Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Online, January 2023


New course starting January 2023

If you are interested, please email berit@thrivinglife.eu to receive an email when the date is announced


The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a vastly researched and evidence based intervention that teaches skills to manage stress and other adversities in life such as pain and depressive or low moods. It has also been proven to improve general well-being and resilience. The teaching happens is a group setting once a week over 8 week period. During the sessions participants learn about the principles of Mindfulness and the core practises which they are invited to practise at home daily between the sessions.

This course has the potential to change your life. With the skills that you learn during this course you start relating to life in a new way and challenges become workable rather than overwhelming. We learn to be with life and its different flavours with more ease.

Learning mindfulness takes time and effort

All studies indicate that the best way to learn mindfulness is to do it over a longer period of time ensuring practice time on a regular basis. You learn to be mindful just like you learn any other new skill; by practising over and over again. By physically changing the neurological pathways in your brain and feeling the effects in your body. There is no quick highway to mindfulness delivered in a few lessons – although many are trying to sell it to you since mindfulness has become mainstream.

Home practice

Home practice plays an important role in this course and you are expected to commit 20-40 minutes per day during the course for practising mindfulness. Mindfulness is an experiential practice, intellectually reading or learning about it will not offer many benefits, one must do the practise. To support your home practice, you will be given meditations as mp3 files as well as a Participant Handbook. Home practice includes listening and practising together with the mp3’s, reflecting and making notes about your experience and doing some informal mindfulness practices during your day.

All our teachers are certified and experienced MBSR teachers trained at The Mindful Academy Solterreno in Spain. We are category 1 members of the VMBN (the dutch Mindfulness Association) and we follow the Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for teaching Mindfulness-based courses.

About MBSR

The MBSR course is the best know mindfulness programme today. It was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 in Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Kabat-Zinn requested chronic pain patients, that modern medicine couldn’t help, be sent to him as he had developed a programme based on ancient meditation practice and philosophy of mindfulness. Patients joined the 8 week programme with outstanding results. Mindfulness is not a miracle cure, the pain did not disappear but the patient’s attitude towards the pain changed dramatically and they reported much lower levels of pain and higher quality of life after the course versus before.

It is this programme, which he and many other scientists have thoroughly researched and fine-tuned, and it is now taught to the general population worldwide. The programme can be described as awareness training. It combines different kinds of meditation practices and gentle mindful movements with the intention to bring you back into the moment – the here and now. This technique helps you to become aware of your thoughts, feelings and “ingrained patterns” so that you can knowingly choose new ways to respond to life’s adversities and make healthier choices.

Research & Benefits

Although the MBSR programme has buddhist roots it is a secular practice in a scientific context. The research into the effects of mindfulness has been explosive in the last 10-15 years and most of these studies have been done on participants participating in the MBSR course as it follows a highly standardized format. Research evidence is strong in declaring the benefits of mindfulness:

  • Improved physical health and well-being
  • Less stress & anxiety
  • More resilience
  • Better conflict resolution
  • Stronger leadership skills
  • Improved communication
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Enhanced performance
  • Can help against depression and prevent relapse


Session plan

  1. What is mindfulness
  2. Gathering the scattered mind. The power of being present, living all your moments.
  3. What is Stress. Learning about our patterns of reactivity to stress.
  4. Coping with stress. Using Mindfulness to respond instead of react.
  5. Mindfulness of thoughts
  6. Mindfulness of emotions
  7. Cultivating compassion
  8. A mindful life


The course was fantastic, and I will recommend it to lots of friends! Mindfulness truly helps you get in touch with your inner self PLUS the world around you; it shows you how to observe outward, focus inward (with deep breathing), and allow yourself to meld the two together. It’s very Taoist to me, the essence of accepting who you are in the world you live in. A wonderful self-journey.” MBSR participant 2016

“A course worth the personal investment. I learned methods to help me cope with day to day challenges and pressures. In this course I felt I was part of a small family, and I was in a safe haven.” MBSR Participant Spring 2017

This is a great MBSR course with a very loving and kind teacher. I really learned a lot during the 8 weeks and I am much more mindful then I was before the course. I would recommend this course with Berit at Bloom to everybody who wants to have tools to survive times of stress or who just wants to be more mindful. I would absolutely do this course with Berit again. So don’t doubt and go for it!! Greetz