Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Date/Time 08/28/2023
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location Duke Integrative Medicine

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a method of meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up, being fully alive, and being present for the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, we gain access to our deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress.

Offered at Duke since 1998, our program challenges participants to practice present-moment awareness, deep relaxation, and gentle movement. Through these techniques, a person learns to discover and observe his or her reactions to life’s stressors and to choose how to respond. With practice, one can apply these skills to everyday situations and connect more fully with oneself, loved ones, and the life one is living.

MBSR can help people cope with medical problems, job or family-related stress, and anxiety and depression. The majority of participants report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels improve, and people learn to cope better with pain that may not go away. Most people also report an increased ability to relax, greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.

Can’t come to an onsite class every week?  Consider MBSR Distance Learning!

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the roles of stress and reactivity in health and healing
  • Cultivate mindful awareness through several different types of meditation practices
  • Establish a daily meditation practice
  • Recognize negative patterns of reactivity triggered by stressors, and utilize mindfulness to develop alternative responses to stress.
  • Apply mindfulness to cultivate a deeper connection with your body, emotions, and relationships with others.

Upcoming dates and deadlines

July 2023

Registration Open!
Early Registration Deadline: June 9, 2023
Last Day to Register: July 5, 2023


  • Mondays: (1:30 – 4:00 pm EDT) July 10 – September 11, 2023, w/ Phyllis Hicks at Duke Integrative Medicine
  • Day of Mindfulness: Saturday (9 am-noon EDT) August 19, 2023 (via Zoom)


Click here to meet the MBSR Instructors.

Accommodations Statement

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access should contact us before the program starts.

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