MBSR™ Intensive Mindfulness Training



 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™ UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness 8-Week Course

Although stress is at the cause of many physical illnesses and psychological disorders, it is not often diagnosed or treated at the root level. There are very few resources that effectively treat stress as a condition. MBSR™ is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 37 years of research, proven to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Utilizing curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, the course is designed to teach mind-body   awareness, recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress, increase stress hardiness, focus, creativity, regulate emotions, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.

Why do adults take this course? 

Some of the major reasons why people take the MBSR™ course is job, school or family stress, chronic pain, sleeplessness, mild depression and anxiety, anger issues, grief, or simply taking a more proactive role in greater overall health and well-being.

Course Objectives
-How to stabilize and focus attention to mobilize and put to use internal psychological resources for greater self-care.
-Identify Automatic Habitual Stress Reactivity and Mindfulness Mediated Stress Response, and respond more wisely to stressful events.
-How to work skillfully with difficult emotions, thoughts, and unpleasant physical sensations.
-Techniques to respond more wisely to stressful events and difficult communication.
– Recognize judgements, bias, negative thought patterns and reactivity in a more non-judgmental, engaged manner by cultivating self-compassion, embodied presence, empathy and acceptance.
-Create a personal, on-going mindfulness meditation practice.

Class Structure
Classes focus on the experiential cultivation of both “formal” and “informal” mindfulness practices such as yoga, mindful movement, and meditation as a foundation for the cultivation psychological and emotional resilience that can be effectively utilized across the adult life span. The group meets once per week for 8 weeks for 2-2.5 hours. We discuss didactic curriculum, meditation practice, group dialogue, and reflection. Each participant is expected to complete home practice on their own, such as meditation, body scan, yoga, the other 6 days per week for about 45 minutes per day.
One, all-day silent retreat experience to deepen the practice of seamless, meditative awareness and incorporate into daily life (approx. 6 hours: 9am-3pm). This is held on a weekend day following week 6 class.

Dates and Times:

Winter 2018: There will be one class on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3:30 pm

A free orientation session will be held on Tuesday, January 9th from 1-2 for anyone who would like to learn more about MBSR or plans on taking the class. The orientation will provide an introduction to mindfulness, MBSR history and the nature of the course. Attendants will also be led through mindfulness movements and meditation. The orientation is optional and open to all. No registration is required for the orientation.

Dates for the eight-week long winter class: Tuesdays 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, If there is a weather cancellation, there will be a class on 3/13

The Silent Retreat for Winter 2018 will be on Saturday, 2/24 from 9 am to 3 pm

Location: Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, 8553 Urbandale Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322

Cost: $250 per person

Continuing Education Offerings:

Teachers, Educators: 15 contact hours- 1 License Renewal Credit through Heartland AEA

Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists: 20 Contact hours- 20 CEUs

Clergy and Spiritual Directors: 20 Contact hours- 2 CEUs

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 7 or more days prior to date of first class: Full fee is transferable for use within 6 months from session start date.

Cancellations made 24 to 72 hours prior to date of first class: 50% of full fee is transferable for use within 6 months from session start date.

Less than 24 hours notice prior to date of first class or no shows: Full fee is forfeited.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the instructor, Allison Peet at 515.344.8516 or allisonpeet@gmail.com

INSTRUCTOR: Allison Peet is a qualified MBSR™ Instructor trained at UMass Medical Center For Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. She is trained through Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to youth, K-12. She’s completed 21 full days of silent  meditation retreats to date and has a daily personal practice. Allison has a  personal path of living and working with chronic stress and anxiety which is why she started her own business, From Within Wellness, LLC to be of service to others. She is committed to creating a more mindful community by helping people develop practical life skills in attentional strength, present moment awareness, self-compassion, kindness, and stress resiliency.