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I need to deeply address my lifes stress!
I'm committed to enacting a change in my lifestyle.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an intensive nine-week program. Eight classes are 2.5 hours long, plus there is an All Day Retreat. Pre-registration is required.

Please make sure to apply early. MBSR usually fills to capacity.

 What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a nine-session program that teaches students to use the mind's ability to be aware. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn introduced the MBSR program in his book, "Full Catastrophe Living" which details the program he established at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Medical research is proving that the MBSR format of regular meditation practice is a powerful form of complementary medicine. MBSR has been offered in medical settings for many years assisting medical patients to cope with the stress that comes from physical symptoms and illnesses.

In order to make this program more available outside of medical settings, Gena Bean has been offering the MBSR program in Cambridge and other greater Boston locations.
Picture of the classroom

The Cambridge location is a historic room (with chairs) that doubles as a yoga studio at 820 Mass Ave.
It is a short walk from the Central Square subway stop on the red line.
Public parking is also nearby.

This program is designed to be accessible to all people. No prior experience is necessary.

For general information about the experience of MBSR class, read these articles:
•  Newsweek
•  Oprah Magazine
•  Nation Public Radio
•  The Boston Globe
•  The New York Times
For information about medical research and medical documentation of the effectiveness of the MBSR program, read these articles:
• sciencedaily.com
• Massachusetts General Hospital MRI study
• Also the Huffington Post has been maintaining a links page to new medical research articles as they come in.

 What is the format during MBSR class?

During class, there will be lecture, discussion and meditation instruction. Some classes will include very gentle stretching exercises (yoga). There will be the option to do every class in a chair, or even lying down for those who have flexibility or illness issues.

You will receive audio CDs and a workbook to bring home.

The full nine-session format MBSR is offered in the winter, spring and fall. It is modeled on the program that Jon Kabat-Zinn outlined in the book Full Catastrophe Living. The semester includes eight weekly classes that are 2.5 hours long. An All-Day (6.5 hours) Retreat is also required in addition to the eight classes. The All-Day Retreat is scheduled for the seventh Sunday of the nine-week program.

Graduates of these programs are encouraged to continue to stay connected and continue their learning via the Meetup group and/or the facebook page.

Gena Bean is the teacher for these classes

Gena Bean is a meditation instructor and certified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years of personal experience with meditation. Her instruction style is very clear and accessible to beginners.

Gena completed a seven-day professional MBSR training retreat taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2011, and the practicum in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2007. She is dedicated to regular on-going study with senior level teachers from varied traditions in order to maintain a high standard in her own classes.
More details about her training are listed on her bio page.

  Requirements for MBSR
Beginners are welcome.

You will need to make a commitment to your own well being.
You will need to be dedicated.

Your commitment will be to participate fully in class for each week of your program, plus there is 30 to 60 minutes of "homework" every day during those nine weeks.

Please Note: The meditation homework can be broken into small segments during your day. There are customized options to make the program work with your scheduling needs.
If the homework requirements concern you, make sure to discuss it with the teacher. She is dedicated to making the homework manageable for your real life.

Registration for the MBSR Intensive Program

Step #1: Fill out the Application Form.
Once you hit the 'submit button' on your application form, you will be redirected to the link to book your Orientation Meeting. You will also receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email confirmation, there has been a glitch, so please contact Gena.

Step #2: Book your Orientation Meeting.
The Orientation Meeting is a chance to meet one-on-one with Gena to discuss plans and expectations for class. It is required. You cannot start class until you have this meeting.
The scheduling software for meetings will be up for your use during the 30 days before your semester starts.

Step #3: Payment
Pay a $50 deposit to reserve your spot in class. This deposit will be applied to your tuition.
During step two, when you book your Orientation Meeting, you will be given instructions for payment.
During the Orientation Meeting with Gena Bean, you can discuss the details for an installment plan and/or scholarship if you need to. It is helpful to pay your first installment at the meeting.

Once you have completed all three steps, you are then ready to come to class. Make sure to apply early. MBSR has been filling to capacity.

If you have any questions call Gena Bean at 617-752-2299 or send email. bean@mindfulboston.com

The schedule of upcoming MBSR programs, in addition to other offerings, is listed on the homepage.


Earnest students are never turned away due to financial reasons. Scholarships are available.
Payment is on a sliding scale based on income.

9-Session MBSR Programs
Income Level Your Tuition Fee Income Level Your Tuition Fee
29,000 and under $225 60,000 to 74,999 $450
30,000 to 44,999 $300 75,000 to 89,999 $525
45,000 to 59,999 $375 90,000 and above $600
For each additional 15K tier,
add $75 to the tuition rate.

Payment can be made when you attend your Orientation Meeting, payable to Gena Bean.
You can pay by check, cash or credit card at your meeting. Or prepay with paypal on-line.

Payment plans are available. Scholarships are available.
To apply for a scholarship, please review the eight questions on the Financial Value Sheet.

Other programs

The MBSR program requires a lot of time and investment. You must be committed to a lifestyle change.

If you would be more interested in a simple way to learn meditation without the lifestyle components, the Basic Mechanics of Meditation class is available.

Please go to the homepage for a full listing of other programs.

For more details about medical research, go to the Center for Mindfulness webpage. The Center for Mindfulness has medical professionals on staff. If you need professional assistance with a medical or psychological condition, please enroll in one of their programs in Worcester. The programs listed on this page do not have medical or psychological professionals on staff. They are run by a yoga teacher.
If you are working with a psychological diagnosis, especially if psychological hospitalization has occurred, it could be unsafe for your mental health to engage in any meditation practice at all, including the practices from the MBSR/mindfulness programs. In the case of past history of psychological hospitalization, make sure to learn meditation from a properly trained mental health practitioner. Gena Bean will not be able to take on the roll of your teacher if you have had a past history of psychological hospitalization.