You may view the class waiver here, which will be distributed, signed, and collected on the first day of class. Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is flourishing worldwide. This 8 –week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience. Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration. A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.
Benefits of MBSR: Participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course contributes to:
1. Reduced stress and chronic pain
2. Improved mood
3. Overcoming sleep problems
4. Decreased anxiety
5. Increased immunity
6. Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
7. Healthy aging
In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes, and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:
1. Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
2. Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
3. Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
4. Awareness of thoughts and emotions
5. Increase compassion for ourselves and others
6. Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
7. Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest
Schedule: 8-week course from 6:00 - 8:30pm (except for class 1, which will end at 9pm)
Wednesday section: Sept 23 (6-9pm), Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18
Thursday section: Sept 24 (6-9pm), Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19
Retreat on Sun Nov 8, 9-3 pm (both sections)
About the Instructor
The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for scientific studies on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at U of Massachusetts, as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years, and has taught MBSR for the last 4 years.
"Dr. Lin is a wonderful, caring, respectful and well-prepared instructor and did a fantastic job teaching this class. I particularly appreciated her taking time to answer questions in a thoughtful way. This, along with the content of what she said, was most enlightening for me, because I have begun to pause and take more time in my own communications with other people." -Spring 2015
"Elizabeth is a welcoming and receptive instructor and communicated her own enthusiasm for a mindfulness approach to life in general. I liked how she used her own experience as a student of mindfulness over many years." -Spring 2015
"Elizabeth is wonderful. She walks the talk which is just as important as being the excellent MBSR instructor that she is." -Spring 2015
"Elizabeth is very thoughtful, non-judgmental, humble, and caring." -Spring 2015
If you are a professional working with children and families, especially high-risk families, you may qualify for one of our financial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for our Fall MBSR class is 8/23. Any applications received past this date will be considered on a space available basis. We will notify you no later than 9/2 of our decision. Thank you again, we look forward to considering your application!