UAMS Employees Receive $50 Discount for Mindfulness Program

By Ben Boulden

Participants learn mindfulness techniques that foster positivity, inner strength and peace, while providing useful skills for navigating difficulty, stress, illness and pain.

The program is an eight-week, nine-session training in mindful awareness and meditation skills. Classes meet weekly online for about two hours and for an all-day session toward the end of the course.

Orientation is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Classes one through eight meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 23. The all-day class and retreat is 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday, Nov. 13.

UAMS employees may take the course for $250. Couples or families can receive a group rate of $225 per person. The discounts cannot be combined. Scholarships are also available.

MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a form of mindfulness and meditation that is well-documented and supported by scientific studies. Participants learn different meditative tools to mindfully explore healthier relationships with the day-to-day challenges and demands of life.

To register or for more information, visit the Mindfulness Program website. For questions, contact Feliciano “Pele” Yu Jr., M.D., at

Professor of Psychiatry Puru Thapa, M.D., is director of the UAMS Mindfulness Program, which offers Mindfulness teachings and courses to the UAMS community and the general public. For more information, visit