Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Schedules

All schedules are subject to change - please check here for the most current schedules before registering for a class. MBSR classes are relatively small compared to other Duke IM offerings so early registration is highly encouraged. Please also be aware that classes must meet a minimum number of participants- if the minimum is not met, a class will be cancelled. Notification of cancellation will occur several business days in advance of the orientation session, and all registered participants will be issued a full refund.

Foundation schedules (on-site classes)

Winter 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes:  February 28, 2015 @ St.Paul's in Cary

Registration opens: 11/10/14
Early Registration Discount Expires: 1/2/15
Registration Closes:  1/7/15

Last Day to Cancel: 1/23/15

Tuesdays
Orientation: January 13, 2:30-4:30 pm
January 20-March 10, 2:30-5 pm
Instructor:  Jeff Brantley
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Tuesdays
Orientation: January 13, 5:45-7:45 pm
January 20-March 10, 5:45-8:15 pm
Instructor:  Maya McNeilly
Location:  Center for Hope and Healing (at St.Paul's Episcopal in Cary)

Wednesdays
Orientation:  January 14, 5:45-7:45 pm
January 21-March 11, 5:45-8:15 pm
Instructor:  Riitta H Rutanen Whaley
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Thursdays
Orientation:  January 15, 2:30-4:30 pm
January 22-March 12, 2:30-5 pm
Instructor:  Phyllis Hicks
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Spring 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes: May 16, 2015 @ St. Stephens (Durham)

Registration opens: 1/20/15
Early Registration Discount Expires: 3/6/15
Registration Closes:  3/18/15

Last Day to Cancel: 4/3/15

Tuesdays
Orientation:  March 24, 2:30-4:30 pm
March 31-May 19, 2:30-5 pm
Instructor:  Ron Vereen
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Tuesdays
Orientation:  March 24, 5:45-7:45 pm
March 31-May 19, 5:45-8:15 pm
Instructor:  Maya McNeilly
Location:  Duke Raleigh Hospital (Raleigh)

Wednesdays
Orientation:  March 25, 5:45-7:45 pm
April 1-May 20, 5:45-8:15 pm
Instructor:  Jeanne van Gemert
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Distance Learning schedules

Winter 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes:  February 28, 2015 @ St.Paul's in Cary

Registration opens: 11/10/14
Early Registration Discount Expires: 1/2/15
Registration Closes:  1/7/15

Last Day to Cancel: 1/23/15

Foundation

Tuesdays
January 20-March 10, 7-8:30 pm EST
Instructor:  Julie Kosey
teleconference

Spring 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes: May 16, 2015 @ St. Stephens (Durham)

Registration opens: 1/20/15
Early Registration Discount Expires: 3/6/15
Registration Closes:  3/18/15

Last Day to Cancel: 4/3/15

Tuesdays
March 24-May 19 (no class 4/17), 7-8:30 EST
Instructor:  Julie Kosey
teleconference

Graduate Program schedules

Winter 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes:  February 28, 2015 @ St.Paul's in Cary

Registration opens: 11/10/14
Early Registration Discount Expires: 1/2/15
Registration Closes:  1/7/15

Last Day to Cancel: 1/23/15

Letting Life Touch You

Tuesdays
Orientation:  January 13, 5:45-7:45 pm
January 20-March 17, 5:45-8:15 pm (no class 2/24) 
Instructor:  Ron Vereen
Location:  TBD (Durham)

To be fully awake in this life does not mean always feeling good but rather seeing things as they really are so as to discover the wisdom of what is needed. This is especially important during challenging times when the tendency may be to withdraw and turn away, resulting in despair or derision. And yet something calls us back, reminding us of another way, to tend to and befriend experience rather than fight or flee. We then discover that opening up to the moment rather than turning away becomes an expression of our courage. Holding the experience with a loving heart becomes an expression of our compassion. Responding with what is skillful becomes an expression of our wisdom. All of these are expressions of the awakened heart, and one leads into the other, and then folds back onto itself.

This graduate course is intended to facilitate this opening, holding, and responding to life so as to have greater access to the awakened heart. Rather than following a structured course of study, we will allow our investigation to unfold more organically using a continual mindful inquiry into our lives as events present themselves to us, moment by moment, day by day, week by week. Our class time will be a crucible within which to use mindfulness to be more intimate with our lives. Rather than trying to escape from life, we will see if we can let life touch us, to let it bump up against us and awaken us, to enliven us and transform us so that we may open to the mystery of it all and into this vast, spacious awareness beyond our limited views. It is here where we embody courage, compassion, and wisdom. As the eighth century sage, Shantideva, has said, “Our job is not to change life, but rather to let life change us.” Come and let yourself be changed!

