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MBSR Program FAQ

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the course fee?

The course fee is $350.

What does the fee cover?

The course includes eight weekly classes, an individual interview with the instructor, a Saturday retreat, the book Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, four mp3s, and handouts.

I already have a copy of the book. Can I receive a reduced fee?

If you already have a copy of the book, please deduct $15 from the course fee.

Do you offer any discounts?

A discounted price of $625 is available when two members of the same household register.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans can be initiated at checkout. Installments of two monthly payments or four bi-monthly payments are available. Please contact the Center for details.


Are scholarships available?

Limited need-based support is available. Please contact the Center to discuss.

What if I miss a class?

Attendance at all class meetings is highly encouraged. Attendance will be recorded and missed hours are reflected in CEUs earned. If you anticipate having to miss more than two classes, it is best to wait to enroll in a future session.

What if I need to withdraw from the course?

Withdrawals from the course after the first class will receive a refund of 75% off the course fee (excluding the materials fee); after the second class, 50%; after the third class, 25%. No refunds will be made after the fourth class.

Is Zoom participation available?

The spring, summer, and fall sessions are held in-person at 652 17th Ave NE in Minneapolis. The winter session (January–March) will be held entirely via Zoom.

How long is the Saturday retreat?

The retreat takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How do I obtain the 27 CEUs?

At the end of the course, participants will be invited request a Certificate of Completion showing the number of course hours attended. Consult with your professional licensing board for details.

Who is the instructor?

Michael O'Neal is a Guiding Teacher of Compassionate Ocean Zen Center in Minneapolis. He has studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Thich Nhat Hanh and completed a training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) for professionals with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Michael is an ordained Buddhist priest and has been offering this program since 1994.

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