with Denise Gour
Sundays, January 6th – March 3rd (1:00-3:15pm) at Sellwood Yoga

$425 for the series if you register by January 1st; $475 after

Sign Up

You must attend a *free* orientation to MBSR prior to attending the series. Please sign up for an orientation on Saturday December 15th (6:30-7:30pm) or Sunday December 30th (2:30-3:30pm). If you are NOT able to any MBSR orientation sessions, pease call Denise at 503.860.1227 to scheduled a required phone orientation.  You can also email her at dgour@mindfulplace.com and visit her website www.mindfulplace.com.  Denise is a certified MBSR instructor and has taught since 2008.

The full 8-Week course also includes an all-day Saturday retreat.

8 Week Course Price includes:

• Recorded audio meditations
• Home Practice Guide
• Day Long Retreat (Feb. 24th, 10am-5pm)

About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR):

This is the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction model, developed by author/researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn. Over 30 years of research demonstrate its proven effectiveness for reducing the physical and emotional symptoms of stress. Participants typically report lasting improvements in their relationships at home and at work and a greater sense of inner calm and confidence when facing life’s challenges. See http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/stress-reduction/ for more on MBSR.

What to Expect:
In this class you’ll learn practical, user-friendly skills to deepen relaxation and improve health and resilience in the midst of everyday life challenges. You’ll also be given lots of guidance and support for establishing your own home practice in a schedule that suits your lifestyle.

Comments from the past group of MBSR Students (from their Satisfaction Survey):

100% of participants:
-say they would recommend this workshop to a friend
-found the information and skills from the course helpful in changing their patterns of automatic reactions
-said the facilitator was well organized, thorough, warm and understanding.

What did you find the most useful in the course?

“The discussions that Denise lead and the handouts that reinforced her talks and meditating in a group setting.”
“Practical tools.”
“Learning about different types of mediation and which ones work the best for me.”
“Knowing others have the same struggles.”
“The retreat was awesome–I totally enjoyed it and found it really helpful.”
“Be curious; learning to bring the practices into daily living.”
“Your CD’s were extremely useful and well-done, and made practice really enjoyable.”
“Accessibility and support of instructor.”
“Group meditation.”
“Really appreciated the brain-based information.”
“I felt safe enough to share and felt understood.”

What differences did you notice in your experiences with stress over the 8-week course?

“I was able to notice when I started ruminating instead of being present – little by little, more aware.”
“I’ve gained more self-compassion and self-acceptance in the face of difficult situations.”
“Stressful moments don’t seem as intense anymore.”
“I have noticed and become more aware of how stressful I get at times and have become more aware of how focusing on the breath really helps me.”
“Greater awareness of stressors that can trigger reactions physically and emotionally—focus more on acceptance and compassion and less judgment.”
“Moments of noticing the moment–morning air, birdsong, changes in flowers on my way to work. Was there rather than projecting into the workday before I even hit the work doors. Started many days at a calmer level, more confident I’d handle the day (than I was before the class).”
“I was able to bring my stress level down, calm a racing heart, acknowledge irrational thoughts, and accept frightening emotions.”
“I’m able to take a pause and NOTICE the stress as opposed to making decisions from emotions.”

About the Instructor:

“[Her] calm, gentle countenance is a walking advertisement for this class. Nothing like an instructor that walks her talk.”

Instructor — Denise Gour

Denise GourDenise completed her Mindfulness Based Professional Training with MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has also trained with the researchers who developed Mindfulness Based programs for addiction and depression counseling. As a licensed clinical social worker and certified yoga instructor she offers a richly integrated approach to teaching stress reduction. Denise also provides professional counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

To learn more, check out Denise’s website or contact Denise directly by phone 503.860.1227 or email dgour@mindfulplace.com


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