Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a structured 8 week program. Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Medical School of the University of Massachusetts, MBSR is highly respected in the medical community and is widely taught throughout the US and internationally. It does not replace traditional medical or psychological treatment, but is offered as a complement and has been shown to help with many conditions, such as: anxiety, high blood pressure, stress due to finances or work or family issues, headaches, chronic illness, chronic pain, sleep problems, and others.
Classes include meditation, discussion, introduction of mindfulness concepts and their effects on the body, and mindfulness exercises.
There is a required orientation meeting, eight two hour class sessions, a silent retreat that lasts most of the day, and assignments between the class sessions. It is a rigorous program and requires commitment. However, it is the gold standard of modern mindfulness training and well worth the effort.