Mindfulness Training

Exploring Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction with Survivors of Gun Violence

We anticipate more virtual Mindfulness classes in 2023

August 30, 2022

In collaboration with Survivors Empowered and the University of California, San Diego; we are measuring the effects of mindfulness on family, friends, and community members who have had a loved one taken, been wounded, or witnessed gun violence. In this study, we will be offering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to explore different avenues for improving mental health and wellbeing.

Results from the study will be available, soon.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) with John Taylor and Jennifer Miller
Weekly on Tuesdays: August 30th, 2022 to October 18th, 2022
10 am to 12:30 pm PST (1 pm to 3:30 pm EST)

All Day-Session: October 8th, 2022 – from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm • PST (10:00 am to 4:00 pm • EST)
Orientation: August 16th, 2022 - Time TBD

Participants will be asked to complete pre-, mid-, and post-surveys during the study. Questionnaires will take approximately 20 minutes to complete during each of these time points. Participation in the study is voluntary and all information will remain confidential. Efforts, such as coding research records, keeping research records secure and allowing only authorized people to have access to research records, will be made to keep your information safe.

This course is normally $500, when taken at the Center for Mindfulness. However, because this class is being conducted as a study by the affiliated Zeidan Lab, it will be free to participants. 

As noted above, participation is limited to those who have either been directly or indirectly impacted by gun violence.

MSBR Enrollment Form

Course Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  •  Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being

  • Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings

  • Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication

  • Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate friends and families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives

  • Implement brief mindfulness practices with friends and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities

Advanced Class beginning August 16, 2022

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) with Megan Prager and Jennifer Miller
Weekly on Tuesdays: August 16th - Oct 4th, 2022
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm • PST (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm • EST)

Half-Day Retreat: Saturday, Sept 17th – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm • PST
Orientation: Tuesday, July 26th – from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm • PST
(Requires completion of MBSR class or comparable)

For those interested in participating in the Mindful Self Compassion Class—or who may have questions on either class—please reach out to Dwayne Mosbey, Program Coordinator for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, at [email protected] or you can give him a call at (858) 306-3783.

A Recent Interview with Sandy & Lonnie on Mindfulness:


Here is a report on our Mindfulness Journey with UCSD.

The 8-week course involves sessions of approximately 2½ hours each

Read an article here, about how Mindfulness has benefitted survivors of gun violence. There is also a companion article, based on an interview with Sandy Phillips.

MSBR Class Enrollment Form



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