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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Chicago

This spring's mindfulness-based stress reduction program is cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check back soon for information about our summer program.


The mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Rush involves eight weekly 2 and 1/2 hour classes and one all-day weekend session.

Through guided instruction and group dialogue, you will learn a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. To help you use these skills in everyday life, you will receive a home practice manual and guided meditation recordings.

Benefits of MBSR

Evidence supports the importance of the mind-body connection. Research studies have shown this program to have the following benefits:

  • Stress reduction for acute or everyday stressors
  • Managing acute or chronic illness, including chronic pain
  • Increasing mental focus
  • Helping you play an active role in your own health and well-being

What is MBSR?

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to what is happening in your life in a nonreactive way.

More than 30 years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, developed the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program using meditative techniques to rediscover and cultivate this ability that is present in every person.