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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine
A 7-Day Professional Training Retreat with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn & Dr Saki F. Santorelli


1st November (Sunday) - 8th November (Sunday) 2009
Location:Collaroy Centre, Homestead Avenue, Collaroy, NSW, Australia.
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For 30 years, Dr, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki F. Santorelli and their colleagues at the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical School have pioneered mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine, health care, and society through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education, and leadership initiatives in corporations, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.

Since 1979, more than 17,000 people with a range of medical and psychological conditions have completed MBSR programs at the Stress Reduction Clinic. Worldwide, more than 8,000 health-care professionals have participated in Center for Mindfulness professional training programs and more than 250 clinics offer programs based on the model developed at UMASS. Since the inception of the Stress Reduction Clinic, MBSR research at UMASS and other academic medical centers has shown consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including chronic pain conditions, over the eight weeks of the MBSR program. Maintenance of these changes continues, in some cases, for up to four years of follow up. Most clinic participants experience long-lasting improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors and in perception of self. The work of the Stress Reduction Clinic has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in Bill Moyers' PBS documentary Healing and the Mind, on NBC's Dateline, on ABC's Chronicle, and on the PBS Latino community program, La Plaza.

This 7-day program is an opportunity for healthcare professionals and educators to train intensively in mindfulness meditation as it is taught at the Stress Reduction Program. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ongoing practice of the principles of mindfulness in silence, conversation, and dialogue

  • Describe mindful approaches to stress, pain, grief, and anxiety within ourselves and when working with others

  • Demonstrate the language and methods used for instructing and guiding others in the formal and informal methods of mindfulness meditation in various settings

  • Discuss research supporting the clinical value of MBSR

  • Describe the essential components of a viable mindfulness training program, including MBSR teacher readiness and competency criteria

  • Explore the ethical and moral principles and the domains of non-harming, compassion, and wisdom that underlie mindfulness practice and MBSR

This program is open to healthcare professionals and educators who come prepared for the intensive nature of the workshop and who understand the primary necessity of embodying mindfulness meditation practice in their own life before attempting to teach it to others.

The schedule and the work are rigorous and include both intensive training in mindfulness meditation and an ongoing exploration of its practical applications in health care and other settings.

Since the cardinal principle in doing this work is that it must come out of one's own extensive personal experience with meditation practice, participants who do not already have a strong daily personal meditation practice should not attend this retreat with the expectation of immediately returning home to open a MBSR program.

Ultimately, it is the depth of one's personal commitment to learning and growing, using this approach, that is most important. Integrating mindfulness into one's professional life comes out of that commitment and the imagination and effort it inspires.

Required readings before the program: Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness; and Santorelli, Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. Also recommended but not required: Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness.


COST (in Australian dollars)

1. Retreat

7-day Professional Training Retreat




Total course fees (payable on registration)


2. Accomodation (for 7 days - payable on registration)

(Accommodation rates are inclusive of all meals and are on a per person basis. GST is not applicable. Limited single and twin-share rooms are available on a first in, first served basis)


$850 per person


$700 per person

6 persons -share

$525 per person


Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn's and Saki Santorelli's visit to Australia present an opportunity to engender a deeper understanding, and explore skillful applications of mindfulness. There has been considerable interest shown in the retreat by professionals in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Registration for the 7 day professional training retreat is open and closes on Friday,14 August 2009.

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