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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher - Renée Burgard LCSW

    Renée Burgard is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, consultant, and educator in private practice at Mindfulness & Health in Palo Alto, CA. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for Stanford University, Google, Inc., Apple Computer, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and for other schools, nonprofits, and corporations in the SF Bay Area; and serves as a senior MBSR instructor and mentor for teachers and psychotherapists in Northern California. She graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University, and an interdisciplinary Masters degree from UC Berkeley in Clinical Social Work and Health & Medical Sciences. Her background includes extensive education in the sciences, including neurosciences. She received training in MBSR from Jon Kabat-Zinn; is currently in training for certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Siegel, MD; and is an expert contributor on the topic of mindfulness for She received ordination as a lay monastic from Thich Nhat Hahn, and has been a practitioner of meditation and other mindfulness practices for many years.

    Her mindfulness websites (where downloadable guided audio is available) are, and

    Click here for more information and to register for the free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction orientation or MBSR 8 week series

    PAMF offers the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, an intensive 8-week course that helps people cope with physical and mental stress, and to reduce suffering from the conditions arising from stress. During weekly two-and-a-half-hour sessions, and a full-day mindfulness retreat, participants learn and practice:

    • breathing awareness, body scanning gentle yoga, mindful meditation
    • new ways of thinking, responding to difficult situations, relationships, and emotions
    • The course is experiential and practical; it includes guided practices and group discussions

    The program was developed in the early 1980s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., a molecular biologist from MIT who studied and taught yoga and Buddhist meditation, incorporating its key principles into a course harnessing the link between mind and body.

    Research shows that the mindfulness approach can reduce symptoms of:

    • Anxiety, panic and worry
    • Depression
    • Insomnia
    • Work stress and family stress
    • Chronic illness and pain:
    • IBS and other GI conditions
    • Psoriasis and other skin conditions
    • Blood pressure and other heart conditions
    • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
    • Muscle tension
    • Fibromyalgia, headaches, arthritis, lower back pain, TMJ, and other pain conditions
    • Infertility
    • Addictions
    • Grief and Loss