Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (BREV 1000)

Course NameMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Course Description

Learn and practice an evidence-based approach to manage stress. Regain energy. Learn and practice strategies to lead a more grounded and less stressful life.

In the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, you will practice guided meditations and cognitive exercises including:

  • Still meditations like the body scan, and awareness of breath, body, sounds, thoughts and emotions
  • Movement meditations like gentle yoga, qigong and walking meditation
  • Recognizing and managing stress reactions

Home practice and in class participation will lead to optimal benefits in this experiential course.

This is an 8-week online course that offers guided mindfulness practices to help participants reconnect with the present moment.

Subject CodeBREV 1000
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • become familiar with guided meditation practices including
    • body scan meditation
    • sitting meditation with mindfulness of breath, body sensations, emotional energy and thought
    • mindful movement
    • gentle hatha yoga practiced with Mindful awareness of the body
    • walking meditation.
  • become aware of personal stress reactivity and resilience
  • develop a plan for home practice.


There is no textbook for this course; course materials will be provided in class.

Retreat fee: $55.00

Pre-requisiteThere are no formal prerequisites for this course. Please note that you must also register for BREV 1001 in order to attend the retreat. Upon completion of BREV 1000 & BREV 1001 you will receive a Recognition of Completion. 
Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • principles of mindfulness
  • meditation practices
  • the benefits of meditation
  • stress reactivity and resilience
  • practical application of mindfulness in daily living
Learning ResourcesParticipants are advised to have a yoga mat for class and to wear comfortable clothing.
Instruction MethodClasses will take place online. Students are expected to participate in class discussions. The retreat will take place at our New West campus.
AssignmentsHome practice is strongly encouraged and optimizes the benefits of mindfulness practice.
GradingThis course is assessed on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.
Completion Timeframe8 weeks from course start date. Students may also attend the 8-hour retreat (register for BREV 1001 to attend).
Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


Course Registration Number 

CRN: 31076 

Please note that the retreat is a separate registration. CRN: 31077

Class Dates

Wednesdays from 5pm - 7:30pm

September 25, 
October 2, 9 16, 23, 30, 
November 6, 13 

Retreat date: Saturday in November TBD

Course InstructorTom Heah (he/him) has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2006. He is a trainer and mentor for MBSR teachers-in-training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. He works as an occupational therapist in mental health with Vancouver Coastal Health. He is certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Tom has a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy and is a Registered Occupational Therapist in BC.
Teaching Opportunities

If you are interested in an opportunity in teaching with us at 鶹ýAV, please consider joining our dynamic team!

We are always looking for new instructors. If you are interested in teaching this course, please contact Denise Cacchioni to learn more.