Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Amica is pleased to be able to introduce you to this Mindfulness Based Stress Program it is a highly effective programme and grounded in scientific evidence it has come to you through the efforts of a number of people: Gary Waterhouse the Deputy Head of Amica has trained with Trainers from University Massachusetts Medical School, Gary was fortunate to come across Dave Potter an MBSR Trainer and who generously provided this online format; finally it is through the efforts of the web team at the LRI that we have brought the program in-house.

This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment."    - Jon Kabat-Zinn 

For most of us, when this happens, it's unexpected, maybe while walking on a mountain trail on a crisp autumn day, or being so focused in work or play that you are not thinking about past or future, or connecting with someone in a way that makes it seem like time is standing still. This state of being alive and whole in the present moment is always available, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.

"Mindfulness" is used in many contexts nowadays and there are many different understandings of the term. Diana Winston of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center gives my favorite definition: Paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a blend of meditation, body awareness, and yoga: learning through practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically.

What will taking an MBSR course do for me? 

Through this MBSR course, you will learn skills that can increase your ability to:

  • Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure
  • Be fully present and alive in this moment

While MBSR is not a "cure" for serious medical conditions and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more "in-tune" with themselves and others.

Do you need to speak to someone?

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Amica Clients may also contact us through our dedicated helpline.

(Please note: When contacting Amica please be aware that the number for an administrative enquiry
is 0116 2586752 also that Amica provides counselling emotional and psychological support but not policy advice)