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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at DePaul

​​​​​​​​​​Mindfulness, practiced consistently, has the ability to lead us to clarity of consciousness and focus and decrease of stress.  With current events impacting our lives, it is sometimes difficult to maintain equilibrium and focus.​ Through the following mindfulness and meditative class offerings, we provide opportunities with varying degrees of depth to assist in this experience.  The goal is to help you explore and gain strategies to assist ability to function within your current situation. Students should read through class descriptions to determine which is right for them at this moment in time.

Class Offerings

  • Mid-Week Meditation Self-Care for stressful times is a taste of mindfulness that meets weekly. All experience levels welcome. Each session will provide an introduction to mindfulness with strategies for beginning and maintaining home meditation practice. 
    • All classes will be held online through a Zoom meeting platform.
    • Facilitator Lisa Patterson Raterman, RN, provides you with online opportunities to begin your exploration of mindfulness in a half-hour session. 
    • Fee: Free of charge.
    • As part of our mission of service, this class is provided without fees during this difficult time. 
    • Every Wednesday, 6 pm - 6:30 pm.
    • Meditations continue every Wednesday ​through November and December.
    • Register HERE​

​​Meditative Self-Care for Stressful Times provides an introduction to mindfulness methods through a structure adapted for an online format. It does not claim to follow the prescribed MBSR 8-week protocol and is not designed to take the place of full MBSR instruction and coursework.
Please Note: Meditative Self-Care sessions are NOT designed to take the place of therapy with a mental health professional. 


  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - A secular course that provides an 8-week virtual exploration of the best mediation practices.
    • Winter 2021 Course: Will begin on Tuesdays;  February 2 - March 23 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.
      • The course will be held virtually through a Zoom meeting platform.
    • January 26th Trial Session: The first session will be a free 1-hour trial session from 6 pm - 7 pm.
    • We are currently taking names and contact information from those who have an interest.  If you think you would like to explore this course, complete the online preliminary registration here.
    • A minimum registration of 8 participants is required for this course to commence.
    • Participation for this course is restricted to those who are willing to commit to additional hours of mindfulness practice EACH WEEK outside of the class-times.
    • Completing the online preliminary registration form does NOT commit you to the class; you will be sent a zoom link by the instructor after January 19th for the first FREE trial session. The first session will discuss the content of the course and help you determine if it's the right course for you. We look forward to meeting you!
Course Fee:
  • DePaul Student/Faculty/Staff/Ray Community Members: $425
  • Community Non-Members: $475
  • University-affilliated non-Ray members need to contact darens1@depaul.edu to receive the reduced rate.
  • Ready to register for the 8-week MBSR course? Click here.
Please Note: The MBSR Protocol is NOT designed to take the place of therapy with a mental health professional.

The Discipline

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an established protocol consisting of 29 hours of direct instruction in using the wisdom of the body and mind to confront stress, pain, and illness and to ultimately thrive. It is a secular class that provides an 8-week exploration of a research-based Mindfulness approach that can be integrated and used to enhance your lifestyle.

To complete the course successfully, participants must be willing and capable of fitting in out-of-class practice and coursework each week.​ 

MBSR is taught and practiced in hospitals, universities, clinics, boardrooms, and faith-based organizations. Benefits may include improved mental focus, pain and stress reduction, better sleep, and self-empowerment for health and well-being. Join a diverse group representing many ages, backgrounds, and professions to explore your ability to be mindful and develop strategies to deal with life's ups and downs.

MBSR is the gold standard developed and studied by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. The course is based on his foundational research and development.

FAQs:

  • For whom is the Mid-Week Meditative Self-Care classes designed? Those who are interested in learning more about mindfulness and meditation and would like an introduction to beginning and maintaining practice at home or work.
  • For whom is the MBSR class designed?  Anyone interested in learning to tap into the power of focused awareness to withstand life's myriad challenges, both large and small.
  • Are these Mid-Week Meditations the same as the regular MBSR Course? No, the free mid-week meditation classes are specifically designed to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic for those handling life from home and other new situations.
  • Is this the same as therapy? NO! The classes are designed for personal development, not in place of or even along with therapy for those that have specific deeper needs for mental healthy professionals. If you are feeling overwhelmed and think additional assistance would be helpful, please call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990.
  • Will I be MBSR-certified when I finish? No, this is a personal development class, not an instructor-certification class.
  • Where does the class meet? The course will be held virtually through zoom.
  • Cancellations: Campus Recreation has the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. If your class is canceled by Campus Recreation ,or you withdraw from a session three days before the begin date (January 26), you will receive a full refund. If you withdraw from a class 24 hours before the second session meetings (February 2), you will receive a refund of 75% the enrollment fee. No refunds are given after the second class unless in the event of a physician-verified illness or injury.
  • Applications for a refund must be done by email to Danielle Arens. Session makeups will not be given.
  • Who is providing the instruction?  Lisa Patterson Raterman, RN, BSN, is a Qualified Instructor through University of California - San Diego and a member of the Illinois MBSR/MBCT Consortium. She is also a certified Meditation Specialist. She is founder and CEO of Working Mindfulness, LLC and currently furthering her credentials through a mentorship at Brown University, College of Medicine.
  • Other questions? Contact Danielle Arens, Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, Campus Recreation

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, here are some resources:

  • Call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

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