50 students

You can’t sail straight into the wind, and if you only know how to sail with the wind at your back, you will only go where the wind blows you. But if you know how to use the wind’s energy and are patient, you can sometimes get where you want to go. You can still be in control.
J. Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living

PLEASE NOTE: this is an online course – get in touch if you’re interested in organising and in-person Protocol.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a Mindfulness-based programme based on several decades of clinical experience, designed to assist people with pain and a range of stressful conditions. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of Mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga to help people become more mindful. In recent years, it has been the subject of controlled clinical research, suggesting it has beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life.


Throughout the programme you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain and illness – and the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Your instructor will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Home practice audio files and materials


There is always a free Orientation about the 8-week MBSR Protocol a couple of weeks before the Programme starts.

The Protocol consists of 8 weekly 2-hour Classes plus a Retreat Class (about 4 hours) on a weekend day (usually after Week 6).

Attendance is a paramount element of the Protocol. Please make sure you can participate in all sessions.

There is approximately an hour’s worth of daily homework assignments which include guided relaxation & meditation practices, reading, and written reflection exercises. It is important to understand that your success in the programme, whether that is to diminish your pain levels, stabilize your mood, or be less stressed, is directly related to your commitment to fully engage in the entire 8-week process, inside and outside of the classroom.


A maximum number of 12 participants will be accepted.


About Claudia is a translator, interpreter, tour guide and planner, teacher of foreign languages in Italy and Italian for foreigners elsewhere, with a passion for cinema, travel and Argentine tango. She has lived in several places in Italy and abroad (UK, Belgium, USA, Luxembourg). A few years ago she stumbled upon Mindfulness and it was an immediate insight: in very little time she decided to start the teacher training pathway with the School of Medicine within the University of Massachusetts, where Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Center for Mindfulness and designed the now renowned MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Protocol and started a blog. In line with her lifestyle, her wish is to convey this approach of full awareness in different contexts (education, corporate, general) and languages (Italian and English) and locations (Sicily, Rome, Milan, Luxembourg). She has completed two courses of Mindfulness for Children and Adolescents, with Mindful Schools (2015) and Amy Saltzman (2017) and one on Mindful Eating (2015) with Jan Chozen Bays. In 2017 she met John Niland and immediately joined his Self-Worth Safari, becoming one of the first members of the Self-Worth Academy. She has now offered several MBSR cycles, numerous workshops, guided Mindful Walks in nature and is constantly planning new Mindfulness-based activities. Experience in numbers 5 years of MBSR Protocols, Mindfulness seminars etc.- contributed to blogs on Self-Worth Academy websites References Catharina Biver (Business Coach) John Niland (Self-Worth Academy) Francesca Barbanera (Child Neuropsychiatrist)
€ 600.00