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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses



Stressors are a common fact of life. In the well-researched MBSR course you will discover how you can reduce and prevent stress in your own life through formal and informal mindfulness practices. 

A mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction is emphasizes the helpful role that awareness and openness can play in facing stressors, and ultimately, leading a richer life. Rather than trying to make stressors disappear from life, or controlling them entirely (an unrealistic scenario!), we will try to learn how to become more aware of the stressors in our lives and how they impact us. Rather than rejecting or suppressing challenges in our life, we will try to investigate them openly. With kindness and self-compassion we will attempt to accept reality as it is in the here-and-now. On the basis of such openness and acceptance, and with the help of formal and informal mindfulness practices, we can then make wiser choices and develop thinking styles, behaviors and habits that are conducive to stress reduction and prevention, and to leading life more fully.


Course Dates & Times



Dates / Times



MBSR Spring 
2018 Course 3 FULL


May 17, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5
- 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Jun 23 (Sat) (Day of Mindfulness)
- 10:00am - 4:00pm

SMU Campus, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Map (Building #2)

Carmen Teo

MBSR Summer 
2018 Course 1

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Jun 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23
- 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Jul 28 (Sat) (Day of Mindfulness)
- 10:00am - 4:00pm

SMU Campus, School of Law

Map (Building #8)

Connie Wong

MBSR Fall 2018 
Course 1

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Aug 16, 23, 30, Sep, 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4
- 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Sep 22 (Sat) (Day of Mindfulness)
- 10:00am - 4:00pm

SMU Campus, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Map (Building #2)

Carmen Teo

MBSR Fall 2018 
Course 2

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Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
- 7:00pm - 9:15pm

Oct 13 (Sat) (Day of Mindfulness)
- 10:00am - 4:00pm

SMU Campus, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Map (Building #2)

Sheryl Bathman


Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU may have to cancel a course if not enough participants sign up. Cancellations will be announced as soon as a cancellation decision has been made and can be made up until the day before the course starts. In case of cancellation, a full refund of the course fee will be given.

SMU is conveniently located in the city centre and easily accessible via public transportation (e.g., MRT stations Bras Basah, City Hall, and Dhoby Ghaut). In case you intend to arrive by car, feel free to contact us about car parking options at SMU (


Is This Course For You?

The course is open to the general public and invites anyone who would like to live a life with less stress and more awareness. Beginners are welcome. No prior knowledge or, or experience with, mindfulness practices is required. 

In case you have any acute or chronic mental or physical illness, you are required to approach Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU ( to arrange a conversation with your course instructor (via email, phone, or face-to-face) to determine whether this course is suitable for you. Instructors may, at their discretion, not accept individuals into the course. In such cases, a full refund of the course fee will be given.


Course Format

The course consists of 8 weekly evening sessions of about 2.5 hours each. The sessions consist of guided mindfulness practises (including gentle mindful movements), instructor-led mindful enquiry, group sharing, and a limited amount of instructor presentations. In addition to attending weekly sessions regularly, participants are encouraged to engage in regular formal and informal home practices of about 30-60 minutes daily. There is also one full Day of Mindfulness on Saturday between Sessions 5 and 6. Participants will be provided with course materials such as audio-guided mindfulness practices (included in the course fee).


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will have had the opportunity to learn the following.

  • Understand the difference between stressors and stress, consequences of stress, and different ways of reacting towards stressors
  • Learn about what mindfulness is, including the relevance of attention, intention, and attitudes of mindfulness
  • Experience a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices to increase awareness and reduce and prevent stress
  • Develop a personal practice of mindfulness


The fee for this course is $695 (inclusive of GST). The fees for early bird registration is $655 (inclusive of GST). It is payable via credit card at the time of registration.

To explore alternative payment options other than credit card, please contact us at


Reduced fees are available for SMU students, staff, and faculty. If this applies to you, please contact us at for more information.


SkillsFuture Credit Eligible

This programme is approved for claim under the WDA SkillsFuture Credit subsidy scheme subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Click here for more details. If you would like to use SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the course, please contact us at


Refund policy. All cancellation must be received in writing. A refund of the course fee minus administrative charges of $50 will be given if you withdraw in writing (email to 1 week before the first course session.



For more information on mindfulness, feel free to visit the following websites:

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness MBSR

University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness 

(Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU does not take any responsibility for links to external websites.)

Recommended book:

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness.


Research Participation

Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU faculty are actively engaged in various research projects on mindfulness. As a course participant, you may be invited to participate in research. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, research participation is not required to sign up for a course. However, participating in available research would certainly be greatly appreciated. Moreover, partial course fee refunds, depending on the intensity of the research, will often be offered. All research will have been reviewed and approved by SMU’s Institutional Review Board.  



If you have any questions about this course relating to course content, registration, or other topics, please contact us at

Last updated on 17 May 2018 .