University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Brief Overview

  • Earn 50 wellness points
  • Deadline: Complete by August 31, 2015

About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week course to learn how to use mindfulness to consciously and methodically deal with stress, pain, illness, and the demanding challenges of everyday life.

MBSR is open to UPlan members. Spouses covered by the UPlan, even if they are University employees, are not eligible for the discounted rate or fee reimbursement. There is a limit of one lifetime reimbursement per class for UPlan members.

To receive a $200 reimbursement, you must attend at least six of the eight classes and a day-long retreat. The course fee that is paid up front is $350 or more, depending upon location.

Go to the Center for Spirituality & Healing website for times and locations

MBSR is offered through the University's Center for Spirituality & Healing and is held in a classroom setting or off campus. As a MBSR participant, you will be required to:

  • meet for 2.5 hours, once a week, for six out of eight weeks
  • attend one day-long retreat
  • learn how to practice mindfulness or meditation to intentionally cope with pain, illness, and stress

Where the course is not available on campus or in the community, Twin Cities and Morris employees can participate over the phone (tMBSR). For that program, you will:

  • attend four out of six weekly classes via telephone
  • attend one day-long retreat held on campus
  • attend one day-long workshop held on campus

How to Enroll in MBSR/tMBSR

Step 1. Review the schedule of courses

Step 2. Register and pay for a course (telephone course options listed here)

Step 3. Create an account to receive your reimbursement (opens new window)

You must have an online account to receive your reimbursement. To set up the online account you will need to provide:

  • Seven-digit U of M employee ID number
  • Routing number of your financial institution and checking/savings account number (found on a check or deposit slip)
  • As a UPlan member, you may be reimbursed for this class just one time while actively employed by the University

If you have met the attendance requirements for MBSR/tMBSR you will be reimbursed $200. The reimbursement will be electronically deposited into your account approximately six weeks after your last class.

Telephone-Based and Virtual MBSR Sessions

The Center also offers a telephone-based version of MBSR (tMBSR). The tMBSR incorporates all the exercises and homework of the Center’s community MBSR, but offers an alternative to those who cannot meet face-to-face for eight weeks.

The tMBSR begins with an in-person, all-day workshop, providing participants with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the instructor and one another. The next six sessions are conducted via a web-based conference call. The tMBSR concludes with an in-person, all-day, mostly silent retreat. tMBSR sessions are scheduled when there is enough interest or when requested by an organization.

To receive a $200 reimbursement, you must complete all of the attendance requirements. The course fee that is paid up front is $405 or more, depending upon location.

The distant virtual sessions (vMBSR) are real-time computer and telephone-based sessions for people who are unable to attend an in-person MBSR session. Participants also have the option of attending an all-day MBSR retreat in person. Certain requirements are needed to participate by computer. For more information, please contact Cass McLaughlin at 612-626-5319 or

Program information

  • Points: 50
  • Deadline: Complete by August 31, 2015

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Need Assistance?

Questions about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Ask the Center for Spirituality & Healing:

Contact Beth at: Telephone: 612-626-2395

Ask the Wellness Program at: 

  • 4-UOHR Phone Center:
    • 612-624-8647
    • 800-756-2363