Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight week program that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living. Research suggests that mindfulness practice can positively affect stress resilience; physical and mental health; academic skills; self-regulation of emotional reactivity; interpersonal skills; general well-being and happiness.

Some reasons people come to the group include, but are not limited to:

  • job, school or family stress
  • chronic pain
  • hypertension, heart disease
  • attention deficits
  • enhancement of quality of life; happiness
  • sleep disturbance
  • mild or situational depression
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • wellness and self-care
  • cancer or other illness
  • anxiety, panic
  • anger-management, life transitions

Intentional, present-moment awareness, developed through mindfulness meditation practices, helps us experience whatever is happening in our life as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention, and compassion for ourselves and others.

Engaging with our life in this manner helps us become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting such as anxiously anticipating the future, chronically focusing on the past or just going through the motions of living, missing what is actually occurring right now, including when things are pleasant and joyful.

This kind of awareness, cultivated by the practice of mindfulness meditation, enables us to wake up to the pleasures in our lives and enhances our ability to tap into our wisdom and internal resources in difficult times.

The practice of mindfulness is accessible, universal and can be practically integrated into your everyday life.

The program can be a complement to current medical care as well as promotion of health and well-being.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been offered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 1996. It is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and is modeled after the well-known program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.

Fall 2014

Section 1

Tuesdays, September 9, 2014 to October 28, 5:30-7:30 pm
Extended Session: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: September 2, 2014

Section 2

Thursdays, September 11, 2014 to October 30, 9:30-11:30 am
Extended Session: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: September 2, 2014

Section 3

Mondays, September 29, 2014 to November 17, 4:30-6:30 pm
Extended Session: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm
Deadline to register: September 22, 2014


Attendance at an information session is required prior to registering. There is no fee for this information session, nor is there an obligation to sign up. If you choose to participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, you will be asked to register and pay the $425 ($215 for current University of Iowa students) fee with cash, check or credit card.

Information Sessions

Information sessions listed below are located in the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (Elevator I, Level 1) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. No pre-registration is required.

  • Tues, 8/26 @ 5:30 pm
  • Wed, 8/27 @ noon
  • Thurs, 8/28 @ 9:30 am
  • Thurs, 8/28 @ 6:00 pm
  • Tues, 9/2 @ 5:30 pm

Additional Information Sessions for Section 3:

  • Mon, 9/15 @ 4:30 pm
  • Mon, 9/22 @ 4:30 pm

Download a flyer for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Fall 2014.

Winter 2015

Section 1: Tues, 1/20 to 3/10, 5:30-7:30 pm

Section 2: Thurs, 1/22 to 3/12, 9:30-11:30 am

Section 3: Mon, 2/2 to 3/30, 4:30-6:30 pmĀ (No class 3/16)

Information Sessions


Flyer will be available soon.

Program Fees

The fee for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is $425* ($215 for current UI students) and completes your registration at the informational session, should you choose to participate. The fee may be paid with cash, check or credit card. Anyone may participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, whether or not they are a university employee. Non-University of Iowa employees with limited financial resources may apply for a scholarship.

*The University of Iowa is providing health promotion services, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, free of charge for eligible employees through liveWELL. For more information, visit liveWELL.