What can I do if I want to do MBSR but it is too expensive for me?
We have a commitment to making the MBSR program accessible to as many people as possible, even when people can’t afford the full fee. To this end, we offer very generous payment plans and discounted places.
Please email Caroline or the teacher of your course and she will ask you to complete a Concession Form. We are proud of the fact that we have never turned anyone away from doing the program just because they couldn’t afford the full fees.
What is the refund policy?
We are confident you will find the course engaging and that you have enrolled knowing that the course invites your own self-exploration.
Fees will be refunded (less $100) after one class, if you decide the course is not for you. After this class, fees are not refundable.
If you are unable to complete the course because of serious life disruption (e.g. due to serious illness or family crisis) we are happy to review these circumstances and at our discretion may provide a credit note so that you can enrol in a future course. To request this review please email Caroline or contact the teacher of your course.
Someone down the road is offering a mindfulness course for only $395. What’s the difference?
There may be no difference. Check it out!
For over 30 years, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been the gold standard of teaching mindfulness in a secular setting for the relief of physical and psychological suffering. It is taught by people who have committed themselves to training, doing retreats and having a personal practice themselves, over many years.
However, many psychologists and others are now offering “mindfulness” courses “based on MBSR” or “based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn” with very little personal experience and immersion in mindfulness practice themselves, and little or no training in MBSR. These courses are often shorter, perhaps 6 sessions of 1.5 hours (ie 9 hours long) for around $400. This works out as more expensive than the MBSR program which is 27 hours long, including a silent retreat day, plus email and phone contact with the teacher if you need it during the 8 weeks.
Why should I do MBSR when I can go to a local meditation centre for free?
Many people come to MBSR because they specifically want a mindfulness training that is secular and has no particular spiritual orientation or beliefs attached to the process.
As well, most “free” meditation centres rely on people’s generosity to support and sustain their work and the teachings. In order for them to survive, you might need to pay something towards your experience there.