Thursday, June 26, 2014

MBSR Classes NH


MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

FREE Orientation and Information Session**

Riddle Brook Elementary School
230 New Boston Road
Bedford, NH 03110


7PM to 9PM 
Room 218, 2nd floor

Call 603-801-8945 or email to register.
Please, no calls to the school. The instructor Cecilia Howard must be contacted directly to register

If you have been curious about what an MBSR program is like and how it may work for you, the orientation on Monday September 15th is a great way to learn more. 

You will hear how and why the MBSR program was started at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and discover where it is being taught today as well. You will also learn how the classes are typically structured, plus get to experience a bit of the meditation and gentle stretching that is a key component of the program. There is ample time for questions and answers as well. So, it is a great way to introduce yourself to a program that has been so well-researched and has provided so much support, to so many in the 30 plus years since it was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

If you decide to enroll in the fall MBSR session you will need to pay for the full, traditional 8-week program at either the conclusion of orientation or prior to the start of the first class, but only if you decide to become a participant.

**The Orientation class is FREE of CHARGE for anyone to attend, regardless of whether or or not you decide to enroll.  It is however required for all new incoming students to be there.

See Below for the specific class details.

Classes are held on the following Mondays, 7PM to 9:15PM:

September 22, 29   October 6, 20, 27   November 3, 10, 17  PLUS one "All Day" class on Saturday November 8th 8:45AM to 3PM.

Regular attendance is integral to the programs ongoing and lasting success so let me suggest if you have to miss two or more classes, please try to schedule the MBSR class for another time that is more convenient for you to participate more fully.

The Program Fee for Fall 2014 is $295 
This includes all 8 classes, the "All Day,"  the orientation,  a workbook, handouts and set of 4 CD's. 

This fall 2014,  I am offering a $100 discount to all educators/school employees who teach/work currently within a school system, both private and public, at any grade level or in any capacity, including support/administrative personnel.

Payment is accepted, in full, at the conclusion of the orientation class. I accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. 
A full refund will be given prior to the start of the first class on September 22nd.
A 50% refund will be given prior to the start of the 2nd class on September 29th.
No refunds after Class Two.

The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program.  It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay in full for the classes until orientation night.


TIME Magazine's cover story for the week of February 3, 2014,  Vol. 183 No. 4, is entitled: "The Mindful Revolution, The Science of Finding Focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture"

It details some of what an actual MBSR program is like, and interviews Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD as well as why more and more educators are incorporating aspects of MBSR training into their classrooms.  

Please, take a look:

TIME Magazine -- U.S. Edition -- February 3, 2014 Vol. 183 No. 4

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Particpant Reviews of MBSR

Past participants comment on the 
traditional 8-week MBSR program
taught by
 Cecilia Howard
Please note: Comments were all reprinted with permission from participants.

What did you like most about the class?

  • "The variety of activities, my classmates and the instructor."
  • "Non judgmental, warm and accepting."
  • "Can't choose one thing.  Everything was necessary and worked together...." 
  • "The emails were wonderful."
  • "The group setting and the guidance through (it.)"
  • "I liked how it made me feel I could concentrate on myself and no one else."
  • "The instruction was detailed and thorough."

How effective was the instructor?

  • "....kind, compassionate and available and so willing to go above and beyond."
  • "She has a gift for compassion and, I feel, necessary for this class."
  • " Very clear and thorough."
  • "Excellent, considerate in all aspects of speaking to the group."
  • "I feel (her) committment and strength and lifestyle to the subject. Very knowledegable."
  • "Very effective, very empathetic, knowledgeable." 
  • "Since all comments, exercises, instructions came from the heart, it was easier to relax and focus on content."
  • "Very. I always had the sense that classes were moving in a plotted course, not meandering."

Would you recommend this MBSR program to others?

  • "Yes, I actually feel it should be mandated in schools and at work."
  • "Yes. We  all could use the practice, to make some improvements and taking the time for awareness."
  • "Yes. It helped me so much and it is an amazing experience."
  • "Yes. I think there is great benefit to learning and practicing the techniques taught."
  • "Yes. I think it helped me in my quest to own or belong with my experiences."
  • "Yes. I cannot imagine anyone not benefiting from the program in some way."

Here are some examples of the careers and current life experience of the participants Cecilia has taught: 

Teachers, retirees, executives, software engineers, physicians, nannies, home creators, nurses, therapists, yoga instructors, administrative assistants, students, and a variety of business owners/employees

The  Fall 2014 MBSR CLASS is OPEN for REGISTRATION. Please see the prior post from Tuesday May 20th, 2014 to learn more or email the teacher directly at