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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

What is MBSR?Meditation rocks 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to teach a skill called mindfulness. MBSR teaches people practices they can use over the course of their life to reduce stress and promote health and wellness. Mindfulness is a term that refers to non-judgmental, present moment attention. With original roots based in Eastern traditions, the introduction of MBSR to allopathic medicine in the United States first occurred in 1979, when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. There are over 250 hospitals nationwide offering stress reduction programs based on mindfulness.

Benefits of MBSR include:

  • Improved quality of life (school, job)
  • Reduced tension, fear, frustration
  • Better coping with life stressors
  • Improved sleep
  • Possible reduced need for pain medications
  • Reduced risk of relapse of depression

2013 MBSR Schedule

Wednesdays, 9:30-12:00, January 9th through February 27th 
Instructor: Kurt Hoelting, M.Div
Location: Seattle 

Wednesdays, 9:30-12:00, March 6th through April 24th 
Instructor: Kurt Hoelting, M.Div
Location: Seattle 

Thursdays, 9:30-12:00, April 4th through May 23rd 
Instructor: Lisa Hardmeyer
Location: American Lake 

Thursdays, 2:00-4:30pm, April 4th through May 23rd 
Instructor: Lisa Hardmeyer
Location: American Lake

Thursdays, 9:30-12:00, April 4th through May 23rd 
Instructor: Carolyn McManus, PT, MA
Location: Seattle

Tuesdays, 9:30-12:00, May 28th through July 16th 
Instructor: Jonas Batt, MA, LMHCA
Location: American Lake

Tuesdays, 9:30-12:00, May 28th through July 16th 
Instructor: Lisa Hardmeyer
Location: Seattle

Thursdays, 9:30-12:00, August 8th through September 27th 
Instructor: Carolyn McManus, PT, MA
Location: Seattle

Loving Kindness Meditation (Seattle Only)

When a person experiences trauma, chronic pain and other life difficulties, it can become more difficult to feel kindness for self and others. Emotional numbing, anger, shame, guilt, social isolation, and disrupted interpersonal relationships can result. Most traditional therapies emphasize reduction of painful thoughts and feelings.

Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) takes a different approach. Rather than focusing on decreasing unpleasant experiences,  LKM emphasizes the expansion of positive emotions.  This is achieved through meditation exercises that draw attention to one’s own capacity for basic goodwill, compassion, and kindness toward oneself and others, even in stressful or hurtful circumstances.

Research shows that regular LKM practice may result in an improved health and well-being, as well as symptom reduction.

2013 LKM Schedule

Thursdays, 9:00-10:30am, January 10th through March 28th 
Instructor: David Kearney, MD & Tracy Simpson, PhD
Location: Seattle 

Fridays, 9:00-10:30am, January 25th through April 12th
Instructors: Carolyn McManus, PT, MA & Jonas Batt, MA, LMHCA
Location: Seattle 

Fridays, 9:00-10:30am, April 19th through July 5th
Instructor: Carolyn McManus, PT, MA
Location: Seattle

Fridays, 9:00-10:30am, July 12th through September 27th 
Instructors: Carolyn McManus, PT, MA & Jonas Batt, MA, LMHCA
Location: Seattle

Mindfulness Classes for MBSR and LKM Alum (Seattle Only)

We now have additional Mindfulness Classes available for Veterans who have completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program or Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) program. These classes are intended to provide support for additional growth and learning after a person completes MBSR or LKM.

  • Classes are held every other week and last two hours per class.
  • Classes are offered in modules of four classes. We ask that you sign up and commit to attend the entire module of four classes. Attending all four classes in the module will help to ensure a stable group of participants,  which helps to provide a supportive environment.
  • Each module of four classes will cover a basic theme, but will also discuss mindfulness practice in general. The themes covered are intended to be universal – they apply to us all in varying degrees! These themes are designed to help Veterans apply mindfulness skills in multiple areas of life.
  • You can reserve a place in each module by calling the MBSR Coordinator, Michelle Martinez,at (206) 277-1721, and she will make an appointment for you. These appointments are eligible for Travel pay, just like the MBSR groups.





Thursdays, 10/25/12

Kurt Hoelting, M.Div.

Mindfulness in Daily Life



Thursdays, 1/10/13

Carolyn McManus, PT, MA

Mindful Practices for Physical Pain & Discomfort





Thursdays, 3/7/13

Jonas Batt, MA, LMHCA

Compassion in Mindfulness Practice and in Daily Life





Thursdays, 5/2/13

Tracy Simpson, PhD

Working with Depression and Trauma





Thursdays, 8/15/13

Lisa Hardmeyer

Mindful Listening and Communication





Thursdays, 9/5/13

David Kearney, MD

“I am a bad meditator” – Working with the voice of judgment

9:00 – 11:00am




Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Michelle Martinez, MBSR Coordinator, phone: (206) 277-1721

Contact Info


  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 206-277-1721

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm