Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)? MBSR is based on mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is an inherent form of intelligence that we can develop and apply to many areas of life. It can help reduce stress and its harmful effects and improve the quality of our lives. Mindfulness meditation helps you develop insight, clarity, and balance bringing you more freedom, connection, and compassion.

About the Instructor: Edward Smith has been practicing and studying body-mind-spirit disciplines since 1972. He has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1979. In 1987 he started practicing therapeutic massage. Over the past 28 years he has completed countless hours of training in Neuro Muscular, Myofascial, Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, Hypnotherapy, and more. He founded, directed, and taught at his private vocational School for Massage Therapy and Healing Arts Center for 20 years.

Ed immersed himself in Mindfulness Meditation in 1990 and began teaching in 1993. He has taught many classes and retreats. Practicing and teaching mindfulness is a passion he brings to all areas of his life. 

The highly trained and experienced instructor will create a safe supportive environment for deeply experiential learning.
This course may be challenging. It requires a commitment to yourself. You are asked to fully participate by attending all classes, doing home practice, and assignments.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Fall 2021

Mindfulness meditation helps you develop insight, clarity, and balance bringing you more freedom, connection, and compassion. This series will host 8-weekly Thursday night sessions and 1-Sunday all-day retreat based in guided experiences, meditation, yoga, dialogue, and small home assignments to enhance your learning experience.You will receive a workbook and CDs with guided meditation and yoga.

Note: The first meeting of the Thursday class and Sunday retreat may run 30 minutes later. 

Dates: Thursdays, September 23 - November 11, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Time: Thursdays:
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Stockton University 
John F. Scarpa Academic Center
3711 Atlantic Ave, 
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Thursdays: Room 312

Sunday: Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room

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The Craving Mind Retreat

Learn what the mind craves and ways to loosen the grip of cravings. What are cravings? How do these cravings trigger automated responses and reactive behaviors? And how does craving fit into the addiction model?

This one-day retreat will provide insight to all these questions through the practice of mindfulness. One of the insights we may discover is the experience of dissatisfaction and suffering, and the role craving plays in that. Craving in the extreme becomes the obsessive and compulsive drive of addiction. Based in meditation, mindfulness, and RAIN this practice may teach you to loosen the grip of craving and find the peace, happiness, and freedom that goes with that. 

Open to beginners as well as experienced practitioners. 

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205

Board of Trustees (BOT) Room
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Additional Notes:

Carries Social Worker/Mental Health CEUs in NJ, NY, PA, MD, VA, CT and MA.  

This course may help many conditions including:

  • Stress reduction, burnout, chronic busyness, high blood pressure
  • GI problems, chronic pain, cancer, asthma, headaches, depression, anxiety, panic sleep problems, fibromyalgia, heart disease
  • Addiction, immunity, weight loss, balancing the nervous system, better grades, emotional intelligence
  • Being more mindful in everyday life helps us make wiser choices
  • Being less judgmental, bringing peace, better communication



Read Mindfulness-Based Interventions: A Brief Review of Their Application to Graduate Student Strain by Enrique Cabrera-Caban, Rebecca Garden, Arianna White, and Katelyn Reynoldson of Old Dominion University. This informative article is focused on the effectiveness of mindfulness on graduate students and the findings can be applied to most professionals.