Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (BREV 1000)

Course Name

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Course Description

In the course of day-to-day life, we can all too easily become lost in our thoughts or distractions and miss out on what is around us and what is truly important in our lives. Mindfulness is a practice of “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judging”. Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, this is an 8-week course that offers guided mindfulness practices to help practitioners reconnect with the present moment.

Subject Code

BREV 1000

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • be familiar with guided medication practices including
    • body scan meditation;
    • sitting meditation with mindfulness of breath, body sensations, emotional energy and thought;
    • mindful movement;
    • gentle hatha yoga practiced with Mindful awareness of the body; and
    • walking meditation.
  • be aware of personal stress reactivity and resilience; and
  • develop a plan for home practice.



There is no textbook for this course; course materials will be provided in class.

Retreat fee: $50.00


There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • principles of mindfulness;
  • meditation practices;
  • the benefits of meditation;
  • stress reactivity and resilience; and
  • practical application of mindfulness in daily living.

Learning Resources

Participants are advised to bring a yoga mat, and to wear comfortable clothing.

Instruction Method

This is traditionally a classroom-based course, however courses have presently been moved to online delivery, until the end of 2020. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.


You will need a computer that is connected to the internet to access the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform. We recommend using either Chrome or Firefox as your browser. As your course includes live sessions, you will also need to enable your computer's audio and microphone to participate.


You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here and check to see if your browser is compatible here.


Home practice is required and optimizes the benefits of mindfulness practice.


This course is assessed on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.

Completion Timeframe

2 months (32 hours) from course start date

Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Fall 2020 Dates 

Date Time CRN
October 20 - December 8, Tuesdays 5:30 - 8 p.m. 31170
Retreat - Saturday, November 28 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.