The program consists of eight 2-1/2 hour classes and a full day retreat.
Meditation Instruction: Participants are given instruction in four formal mindfulness meditations:
- body scan meditation (a directed tour of attention through the body),
- gentle hatha yoga,
- walking meditation, and
- sitting meditation (mindfulness of breath, bodily sensations, feelings, thoughts, and emotions, and choiceless awareness).
There is also instruction in informal mindfulness meditation (mindfulness in everyday life) which includes awareness of pleasant and unpleasant events and deliberate awareness of routine activities.
Home Practice:Participants are asked to commit to a daily exercise of both formal and informal practices.
Other class instruction: The classes include group discussions oriented around home assignments including exploration of obstacles and difficulties and development of self-regulatory skills and capacities. Some class time is devoted to communication skills with in-class practice sessions.
Course materials: Participants are given a copy of Stahl and Goldstein's book A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook which includes 21 guided meditations on a CD/MP3, CD's of guided meditations by the teachers, and other instructional handouts.