MBSR: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity through Mindfulness


  • Are you worried or concerned about your work or family?
  • Have you experienced discrimination due to your culture, ethnicity, age or disabilities?
  • Do you have medical or other health issues that weigh you down?
  • Do you feel pressures about money, family, or the state of the world?

If any of these sound familiar, mindfulness might be good for you. You will learn to connect to your inner strengths that support well-being and build resilience. MBSR has been shown to help with symptoms and diseases such as high blood pressure, heart health, IBS, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety and more. 

In this intensive, supportive 8-week class you will learn and practice:

  • Methods and meditation for calming your body and mind
  • Stress reduction practices and strategies
  • Gentle, mindful movement

MBSR inspires and bolsters the wisdom and courage that you were born with to meet life’s demands. These are steps you can take to be pro-active in your life.  

This course is being offered at the Central Massachusetts YWCA in downtown Worcester in partnership with the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness (CFM). The class will be taught by Bonita Jones, a respected MBSR teacher, who brings her considerable expertise in teaching MBSR in the community.

A free orientation and information session will be offered TBA. Come see for yourself. Experience mindfulness and learn more.

This MBSR course is for people who identify as persons of color and other diverse and underserved communities of Worcester.

Course Schedule

Tuesdays, September 26 – November 14
6:00 - 8:30 pm
No class on Tuesday Oct. 31st 
Make-up class on Monday Oct. 30th

Information Session & Orientation (required)
Tuesday, Sept. 12th
Tuesday, Sept. 19th
5:30 – 9:00 pm 

All-Day Retreat
Saturday, November 4
8:45 am – 4:30 pm


Central Massachusetts YWCA
1 Salem Square
Worcester, MA 01608


Participants may pay by donation or what they can afford. Suggested donation $25.00 to help defray program expenses.


Please contact Patty Flanagan, Director of Wellness and Health Equity, YWCA Central Massachusetts
508-767-2505, Ext. 3021



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