Inner workings of MBSR

Presentation of the structure of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

For whom?

  • primary audience: Christopher Titmuss’ Mindfulness Teacher Training Course (MTTC) participants

  • current or prospective mindfulness teachers of any kind

  • no prior experience with MBSR is necessary


The workshop will be interactive (interspersed with short practices) and will cover, roughly, the following topics:

  1. MBSR history

  2. theoretical background (Buddhist, theravada)

  3. order of introducing practices

  4. session structure (architecture of a single session; sequence of sessions)

  5. overview of practices (formal, informal, home): major (bodyscan, mindful movement, sitting meditation) and minor (raisin, walking, mountain, mettā, …)

  6. inquiry & investigation (experience, reaction, patterns; Atkinson’s iceberg model of inquiry)

References & resources


  • Palouse Mindfulness: complete online (non-interactive) MBSR course, with all materials available (handouts, guided meditations, etc.)

  • Bangor University, Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC):

  • R.S. Crane &al: What defines mindfulness-based programs? The warp and the weft (fulltext)

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Authorized Curriculum Guide 2017 (fulltext)