Welcome MBSR Graduates!
CDP for Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Month course
Tuesdays, April 23 – Dec. 17, 2024
8-10 a.m. PDT (N. America) / 5-7 p.m. CEST
Course fee: $1860 USD, payable at one time or monthly. Limited financial assistance.
The CDP for MBSR is a unique and in-depth program offered for MBSR graduates (including MBSR teachers) to deepen mindfulness practice in daily life. Its spacious approach and community focus help bring mindfulness practice from head to heart.
Classes are intentionally kept very small (25 or less) to support connection and encouragement, where people can flourish together. The course is built on the sturdy scaffolding of the 8-month MSC Community for Deepening Practice, (created in 2016) and it is taught with MBSR at its center. This course runs weekly for 8 months with several rest weeks built in so that it fits into most busy lives.
CDP-MBSR is specifically designed for:
- Graduates of MBSR who increasingly feel the call to wake up to being more fully alive to the moments of our lives;
- anyone who is open to meeting the stress of their lives and the lives of others with less harm;
- those who recognize the beauty of a being in community while learning;
- those who have the time and willingness to commit to the best of their ability to engage with the practices offered;
- people who have been nourished by the CDP experience and would like to take the journey anew, this time through the new lens of MBSR;
- practitioners who want to grow a more consistent mindfulness practice, which may include exploring resistance, denial, aversion and craving, and lovingly examining what gets in the way;
- those who dare to explore embracing the “full catastrophe” of modern human life with clarity and commitment.
What makes CDP-MBSR different from the foundational MBSR course?
- There will be ample time for integration and marinating in the MBSR material: Because we spend an entire month on each MBSR session, (versus 2.5 hours in a traditional 8-week class) there is more time and spaciousness in which understanding, insight, and embodiment can take root.
- Long-term connection with others: The CDP-MBSR is a long-term community. During our weekly live classes, we meet in both large and small breakout groups, increasing opportunities for deep sharing. There is renewed accountability and the potential for trusting connection in a group that studies together for 8 months. Some participants also choose to create smaller partner practice dyads or triads for shared practice, encouragement, and accountability outside of set class hours.
- Opportunity to explore MBSR through varied lenses: Together, participants will explore the material through a variety of lenses to support deeper understanding and embodiment. You will receive elaborative didactic materials, teachings by senior MBSR teachers, and frequent invitations into fuller practice.
- Elaborative topics are offered and emergence is honored: Because we have more time to spend together, we incorporate additional topics and approach them through an MBSR lens.
- 24 x 7 access to your community of classmates: There is an important, added element of connection and exploration possible in the CDP-MBSR Mighty Network, where participants can strengthen practice through deep inquiry of class topics, and sharing daily experiences. As with most elements of the course, this is completely optional, as not everyone prefers to share in this way.
- Greater emphasis/encouragement for ongoing formal practice: Because an ongoing formal practice strengthens the foundations for mindfulness, participants are strongly encouraged to practice daily, both formally and informally, in a way that supports just where you are in your own development. We put in place various structures to support people in this journey, whether beginners or established practitioners.
CDP-MBSR Teaching Team
Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW
CDP Team Teacher (MSC and MBSR)
MSC Teacher Trainer, MBSR Trainer, and CCT Teacher
Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW is deeply honoured to be journeying with others through the process of deepening practice. She has been fascinated with wonder her whole life. Introduced to meditation as a child, Dawn has dedicated herself to learning and teaching contemporary, accessible, expressions of wisdom and love, which catalyse healing and open us to our deeper sense of purpose always with the hope of a more just and equitable world. She piloted MSC in its earliest iterations and was part of the first cohort of teachers and trainers. She has been a MBSR trainer for the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS, UCSD, and Brown University and is a Certified Compassion Cultivation teacher. Recently retired from a varied career in healthcare from the front lines to the executive suite, Dawn sometimes teaches and studies in the faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. She and her Anam Cara, Dr. Michael McIntyre (a fellow MSC teacher, now deceased) founded the Mindfulness & Well Being Consultancy, Inc . She lives in the central plains of Canada in Treaty One Territory and shares her home with June, aka, Princess Fluffycoat Big Paws, a golden retriever cross.
PIttsburgh, PA, US
CDP Team Teacher (MBSR)
Certified MBSR Teacher
I am a Certified MBSR Teacher and co-founder of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. My involvement in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) field began in 1993, sparked by my participation in an MBSR program. This transformative experience led me to pursue further training at the UMass Center for Mindfulness.
Over the years, I have gained extensive experience teaching MBSR in diverse settings, including healthcare facilities, universities, and within the Veterans Health Administration. My career has evolved towards a dedication to mentoring and supporting new and experienced MBSR teachers.
To further this mission, I founded the Mindful Teacher Community Network (MTCN) as a gathering place for teachers to collaborate beyond the boundaries of competition and separation, embracing a collective approach for mindfulness educators to collaborate and share insights for the greater good. If you are interested in exploring MBSR Teacher Mentorship or would like to learn more about the Mindful Teacher Community Network, I warmly invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDP Team Teacher (MSC and MBSR)
Dennis is an Austrian-American dual national based in Vienna whose main interests lie in the integration of first-person contemplative, second-person relational, and third-person academic approaches in individual and collective healing and transformation.
He is a certified MBSR teacher and trained MSC teacher, a member of the Community for Deepening Practice teaching team, and an instructor in a master’s program in mindfulness. He has an academic background in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and has previously worked as a librarian, translator, editor, and interpreter. Since 2012, he has pursued additional training in various mindfulness-based, psychosocial, and psychotherapeutic interventions. Dennis has also completed a clinical research internship at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and worked as a sociotherapeutic attendant with people in extreme states of mind at Windhorse Integral Mental Health. His current interests include the theories, methods and applications of trauma-sensitive and nervous system-informed approaches, socially engaged and environmental mindfulness, and intergenerational and collective healing. Dennis lives in Vienna with his teenage daughter and enjoys a good swim, simple food and time in nature as well as good friendship.
Lotus photo illustration by Elena Ray