American Univesity of Beirut

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
  • October 5, 2019 till November 30, 2019
    ACC Multipurpose Room

    What is The MBSR program?

    This scientifically evidence-based program has been developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM), University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. Through the years The MBSR became the most widely researched empirically validated mindfulness program in the world designed to help people live better with stress pain & illness. It is now extensively utilized around the globe in medical, educational, business & other settings.

    Most Participants in this program report greater emotional balance as they learn skills to reduce physical & emotional stress & to better cope with both short & long term stressful situations. They experience reduction of anxiety & worry, improved attention, concentration & better working memory, increased confidence & resilience. They perceive things differently & more clearly, act spontaneously with greater awareness, compassion & wisdom.

    MBSR serves also as a valuable complement and support to regular treatment in various medical conditions such as chronic back pain & fatigue, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, sleep disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, Arthritis, cancer, diabetes Gastrointestinal disorders, depression relapses

    Findings from the field of contemplative neuroscience indicate that when practiced regularly skills developed in this course literally rewire the brain  & lead to structural changes in areas in the brain  associated with sensory cognitive & emotional processing, boost the immune system function resulting in improved health and overall well being

    The majority of people completing the program learn how to use their innate resources & abilities to enter into a new relationship with the present moment & as they report lasting physical & psychological benefits

    Course Date & Venue

    This Course is every Saturday starting October 5 till November 30, 2019 and another round will be happening every Thursday, Starting October 3, 2019.

    Course Structure

    This Course consists of eight weeks 9 sessions of two & a half-hour weekly classes and a one day 7 hours practical class on a weekend between class 6 & class 7.

    The detailed program is as follows:

    ​ ​ ​ ​Course Schedule Round 1 - Saturdays
    MBSR Class
    DateDurationTime Location
    Saturday, October 5, 2019
    3 Hours Session
    8:30 - 12:00
    SML - Room 300
    Week 1
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 2.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 2
    Saturday, October 19, 20192.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 3
    Saturday, October 26, 20192.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 4
    Saturday, November 2, 2019
    2.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 5
    Saturday, November 9, 20192.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 6
    Saturday, November 16, 20192.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Silent Full Day Retreat
    Sunday, November 17, 20197.5 Hours Session
    Week 7Saturday, November 23, 20192.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
    Week 8
    Saturday, November 30, 20193.5 Hours Session8:30 - 12:00SML - Room 300
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    ​ ​ ​ ​ Course Schedule Round 2 - Thursdays
    OrientationThursday, October 3, 2019
    3 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30
    ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 1Thursday, October 10, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 2
    Thursday, October 17, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 3
    Thursday, October 24, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 4
    Thursday, October 31, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 5
    Thursday, November 7, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 6
    Thursday, November 14, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Silent Full Day Retreat
    Saturday, November 23, 2019
    7.5 Hours SessionTBATBA
    Thursday, November 28, 20192.5 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room
    Week 8
    Thursday, December 5, 20193 Hours Session18:30 - 21:30ACC Multipurpose Room

    Class Attendance & Home Practice

    Each of the 9-MBSR classes builds on the next & so it is important that participants make a personal commitment to attend all classes including the retreat day.

    A central feature of this course is that participants are asked to engage in 45 minutes of daily home practice, using downloadable guided meditation recordings, as well as informal practice assignments, bringing mindfulness to daily activities they are already doing. The home assignments compliment the in-class training

    The daily practice of mindfulness meditation will enable you to realize its benefits.

    Course Instructor:

    The course is taught by Wedad Dallala Bakhache, Wedad is a qualified instructor of MBSR from the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center of Mindfulness where MBSR was founded and developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.


    Regular Registration Fees are 450 USD.

    The deadline for payment is October 2, 2019, please note that places are limited to 15 participants and are on first come first serve basis.

    Register Here

    For more information about MBSR you can watch the below video by Mrs. Wedad Dallala Bakhache

    Or contact the Health & Wellness Center at AUBMC at 01-350 000 ext. 8030

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