MBSR: An 8-Week Health Education Course

In Person ~ Downtown Wenatchee

Schedule:  Fall 2023 Dates TBA

Registration Extended through Sunday, March 26th @ 5pm, PST

Mindfulness is paying attention, in the present moment, on purpose, and non-judgmentally.

It is certainly safe to say that stress is happening for all of us on some level, and we all have habits around stress or things that always set us off or make us feel “stressed.”  However, for many people today, the chronicity and toxicity of stress is so intense or habitually hard-wired, that we are literally making ourselves sick.  Stress is part of our lives more than ever before. 

Seventy-five to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.   -webMD

There is no question that the physiological stress response in our bodies is both fast and powerful and is often happening behind the scenes–without us even knowing.  What Mindfulness can teach us is that the stress response is also mediated by how we perceive what’s happening.  In other words, we feel stressed when we perceive that a situation will exceed, or has exceeded, our resources.

Every one of us has a different tipping point for stress and a personal definition of stress.  And the way in which we “see,” or perceive the world, matters.  This includes what is happening around us; at work, in our homes, our environment, in our local and larger communities, globally, and what is happening in our bodies and minds.  Mindfulness is a place where we can gain awareness and take back control over the stress, and the way we perceive stress, in our lives.

Mindfulness and meditation is also a powerful way to learn how to rest our bodies and minds.  We’ve taken to living at a non-sustainable pace that we are not adapted for and this means often that the biggest challenge is allowing ourselves to go “offline” and just be–to rest and to heal.  MBSR offers a 2-month supported environment to learn just this.

Recent research in the Body-Mind branch of medicine has given validity and credentials to this practice for the first time in our human history.  We’ve taken an ancient practice and squeezed it into a medical research model and……ta-da, now we have evidence that it works!  Many thanks to Jon Kabat- Zinn, Ph.D., who pioneered this work in the late 70’s for patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

There is so much more to read about MBSR, its origins and the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He is a prolific author, teacher and advocate for cultivating the tools of self-awareness for a better life and a better world.

Research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR):

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Increases attention and sharpens mental focus
  • Improves coping with conditions like depression and anxiety

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Is:

MBSR is an eight-week educational course designed to empower participants to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness.  The curriculum teaches body and mind awareness practices to assist people living with daily stress and those with physical or psychological related pain and illness.

This curriculum is evidence-based and is considered the gold standard to reduce stress and enhance health and well-being. For more on MBSR.

What To Expect: 

  • A self-investigative process to learn about your stress related habits and patterns. 
  • Activate your body’s natural relaxation response, turning off “fight-flight” reactivity. 
  • Deepen your Body-Mind connection and re-establish resilience, balance and a sense of well-being. 
  • Develop attentional tools to manage physical, emotional and psychological pain and suffering. 
  • Investigate the healing power of compassion in your life. 
  • Learn about mindful communication and how to be more skillful in all relationships.
  • Gain more control over the “monkey-mind”and feel empowered to live life more fully.


Even though all of our lives are full and challenges can and do arise that may thwart our best efforts, to receive the benefit from a program like MBSR, you must be ready to make your best effort. This means attending all eight class sessions, the full day of Mindfulness and engaging with the home practice as best as you can. 

The invitation is to bring a gentle but consistent effort with an open-mind and a spirit of interest and curiosity. The support from the instructor is always available to you, as is the recorded and written materials, and from the group itself, but the decision to commit to MBSR can come only from you.  Are you ready to make this happen for you?

This Course Offers:

  • A safe, supportive & structured learning environment
  • Guided mindfulness meditation practices
  • Group dialogue and discussions
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
  • PDF Workbook & access to home practice audio files

Time & Place:

We will meet 9 times total.  Each Monday for 2.5 hours per week from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm and additionally for our Day of Mindfulness retreat day.  We begin spring quarter on March 27th and end on May 15th. The classroom opens 15- minutes before class starts.  The course location for all meetings is 10 Orondo Ave Suite C, Wenatchee, WA.  This is the Midtown building and the business of Wenatchee Community Acupuncture.

In Person Learning:

While there are benefits of both online and in person learning, we are planning to be in person, for this quarter.  If for whatever reason you are only interested in online learning, please send us an email and let us know of your interest.  If you need to miss a class for any reason, and you know ahead of time, we may be able to record the session for you.  However, it is not recommended to miss more than one session.


Simply email kari@meditatewenatchee.com or call (509) 393-0585

Please Include your a.) name b.) email c.) best phone number d.) the reason you’d like to take the course and e.) any experience you have with Mindfulness.  Final step for registration will be payment made via Venmo: Kari Lyons @meditatewenatchee. See below for cost.

Payment & Cancellation Policy: 

Cost for this 27-hour course is available on a sliding scale.  The range is between $300 – $550. You decide what you can afford to pay and what feels reasonable and fair. Payment in full is preferred at time of registration. If this is not possible, we also offer a zero interest 3-installment payment plan over the course of the 8-week program.  There are also two partial scholarship slots for this course.  Contact us for details and eligibility.

Cancellation: If you have paid upon registration, you are eligible for a full refund if you cancel within 7 business days of the first class.  After that time, you can choose to be enrolled in a future class or lose your payment if you decide the course is not for you.  

Who this class is for: 

This adult class is open to the general public and is taught in English. Come join us in a learning adventure!  

 Join The Mindfulness Movement–here and now!


What Previous MBSR Students Are Saying:

Lauren says…
“Generally I have greatly enjoyed the course and am glad I participated.  
It has certainly been a journey – from enthusiasm and a push forward attitude, to hesitance and frustration, to realization and compassion for myself.  I truly appreciate your wisdom and sincerity, calmness, and positive attitude, it has helped me avoid feeling judged and allowed me to learn.”
Jacinda says…
“It has been wonderful. A time and commitment, with the accountability of a group, to focus on myself and inward. It’s been reassuring. Slowing down has been such a beautiful thing. I got more out of it than what I put into it. I (now) know myself better. I have a wider range of tools to draw from to help with all of life. 
Kari’s teaching, her particular ability to hold space for each of us individually and help us grow to our edges with such grace and compassion, was a gift. Her availability and support made the process easier and provided space to be vulnerable. Her non-judgement and acceptance of each of us made it easier to be compassionate with myself. The deep sharing of others in the group was invaluable in my own growth.”
Dale says…
“Very positive for sure.  I took a similar course 20 yrs ago, and that one probably changed the course of my life, for the better!  Because of that experience, I was in a better mental place before I started this class, so the change from week 1 to week 8 was not as profound this time, but still I noticed the change.  The big takeaway for me is that this course illuminated that I have a lot more stressors in my life than I realize and how important staying mindful is going to be for the rest of my life.
Chip says…
“Learning to enjoy this life even though it is not the way the reality is right now…there are challenges with life not being the way it used to be, and the challenge is to move forward with grace, acknowledging the loss that the change brings as well as the joy of finding new things.  This Mindfulness will help me take the time to bathe in the sun even when it is raining.”


Disclaimer: MBSR is an educational tool and is not meant as medical or mental health advice or treatment.  The information contained in this website by Meditate Wenatchee, is for general informational purposes only.