Welcome to MBSR For Penn Students

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a mindfulness-based program that teaches people skills to manage the multiple stressors in their lives.  Research on MBSR suggests that it can support wellbeing. 

Participants attend eight weekly, two and a half hour classes and a one-day, 7 hour guided day of mindfulness practices.  Each session consists of a guided sitting meditation, a form of mindful movement practice (e.g. walking meditation, basic guided mindful movement), brief discussion, and a teaching on the application of a mindfulness concept to everyday life. 

Each class is very experiential with here and now mindfulness meditation practices that help participants develop the ability to embody mindful awareness in their daily lives.  We follow the model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. 

Participants are expected to practice the learned mindfulness skills daily. These daily practices take a minimum of 25 minutes, with a recommendation to gradually increase the practice time to 45 minutes a day.  Remember, the more you practice the easier it can be to integrate the skills learned in the course into your daily life.

To proceed with registration, please contact Aurora Casta, MD.

MBSR SESSIONS (WEDNESDAYS 4:15pm – 6:45pm, as of March 25th these sessions will be held using BlueJeans)


Wed, Feb 5th – Orientation

Wed, Feb 12th – Class 1

Wed, Feb 19th – Class 2

Wed, Feb 26th – Class 3

Wed, Mar 4th – Class 4

No Class on March 11th – Spring Break

Wed, Mar 25th – Class 5

Wed, April 1st – Class 6

Saturday, April 4, Day of Mindfulness, 9:45 am

Wed, Apr 8th – Class 7

Wed, Apr 15th – Class 8

To proceed with registration, please contact Aurora Casta, MD.


List of Resources To Learn More About Mindfulness


Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindsight, the New Science of Personal Transformation, Daniel Siegel
The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, Ronald D. Siegel
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Bob Stahl


Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivating the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation for Optimum Health, Andrew Weil and Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Penn Program for Mindfulness
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Univ. of Mass. Medical School