UPDATE: MBSRi will be offered in Summer 2019! See below for details:

If you experience stress, anxiety, depression or chronic pain, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction informed (MBSRi) group might help.

Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSRi uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga to help people become more mindful. It is considered to have beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation and improvements to quality of life.

Catholic Family Service is once again offering this eight-week course led by a mental health professional trained in MBSRi techniques. The course is available on a “pay as you can” basis; no one will be turned away based on finances.

Depending on registration, the course will be offered on Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 3 – August 21, 2019.

Sessions will be held at Catholic Family Service’s downtown office at 250, 707 10 Avenue SW, Calgary.

Clients who attended MBSRi group sessions earlier this year said the techniques they learned were helpful to them. Below are comments from past participants:

“I am more aware of my approach in difficult conversations and problem solving. My previous approach was read as aggressive and the receiver would shut down. Trying to listen more allows the communication to move forward a bit further.”

“It’s been an enlightening program. Things we often take for granted in daily life and in our interactions that can actually lead to better quality of life have been dealt with in this program.”

“I deepened in my patience for myself and others. I became more carefree and not as attached to outcomes.”

Register is mandatory. For more information, please contact Katy at 403-205-8553 or email her at katy.haver@cfs-ab.org.


Counselling for individuals, couples and families has been the cornerstone of our service for more than 60 years. Our counselling is: INCLUSIVE: We serve people of all ages, faiths, cultures and gender/sexual identities. AFFORDABLE: You determine what you can afford to pay. FLEXIBLE: Counselling is offered at our downtown office, in your home and in the community. NO WAITING LIST: Our Engagement Team will work with you to find the help you need.

For support or counselling, email intake@cfs-ab.org or call 403.233.2360.