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The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program is an attention-training program – a structured, systematic educational approach that uses intensive training in mindfulness meditation to teach us to cultivate nonjudgmental moment-to-moment awareness. It is based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program offered at UMass Worcester and described in his book Full Catastrophe Living. The goal is to move away from habitual thought patterns and reactive habits, and instead to live fully in the present moment with acceptance and equanimity. By doing this we generally find that we’re happier, as are the people around us!

Course materials
The cost includes a copy of Stahl & Goldstein’s A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook, which includes 21 guided meditations in MP3 format, CD’s of guided meditations from the Valley Stress Reduction teachers, and other instructional materials.

Schedule and Location
The program consists of eight 2-1/2 hour classes and a full-day retreat.

  • Free introductory session: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6 – 7:30 pm. No pre-registration is required for the Introductory Session. Attendance is encouraged but not required to enroll in the program.
  • Eight weekly classes: Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 pm beginning March 7, and ending April 25.
  • All-day session: Sunday, April 15, from 9 am – 4 pm.

All meetings will take place in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA.

About the Instructor
Instructor Ellen Kaufman, MD, has been practicing mindfulness meditation for twenty years and teaching the program for ten years.

Class Fees & Payment
The cost of the program is $400, which may be paid over the first three weeks of the class.

Enrollment & Registration
Enrollment is limited and at the discretion of the instructor. Note that a preliminary phone interview is required. To schedule a phone interview, call Ellen at 413-582-0750 or e-mail

A non-refundable deposit of $40 payable to “Cooley Dickinson Hospital” holds a place in the class. Once you have scheduled a phone interview with Ellen, you can register below.

Register Here

Refund Policy
If an applicant withdraws before the first class, the initial $40 deposit is non-refundable. If a participant withdraws from the program after Class 1, s/he will be refunded 66% of the total cost of the program, after Class 2 s/he will be refunded 33% of the total cost of the program, and after Class 3 there is no refund.

When March 7, 2018
6:00 pm


Dakin Conference Room
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01060