Image of a dandelion encourages us to be in the moment.

If you are looking for a path to help deal with stress, pain, lack of focus or a variety of medical conditions, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), may be a tool to supplement other traditional methods. You will learn life-long tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, and minimize illness and pain. Practicing mindfulness often gradually improves our ability to deal with life’s challenges and our quality of life.


8:30am - 11am | Cost $250

Mt. Pleasant Campus

Community Rooms; Center for Liberal Arts & Business

Training Agenda

More than three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggests that training in mindfulness and MBSR can often profoundly affect participants' ability to reduce adverse medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.

Throughout the (MBSR) program you experience

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Systematic instruction in formal MBSR meditation practices
  • Daily home assignments and suggested daily home meditation practices

Suggested Reading

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the MBSR Program at UMASS.

Meet your Instructor

Don Schuster was Executive Director of Listening Ear for 25 years; grown from two employees to over 350, offering numerous human service programs.

Don Schuster became interested in meditation as a teenager, almost 50 years ago. In the last decade, he has worked with the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Center for Mindfulness in Medicine to become a qualified MBSR instructor.

Don is a national speaker on Mindfulness and a Tedx speaker. He also offers the mindfulness activity called Forest Bathing in northern Michigan in partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.


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