A willingness to commit to attending all eight classes and the all day retreat will ensure the greatest opportunity for achieving maximum benefit from the MBSR program.

Online Program Cost
$490 / person

Dates for MBSR Program for:

Term 2, 2020


Thursday evenings online
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Week 1:  April 16

Week 2: April 23
Week 3: April 30
Week 4: May 7
Week 5: May 14
Week 6: May 21
All Day Retreat Sunday May 24
Week 7: May 28
Week 8: June 4
We are pleased to announce that Maggie O’Shea will be teaching Term 2 MBSR at Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness in 2020.

If you are interested in enrolling in a day time MBSR course on Friday mornings starting 8 May 2020 at MCFM please email us at enquiry@mcfm.com.au

MBSR was established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program was developed for people suffering chronic illness and stress that was not responsive to conventional medical treatment. MBSR introduces participants to a range of mindfulness practices that foster awareness, acceptance and compassion towards their own internal experiences including thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and behaviours. There has been a significant body of research that demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of MBSR.

Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight week experiential program. In this course you will learn to cultivate life long tools that will help you live more fully with resilience and to manage better the challenges and demands of everyday life.

This program offers guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle mindful movement of the body, dialogue and discussion in a group setting.

The MBSR program involves:

  • 2½ hour classes once a week for eight weeks and a full day retreat.
  • Guided mindful meditation
  • Mindful movement practices
  • An exploration of the effects of stress on the body and mind
  • Learning tools for applying mindfulness in everyday life
  • Provides opportunities to discuss what has been experienced in the class and in home practice

We are pleased to announce that Maggie O’Shea will be teaching Term 2 MBSR at Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness in 2020.

Maggie discovered the life-changing mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn while working as an Oncology Mental Health Social Worker in 2006. Having been drawn to her first 10-day silent retreat in 1994 due to her own health and grief issues, she already understood the profound power of meditation, but the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program provided a more practical pathway to fully integrate mindfulness into her personal and professional life. After training with Jon-Kabat-Zinn and others Maggie has been teaching MBSR continuously since 2010.

How will MBSR benefit me?

  • Improved resilience in the face of stress
  • Greater sense of meaning and purpose in life
  • Increased sense of contentment with life as it is
  • Greater levels of attention and concentration
  • More self compassion
  • Greater capacity for creativity and problem solving
  • Improved immunity
  • Diminished suffering from pain and anxiety
Refund policy

If you withdraw from the course after week 1 you can obtain a refund less $50 admin fee.


Cancellations are possible five days prior to the commencement of a course or workshop, however a $25 processing fee applies in all cases.

If you are unable to complete the course due to serious illness or other crisis we are happy to review these circumstances and may provide a credit note so that you can enroll in a future course. Please email the teacher of your course as soon as you are aware that you cannot continue and your situation can be reviewed.


Courses occasionally run over school holidays and on public holidays. Please check your availability at these times.