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8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) English Session Online

January 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - March 22, 2023 @ 8:30 pm UTC-5


The 8-week stress reduction course, including a 90-minute orientation and day-long retreat, is based on in-depth training in mindfulness. 26 CEUs upon completion.

Attendees must attend the 90-minute Orientation:
Orientation Session
January 18, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST – ONLINE

Class Dates and Times:
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST
Wednesday, January 25
Wednesday, February 01, 08, 15, 22
Wednesday, March 01, 08, 15

Day Long Retreat
February 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Attendees must complete a Pre-Course Questionnaire.

Today MBSR is taught to people throughout the world who are experiencing challenges in all areas of life. The motivation for many to enroll in MBSR begins with a sense of wanting to live in a way that incorporates key aspects of mindfulness, presence, awareness, and a sense of being in touch with oneself.

Through the regular training in mindfulness that this MBSR course offers, participants become familiar with their own behavior patterns, especially in relation to stressful situations. They also learn that though they cannot always change the circumstances in which they find themselves, they can choose how to respond to them. In MBSR this process is described as going from reacting to responding, with the latter involving a clearer perception of the circumstances through being in touch with the thoughts, sensations, and emotions that are present.

Learning Objectives

1. A broad repertoire of informal and formal meditation and mindfulness practices and cultivate a systematic way to integrate them into their everyday lives.

2. Approach your life with more composure, energy, understanding, and enthusiasm.

3. Develop the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful
situations, gaining insight into response rather than reaction.

4. Enhance your ability to manage and reduce pain levels.

5. Improve your focus, resilience, and capacity to recover quickly from challenging events.

6. Cultivate a natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

7. Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and
illness, and enhancing well-being

8. Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of life, and to facilitate more effective and mindful communication

Event Details

January 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm UTC-5
March 22, 2023 @ 8:30 pm UTC-5
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Partner Profile

The HeartWell Institute

The HeartWell Institute

Registered Jul 2022
Teaching Partner


The HeartWell Institute is a BIPOC woman-led educational institution, positioned to bring personal, relational, and collective healing to the community. We have designed a curriculum that is sensitive to multiple cultures, trauma-informed, and is skilled at bringing participants together to move forward as part of a larger community, with an open mind, compassionate heart, acceptance of the conditioning of ourselves and others, and the need to become agents of change. Zayda Vallejo, MLitt is Co-founder and Executive Director of The HeartWell Institute in Worcester, MA. A Certified MBSR instructor, for the past 20 years Zayda has been teaching classes, mentoring professionals, and conducting trainings in MBSR at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard University Medical School, the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD, and Mindfulness Kids Miami. She teaches 5- and 7- day MBSR guided silent retreats. She also holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga. Zayda is a co-author of Treating Co-Occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders, and Moment-to-Moment in Women’s Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program. Zayda designed the “Mindfulness Immersion” training program, which she has taught for the past six years to educators, psychologists, and social workers. She is co-author of the Compassionate Consciousness Framework and the “Mindfulness as a Catalyst for Equity and Collective Healing” training program.




Worcester, MA, United States