Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a highly valuable, evidence-based eight-week program that benefits participants in many ways—from reducing stress to improving interpersonal relationships to addressing depression, anxiety and even chronic pain. The program was established in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and has grown to such popularity that it is offered around the world.
MBSR and other mindfulness programs are offered regularly at Parkview and are open to all members of the community free of charge. Parkview is proud to fully fund mindfulness programs as a way to deliver on our mission of enhancing the health, safety and well-being of our community.
Mindfulness courses at Parkview are led by Heidi Stark, M.ED, RYT 500. Heidi owns H.J. Stark Wellness and Consulting, LTD. She earned her MBSR certification through Brown University’s School of Public Health, holds a Master’s in Education and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500). In addition to her years of coursework and practice related to mindfulness, Heidi had the great fortune of studying directly with Dr. Kabat-Zinn at a five-day retreat in New York.
Brown University’s School of Public Health states that MBSR is an effective, scientifically-researched method for reducing physical and psychological suffering while building resilience, balance and peace of mind. Benefits of MBSR include stress reduction, decreased medical symptoms, improved self-care, greater ability to manage anxiety and depression, improved sense of well-being and more.
In addition to offering the standardized eight-week MBSR course, other mindfulness courses are also offered at Parkview, such as mindful self-compassion for adults and for adolescents, and shorter mindful stress-reduction classes.
Current and Upcoming Courses
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Students
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Students ages 10–13 5–6:30 p.m. (Flyer)
Students ages 14–18 6:45–8:15 p.m. (Flyer)
Offered at Bryan Hospital
Instructed by Heidi Stark, M.Ed, RYT 500
Mindful Self-Compassion for Adults
An 8-week course, offered virtually via Zoom.
Wednesdays, September 13–November 1 from 6–8:45 p.m.
Plus a half-day retreat on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in-person at Bryan Hospital, or via Zoom.
Instructed by Heidi Stark, M.Ed, RYT 500 and Anjanette Todd, Ph.D.
Quarterly Mindful Meditation Sessions
February 16 from 9–9:40 a.m.
May 25 from 7–7:40 p.m.
August 10 from 9–9:40 a.m.
November 16 from 7–7:40 p.m.
Sessions consist of a 20–25 minute lightly-guided meditation with optional discussion/community building time (15–20 minutes) to follow. Participants are not required to commit to all four sessions, and can choose to participate in only the guided meditation, or stay for the discussion. These sessions will be held at Bryan Hospital in the east end of the dining room.