​Mindfulness Meditation Course (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

What Is Mindfulness Meditation?

The Mindfulness Meditation course is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. MBSR is an eight-week class that is currently offered at more than 250 hospitals, universities, and clinical settings in the United States and around the world.

The program’s primary aim is to develop skills that can be flexibly applied in everyday life to stress, pain, and illness. The Mindfulness Meditation Program at the Center for Integrative Medicine is modeled after the original University of Massachusetts program that has been featured in Newsweek and Time magazines, and featured on 60 Minutes.

The entire program is based upon systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga. Participants learn and refine a range of self-regulatory skills that involve finely tuned attention to thoughts, emotions, and reactivity to physical sensations. Through experiential learning and discussion during class, as well as daily homework practice, participants mobilize their inner resources for making positive changes in their health attitudes and behaviors.

The Mindfulness Meditation (MBSR Program) Includes:

  • A group orientation session to help you decide if you would like to sign up for this program
  • An eight-week program that meets once per week for two hours each time
  • Instruction and group practice that includes several formal mindfulness meditation skills: sitting meditation, body scan, and walking meditation
  • Instruction and practice of mindful hatha yoga, a series of gentle stretches and postures
  • Discussion of the roles of stress, thoughts, and emotions as they may contribute to chronic pain and illness
  • CD(s) of meditation guidance for home practice
  • Silent meditation practice retreat day for current and past class participants

Who Can Benefit From Mindfulness Meditation?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to two-thirds of all office visits to family doctors are for stress-related symptoms. Depression and anxiety disorders are associated with chronic illness and chronic pain and should be addressed as part of the overall management of health problems. MBSR may help reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress as well as the need for clinical services.

Health Benefits of MBSR and Meditation

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced medical symptoms
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved mental health
  • Decreased stress hormones
  • Improved sleep

Mindfulness Meditation Research

Mindfulness meditation has been researched in conjunction with:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer quality of life
  • Heart disease and risks
  • Stress


Mindfulness Meditation /MBSR courses are typically offered each fall and early spring at the Center. A Summer course has been added to the 2015 offerings.

Free Orientations

Classes are held on the following dates from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

  • Monday, May 4
  • Monday, June 1
  • Thursday, June 4
  • July date TBD

Upcoming 8-week MBSR Courses


  • Thursdays: June 18 - August 6, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Day of Mindfulness: Sunday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Thursdays: September 10 – October 29, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Day of Mindfulness: TBD

Cost for 8-week class: $300

Join us in achieving heightened awareness and control over your mind and body. Register for a free orientation session and the eight-week class by calling 412-623-3023 or complete the registration form (PDF) and bring it to the orientation session, or fax or or return via e-mail to: grecocm@upmc.edu

Continuing education (CEU) credits will be offered for nurses, psychologists, social workers, and licensed counselors through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.

The orientation sessions and classes are taught by Carol Greco, PhD and Deanna Burkett, MA, MS, RYT. Dr. Greco has practiced meditation for 21 years and is certified as a MBSR teacher by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Ms. Burkett is a Registered Yoga Teacher and an experienced meditator who has completed MBSR teacher trainings at the UMass Center for Mindfulness.

​Contact Us

UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
Shadyside Place
Suite 310
580 S. Aiken Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

For general information or to schedule an appointment, call 412-623-3023.

For information about our research studies, please call 412-623-2374.

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