The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is an integrative, participant-centred approach to stress management and to date is the longest standing, most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide. The programme was founded in 1979 by Emeritus Professor of Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

People participate for reasons as diverse as:

  • Stress — job, family or financial
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Those who want to learn how to live more mindfully.

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday. The highly participatory, practical program includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CD’s and a home practice manual

The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

The South African MBSR programmes are modelled on the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and are offered in the following areas:

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town Central

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Cape Town, Facilitators: Dr Simon Whitesman MBChB & Linda Kantor MA (Counselling Psychologist) (both Simon & Linda are Certified MBSR Instructors), Tel: (021) 480 6177 / (021) 424 7914, e-mail: lynne@mbsr.co.za, website www.mbsr.co.za

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Vredehoek, Facilitators: Debbie Grusd and Denise Washkansky, Tel: (021) 433 0791, e-mail: info@beingmindful.co.za, website: www.beingmindful.co.za

Northern Suburbs

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Durbanville Medi-Clinic, Facilitator: Dr Annelie van Breda PhD (Psychologist), Tel: 0861 266 563, e-mail: analisa@mweb.co.za

Southern Suburbs

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Claremont, Cape Town, Facilitators: Mandy Johnson (SACAP Depth Coach and Facilitator) and Danielle Klemp (MBChB), cell: 082 568 4806 (Mandy) or 072 299 2553 (Danielle), e-mail: mandy.j@telkomsa.net or danielleklemp@gmail.com, website: www.mbsr-south.co.za

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Facilitator: Anneke Barnard, Counselling Psychologist Tel: 082 498 7112, e-mail: a.k@mweb.co.za  website: www.mindfulnessinaction.co.za

Stellenbosch

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Stellenbosch, Facilitator: Sindi van Heerden (Educational Psychologist), cell: 072 422 8444; e-mail: sindivanheerden@gmail.com

Paarl

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Paarl, Facilitator: Liza Hamman, cell: 072 990 8590, e-mail: info@essentialmindfulness.co.za, website: www.essentialmindfulness.co.za

Somerset West

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Facilitator: Dr Lydia Altini, Medical Doctor, Tel: 021 855 0911/ 083 302 2184, e-mail: lydia@realwisdom.co.za, website: www.realwisdom.co.za

KNYSNA

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Facilitator: Anneke Barnard, Counselling Psychologist Tel: 082 498 7112, e-mail: a.k@mweb.co.za, website: www.mindfulnessinaction.co.za

JOHANNESBURG

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Fourways, Facilitator: Nico Brink (Clinical Psychologist), cell: 082 562 9449, website: www.mindfulliving.co.za

PRETORIA

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Facilitator: Hettie Mathie (Registered Counsellor), cell: 083 625 7683, e-mail: connect.mindfulnesstraining@gmail.com, website: www.mindfulnesstraining.co.za

EAST LONDON

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Facilitators: Barbara Gerber (Counselling Psychologist) and Janine Kirby (Family Practitioner and Homeopath), website: www.mindfulness-el.blogspot.com

DURBAN

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Durban, Facilitator: Juanita Naidoo Rea (Holistic Education Consultant, certified MBSR instructor through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, UK). Cell: 084 357 4317, E-mail: juanita@edusoil.com, Website www.edusoil.com (Juanita also facilitates MBSR programmes in Johannesburg)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, Durban, KZN. Facilitators: Liz Witherspoon and Julie Elliott. Contact: Liz (078) 4662504 liz@simplicitycoaching.co.za or Julie (083) 6013526 julie@simplicitycoaching.co.za Website: www.simplicitycoaching.co.za