Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in 1979 at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. In the beginning people learned how to change their orientation to the stressors in their lives and along with stress levels improving, there were also observations that many physical ailments improved or resolved completely. Through the research of Richard Davidson, PhD at The University of Wisconsin and many others, this course has been instrumental in making the connection between the mind and the body in the practice of Western medicine. There are now a multitude of well-established neurological and inflammatory pathways that demonstrate the connection between the brain and the immune system, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, and hormonal balance.

MBSR joins the disciplines of mindfulness meditation and yoga (or mindful movement). These ancient disciplines are taught in an 8-week class format where students meet weekly and have assigned home practice in between sessions. Students cultivate an awareness of mind-body unity. They begin to see how unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical and spiritual health. Waking up to sympathetic (fight, flight or freeze) responses that unconsciously “run the show ”, it becomes possible to invite a calmer, (parasympathetic) orientation to life. This results overall in less pain and suffering.

This course is taught around the world in hospitals and other large institutions to smaller offices using many different languages always with the same results. Beth Claxton, MD has undergone extensive training since 2013 with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Florence Meleo-Meyer, and Saki Santorelli, to name a few, to teach this course.

Upcoming Course Dates

Fall 2021

  • October 8 – Orientation
  • October 21 – December 16, Thursdays 9-11:30 AM
  • All Day Class – December 4

Winter 2022

  • January 7 – Orientation
  • January 13 – March 3, Thursdays 4-6:30 PM
  • All Day Class – February 19

Summer 2022

  • May 27 – Orientation
  • June 1 – July 20, Wednesdays 5-7:30 PM
  • All Day Class – July 9

Holiday 2022

  • October 7 – Orientation
  • October 13 – December 8 4-6:30 PM
  • All Day Class – November 19

Class Notes

  • All classes online until further notice
  • Times and dates subject to change
  • Zoom links provided closer to the course date via email, Instagram, and Facebook
  • There is a 10 person minimum for class to run
  • Cost $500 (included in FFM annual membership package)

This course will be held online. Registration is required through our patient portal. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Beth Claxton, MD

What they’re saying:

“They say that the practice of anesthesia is a mixture of 99% boredom and 1% terror. I have found that my practice of meditation provides respite from both of these stresses of my work life. Whenever I ask a patient to take a breath while listening to their lungs, I close my eyes as I mirror their inspiration and expirations. My mind and body loosen and I feel more grounded and slowed for the rest of the interaction and the day.”

-Dr. David Kumasaka

“This course has had a profound impact on my mental health. More than meds and therapy have done. I now feel I have a tool that I know works. Thank you for everything you have done and opening this world to me. “


“I think there isn’t a single person on the planet who wouldn’t benefit from this course. I would describe it as an introduction to self-exploration. Although challenging, the benefits are immense.”

-Lindsey Watson

“Life Changing. I have gained a new respect and love for myself. I have confidence that I can live a life without pharmaceuticals to handle pain and anxiety.”