Mindfulness-Based Programs: Mind-Body Health

Mindfulness-Based Training Programs

The Mindfulness Center at Brown offers evidence-based mindfulness training for individuals and organizations. Our programs are offered: in-person, locally, nationally, internationally, and live-online.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 

MBSR is an 8-week evidence-based, experiential program designed to provide participants with intensive and systematic training in mindfulness meditation and movement practices, and integrating into one’s daily life what is discovered and learned through the process of participating in the program.

Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction (MBSR) is based on ancient contemplative practices integrated with western medical approaches by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. MBSR is an 8-week program of systematic training in mindfulness meditation employing both formal and informal practices. The experiential program harnesses inner resources and cultivates resilience.

MBSR has been researched over 40 years and consistently delivers positive outcomes associated with increased self-awareness and emotional and attentional regulation. In addition, outcomes have included reductions in symptoms for various physical and behavioral health conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, and hypertension. 

Join us to explore how mindfulness may support you in living life more fully, with greater ease and joy.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs are available at the Mindfulness and Health Institute


MBCT - A Mindful Approach to Depression and Anxiety

Experiences of recurrent depression and anxiety can leave one feeling exhausted, uncertain about how to move forward or get unstuck, and like life has lost its color. There are evidence based approaches that are effective and empowering to help you break free from patterns that contribute to repeated and prolonged episodes of depression and anxiety.  MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) combines training in mindfulness meditation practices with principles from cognitive therapy. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize and contribute to mood states while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. Cultivating mindfulness offers possibilities and potential for living life in new ways; for learning new skills and wholly new ways of working with and befriending your mind. 

MBCT Programs are available at the Mindfulness and Health Institute


Mindfulness-Based Silent Retreats

Attending a silent retreat provides an opportunity to give moment-to-moment attention to mindfulness practice over the course of a number of uninterrupted days, thus deeply exploring awareness, experience, and the intrinsic relationship between them. Such times of dedicated mindfulness practice support deepening and widening into an every moment of our lives. Our retreats are designed to be rigorous and intensive but also nourishing and reflective. 

This mindfulness meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting, walking meditation, and yoga as well times for practice discussions. Each day there will be a talk and systematic meditation instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness that are embedded in loving-kindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and foster the depth of practice.

Retreats are available at the Mindfulness and Health Institute


Teacher Training: Certificate in MBSR Teaching

The Mindfulness Center at Brown provides training opportunities for those aspiring to become MBSR teachers, as well as those who already teach MBSR and wish to further their learning. 

Whether you are beginning the teacher-training pathway in MBSR or looking to refine specific teaching skills, the Mindfulness Center at Brown has options to support your learning. Each step of the formal training process engages a trainee in a variety of domains, including:

  • Developing competencies as an MBSR teacher;
  • Cultivating skills for either the classroom or private practice;
  • Deepening knowledge in the areas of science, ethos, pedagogy, best practices and public health; and
  • Strengthening one’s personal practice through the lens of MBSR.

With a commitment to meeting the whole person, our intention is to address individual learning needs and encourage the unique resources and capacities of each person.  Learn more about our expanded curricula  in the Certificate in MBSR Teacher and about supportive professional continuing education programs offered in partnership with the School of Professional Studies.

MBSR Teacher Training is available at the Brown School of Professional Studies


Professional Training Tailored to Your Organization

Mindfulness in the Workplace and Leadership Training

One critical foundation for extraordinary leadership, optimal performance, sustainability and well-being is the quality of awareness that allows us to see clearly, understand fully and respond appropriately to whatever arises in our work and life. This is mindfulness. Mindfulness can be strengthened through training and practice, and when the training is rooted in rigorous research and delivered by certified teachers working alongside the researchers, individuals and organizations can trust the credibility and value of their investment.


Mindfulness for Healthcare

Working in today’s healthcare climate is challenging at best. Administrative burdens, staff shortages, individual patients and communities facing complex conditions and overwhelming schedules can lead to exhaustion, burnout and a turning away from the deep desire to help that often brings individuals to this noble profession.

Customized Mindfulness in Healthcare programs are designed to enhance the resilience and well-being of individual healthcare practitioner, treatment teams, organizations and healthcare systems overall. Quality, compassionate and skillful care are natural outcomes when healthcare practitioners are present, engaged and accessible to patients and oneself.


Mindfulness for Educators in Schools and Higher Education

Committed to addressing the physical and emotional stress inherent in teaching and being a student, we offer unique, comprehensive and mindfulness training to leaders and educators of  K-12 schools and in higher education. As educators develop a personal practice, strengthen classroom presence and share mindfulness with their students, social and emotional skills are strengthened, and students experience an improved ability to concentrate and regulate emotions, greater feelings of optimism and empathy, and decreased depressive symptoms. School leaders, educators and other members of the academic community similarly strengthen the resilience, focus and calm presence necessary for thriving in the 21st century classroom.

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