Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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Mindfulness Overview

What is MBSR?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, is an 8-week course that teaches the scientifically-backed implementation of mindfulness and mindful living.  It helps you to better manage stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and so much more, by being present, aware and open to the present moment.  MBSR will give you the tools you need to bring the practice of mindfulness into your life. 

Who is it for?

MBSR can be of benefit to adults experiencing anxiety or stress from the combination of work and caring for others and those who are living with severe chronic pain or a serious diagnosis.  Health care professionals will find experience of MBSR useful both for addressing their own stress and as a supplemental, alternative approach for their patients that does not involve medication and instead relies on cultivating the patient’s own internal resources.

MBSR is highly respected within the medical community. Offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement, it has proven to be effective in helping to treat many conditions. 

Ask about receiving credits for mental health professionals and nurses!


information session

This is a FREE 90 minute informational session.  Attendance at one of the free orientation sessions is strongly recommended.  During orientation you will learn what to expect during an MBSR class.  It will give you a chance to ask question and determine if the program is right for you.  There will be an opportunity to meet briefly in private with the instructor.


MBSR 8WK Course

This course is a set of 8, 2 1/2 hour classes that meet each week; plus 1 day mini retreat on a weekend.  You will learn the practices of meditation, gentle yoga and body awareness.  Exploration through group dialog different ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday life.  You will receive guided recordings to create a structured home practice to help you make mindfulness your own.

Meditation Sessions

Weekly Meditation Oasis

Take a break during your busy week and treat yourself to an hour of calm and relaxation in this meditation session. 

You don’t need to know how to meditate.  You won’t have to sit in some uncomfortable position.

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Phone: 781.856.6144




Kristen Beard

Qualified MBSR Instructor

I first encountered mindfulness over 25 years ago.  I was working full time, finishing my master’s thesis in electrical engineering and struggling to care for my aging parents and a mentally ill sister.  Someone saw that I was struggling, offered to teach me how to meditate, and it stuck.  I’ve had a regular practice ever since.  Meditation and yoga became the anchor I needed to navigate my life.

Then several years ago, a friend whose loved one was seriously ill and in pain asked me if I could teach him to meditate.  I didn’t know how.  

This led me to find for a way to offer others what I had been given.  I chose to become an MBSR instructor because it is a secular, evidence-based curriculum that teaches people to use their own innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain and illness.  

From my own experience, it works.

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8 Week Course

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information session, Free 1 ½ hour

Come to one of these free classes to learn more about Mindfulness and what an MBSR class is like.

If you want to:

  • Learn ways to cope with stressful situations
  • Improve your ability to manage and reduce chronic pain levels
  • Recover more quickly from life’s challenges

No experience necessary and all questions are welcome.  

There will be an opportunity to meet with me privately after class.

  • Information 1, Monday, August 27th  7:15 PM – 8:30
  • Information 2, Monday September 10th  7:15 PM – 8:30

Classes, Monday evenings 7:15-9:30 PM

  • Week1 September 17
  • Week2 September 24
  • Week3 October 1
  • Week4 October 8
  • Week5 October 15
  • Week6 October 22
  • All-Day October 28, Sunday, (6 hours)
  • Week7 October 29
  • Week 8 November 5


  • Information Session - Free
  • 8 classes + mini retreat - $395.  Includes homework materials and practice recordings.
  • Early Bird Registration before September 1 - $345 
  • $50 deposit to reserve your space
  • Full Payment due no later than September 10th

Cancellation policy

  • Full refund when notification is received at least 7 days before the Class 1 start date
  • A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from refund when notification is received less than 7 days before the Class 1 start date
  • Once classes begin refunds are not available except in the case of severe illness.  Payment received can be applied to a future course
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Weekly Meditation Oasis

Take a break during your busy week and treat yourself to an hour of calm and relaxation in this meditation session. 

You don’t need to know how to meditate.  You won’t have to sit in some uncomfortable position.


Things we will be doing:

Breathing and gentle yoga stretches 

Exploring meditation techniques 

Enjoying guided meditations

There will be time to reflect or ask questions at the end.


Alleviate stress and promote inner calm for an hour. 

$10 per class, must register

Register Now!

Every Tuesday at 12pm and Thursday at 6pm.

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