In this 3-3.5 hour session, experiential mindfulness practice continues and participants are given ample opportunity to inquire into and clarify any lingering questions about the various practices and their applications in everyday life. A review of the program is included with an emphasis on daily strategies for maintaining and deepening the skills developed during the course of the program. Time is also allotted for a satisfying closure by honoring both the end of this program and the beginning of living one’s life informed with mindfulness. Participants have an opportunity to speak to the group much as they did in the first class, but this time, to acknowledge what has been most salient, what they are taking away, or what has been discovered. It is important for all participants to know that all their comments are welcomed in this segment of class 8. By example, nothing may have been “salient.” Perhaps they were completely disappointed by the course…or found the instructor defensive or unavailable to them. This is not meant to be a time for testamonials but instead, for open, honest appraisal of their experience of MBSR. Note on length of last class: Even with smaller groups, a three-hour class offers ample time and opportunity for practice, discussion of home practice and how participants will continue after the course is over, as well as time for each person to speak to the whole group (Group Go Around) about their learning and discoveries (as they did in the first class about their intentions for attending). If class size exceeds 18, it may be more advantageous to lengthen the last class a full hour longer than usual, to 3.5 hours.
The above content was taken from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Authorized Curriculum Guide © 2017
Version Revised and Edited by:
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA
Lynn Koerbel, MPH
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (MBSR program founder and creator of the MBSR curriculum)