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chairs set up for seated meditation Mats on the floor for lying down meditation

Class Description

Button for the MBSR Intensive

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.

• Note: The MBSR Intensive filled to capacity.
Winter enrollment is now closed. Even the waitlist was full.
The next MBSR programs will be Fall 2015. If you want to attend an MBSR before fall, contact the local hospitals. MindfulBoston will not have an MBSR before fall.
The required Orientation Meetings for the fall semester will be held during September for the October start date.
Because of the recent media interest, there is an overwhelming demand for MBSR classes.
The application form for Fall 2015 enrollment will be posted on this site during June 2015. MBSR is likely to fill to capacity, make sure to check back and fill out the MBSR application form before August.

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.
This is the same program that was mentioned in the Time Magazine article on "The Mindful Revolution" and also Dan Harris' book "10% Happier".
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 public MBSR programs in Cambridge. MBSR is designed to be available to as many people as possible.
No prior experience is necessary.

Picture of the classroom Sundays MBSR 4pm to 6:30pm
in Central Square, a historic room at 820 Mass Ave. The room doubles as a yoga studio, so there are blankets and folding chairs.

The building is a short walk from the Central Square subway stop on the red line.
Public parking is nearby, and free on Sundays.

Picture of the classroom Mondays MBSR 6pm to 8:30pm
at the new Harvard Square location is an office at 30 JFK St. There are chairs but no other supplies.

The building is a short walk from the Harvard Square subway stop on the red line.
Parking is expensive. Wheelchair accessibility is difficult. But our room is very fancy.

  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 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. There is no need to be flexible or in-shape, yet if you are, that's fine too.

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.

  How to Register for
  the MBSR Program

Step #1: Fill out the Application Form. NOTE: The application form is off-line until June 2015. Please check back in June to fill out the form.)
Once you hit the 'submit button' on your application form, you will be sent an email confirming your registration.

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 the February MBSR unless you have had this meeting during January. Instructions on scheduling this Orientation Meeting will be emailed to you once you have completed step 1.

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.

You must complete all three steps during January in order to attend the Winter (February) MBSR 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.

Attention college students:
You are welcome to enroll in MindfulBoston courses, but you will not be eligible for a scholarship. Many Boston-area colleges are now offering mindfulness. Your tuition at your college should cover your education in mindfulness. Talk to your advisor about adding mindfulness training to your course load at your school.

  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 during the spring. The free Community Meditations are the most low-key way to see a meditation without a commitment.

Please go to the homepage for more info about MindfulBoston.

        2014 Gena Bean