Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Online

Being mindful is the practice of being present—so simple, and so very difficult. While we want to be awake and aware in the moments of our life, too often we aren’t, and instead shift into autopilot, shut down emotionally (or become overwhelmed), or settle for simply getting through the day.

The practice of mindfulness calls on us to stop settling, and to wake up to exactly how things are right here, right now. This present moment awareness sometimes brings about relief and ease, and sometimes it doesn’t, but it always points us to a genuine experience of our own precious life.

The MBSR course is an evidence-based, intensive exploration of the practice of mindfulness, and what it means to practice mindfulness in your own life. This course is taught by Rebecca Eldridge or Margaret Fletcher, MBSR teachers and teacher trainers certified through University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, or by experienced MBSR teachers certified to teach online MBSR. The online MBSR course provides all the instruction and materials you need to practice mindfulness weekly within a group, and daily on your own. You must supply the strong commitment to stick with the course and to practice every single day—when it’s pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral.

"Margaret and Rebecca, formerly of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical, are expert online MBSR teachers and provide high level training for others to deliver the program with high integrity and depth.

-Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of MBSR and author of
Full Catastrophe Living

We will practice mindfulness in many forms (sitting, moving, walking, scanning, and so on) in class, sometimes in silence, and there will be opportunity for small and whole group sharing, checking in, asking questions, and so on. You will receive audio to guide much of your daily, at home practice. Beyond the 8-week course, you will be provided a way to continue to connect with other course participants, if you choose.

We will convene using the Zoom™ video conference platform. It is imperative that you attend the classes, but classes will be recorded for you to review if you must miss one class (if you know that you will have to miss more than one class this cycle, you are invited to participate in a future cycle; participating live in the retreat class is a must).

People participate in the MBSR course for many reasons—to relieve stress of all kinds, to soothe emotional and physical pain, to live and love more fully, to establish a regular practice of mindfulness, and more.

It’s important to take this course for your own learning and growth. Once you’ve completed the online MBSR course, you may wish to train to teach others. Completing our online MBSR course satisfies one of the requirements to enter the professional MBSR teacher training pathway through East Coast Mindfulness and other MBSR teacher training organizations.

What is required of you during the course:

  • Participate in the orientation, all eight classes, and the retreat class (all of these are online)
  • Practice daily for approximately one hour
  • Hold yourself and the other participants with respect and kind-heartedness
  • Stay curious about this live exploration
  • Be willing to be seen as human (imperfect and completely okay)
  • Stick with it for 8 weeks

What technology you will need:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability: no phones or tablets

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Our classes are limited to 25 participants

This class is self-pay (not covered by insurance). For that reason we have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

If Tier 4 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com for more information. If after the orientation you decide not to participate, you may request a prompt, full refund. No refunds will be granted once the course is underway.

TIER 1: $600 (~$19 per class hour)

TIER 2: $550 (~$18 per class hour)

TIER 3: $500 (~$16 per class hour)

TIER 4: $450 (~$15 per class hour)

REPEAT STUDENTS—all students who have previously completed the MBSR course live online or in-person with a certified MBSR teacher may retake the course for $350.

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Susan Barrett is an experienced Mindfulness teacher, certified by the Center for Mindfulness, Massachusetts (established by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn). Susan is based in County Kerry, Ireland from where she runs a range of mindfulness courses and workshops. Susan is also an MBSR Teacher Trainer in University College Cork, Ireland. Since engaging in intensive training with East Coast Mindfulness, Susan has been offering courses online and is now Certified to teach Mindfulness courses live online.

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Margaret Fletcher is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities and for her own church community. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

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Rebecca Eldridge is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who was hired in 2016 by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School to train them to deliver their first online MBSR course in a way that is effective, interactive, and fun. She holds degrees in Education, Literature, and Creative Writing. Rebecca co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

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Margaret Fletcher is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities and for her own church community. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

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  • Course Cost

    This class is self-pay (not covered by insurance). For that reason we have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover costs for our small business, to ensure adequate compensation for the instructors, and so that people with fewer financial resources can be accommodated, please pay at the highest level available to you.

    If Tier 4 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com for more information. If after the orientation you decide not to participate, you may request a prompt, full refund. No refunds will be granted once the course is underway.

    TIER 1: $600 (~$19 per class hour)

    TIER 2: $550 (~$18 per class hour)

    TIER 3: $500 (~$16 per class hour)

    TIER 4: $450 (~$15 per class hour)

    REPEAT STUDENTS—all students who have previously completed the MBSR course live online or in-person with a certified MBSR teacher may retake the course for $350.

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  • MBSR Teaching Faculty: Winter 2021
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    Susan Barrett is an experienced Mindfulness teacher, certified by the Center for Mindfulness, Massachusetts (established by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn). Susan is based in County Kerry, Ireland from where she runs a range of mindfulness courses and workshops. Susan is also an MBSR Teacher Trainer in University College Cork, Ireland. Since engaging in intensive training with East Coast Mindfulness, Susan has been offering courses online and is now Certified to teach Mindfulness courses live online.

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    Margaret Fletcher is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities and for her own church community. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

  • MBSR Teaching Faculty: Spring 2021
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    Rebecca Eldridge is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who was hired in 2016 by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School to train them to deliver their first online MBSR course in a way that is effective, interactive, and fun. She holds degrees in Education, Literature, and Creative Writing. Rebecca co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

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    Margaret Fletcher is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities and for her own church community. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret co-founded East Coast Mindfulness in 2019.

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund if you notify us via email (info@eastcoastmindfulness.com) at least 72 hours prior to the first class (this will give us time to notify anyone on the waitlist). No refunds will be granted thereafter.

Questions? Please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com


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