Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
8 week live interactive program online on Zoom. Space is limited
What is Mindfulness?
Simple and profound: “Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
Based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the program‘s structured educational approach offers mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga as the core of its program to guide people to take better care of themselves and to live healthier and more adaptive lives. MBSR provides training in meditation, mindful-yoga, and relaxation to mobilize your mind/body resources to work with stress, pain, and illness in new ways that can promote growth and healing.
The program includes eight 2 1/2-hour sessions, a one-day retreat, a workbook available online, audio online practices and requires a strong commitment to daily practice.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the MBSR Program in 1979 and founded the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program has been time tested and well-researched. Serena and Deborah follow the format developed by Kabat-Zinn because of its proven results.
The MBSR Program has been featured on NBC Dateline, ABC’s Chronicle, The Boston Globe and CNN and on a 60 Minutes Special on Mindfulness with Anderson Cooper.
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Program runs for 8 weeks: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
September 22, 2021 to November 10, 2021
Silent Online Retreat: Saturday, October 30, 2021 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Early Registration Discount:
$400 if paid by 8/25
$450 if paid by 9/15
Why take this program now?
Hear from a recent MBSR graduate:
“During the pandemic it seems that all my days have just been blending together. I have felt anxious, depressed, and like many others, I have missed socializing and meeting new people. Taking the MBSR course has helped me to be more “in the present” and aware of the good that is around me. Instead of just reacting and feeling anxious, I now have new tools to be at peace. I have learned to focus on the present instead of having my mind cluttered with the unknowns. I have also learned to be more patient and accepting of myself, with a more positive voice within me. The added bonus of taking this class is the group of new friends I have met and grown with during the 8-week course. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a chance to slow down, and for anyone that is feeling anxious, overwhelmed or lonely.” J.R.
MBSR is an invaluable program to help you get centered. It enabled me to learn coping strategies for more emotions and feelings and eventually process them constructively. Our support group was wonderful, and all the discussions, exercises and meditations were very nurturing as we learnt better self-care and communication. Deborah and Serena are simply awesome teachers. Fall 2020/DN
Meet the trainers
is a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health where she offers the renowned 8-week MBSR program, graduate mindfulness courses for experienced practitioners wishing to deepen their practice and mindfulness programs for students who have graduated from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. In addition to teaching, Serena works with organizations to design and deliver customized mindfulness-based training programs. Serena is presently training at Duke Integrative Medicine as an Integrative Health and & Wellbeing Coach.
Serena has spent 13 years in a non-profit management and fundraising career where she supported several large-scale organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Drumthwacket Foundation. Serena is also a trained Montessori School teacher and prior to her work in non-profit management she spent 3 years in the classroom as a Montessori teacher.
Serena sat her first silent 10-day meditation retreat in her early 20’s and knew that this path was one she would walk on again in life. Ten years ago, she gave birth to her first child and thus began the ultimate quest for work / life balance which ultimately led her to delve deeper into health and wellness and eventually shift careers.
Serena finds deep purpose in the path to health, wellness, and stress reduction. She has witnessed the first-hand positive effects it has had on herself, her family and her greater community. Serena believes that individuals hold the ultimate power in creating the lives they wish to live and by cultivating a mindful awareness, they can utilize the best means they have to do so, themselves.
She is grateful and excited to be sharing her journey into mindfulness with you through the renowned 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Stress Reduction Clinic.
This course will take you on an 8-week journey into mindfulness with mindful movement, meditation, mindful walking, eating and lively lectures and discussions, which will guide you into your own “aha’ moments of understanding stress and learning to respond versus react to it.
Deborah Metzger, L.S.W, A.C.S.W, E- RYT®500
Founder and director of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Deborah Metzger, E-500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, is a Licensed Social Worker and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, additional courses in Structural Yoga Therapy and Reiki. In addition, she studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 7 Day Residential Retreat and the 9 Day Summer Intensive Practicum with Melissa Blacker and Florence Meleo and co-led MBSR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression programs at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health since 2007. She is completed the 2-year Hakomi mindfulness-based psychotherapy training program and Hakomi Advanced Training.
She founded and served as the first president of Womanspace, Inc., a program for victims of domestic violence and served as Mental Health Planner and Liaison to the Department of Health for the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health services and Mental Health Administrator for the County of Mercer in New Jersey .