Rebecca Eldridge

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course does not have a prerequisite; it is open to anyone willing to commit to an intensive training in mindfulness where participants draw on their own resources to explore what it means to care for themselves, find peace, and experience healing. While people have practiced mindfulness for centuries, 30+ years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn, molecular biologist and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, designed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program to help people reduce symptoms of stress, pain, and illness. The MBSR 8-Week Intensive is modeled on the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

For 8 weeks you will be part of a living container—a group of individuals devoted to exploring mindfulness as a means to living fully in the only moment there is: now. Highly experiential, the course requires you to come with a sense of curiosity. You will be provided all necessary instruction and materials to guide you in formal practices, gentle movements, body scanning, and more. Much practice will be done in silence; there will also be time for whole group and small group dialogue.

With almost 30 hours of class time and 45 minutes-1 hour of homework 6 days per week, this course requires a commitment, but the experience can forever alter the way you experience yourself and your life. Most people who participate fully in an MBSR course report decreases in physical and psychological symptoms, an increased ability to relax, reduction in pain levels, an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and an ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.
Mindfulness
Mindfulness: the state of settled mind and body; a practice of living in the moment as it is, without judgment; a mind-body process for cultivating gentle self-awareness that can lead to more peace and less physical and emotional pain.
Reasons people report
for taking an MBSR course:
Stress
Related to work, relationships, finances, habits, social situations, and life in general
Psychological and Emotional Distress
Sleep disorders, anxiety, panic, depression, grief, OCD, eating disorders, negative thinking, frustration, anger, impatience, low self-esteem, feelings of helplessness, habitual patterns of behavior
Medical Conditions
Chronic pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, cancer, fibromyalgia, GI distress, heart disease, and more
Prevention and Wellness
As part of a pregnancy plan, to achieve more balance in life, to learn to take good care of oneself physically and emotionally, to establish better practices of exercise and healthy eating, to enhance the quality of interactions with others, to feel more peace and happiness, to relax, to reconnect with spontaneity and play
Read More!
Read more about recent findings on the effects of mindfulness meditation on brain structure.

Results of similar studies were also featured on a recent episode of Nightline on ABC.
Click here to watch a brief video from the episode.
  • 2015 MBSR Schedule

    Click below to see the course schedule for each location:

    • MBSR Course at Riverside Warwick Conference Center: Newport News, VA (Spring 2015) [+]

      Spring 2015 MBSR Course Schedule/Riverside Warwick Conference Center: Newport News

      Dates

      Time

      Notes

      MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
      Saturday, February 28 in Newport News
      OR
      Sunday, March 1 in Williamsburg

      9:30-11AM (Saturday, February 28, in Newport News)
      OR
      2:30-4:00PM (Sunday, March 1, in Williamsburg)

      Attending one of these is mandatory (you may attend orientation at either location). In some ways, this is the first class.

      1. Saturday, March 7

      9:30AM-noon

      2. Saturday, March 14

      9:30AM-noon

      3. Saturday, March 21

      9:30AM-noon

      4. Saturday, March 28

      9:30AM-noon

      5. Saturday, April 4

      9:30AM-noon

      6. Saturday, April 11

      9:30AM-noon

      SATURDAY, APRIL 18

      10:00AM-4:30PM

      RETREAT

      7. Sunday, April 19

      2:30-5:00PM

      Note:
      This class is on Sunday, 2:30-5:00PM.

      8. Saturday, April 25

      9:30AM-noon

    • MBSR Course at Riverside Doctors' Hospital: Williamsburg, VA (Spring 2015) [+]

      Spring 2015 MBSR Course Schedule/Riverside Doctors' Hospital: Williamsburg

      Dates

      Time

      Notes

      MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
      Saturday, February 28 in Newport News
      OR
      Sunday, March 1 in Williamsburg

      9:30-11AM (Saturday, February 28, in Newport News)
      OR
      2:30-4:00PM (Sunday, March 1, in Williamsburg)

      Attending one of these is mandatory (you may attend orientation at either location). In some ways, this is the first class.

      1. Sunday, March 8

      2:30-5:00PM

      2. Sunday, March 15

      2:30-5:00PM

      3. Sunday, March 22

      2:30-5:00PM

      4. Sunday, March 29

      2:30-5:00PM

      5. Sunday, April 5

      2:30-5:00PM

      6. Sunday, April 12

      2:30-5:00PM

      SATURDAY, APRIL 18

      10:00AM-4:30PM

      RETREAT: Held in Newport News

      7. Sunday, April 19

      2:30-5:00PM

      Note:
      This class is held in Newport News.

      8. Sunday, April 26

      2:30-5:00PM

    • MBSR Course at Studio for the Healing Arts: Norfolk, VA (Fall 2015) [+]

      Fall 2015 MBSR Course Schedule/Studio for the Healing Arts: Norfolk

      Dates

      Time

      Notes

      MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
      Sunday, August 30
      OR
      Monday, August 31

      2:30-4:00PM (Sunday, August 30)
      OR
      6:00-7:30PM (Monday, August 31)

      Attending one of these is mandatory.
      In some ways, this is the first class.

