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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Chicago

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.

Upcoming MBSR online program

Rush's 8-week, 9-session MBSR online program begins on September 2, 2020.


  • Free orientation session: Wednesday, September 2, 12 – 1 p.m. or 5 – 6 p.m.
    • Attendance at either orientation session is required for participation in the course
  • MBSR morning program: Wednesday mornings; September 9 – October 28; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • MBSR evening program: Wednesday evenings; September 9 – October 28; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Retreat day: Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Program fee

  • $225 for the 8-week, 9-session course
  • Program is free for Rush University students and residents
  • Rush employees may be covered by LEAP benefit


To register, please contact Lisa Selefski at (312) 942-0118 or A Zoom link will be sent for the orientation and weekly sessions following registration.


  • Rebecca Bunn, MA, LCPC, Manager of Mindfulness, Road Home Program, RUMC
  • Susan Gray, NBC-HWC, Mindfulness Instructor, Road Home Program, RUMC

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.