Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM)

Sponsored by the Program on Integrative Medicine

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that will teach you how to slow down, set priorities and stay calm, focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

This evidenced-based program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s model that teaches Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” It enables individuals to step out of ‘automatic pilot’, and to connect and respond to daily life with increased awareness and self-control.

The class format includes instruction and practice of mindfulness skills, mind-body exercises, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. In this program, you will receive:

  • 8 weekly classes of 2-1/2 hours each
  • One 6-hour retreat on a Saturday
  • Recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices
  • Access to extensive handouts, reading lists, home assignments, resources, etc.

Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes every day and to complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation. This challenging, life-affirming course requires a strong commitment for maximal benefit. Your instructors are committed to and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

Questions? Email

Fee: $350 UNC Affiliates | $375 General Public | $200 Repeat Participants

Refund policy

  • Before start of 1st class, full refund minus $75.00 handling fee
  • After 1st class, no refunds

Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM) – May

Class Dates: Wednesdays, May 16 through July 11, 2018 (no class July 4)

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Room 500, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Date Change Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, June 23 , 2018, from 9-3:30pm at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707.

Questions? email mindfulness@med.unc.edu or Phone 919-966-8586


Summer Mindfulness Special with William Frey, M.Ed. – June

Interested in Mindfulness this summer?

Instructor William Frey will teach a abbreviated session beginning on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 6-8pm at UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.

If you would like to register, click here!

Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment.