A free orientation class is scheduled for March 17 for the spring session of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, an eight -week course offered twice a year (next: April-May, 2005) designed to teach people how to recognize stress and reduce it by way of daily meditation and yoga.  MBSR has been used by tens of thousands of people around the world for coping with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and other medical conditions.

            A free orientation class is scheduled for March 17 for the spring session of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week course offered twice a year (next: April-May, 2005) designed to teach people how to recognize stress and reduce it by way of daily meditation and yoga.  MBSR has been used by tens of thousands of people around the world for coping with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and other medical conditions.

         No experience is required, but this course requires a significant commitment of time and attention. Patients and staff at UNM and UNMH are encouraged to participate, but non-patients and people not affiliated with UNM are also welcome. Brian Shelley MD, clinical assistant professor, Section of Integrative Medicine, will facilitate the MBSR course at UNM Hospital.  Dr. Shelley practices MBSR and has been formally trained in teaching MBSR.

            To register, call Patient Education at 272-2340. Information about the upcoming course will then be mailed to you, and you can then attend the free Group Orientation Session on March 17th before the course begins. You must attend the Group Orientation Session in order to register for the course. The course always takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. with an all-day session on the sixth weekend. 

          The course fee is $195 (includes more than 30 hours of course time, CDs for home practice, workbook, and all-day retreat). Not for profit. No UNM tuition remission available. Scholarship information will be available at the Group Orientation Sessions (scholarships made possible by the McCune Charitable Foundation).

http://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/Integrative_Med/education.shtml

           Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (mind, body, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary.  Website: http://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/Integrative_Med/
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322