MBSR program in Geneva, Switzerland

Mindfulness based stress reduction program

The Mindfulness for stress reduction programme was developed by Jon Kabat- Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the 1970s to alleviate a wide range of health problems. 

The 8-week MBSR program incorporates techniques such as meditation, gentle yoga, mind-body exercises to help people learn how to cope with stress, together with discussion on stress and life skills. 

Long term stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental health. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) aims to improve general well-being and address prolonged periods of stress, which can lead to poor mental and physical health. 

People have reported feeling more engaged in their work, being more energised, less anxious, as well as sleeping better and having fewer physical symptoms of stress, after attending an MBSR course. 

The 8 week-course includes:

1 Orientation session

8 weekly sessions each 2/2,5 hours long 

1 all day retreat. 

The next MBSR course starts in Geneva on the 13th of October 2020 at Sphere. 

Silvia Vernaschi facilitates the course, having trained as a MBSR instructor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. 

The course involves meeting weekly for 2/2.5 hours over 8 weeks, as well as an All-Day Retreat. As such, the course includes 9 sessions in total.

Each person needs to attend an Orientation Session and submit an Application form and a Personal Interview before being accepted on the course. The Orientation session gives a good introduction to mindfulness and the MBSR course.

For info and registration: silvia@silviavernaschi.com


Orientation Session
Thursday 13th October 2020

from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Weekly Sessions

from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

on Tuesdays: 

27 October | 2, 10, 17, 24 November| 

1, 8, 15 December 2020

All-day Retreat

Sun 6th June, from 10.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Please note that participants will be asked to attend all the 9 sessions, and to practice daily home assignments for about 45 minutes, 5 days a week. Research shows that the effectiveness of the MBSR course is related to the commitment to the daily practice.

Home assignments include: guided meditation practices, readings, writing and/or reflection exercises.



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