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 & 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.

MBSR Summer 2020

Section 1

Schedule: Tuesdays, June 9–July 28, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom meeting
Extended session: July 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
Deadline to register: June 3, 2020

Section 2

Schedule: Wednesdays, June 10–July 29, 2020
Time: 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom meeting
Extended session: July 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
Deadline to register: June 3, 2020

MBSR Fall 2020

Section 1

Schedule: Wednesdays, September 9-October 28
Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom*
Extended Session: October 17
Deadline: September 3

Section 2

Schedule: Thursdays, September 10-October 29
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom*
Extended Session: October 17
Deadline: September 3

*Location: All sessions will be held via Zoom unless COVID-19 restrictions are lifted sufficiently and the facilitators' determination is that social distancing is reduced enough to promote a robust group dynamic. You will be notified on or before the deadline of Sept. 3 if we are meeting in person at UIHC instead of via Zoom.


Email Mindfulness@uiowa.edu to register and receive the Zoom link for one of these required informational sessions.

  • Wed, 7/22 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • Wed, 8/19 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, 8/20 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Wed, 9/2 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Thurs, 9/3 @ noon

Technology requirement: Your computer must have video capability in order to attend. Read more on Zoom.



UI Hospitals & Clinics information sessions are held in Conference Room 2717 in John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP). To get there, take Elevator I to the second floor.

University Capitol Centre (UCC) information sessions are held in the Executive Board Room #2390 in University Capitol Centre (UCC), 200 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

Fee Payment

If you choose to enroll in the MBSR program, you will be asked to register at this time and pay the $450 fee ($250 for current University of Iowa or Kirkwood students) with cash, check, or credit card. Anyone may participate in MBSR, whether or not they are a UI employee. Non-UI employees with very limited financial resources may apply for a scholarship. University of Iowa provides free health promotion services, including MBSR, for eligible employees through the UI Wellness’ liveWELL program.

Mindfulness-Based Programs, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, have been serving the local and regional community since 1996. Instructors have received extensive teacher training according to standards established by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.