Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Learn mindful ways to cope with stress, pain and illness

What is mindfulness?

It is living moment-to-moment, with a conscious awareness of all that is taking place in your life and responding to it intentionally and purposefully rather than automatically. If you often feel stressed or anxious, experience chronic pain or illness or have problems sleeping, this program may benefit you. Similarly, it can be highly effective in relieving physical symptoms, such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems or high blood pressure.

About the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

In our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, you’ll learn to cope with stress, pain and illness by drawing upon your inner resources. Closely modeled after the world-renowned stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., our approach combines breath awareness, meditation, yoga and other mind-body methods to help you achieve serenity, health and well-being in your everyday life.

Program benefits

According to published research, people who have completed this type of program report:


  • Long-term relief from physical and psychological symptoms
  • Less pain and improved pain management
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved attitude and mood
  • More effective responses to stress

Our eight-week MBSR course and day-long retreat, led by Karen Sothers, MEd, RYT, is an intensive training in the use of mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga to help cope with stress, pain and illness. The techniques and practices taught in this course complement conventional medical treatment and preventive health practices by mobilizing and strengthening our body’s innate resources for healing and responding to stress.


We offer our MBSR program several times per year. To find a list of upcoming dates and times, visit the Scripps Classes & Events page and type MBSR into the search box.