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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

  • Meditative Self-Care for Stressful Times - 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, has agreed to provide you with online opportunities to begin your exploration of mindfulness in a half-hour session. 
    • Fee: Free of charge during summer 2020.
    • As part of our mission of service, this class is provided without fees during this difficult time. 
    • Every Monday, 7 - 7:30 pm.
    • 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 - This is a secular class that provides an 8-week exploration of a research-based Mindfulness approach for incorporation into and enhancement of your lifestyle. ​ 
    • Fall 2020 Classes: We are currently taking names and contact information from those who have an interest. If you think you would like to explore this class, complete the online preliminary registration form below.
    • Depending on the state and local situation at the commencement of class, the class will be held through a Zoom meeting platform, Face-to-Face model, or some type of hybrid. Participants will have the option to remove themselves from the class without penalty if the format is not conducive to their needs. ​​
    • Format: An 8-week session of 2.5 hour weekly sessions, including a 7-hour silent retreat following the sixth week.
    • Online Meeting Dates: TBD based on interest. If you are interested, register on the link below.
    • 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.
    • Complete the online preliminary registration and you will receive a response from instructor Lisa Patterson Raterman within two business days with additional information regarding the class. After speaking with her, you will be able to determine if this is the right class for you and you may register and we will accept payment for the class.

Completing the online preliminary registration form does NOT commit you to the class; you will not be enrolled unless you decide to formally register for the class after speaking with the instructor. 

Usual Fee: DePaul Student/Faculty/Staff/Ray Community Members $425; Community Non-Members: $475; University-affiliated non-Ray members need to contact to received the reduced rate. 

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 for incorporation into and enhancement of your lifestyle. To complete 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.


  • For whom is the Meditative Self-Care for Stressful Times class 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 shortened classes the same as regular MBSR? No, the new classes above 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? When we are able to meet face-to-face, then we meet at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center at 2235 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
  • If face to face class, 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 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.  
  • Other questions? Contact Sarah Hardin Associate Director, 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)