University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Brief Overview

  • Earn 50 wellness points
  • Deadline: Complete by August 31, 2016
  • Get reimbursed $200 of the course fee when you complete the course requirements

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/vMBSR

Step 1. Review the schedule of courses

Step 2. Register and pay for a course 

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/vMBSR you will be reimbursed $200. The reimbursement will be electronically deposited into your account approximately six weeks after your last class.

Program information

  • Points: 50
  • Deadline: Complete by August 31, 2016

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Need Assistance?

Questions about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Contact the Center for Spirituality & Healing at 612-626-5361.

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