Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending our experiences and ourselves. It means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Do you desire skills to help you cope with stress, anxiety, pain or illness?

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is practical, inspiring and transformative for those wanting to reduce job, family or health-related stress, including serious conditions. It engages participants physically, emotionally and intellectually to cultivate resilience and a greater sense of ease and effectiveness in work and life.

Kent State of Wellness is offering the MBSR program to members of the university community for free! This is your opportunity to reward yourself with the gift of mindfulness this year.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is developed by purposefully paying attention in a non-judgmental way, to what is going on in your body, your mind and in the world around you. We call this moment-to-moment awareness – mindfulness. It is about being awake and aware – living in the present – rather than stuck in dwelling in the past or anticipating the future. This observing, non-judging perspective enables one to consciously respond with clarity and focus, rather than react out of a habitual pattern.

Program Components

  • Eight weekly classes (a 2.5-hour class each week)
  • One seven-hour weekend retreat session 
  • Workbook
  • Guided instruction
  • Program is free for Kent State students, faculty and staff

To find out more, attend a free orientation session. Attendance at the orientation session is recommended to register for the course.

Registration and Class Schedule

Please note that MBSR classes are not currently being offered.

Free up your calendar for this free, eight-week program. Your mind will thank you for it!

Register here

The Evidence-Based MBSR Program:

  • Provides a safe, stimulating and enjoyable learning environment;
  • Is solidly grounded in current psychological research;
  • Integrates cognitive therapy principles into a mindfulness framework;
  • Has an immediate, practical and educative focus;
  • Can be successfully taken in conjunction with existing medical and psychological treatments

What does the course involve?

  • A 2.5-hour class once a week for eight weeks and one full day
  • Mindfulness meditation training
  • Yoga and body-awareness training
  • Exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action
  • Brief lectures and discussions
  • Individual feedback and support
  • Commitment to daily homework practice using recordings and course book

What can I expect?

Participants report:

  • Increased ability to relax
  • More energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Greater capacity to cope with short- and long-term stress
  • A lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms

Need More Information?
For more information about the MBSR program at Kent State, contact Kim Rufra, Associate Dean of Students, Recreation & Wellness Services at krufra@kent.edu.

Additional Resources


Learn more about Meditation Across Campus


Learn more about Koru Mindfulness Training