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The Center for Mindfulness

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The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society has been a visionary force pioneering the investigation and integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine and health care for 34 years. Directed by Dr. Saki F. Santorelli, the Center is an innovative, multi-dimensional organization in the Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Founded in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Center’s Stress Reduction Clinic is the place of origin of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). To date, more than 20,000 patients have completed the MBSR program at UMass. Worldwide, there are more than 740 MBSR programs in hospitals, clinics, and as free-standing programs serving the needs of tens of thousands of people on six continents.

The work of the Center has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyer’s documentary, Healing and the Mind - viewed by more than 40 million people – on NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in hundreds of newspaper, magazine articles, and web-based media publications.


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The Stress Reduction Program, founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, has been featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and The Mind, on NBC’s Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self.

Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed our eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. The central focus of the Clinic is intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges/adventures of everyday life.


Sounds True

Sounds True - Many Voices, One JourneySounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to inspire, support, and serve personal and spiritual transformation. Today Sounds True is an independent publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. Sounds True publishes books, audio, videos, multimedia kits, and online courses on a wide variety of topics, all created with the intention to directly transmit life-enhancing wisdom from leading teachers. We are proud to partner with the Center of Mindfulness in creating this program to bring MBSR training to a wider audience than ever before.

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