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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction–Faculty/Staff/Community Sessions

Thursday, March 6, 2014 to 8:30pm

Baker Downtown Center
975 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is the most widely-studied and accepted program of its kind. It teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities in order to diminish stress and pain, and to improve overall physical and mental health. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. in 1979, and is used in hundreds of schools, hospitals and other institutional facilities worldwide. Kabat-Zinn's eight-week MBSR curriculum has been completed by more than 20,000 people since its creation.

What: An eight-week course in stress reduction techniques, inspired by the curriculum pioneered over thirty years ago at UMass Medical School. Last year, this course was offered as part of a free pilot program. We're delighted to announce that we are now able to offer this course on a self-sustaining fee-based model.

Who: One section is available for students; one section for UO faculty and staff and Eugene-Springfield community members.

Where: UO Baker Downtown Center


Students: Wednesday nights, January 8 through March 5, 2014, , 6:00-8:30 p.m., plus one day-long session Saturday, February 22.

Faculty/Staff/Community members: Thursday nights, January 9 through March 6, 2014, 6:00-8:30 p.m., plus one day-long session Saturday, February 22.

Register here: Register on the Healthy Oregon website.

To join our mailing list for more information, please contact the instructor Please write "MBSR Registration" in your email "subject" heading.

About the Instructors:

Lisa Freinkel (student section), is a UO administrator and professor whose current research focuses on questions of mindfulness in Higher Ed. Freinkel trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has also completed a two-year internship in medical contemplative care and has taught meditation and mindfulness in prison, hospital and university settings since 2007. Freinkel founded and directs the UO MBSR Program.

Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT (faculty/staff/community section), has worked in the field of mind body wellness for almost two decades and has taught Mindfulness since 2000. She received her initial training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2003. She has taught and lectured on the subject of mindfulness internationally and was founder and co-director of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. For seven years Catherine was a senior faculty member at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching MBSR, Catherine was involved in research on Mindfulness and cancer, program development for Mindfulness programs and an instructor in the college of Health Professions.

Event Type

Faculty/Staff, Academic


Academic Extension

Target Audience

Faculty/Staff, General Public



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