MBSR Program in English (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

« If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.»

Wu Men

During the last 43 years, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have spread exponentially, creating tremendous access to mindfulness for people alle over the planet.

The MBSR program is built over eight weeks and allows the development of mindfulness, i.e. the quality of presence, moment after moment, whatever the experience of the moment is.

Anchored in the integrative medicine vision, it conveys powerful tools for the body as well as the mind. The MBSR approach consists of a set of meditative practices to create beneficial conditions, related to thoughts, emotions, body sensations and actions towards better physical or mental health and stress reduction.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical University (USA) in the 80ies and has spread in Europe since then. Its benefits are evidence-based in many medical fields.

It should be noted that the program is independent of any spiritual commitment and is strongly anchored in a rational, contemporary and secular approach. It is therefore opened to everyone, with or without previous meditation practice.

How does the program work?

Participants of an MBSR program meet for weekly sessions of 2.5 hours. Each MBSR session includes meditative practices that allow becoming aware of our functioning in « automatic pilot » mode, mental ruminations, body sensations, and daily life behaviors.

The program is practice-based: in addition to the 8-week sessions, it includes a one-day retreat and daily exercises.

The key components are:

  • Guided meditation practices
  • Simple movement exercises, such as yoga or qi gong
  • Theoretical inputs
  • Group sharing
  • Daily individual practices

To enroll, you must commit to attending all 8 sessions and the one-day retreat, as well as doing the daily exercises.

Who can benefits?

Anyone who feels ready and affected by some of the following situations can benefit from the MBSR program:

  • Stress: at work, family, school,…
  • Burnout, depression, anxiety
  • Excessive perfectionism, restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Eating disorders
  • Pain and other chronic situations

Please note that when a person asks to join an MBSR group, the final decision is made by the instructor, through a preliminary telephone interview.

Important: certain physical or psychological fragilities might not be compatible with the program. This is to be discussed with the instructor during the preliminary interview.

Orientation session

In order to finalize your registration, you are asked to participate in a 1h30 orientation session. This session allows you to:

  • Understand the content, principles and origin of the MBSR program
  • Meet the instructor
  • Get a practical experience in mindfulness meditation
  • Know the practical implications of following the program
  • Ask any questions you may have

Following this orientation session, you will be asked to have a brief telephone interview with the instructor. This allows us to better establish the framework of future work, clarify certain medical points, know each other and answer your questions.

The instructors

Jean-Philippe Jacques, PharmD, PhD, certified MBSR teacher
Jean-philippe has an initial training in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Biology. He did research for over 12 years before moving to medical training and Humanitarian activities. He started meditation and Taiji Quan in 1995 and instructed Taiji for many years. He started Ressource Mindfulness, as a Mindfulness Based Intervention Center in 2009 and has been a certified MBSR and MBCT instructor since 2011.

Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor, MD, PhD, MBSR teacher in training
Ahmad is a medical doctor and an epidemiologist. He attended an MBSR course in 2013 and since then, he has regularly participated in meditation courses, retreats and drop-in sessions, and has continued his own mindfulness practice. He started a part-time Master’s Program in Mindfulness at Bangor University in 2019 with the orientation to teach mindfulness. He would like to spread his knowledge and expertise on mindfulness.


Next Online MBSR group

February to April 2023

Details and registration

« We put a lot of efforts into improving the external conditions of our existence, but in the end it is always our mind that experiences the world and translates it into well-being or suffering.

If we change the way we perceive things, we change the quality of our life.

And this change is the result of a training of the mind that we call meditation. »

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Founder and Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Details and registration

Next Online MBSR group: February to April 2023, Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Detailed dates of the sessions:

  • February 06, 13, 27 (no session on Feb 20)
  • March 06, 13, 20, 27
  • April 03

Frequency: 8 online weekly sessions of 2.5 hours and a presential one day retreat in Geneva.

Date of the one day retreat: Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Online orientation session: Monday January 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. If you are not available on that date, we arrange a telephone interview with the instructor.

Public: open to all, with or without previous meditation practice.

Fee: CHF 640.- (includes the 8 sessions of the program, the day of the retreat, the evaluation interview, the paper and audio documents, and access to the participants’ area of the website). Reduced rate of CHF 520.- upon request (AI, unemployment, students, etc.). Please note that some health insurance companies reimburse part of the cost of participation in an MBSR program.

Registration: via the form below.

Information: frederic@ressource-mindfulness.ch

Registration form - MBSR program - February to April 2023

This form allows us to get to know each other.
- A deposit of CHF 250.- is requested at the time of your pre-registration. It is fully refunded if you decide not to attend or if we do not validate your participation.
- All information you provide remains strictly confidential.
- After submitting your form, you will automatically receive a confirmation of receipt from us with a copy of your form. Please check your SPAM folder if necessary.

    I agree to pay a deposit of CHF 250.- within 10 days of sending this pre-registration form. If my registration is confirmed following the preliminary interview, I agree to pay the balance of the registration fee before the start of the program. This deposit will be fully refunded if I decide not to attend or if my participation is not confirmed during the pre-registration interview. In case of cancellation after the orientation session, the pre-registration fee will not be refunded, except in case of force majeure or medical certificate.

IMPORTANT: Once you have send the registration form, you will automatically receive a confirmation pop up. It that is not the case, then please go through the questionnaire again and fill in all the blanks.

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