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Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR)

Next Course starting: Thursday 20 May 2021, 7 – 9pm BST
Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Programme

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How Does Mindfulness Reduce Stress?


If we want to reduce the stress in our life, we need to be aware of how much we tend to take things personally. Often these things are not personal. We make them personal by turning them into our own narrative. We end up creating a big story that makes us a victim and we end up believing that this story is true. This truth can be one aspect, but it isn’t a ‘big enough‘ story or the whole dimension. So, we can use mindfulness to extend our awareness and therefore the narrative of our story, to help us reduce stress.

When we undertake mindfulness training, we discover that there is a lot of activity in the brain called the ‘Default Network’. This network is our story and can be particularly painful. The training that we do helps us to alter our perspective and utilises different parts of our brain that enables us to adapt our relationship with our stories; our stories are still there, but they no longer have the power that we keep focusing on this single – painful – narrative.

There is nothing wrong with thinking, but when the thinking takes over and dominates our life, we then become lost in thoughts or oppressed by them and we are not free.

The Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Training gives us a wider dimension to be in a wiser relationship with our thoughts and emotions, which is liberating and therefore freeing.

Voices of Participants
I feel so lucky - Part I
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Dear Susann, I just want to write and say an ENORMOUS ’Thank you’ for all of your support, guidance, kindness and warmth over the past few months while I have been on the course…
I have gained so much insight into myself, and how to deal with life’s ups and downs in a far more positive way. I know, I now have a tool for life, that I can use in pretty much any circumstance…

I feel so lucky - Part II
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I have a new way of being and I am eternally grateful to you for showing me how to get there!
You have become a very significant person in my life and I feel so lucky to have met you! I would not be where I am now without you. Thank you, Susann, with love and giant hugs

Accessible & grounded…
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The course made sense to me and had helped me much more than two previous mindfulness courses at a Buddhist centre. Thank you for making it so accessible, grounded and enjoyable.

Group format…
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The course was brilliant – thank you! Group format really enhanced reflection and learning from others. I found, in addition to the teaching, the stories and quotes quite informative and resonating.

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Meditation changes my perspective; the doom and gloom disappear and becomes light in the sky!

Doom & gloom disappear…
Staying for life - Part I
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Susann was excellent – she was an involved and engaging facilitator/tutor, built great rapport with the group and each session was well planned, executed, and varied as well.

Staying for life - Part II
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Everybody should spend some time in her company.
What I have learned throughout this 8-week will stay with me for life.
I would highly recommend this course to everyone – and I will!

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Thanks so much for the course, it really was life changing.
I found your explanation at the end of the last class profound and moving – it was a bit of an epiphany for me about the importance of really living one’s life fully and enjoying the moment.

Profound & moving…
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I would like to thank you for this experience. It has fundamentally changed the way I think – about myself, other people, and about how I experience my life. I’ll be sure to keep on meditating and will aspire to be mindful about whatever things come my way – whether they feel positive, negative or neutral!

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What is MBSR?

Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn
 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, MBSR is based on a form of meditation known as mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life. Allowing you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.

Mindfulness is a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight and understanding. In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself, by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping and growing.

Nearly four decades of scientific research suggest that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.

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A participants’ perspective
of our MBSR Course


MBSR OnlineLIVE with our Guiding Teacher

Susann Herrmann, Clinical Psychol./Occup. Psychol. (MA) >>

How will we meet?

We will meet together using the OnlineLIVE platform Zoom from wherever you are based. All you will need is a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection – all details and a link to join the call will be sent via email when you sign up.

If you would like to have a Zoom appointment for a 15min conversation free of charge to test the platform and to discuss the MBSR OnlineLIVE Programme please feel free to contact us.

MBSR OnlineLIVE Group Course

Next course

  • Thursdays:
    May 20, May 27, Jun 03, Jun 17, Jun 24, Jul 01, Jul 08, Jul 15
  • Time zone details:
    7 – 9pm BST (London, UK). The first session will be 30min longer
    If you are in a different time zone, please use our
     time zone converter to determine your local time.
  • plus an ’All-Day’ Retreat:
    Sat Jul 03 (10am – 5pm BST)

    If you are in a different time zone, please use our time zone converter to determine your local time.
    Please note the all-day retreat also takes place online.
  • Location:
    Online via Zoom
  • MBSR OnlineLIVE Group CourseCost: including handouts & guided meditation
    • £ 250 Individual
    • £ 225 Discount Rate – Individual – Friends Membership
    • £ 295 Organisation
      Click here to Enrol on Course Now

MBSR OnlineLIVE One-to-One programme

  • 10 meetings of 90 mins each 
  • Cost including handouts & guided meditations:
  • Location:
    Online via Zoom

To work with Susann in a one-to-one capacity online or in-person on the Isle of Wight, please send an email.

Content of the MBSR eight session programme

Please find here the topics covered in the programme:

  • Recognising the present moment
  • Perception & creative responding
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Stress Reactivity:
    Investigation of the ways we often cope by escape or denial.
    The shadow side of our conditioned coping patterns.
  • Stress Response:
    Responding positively and pro-actively to stressful situations and experiences
  • Interpersonal mindfulness / mindful communication
  • Applying mindfulness
  • Making mindfulness a part of your life

Who will benefit?

The MBSR Programme benefits anyone reporting a variety of conditions and concerns:

  • Stress – including work, school, family, financial, illness, ageing, grief, uncertainty about the future and feeling ’out of control’.
  • Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin disorders and many other conditions.
  • Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
  • Preventing and Wellness – including health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the ’how’ of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of balance.

How does MBSR work?

By practising in sessions, and by listening to guided meditations at home during the week, you learn, practice and integrate mindfulness into your everyday life.

Highly participatory, supportive and structured, the MBSR Programme will provide you with:

  • guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices.
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
  • group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life.
  • individually tailored instruction.
  • daily home assignments.
  • guided meditations and handouts.

The programme is challenging and life-affirming. Participating in the Stress Reduction Programme requires an ongoing commitment to yourself.

We very much look forward to welcoming you!

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Mindfulness-based Sress Reduction (MBSR)
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on & off the cushion

Saturday 15 May, 10am – 5pm BST 

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Mindfulness-based Sress Reduction (MBSR)