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MaineHealth Corporate

Midcoast Region

Virtual Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course


with Mary Bitterauf, BS, CHES, Coulombe Center for Health Improvement

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 17, 2020 , runs for 9 weeks

The 9-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course is designed to help you cope more effectively with both long and short term stressors. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been scientifically proven to enhance pain management and reduce pain levels, improve focus, resilience and the capacity to recover more quickly from challenging life events. Taught by a certified MBSR teacher, instruction involves mindful meditation practices, discussion, gentle stretching and yoga (appropriate for all fitness levels). The instructor will send out information to all participants on how to join the Zoom MBSR course


Class Schedule:

You will have two sessions to choose from: Morning or evening

Introduction to MBSR(optional, not orientation): June 10th, 5:30-6:30pm. This presentation is open to the general public

Orientation: June 17th, 9:30-10:30am or 5:30-6:30 pm (If unable to attend orientation, you will need a phone interview with instructor prior to first class on June 24th) 

Wednesdays: June 24th- August 1st 2020, 9:30-11:30am or 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Saturday Retreat: August 1st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Attendance is required at the first class and Saturday retreat. 

Location: Virtual, through Zoom Meeting


Cost: $125 - This class is proudly sponsored by the Coulombe Center and is offered at a significantly reduced rate. Scholarships are available. 


Questions? Call 207-563-4269 or email 


MBSR Class Expectations: 

Before you enroll in the 9-week MBSR course we ask that you please consider the following time commitments:

•Participants are asked for a commitment to attend all eight morning or evening classes and one four-hour long Saturday retreat.

•We encourage 45-60 minutes daily meditation at least six days per week for the full eight weeks.

Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one, and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out time from other activities. Once you taste the benefits of MBSR, then you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.

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