“Someone asked how I was doing and I said, “Great.” She said, “Do tell.” I told her I had a new perspective after taking a mindfulness class. I realize that as I live in the “now” I can focus more on what is going on around me than worry about things out of my control. The present moment has so much to offer than what we’ve already done or waiting to do that may never come to pass. I now have a better sense of me and my ministry than ever.” – D.D. (Fall 2017 participant)
Winter 2020 registration is open!
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™ Des Moines, Iowa
“I took the MBSR 8-week course with Allison and it really was a life changing experience. Since taking the course, I’ve been able to get off my anxiety medication as well as sleep medication. Allison is a wonderful teacher/guide and I would highly recommend her course to anyone struggling with coping with stress and anxiety.”
– I.S. (Spring 2018 graduate)
“Out of all the spiritual classes I have taken, I’ve never felt like my time and money was more well spent on this class! Thank you!” – B.H. (Summer 2018 participant)
“I am a multiple myeloma patient. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. Living with cancer is never easy. MBSR provides tools to cope with the new reality of life with cancer. MBSR helped me establish a personal practice of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to deal with the cancer and its treatment. The mindfulness and meditation helped reduce the anxiety and pain associated with cancer. The gentle yoga helped me restore my body from the side effects of treatment.” – B.K. (Summer 2019 graduate)
Winter 2020 Dates and Times
Required Orientation: Monday, February 3, 2020 1:00-2:30PM
Class Times: Monday afternoons, February 10 – April 6, 2020 1:00-3:30PM
(Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 6) **Skipping week of Spring Break – March 16th week) **
Silent Day of Mindfulness Retreat: Saturday, March 28th 9:00AM–3:00PM
Contact me with questions
Although stress is at the cause of many physical illnesses and psychological disorders, it is not often diagnosed or treated at the root level. There are very few resources that effectively treat stress as a condition. MBSR™ is designed to recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress, increase stress hardiness, focus, creativity, regulate emotions, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.
Have you ever found yourself in these situations…
• Habitually driven your car halfway to work when you all of a sudden realized that you meant to head in a completely different direction to run errands or go to a friend’s house?
• Felt that there is more to life than continually checking off things on your never-ending “to do” list and just going through the motions?
• Noticed that you tend to overreact to strong, negative thoughts, emotions and situations, almost a knee jerk reaction that causes strain on relationships to the people that are closest to you? Do you feel or wish that there would be more margin between the stressor and your being able to respond to stressful situations?
• Deal with chronic pain that traditional medicine has not been able to completely take care of?
Living with stress is part of being human. As long as we’re breathing, we’ll always have everyday challenges. As long as we respond to stressors in our lives in a healthy way, our bodies remain in a calm and balanced state. A very intricate and amazing reaction happens within the body in response to stress, also widely known as “fight or flight.” In most cases it keeps us safe from harm. However, when the Stress Response Cycle gets out of whack and becomes a chronic condition, this can do a great deal of damage to our bodies and make us much more prone to illness, high blood pressure, and anxiety. It’s not the stress itself that is the problem, it’s how we deal with it that matters.
Why do people take this course?
Some of the major reasons why people take the MBSR course is job, school or family stress, chronic pain, sleeplessness, mild depression and anxiety, anger issues, or loss of a loved one. MBSR is also for someone who is committed to integrating a regular personal meditation practice into their life and seeking greater overall health and well-being.
A Glimpse at the Course Schedule…
MBSR course is an 8-week long experiential, educational program. While it’s not therapy, it can be quite healing and therapeutic. As an instructor, I see myself as a “compassionate companion” helping to create the time and space needed for growth and healing. We see ourselves and others as already whole and complete, not broken, or needing to be “fixed” per se. As the founder of this program says, “As long as you’re breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong, no matter what you’re facing in this moment.”
Participants meet for approximately 2 hours, once a week in a supportive, discussion-based small group setting with daily home practices and assignments on their own. This unique course’s foundation relies on meditation as a means to being in better relation to stress and learning new ways to deal more skillfully when difficulty arises in our lives. Around the 6th week, there is a day-long, (approximately 6 hours) silent retreat to give participants the chance to deepen the experience of mindfulness and meditation.
Week 1-3: Designed to become more familiar with the body, concentrating, and focusing the mind and stabilizing nervous system.
Week 4-6: Explore the physiology and psychology of stress and our habitual reactivity more deeply. How stress affects the mind and body.
Week 7: Strengthening your practice with self-compassion.
Week 8: Review. How to maintain, deepen and integrate the practice into your life.
As a participant, you can expect:
- Group experiential learning
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and basic mindful hatha yoga
- Group discussions focusing on enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Daily home meditation practice and some homework assignments
- Home practice materials and workbook