Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW, is a Qualified MBSR Teacher who has trained directly with Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer at Center For Mindfulness in Massachusetts (CFM), in California and other various international locations. Her mindfulness training, mediation and yoga practice has evolved since the early 1970's. Jessica has been teaching MBSR since 2014 in Canada and in the U.S. She is in the final stages of completing CFM's MBSR teacher certification process. Achieving certification as a MBSR Teacher requires years of extensive course work taught by the CFM program in Massachusetts, 15 hours of Supervision, a dedication to mindfulness mediation practice, various forms of yoga and body movement and a commitment to regularly attend noble silence retreats in Vipassana Insight and other meditation methods.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the early 1990's. MBSR is a well-defined and systematic patient-centered educational approach. This relatively intense training in mindfulness meditation is at the core of a program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives. This model is successfully utilized in a number of medical centers and non-medical settings such as schools, prisons, athletic training programs, professional programs, and in workplaces around the world.

According to Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D, MA, Director of the CFM, "the optimal form and delivery of MBSR is to have the program taught over 8 weeks and the level of experience and understanding of the person undertaking the teaching is of critical importance. Rather than "clone" or "franchise" one cookie-cutter approach, mindfulness ultimately requires the effective use of the present moment".

Spring Course Begins - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 

Fall 2017 Course Information to be posted in July