Mindfulness-Based Programs: Mind-Body Health

Ways to Learn Mindfulness

The Mindfulness Center at Brown provides a variety of educational opportunities to learn mindfulness. These trainings are appropriate for newcomers and seasoned practitioners. Our mindfulness-based programs include in-person and online classes and retreats for the public, training and certification for aspiring MBSR teachers, and customized programs for Healthcare, Workplace and Schools and Higher Education settings. Additionally, through our partners in the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, we offer programs around the world.

Programs for the Curious or Seasoned Practitioner

Choose from an array of evidenced-based mindfulness courses and programs delivered in person and live online. Our teachers are Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teachers with extensive training and experience in these transformative and life-affirming practices. Whether you are curious about mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner looking to deepen your experience of living life more awake and engaged or wishing to become an MBSR teacher, we have opportunities just for you.

MBSR Teacher Education, Development, and Certification

Whether you are beginning the teacher track in MBSR education or looking to refine specific teaching skills, the Mindfulness Center at Brown has options to support your learning. Each step of the formal educational 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. 

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 in Schools and Higher Education

Rooted in a school of public health and committed to addressing the physical and emotional stress inherent in teaching and being a student, we offer unique, comprehensive and mindfulness training to 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.