MBSR stands for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
The program was started in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in Molecular Biology at the Stress Reduction Clinic at Massachusetts Medical Center. It later became the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.
It was initially created within a medical environment to reduce stress in patients suffering from chronic pain and different chronic diseases. Nowadays, MBSR is integrated in numerous hospitals and clinics throughout the world.
Within the years the method has seen a great success, and its use has been extended to all sectors of society: education, prisons, law schools and law firms, top level sports, and in the corporate world (Google, Target, Asana, or Medium).
It is based on Buddhist Meditation principles and on research in integrative medicine, psychology, and neurosciences. It includes different types of meditation and yoga movements. It is taught in a secular environment, completely devoid of religious connotation.
Mindfulgay believes in the need, within the gay community, to have the possibility of meditating among other gay men, in a safe environment, sharing similar energy and a common bond.
We offer 3- and 5-day workshops exclusively for gay men based on the MBSR program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at Massachusetts Medical Center. These will be given in different cities in Europe and in the United States. Dates and location will be announced on the website.
As we live in a global society, the workshops will be available in English, Spanish, French and German.
At the present moment, the full 8-week MBSR Course will be offered in Spain only in the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.
We offer as well one-to-one online sessions based on the content of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. This allows for greater flexibility in terms of schedules and personalized attention. Individual sessions are suitable for people who have had no prior contact with Mindfulness, but also for those who have previously done the MBSR 8-week course, and want to go deeper.