Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery Program (MBCR)

The Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Program (MBCR) was created by leading psycho-oncologists at the University of Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre. MBCR is based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), the mindfulness-based intervention most trusted and researched in the medical community.

MBCR is a 9-week training that combines mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and simple informal practices offered to cancer patients and survivors. Research shows that when patients mentally prepare themselves to handle cancer treatment by managing stress and anxiety, they can improve their quality of life and become active participants in their own recovery.  

By enrolling in an MBCR program, participants learn to:

  • Use proven MBSR skills during their treatment and recovery
  • Boost their immune function through meditation and healing yoga
  • Skillfully deal with feelings of fear, uncertainty, and lack of control
  • Mindfully manage difficult symptoms and side effects
  • Discover their own capacity for healing and thriving after adversity

Courses 2022

Summer: University of California – San Francisco

June 15 to August 3, 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PST
Half-Day Retreat Saturday, July 23, 2022, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm PST

Fall: University of California – San Francisco

October 4 to November 22, 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PST
Half-Day Retreat Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Course Fee: there is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Please plan to attend all nine sessions.

This program is open to all cancer patients and survivors, regardless of where they receive treatment.

For more information please contact Margaret Gray.

Past Courses

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