Respond Mindfully: Training, Coaching and Consultation
MBSR Practice Teaching Intensive participants group photo in 2018.

Mindfulness-Based Programs

Oscar is certified to teach MBSR, MB-EAT, and MBSR-T.  Descriptions of each curriculum are below.  He is available to teach the full curriculum versions of these evidence-based programs and/or general overview of mindfulness meditation with a focus on any related section/topic (i.e., leadership, communication, etc.).  

What is Mindfulness?

"Mindfulness is about being fully present.  It is about attending to the here and now, without being lost in thoughts about the past, or fantasies about the future.  It is a quality of being that embodies kindness, curiosity, an acceptance.  To be mindful is to actually feel the sensations in your body, even unpleasant ones, without clinging to them or wishing them away.  It is to observe your thoughts without letting them become the only version of the truth.  It is to attend to your emotions, embracing whatever it is you're feeling in the moment, even if it's not particularly comfortable.  It is to be more sensitive and compassionate toward the people and situations around you.  And when practiced diligently, it can transform our health, our relationships, and our impact on the world."
- David Gelles (Mindful Work)

What is Mindfulness (video)?

Mindfulness meditation has its origins in Eastern Buddhist practices. However, in recent decades, "mindfulness" has become popular a practice in the United States and across the world.  Check out this short and succinct video from Happily.

Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Meditation


  • Reduced physical & psychological suffering (stress and tension)
  • Improved levels of energy and a greater enthusiasm for life.
  • Increased ability to deal with challenging situations in a calm, composed way.
  • Increased ability to relax, even when faced with stressful circumstances.
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • Reduced feelings of anger and frustration.
  • Better relationship management 
  • Natural pain management (for those experiencing chronic/on-going pain)

Work Place 

  • Greater Productivity 
  • More Effective Meetings
  • Greater Commitment 
  • Better Decision-Making and Prioritization
  • Increased Creativity and Innovation
  • Less Sick Leave and Employee Turnover
  • Fewer Conflicts

Lists adapted from and I'm Sorry, What are you Saying? by Martin Strom. 


What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?


MBSR is an 8-week evidence-based program created by Dr. John Kabat-Zinn.  Click on link on the left to learn about mindfulness and the skills introduced through the MBSR course.

More more information about MBSR, visit: 

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT)

MB-EAT is a 12 week evidence-based program developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller at Indiana State University.  

For full information about Dr. Kristeller, and the MB-EAT program, visit:

To learn more about Oscar's health journey, and MB-EAT training, click here.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)

"MBSR-T is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  program for adults (Kabat-Zinn, 1982, 1990, 2013). The MBSR-T  intervention is closely related to the traditional MBSR program created  by Kabat-Zinn and colleagues. The MBSR-T program is meant to be a  program to use with adolescents and young adults versus the traditional  MBSR program for adults. Like MBSR, MBSR-T is based on secular  adaptations of mindfulness practices with roots in Eastern meditation  traditions. MBSR-T is also strongly influenced by mindfulness-based  cognitive therapy (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2002, 2013)."

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