‌Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Are you struggling with managing stress while juggling increasing demands at home or work, or perhaps dealing with chronic pain or health challenges, or just wanting to address a nagging sense of dissatisfaction? If so, this course may be for you. Through practicing a series of mindfulness-based exercises and strategies under expert supervision, participants will to learn to manage stress more effectively to enhance wellbeing. 

NOTE: This MBSR course is designed by the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and has been extensively researched and field tested since. The course is facilitated by a qualified MBSR Instructor and professor at UFV, Dr. Seonaigh MacPherson, who will be mentored by a physician and professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Pat Rockman, an MBSR/MBCT specialist. This course will complete Dr. MacPherson’s MBSR certification process with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. Please note that the first class is free of charge and involves an orientation and short interview. Participation in all classes is mandatory, as are the sequence of home practices and exercises.

Dates and costs:

Abbotsford, Clearbrook Centre
Tuesday, January 17-Orientation

Tuesdays, January 24-March 14, 2017
(6:30-9 pm & Saturday: 8:30 am-12:30 pm on March 11)
Tuition: $290.00

Chilliwack - CEP Campus
Tuesday, March 21-Orientation

Tuesdays, March 28-May 23, 2017
(6:30-9 pm & Saturday: 8:30 am-12:30 pm on May 13)
Tuition: $290.00


Seonaigh MacPherson, Ph.D.,

Seonaigh MacPherson is an Associate Professor with the University of the Fraser Valley and Head of the Department of Adult Education. She has studied and practiced mindfulness for almost 40 years, including a total of three years in which she lived with Tibetans in the Indian Himalayas. She has studied with leading teachers in mindfulness and contemplative education, including HH the Dalai Lama, Susan Wood, Dr. Arthur Zajonc, and Jon Kabat Zinn.

Audio files:


Breathing-short practice.mp3

Guided Sitting Meditation

30-Minute Sitting Practice

20-Minute Sitting Practice With Intense Physical Sensations‌ 


Mindful Movement (Part 1)


Mindful Movement (Part 2)


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