MBSR Course Description:

lotusflowerMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Durango is modeled on the internationally acclaimed program created at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. In the past thirty-eight years, over 24,000 people have graduated from the MBSR course at UMass, many of whom have been referred by over 7,000 physicians. Tens of thousands more individuals have participated in the over 450 MBSR programs now offered in hospitals, clinics and by independent providers on five continents.

Over 600 individuals from the Four Corners area have now graduated from Stillpoint’s MBSR program since it was first offered in January 2007. Participants have ranged in age from 16 to 84.

A growing body of scientific research at UMass and other academic medical centers has shown that mindfulness and participation in MBSR programs can be significantly and often profoundly beneficial in terms of reducing medical symptoms and emotional/psychological distress. A majority of program graduates report:

  • an ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, both short and long-term
  • lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • decreased levels of pain, and an increased ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • an increased ability to relax
  • increased emotional stability
  • greater sense of energy and well-being and enthusiasm for life

The course consists of 8 weekly classes (2 ½ hours each) and one all-day session on a weekend, usually between the 6th and 7th class. An orientation/information session is held prior to the class start date and is a prerequisite for participation. In all, the class offers nearly 30 hours of direct contact and instruction. The class format is experiential and deeply engaging, consisting of direct instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, and group dialogue, discussion, and inquiry. Great care is taken to create a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment. Classes are generally offered in the fall and winter/spring. Please see Schedule & Fees.

The core focus of the program is intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its applications to the challenges, demands and delights of daily life. Participating in the course does require an on-going commitment to yourself. You will be asked to attend all of the classes, including the all-day session, and practice daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes per day. Participants receive a set of 4 guided meditation CDs and a workbook. You are also strongly encouraged to read Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living to support your success in the program.

Listen to an interview with Janet Curry, MA, LPC about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on “Telluride…Inside & Out” online magazine by clicking here.

Who Can Benefit?

People who take the MBSR program may look a lot like you. They come to the MBSR program with a wide range of conditions and concerns, including:

  • Stress-financial, health, work or family
  • grief and loss
  • sleep disturbances
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • fibromyalgia
  • cancer
  • fatigue
  • heart disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • chronic pain
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety and panic
  • eating disorders
  • headaches
  • skin disorders

Some people enroll in the program with increasing concerns about the uncertainty of the future. Others say they have a general feeling that their lives are out of balance, or that they feel “disconnected” or overwhelmed, even though they are feeling well physically.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Durango is offered as a complement to your current medical and/or psychological treatments, not as an alternative to them. Our collaborative work with health care providers is based in the understanding that optimal health care in the 21st Century is participatory, combining what our providers can offer us with what each of us can actively do for ourselves.

How to Begin:

Prior to each class cycle an orientation session is held to provide more detailed information about the program, and to offer an experiential “taste” of mindfulness practice. These sessions are free of charge. You are invited to come meet the instructor, bring any questions or concerns, and learn more about not only the form but also the “heart” of this work. This session is required for those planning to enroll in the MBSR class; if you are unable to attend due to a conflict, please contact Janet.  For a schedule of dates, times and locations for upcoming orientation sessions, or to register for an MBSR in Durango program, please click here.

Please download forms in PDF format

MBSR Graduate Programs:

Stillpoint is pleased to offer continuing support, encouragement and training to graduates of the MBSR in Durango program. We understand that following the MBSR course it can be challenging to maintain the momentum, focus and enthusiasm to maintain and deepen mindfulness practice. We offer different options for developing and nurturing your practice:

  • Monthly MBSR Drop-In Sessions.  Due to Janet’s travel and teaching schedule, further Drop-Ins have not been scheduled.  Please check back for updates!
  • All-Day Retreats (part of the MBSR & MBCT course). Please see Schedule for dates and times. These retreats are free of charge for and open to all MBSR/MBCT graduates.
  • Continuing Classes designed to offer an opportunity to focus more deeply on various themes and topics introduced in the MBSR course. Such courses may include: “Interpersonal Mindfulness,” “Mindful Parenting,” and “Creativity & Mindfulness.” Please check back for new listings.

Other Mindfulness-Based Programs:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression: The next 8-week MBCT course will be offered in June/July of 2019.  Please check back for dates and times, or contact Janet to get on the email updates list!
  • Customized Corporate MBSR Programs are offered in weekly class and retreat formats.
  • Individualized MBSR Instruction is available for those who prefer individualized learning or who have scheduling conflicts with the class times/dates.

Guided Mindfulness Meditation CDs

Janet’s full series of 4 CDs is used in the MBSR in Durango program for the cultivation of mindfulness in formal practice and in everyday life. The CDs may be used by anyone, however, to support you in coming home to yourself, in stepping out of the mode of “doing” and into the domain of “being,” and in nourishing yourself deeply by accessing the experience of relaxation and ease. The first CD in the series, a guided Body Scan meditation, is available for purchase separately; each set of 2 CDs may also be purchased.


Guided Body Scan Meditation CD: $15
Set 1: (2 CDs) Body Scan and Guided Yoga, Series 1: $25
Set 2: (2 CDs) Guided Sitting Meditation Guided Yoga, Series 2: $25
Complete Set of 4 CDs $45


Please contact Janet for more information on the CDs or to place an order for purchase.

Contact Info

Contact Janet Curry, M.A. by phone: 970-779-0611 or email: janet@stillpointmindfulnesstraining.com.