      1. Sunday, September 6

      2:30-5:00PM

      2. Sunday, September 13

      2:30-5:00PM

      3. Sunday, September 20

      2:30-5:00PM

      4. Sunday, September 27

      2:30-5:00PM

      5. Sunday, October 4

      2:30-5:00PM

      6. Sunday, October 11

      2:30-5:00PM

      SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

      10:00AM-4:00PM

      RETREAT

      7. Sunday, October 18

      2:30-5:00PM

      8. Sunday, October 25

      2:30-5:00PM

  • Course Cost
    This class is self-pay (not covered by insurance). For that reason we have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover facility and material costs, and to ensure adequate compensation for the instructor, please use the guidelines below, and your integrity, to determine the level that applies to you. If at the orientation you decide not to participate, you may request a prompt, full refund.

    LEVEL 1—annual household income over 45,000: $450 (~$16 per class hour).

    LEVEL 2—annual household income 30,000-44,999: $400 (~$14 per class hour).

    LEVEL 3—annual household income less than 30,000: $350 (~$12 per class hour).

    REPEAT STUDENT—all students who have previously completed the MBSR course may retake the course for $300.

    NOTE: The MBSR course is limited to 25 participants in Newport News and Norfolk (20 in Williamsburg). A waiting list will be created once cap is reached. In the case of student cancellation, those on the list will be called in order and can register at that time.
  • How To Register
    Registration for Riverside Warwick Conference Center Location (Newport News):
    Please select from the pulldown menu the level of payment that applies to your household situation, and complete registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. To pay by check or cash, please contact Rebecca via email or by calling 757-968-7365.

    If you receive the "Item Sold Out" message during registration, it means that the class is full. You may request to be placed on a waiting list by sending an email to rebecca@rebeccaeldridge.com (please include your name and phone number). You will be called if an opening becomes available and can register at that time.

    Once you have registered, you will be contacted to designate which orientation you will attend.
    Choose the payment level that applies to you:
    Registration for Riverside Doctors' Hospital Location (Williamsburg):
    Please select from the pulldown menu the level of payment that applies to your household situation, and complete registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. To pay by check or cash, please contact Rebecca via email or by calling 757-968-7365.

    If you receive the "Item Sold Out" message during registration, it means that the class is full. You may request to be placed on a waiting list by sending an email to rebecca@rebeccaeldridge.com (please include your name and phone number). You will be called if an opening becomes available and can register at that time.

    Once you have registered, you will be contacted to designate which orientation you will attend.
    Choose the payment level that applies to you:
    Registration for Studio for the Healing Arts Location (Norfolk: Ghent):
    Please select from the pulldown menu the level of payment that applies to your household situation, and complete registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. To pay by check or cash, please contact Rebecca via email or by calling 757-968-7365.

    If you receive the "Item Sold Out" message during registration, it means that the class is full. You may request to be placed on a waiting list by sending an email to rebecca@rebeccaeldridge.com (please include your name and phone number). You will be called if an opening becomes available and can register at that time.

    Once you have registered, you will be contacted to designate which orientation you will attend.
    Choose the payment level that applies to you:
  • Course Locations
    The course (and orientation session) at Riverside Warwick Conference Center will be held at

    Riverside Warwick Conference Center
    12420 Warwick Blvd., Bldg. 6
    Newport News, VA 23606

    The course (and orientation session) at the Riverside Doctors' Hospital will be held at

    Riverside Doctors' Hospital
    Conference room, 1st floor
    1500 Commonwealth Ave.
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    The course (and orientation session) at the Studio for the Healing Arts will be held at

    Studio for the Healing Arts
    1611 Colley Ave, Suite D
    Norfolk, VA 23517

    Note: This location has stairs, no elevator.

  • Common Questions
    Click on any of the questions to reveal the answers:
    • Will I be able to do the movement part? [+]
      Think gentle yoga. Participants are expected to honor their body’s abilities and limitations. The room we will be in is large, and we can spread out and have fun with it. Each of us will do what is best for our own, unique body. There will be a "walking lane" in the back of the class for anyone who needs to break from any practice and just move.
    • Is there a religious affiliation? [+]
      No, mindfulness is simply the practice of living with awareness in the present moment. People of all religions, beliefs, and lifestyles are welcome, supported, and respected in this course. It is expected, and required, that all participants in a mindfulness class show respect and even appreciation for everyone else in the class.
    • What if I don’t have time to do the at-home work? [+]
      The practices outside of class—the ones done in your “real life”—are the most important part of the course, so it is imperative that you make a firm commitment to do them. This may mean getting up earlier in the morning, devoting your lunch hour to practice, or making other adjustments. Please consider taking the course at a later time if you know that you will not be able to devote the 45 minutes-1 hour needed for daily practice, 6 days/week. People surprise themselves by what they can do in this course and achieve a great deal of satisfaction in maintaining a high standard for themselves. 
    • What if I have mental health issues? [+]
      A basic level of mental health is presumed. If you are actively experiencing clinical depression, or are facing a period of major upheaval, consider that it may make more sense to postpone taking the course. Do note, however, that the course is designed for people who want to deal more effectively with stress and anxiety in order to experience an improved overall wellness and an appreciation of self, others, and the world. You can talk to the instructor after the orientation if this is a concern.
    • Will I need to attend all classes? [+]
      Because of the participatory nature of the course, it is expected that you will attend all classes. Please do not miss more than one class, and, then, only if it can’t be helped. The Saturday retreat is a must.
    • Do I need prior experience in mindfulness? [+]
      No. You need only be willing to show up for your life.

Riverside is the first healthcare system in Hampton Roads
to offer an 8-week MBSR course modeled on the Stress Reduction Clinic
at the University of Massachusetts Medical School