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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at DePaul

Are you interested in lowering your stress level and focusing on what you need to be content in life? Explore this course to work on your ability to be mindful and develop your tools for a life of peaceful existence and ability to find joy. This class is an 8-week exploration of a research-based Mindfulness approach for incorporation into and enhancement of your lifestyle. 

If you are a DePaul student who is looking for short introductory mindfulness workshops, check out our quarterly Wellness Workshops.

The Class

  • Fall Session: Mondays, September 17 - November 5, 2018; 6 - 8:30 pm; Includes an all-day retreat Saturday, October 27, 9 am - 4 pm.
  • Fee: DePaul Student/Faculty/Staff & Ray Community Members $300; Community NonMembers: $400
  • Early Bird Discount: Complete online preliminary registration by September 1 for $50 off regular price


Participation is restricted to those who are willing to commit to some additional hours of mindfulness practice outside of the class-times. Complete the online preliminary registration and you will receive a response from instructor Lisa Patterson Raterman within two business days with additional instructions regarding an Orientation session. After attending Orientation, if you and the instructor are confident this class is right for you, you will register and we will accept payment for the class.

The Discipline

MBSR is an established protocol consisting of 28 hours of direct instruction in using the wisdom of the body and mind to confront stress, pain, and illness and to ultimately thrive. MBSR is taught and practiced in hospitals, universities, clinics, boardrooms, and faith-based organizations. 


  • For whom is the class designed? Anyone interested in learning to tap into the power of focused awareness to withstand life's myriad challenges, both large and small; this is a great experience for those pursuing a career in the "helping professions" of social work, medicine, education, etc.
  • Will I be MBSR-certified when I finish? This is a personal development class, not an instructor-certification class.
  • Where does the class meet? At the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center at 2235 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
  • Where can I park?  1) The east side of Sheffield Ave. between Belden and Webster allows for free parking; 2) The west side (across from The Ray) is Chicago paid parking; 3) There is a parking garage on Sheffield a block north of The Ray - Ray staff will stamp your garage ticket so you will receive the DePaul rate of $14 per session.
  • 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 class three days before the begin date, you will receive a full refund. If you withdraw from a class 24 hours before the second class meeting, 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 in person at Membership Services. Class period makeups will not be given.
  • Who is providing the instruction?  Lisa Patterson Raterman, RN, BSN, is part of the Illinois MBSR/MBCT Consortium and is also a certified Meditation Specialist. She is founder and CEO of Working Mindfulness, LLC.  
  • Other questions? Contact Sarah Hardin Associate Director, Campus Recreation