Stress reduction class

January 11 – March 8   |   MNPS Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill


MNPS is partnering with Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to offer a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments


All MNPS employees are eligible to register. Registered participants will meet at the Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill (2694 Fessey Court, 2nd floor conference room) for nine Thursdays and one Saturday. The schedule is as follows:


Orientation/first class: January 11 (open to anyone who wants to learn more about the course; because space is limited, advance registration is encouraged)

Eight Thursdays: January 18 – March 8 (5:30-8 p.m.)

Saturday retreat: February 24 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)


How much does it cost?

The typical cost at the Osher Center is $375; in some parts of the country, this highly popular course costs as much as $800! However, through this special collaboration with Vanderbilt, MNPS is offering the course to at no cost to those who: (1) meet the registration requirements described below and (2) feel they are able to meet the significant time commitment required of the course.


What is mindfulness and MBSR?

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress and the challenges and demands of everyday life.


MBSR is evidence-based intervention used to increase awareness of your thoughts, body and emotions. MBSR uses meditation and gentle movement to encourage present-moment awareness and deep relaxation.


What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness-practices can help you heal and cope with many conditions, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Some autoimmune conditions


Who teaches the course?

Michelle Pearce, DMIN, MSN, MA, LPC-MHSP, RN, director of mindfulness programs and outreach for the Osher Center, will facilitate the course. She is a licensed and nationally certified mental health service provider and advanced practice registered nurse. She is qualified to teach MBSR through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, and has over 20 years' experience developing and teaching mindfulness practices to patients, educators, students, health professionals and people in the community.


What else do I need to know?
  • MNPS is covering the cost of this course for selected employees who might otherwise not be able to attend. Only register if you feel you can meet the commitments of the class, both attending class and completing assigned homework.
  • If you register and find you’re unable to commit to the whole course, let us know so we can offer your spot to someone else.
  • Your registration information, including your statement, is confidential and will not be made public or shared with anyone outside Vanderbilt staff coordinating the course.


What if I have questions?

If you have additional questions about the course or registration, send an email to






Advance registration opens November 15 and closes December 29.

Below you will have the option to register for orientation only OR for the full course plus orientation. Full-course registrants will be required to provide a well-thought-out statement about why you want to attend and why you think MBSR might benefit you (150-300 words). Participants will be selected both on the quality of their statements and on a first come, first served basis. Because space is limited, those registering for orientation only may not get a slot if full-course registrations exceed available space.  A confirmation email with additional details will be sent to selected participants as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, January 2.

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