
 Week 2: May 13
 Week 3: May 20
 Week 4: May 27
 Week 5: June 3
 Week 6: June 10
 Silent Retreat:  Sunday June 14  10am-4pm
 Week 7: June 17
 Week 8: June 24

 Location: Live ONLINE using the Zoom Platform 

 Fees:  Program Fee: $499+HST.   30% off in response to CoVid19  ($349 +HST)

Free Introduction: April 29th is the official introduction to the program for all registrants. It is also open to anyone interested to learn more about MBSR. If you would like to come to the free introduction before committing to the 8 week program, please make note in the registration form below.

Please review the dates and times closely.  We ask for a full commitment to all sessions wherever possible.  In addition, the Silent Retreat is integral to the program.  If you are not able to attend this date – we may be able to recommend other silent retreats you can substitute.

Note: Please email hsmith@vitalityatwork.ca if you are interested in this program but are unable to participate due to finances or scheduling.   We offer scholarships and non-profit pricing.  Check your benefits to see if you have coverage for Registered Dietitian.

  Please fill out below to register. We will be in touch with more details.

Heidi Smith, BSc, RD. Registered Dietitian and Mindfulness

Heidi is one of the co-founders of Vitality at Work.  She has been consulting for individuals and organizations for over 20 years.  Heidi provides a unique perspective by combing her expertise on nutrition and exercise with her passion for mindfulness, body awareness, self-compassion and creativity.  Heidi completed her MBSR Teacher Training through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.

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