Spring 2015 | Day of Mindfulness for all classes: May 16, 2015 @ St. Stephens (Durham)

Registration opens: 1/20/15
Early Registration Discount Expires: 3/6/15
Registration Closes:  3/18/15

Last Day to Cancel: 4/3/15

Befriending the Senses

Wednesdays
Orientation:  March 25, 5:45-7:45 pm
April 1-May 20, 5:45-8:15 pm
Instructor:  Riitta H Rutanen Whaley
Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine (Durham)

Mindfulness in MBSR refers to our inherent ability to attend to the present moment in a particular way- in a kind, open, accepting, and non-judgmental manner. The body, with its sense organs physically existing in the present moment, is traditionally used as the focal point in learning to cultivate this way of being. The sense of ease that we experience in any given moment largely depends on the intimacy and familiarity that we have with ourselves, especially with our moment to moment sensations, no matter the histories our body-mind may carry. The degree of ease within largely influences the texture of our experience as it runs the gamut from joy, to worries, to fears, to a sense of wonder at the mystery of our unfolding lives.

From the mindfulness point of view, our relationship with ourselves is a reflection of how we relate to the world at large, so that our inner familiarity is mirrored in our facility with others (nature, people, and things). Feeling at home within ourselves helps us feel less reactive in stressful situations, while fostering our ability to respond to the chaos of everyday experience with insight, skill, and creativity.

This graduate class is an exploration of our relationship with our senses, where each week we experiment with techniques to enhance greater awareness of one sense gate at a time: the eyes, the ears, the nose, the mouth, and the skin.

These inquiries will include:

  • The difference between recognizing and actually sensing (seeing, hearing, etc.), as if for the first time.
  • Experimenting with seeing and being seen; hearing and being heard; touching and being touched; and tasting and smelling in the moment.
  • Exploring the sensory tone (pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral) and the thoughts and emotions that arise;
  • Tapping into our ability to touch perception as a dynamic relationship between the body and things that we observe, as well as the knowing that arises from the blending of sensory information.
  • Yoga-style stretching, body/sense scans, and mindfulness meditations on the senses.

Slowing down this way facilitates making contact with the inner habits and rhythms of our bodies, getting to know these “intimate friends” (our senses) that are there for us at all times, thus allowing us greater facility to consciously dwell in each moment as it arises, lingers, and subsides.  Empirical evidence demonstrates that fostering this kind of open, playfully inquisitive attitude toward ourselves decreases our sense of suffering, reduces self-criticism as well as judgment of others, and helps us appreciate the way things are.  This different vantage point usually offers us more choices for skillful action than our habitual reactive tendency.

Participants will receive support CDs and meditation logs for home practice.

Recommended Reading:  "Coming to Our Senses" by Jon Kabat-Zinn (ISBN-10: 0786886544)

Continuation Class schedules

  • Experience Mindfulness
    Join us for a weekly "taste" of mindfulness. Topics vary.  This class is open to the public.

    Registration: There is no need to pre-register.
    Fee: $15 payable at reception desk.
    Location: Duke Integrative Medicine, 3475 Erwin Road
    Time: 12 - 1 pm

    Every Wednesday.
  • Saturday Drop-In
    Saturday Drop-In Classes are once-a-month sessions except for months with the Day of Mindfulness. Topics vary. This class open to the public.

    Registration:  There is no need to pre-register
    Fee:  $15 payable at reception desk.
    Location:  Duke Integrative Medicine, 3475 Erwin Road
    Time:  9 - 10:30 am
  • First Saturday of each month.

  • Day of Mindfulness
    One full-day session of intense mindfulness practice taking place once during each program cycle (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Please bring a bag lunch.  This class is for currently enrolled students and MBSR alumni only.

    Registration:  Pre-registeration is required.  Students enrolled in a MBSR course in-progress do not need to register for this event separately (the DoM event is a part of the MBSR curriculum, and the cost is included in the MBSR registration fee).

    To register call 919-660-6826 or 866-313-0959 (toll-free)

    Fee:  $30 | $25 if registered by that cycle's early registration deadline
    Donations are also welcome; all donations go to our scholarship fund.

    Location:  St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, NC 2770 or
             St.Paul's Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC 27511

    Time: 9 am - 4 pm

    Get directions to the Day of Mindfulness
     
  • Winter 2015 | February 28, 2015 @ St.Paul's in Cary
    Early Registration Discount Expires:  1/2/15
    Registration Closes:  2/26/15