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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at DePaul

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Are you interested in lowering your stress level and increasing focus? 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. This secular class is 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.

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

The Class

  • Winter Session (Dates have changed!!): Mondays, February 17 - April 13, 2020; 6 - 8:30 pm  (Exception - Orientation Meetings: Mon. Feb. 17 OR  Wed. Feb. 19  6 - 7 pm only ) 
    • Includes an all-day retreat: Saturday or Sunday,  March 28 or 29, 9 am - 4 pm (TBA)
    • To begin the registration process and collect more information from the instructor, complete the preliminary registration form below
  • Fee: DePaul Student/Faculty/Staff/Ray Community Members $395; Community Non-Members: $425


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 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. We recommend early submission of registration due to limited class size. Regardless of your date of interest, complete the registration form. If it is too late for the current class, we can discuss future classes with you. 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. 

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. Benefits may include improved mental focus, pain and stress reduction, better sleep, and self-empowerment for health and well-being.


  • 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.
  • 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? 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 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