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This program has recently started, but it may still be possible to register if only the orientation class has been missed. Please call us at 514-481-0317‬‬ to inquire, and fill out the form below to be added to our waiting list.
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week introduction to mindfulness via guided meditation, group dialogue, and home practice. This program is based on the MBSR curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and focuses on the use of mindfulness for managing everyday stressors related to work, health, relationships, and other concerns. Read more about the MBSR program here.

This program meets weekly on Monday evenings for eight weeks following an introductory orientation session (for a total of nine weeks), and also includes a full-day meditation retreat the weekend after the sixth session.

This course is offered in English.

Cost : $600
Insurance receipts are available.

What to expect when signing-up:
When you click register you’ll be taken to our Mindbody Online site where you’ll be asked to create an account and provide some basic information. Once you’ve completed that process you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a questionnaire to help us ensure you’re a good fit for the program. Once the course facilitator has reviewed your info they will get in touch and confirm your suitability.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ or contact us.

Instructors


Dr. Joe Flanders

Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of Mindspace and an assistant professor in the McGill University Psychology Department. Dr. Flanders offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Flanders works with clients in English and in French.

Amy Dhindsa

Amy was trained as a mindfulness teacher for both the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada. Her interest in mindfulness practices was ignited in her teens as a track and field enthusiast and continues to this day. She has a particular interest in bringing mindfulness practices, both the sitting aspects and the moving aspects (through dance) to the full age span she works with, in her mindfulness work and her speech therapy offerings.

Andrew Rose

Andrew is the Directory of Programming and Psychedelics at Mindspace, and a mindfulness teacher. Has been practicing meditation since 2002, having studied mainly in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition before becoming interested in the clinical applications of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He founded Presence Meditation in 2017 with Mindspace's Dr. Joe Flanders where he led meditation every day for almost two years before joining the team at Mindspace full time. He completed the teacher training intensive in MBSR with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in 2018. In addition to managing Mindspace's programming and teaching MBSR, Andrew oversees Mindspace's new psychedelics program, and sees individual clients for one-on-one mindfulness training and coaching around psychedelic harm reduction and integration.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Should I take MBSR or MBCT?

    MBSR is open to anyone who is interested in decreasing stress and learning a new way of relating skillfully to their experience. It is not recommended for individuals with recurrent clinical anxiety or depression, but rather is meant to help improve management of everyday stressors (e.g., work, relationships, health).

    In contrast, MBCT is designed specifically to help prevent relapse in individuals who have struggled with acute/clinical anxiety or depression. If you’ve been treated for an anxiety disorder or for one ore more depressive episodes in the past, and are ready to learn new skills for preventing further episodes, MBCT is for you.

    MBSR and MBCT teachers will confirm participant eligibility at the mandatory orientation session one week prior to the start of the program.

  • Do I need to know anything about mindfulness or meditation to take your courses?

    No, Intro to Mindfulness, Individual Training and our MBSR program are ideal places to start, but all our programs are suitable for people with no experience in meditation or mindfulness. MBCT is designed specifically for individuals recovering from recurrent clinical anxiety or depression.

  • Why do I have to attend an orientation session prior to starting the group?

    Mindspace wants to make sure that each participant has a good experience in the MBSR, MBCT or MSC program. The orientation session provides a chance for you to see for yourself what the program is about, so that you can make an informed decision. Likewise, if the instructor determines that MBSR, MBCT or MSC may not be the right fit at the right time for you, we’ll make sure to orient you toward the best alternative.