What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of being mindful.   Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.  Our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and stresses can have a tremendous impact on our health and wellness.

Mindfulness is also a practice, aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.  It allows us to more clearly respond to the challenges and stresses in our lives, make wiser choices and promote our own health and well-being.  In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.  This is an opportunity to rediscover yourself and to access the qualities and strengths you possess deep inside. 

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that mindfulness stress-reduction program strongly shows that individuals who learn and practice mindfulness are more likely to have better health than those who do not. At Wen Zen Wellness, our program is intended to develop the innate ability to cultivate mindfulness over mindlessness - those moments when we are unaware of how our habits are overriding our deeper intentions, how our emotions may be leading us astray, and when we are not in our own best interests. Often, these are the moments that contribute most to our suffering.

MBSR is highly respected within the medical community. Offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement, it is proven to be effective in helping to treat the conditions shown here. For journal articles and citations on the benefits of mindfulness practice, visit this page.

  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Work, Family and Financial Stress
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Eating Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Grief
  • Headaches
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Pain
  • Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sleep Problems


Program Structure and Commitment

The MBSR Program Consists Of:

  • Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
  • Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each (26 hours direct instruction)
  • One All-Day Silent Retreat (between classes 6 and 7)
  • Daily home practice assignments 


Program Cost

The program fee for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group class is $500.00.

To get the best benefits from the program a commitment to attend all classes and home practice up to 1/2 hour per day is suggested.



After a prolonged illness, I thought that becoming mindful and relaxed might help with healing.  I reached out to Wendy and took the eight week MBSR course.  Due to Covid-19, we were forced to move our training online.  Wendy did a great job teaching MBSR online as well as in person.  After the eight weeks I had plenty of tools to help with stress and to calm myself when needed.  The videos and workbook help to reinforce what I learned.  Wendy is a passionate and compassionate teacher.  I would recommend MBSR to anyone wanting a little more peace in their life.

B. Good