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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Robert Lurye


Since its inception 40 years ago, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School has helped thousands of participants use their innate abilities to respond to stress, pain, and life’s challenges more effectively.

Decades of scientific studies and published research shows that many people completing the program including daily home practices obtain reductions of stress related symptoms and improve wellness across a wide range of diagnoses. The class provides participants with life-long tools that foster increased focus, resilience, balance, and peace of mind. It is beneficial for anyone wishing to establish a foundation in mindfulness and a daily meditation practice.


  • Stress: Reduces stress from work, family, life transitions, or feeling overwhelmed.

  • Psychological Distress: Learn tools to positively manage anxiety, mood problems, sleep disturbances, panic, and eating disorders. Become less judgmental and critical of self and others.

  • Medical Conditions: Develop enhanced ability to manage chronic illness and pain.

  • Prevention and Wellness: Increase sense of balance, peace and self care from the inside out.

Program Structure

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is an intensive eight-week training that empowers participants to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. The classes meet weekly for 2.5 to 3 hours plus one all-day session in the sixth week. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or gentle mindful yoga for 45-60 minutes a day using audio recordings. Teacher feedback and sense of community engendered within the class help the participant integrate the teachings into everyday life situations.

Daily schedules vary but includes guided meditation, instruction, gentle yoga, discussions and breaks.

This course series meets eight Sunday afternoons, and one Saturday all-day.

  • Sunday Sept 15, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Sunday Sept 22, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Sunday Sept 29, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Sunday Oct 6, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Sunday Oct 13, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Saturday Oct 19, Retreat 8:30-3:30pm

  • Sunday Oct 27, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Sunday Nov 3, 6:00-8:30pm

  • Sunday Nov 10, 6:00-9:00pm


Limited Enrollment.

Registration & Payment
Please make sure to read through entire registration page and fill out all fields. Once submitted, the payment link will become available. Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.

Find out more information about MBSR from the University of Mass. Medical Center




Bay Shore Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803

We meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Bay Shore Church on The Toledo and Granada in Belmont Shore.

Parking: You may park in the free lot across Granada Ave. between Livingston and The Toledo. There is also street parking is also available.

ADA Accessible

Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.

Questions?: Email us at

Please consider bringing

  • A snack or drink for yourself and/or to contribute.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

  • An extra wrap like a blanket or shawl to keep warm during the sits.

Please Note:

  • DO NOT wear scented perfumes and fragrances.

  • TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.

Financial Assistance: No one is turned away for lack of funds! If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee, please email us at

Robert Lurye

UMass Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher


Robert Lurye is a visual artist with open hearted love of learning and teaching. He was introduced to cultivating present moment awareness from Ram Dass’s book “Be Here Now” in 1977.  He was formally introduced to Buddhist philosophy and art by his Professor Doris Staffel in 1978, where each studio class was a dharma talk, shaping his approach to perception and awareness of impermanence. He’s been influenced by travels to China, living in Thailand, trekking in Nepal, but it took 20 years of high pressure working in Hollywood animation studios to lead Robert to a dedicated meditation and yoga practice in 2010.

Robert became a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher through the UMASS Medical School's Center for Mindfulness and is currently training with Director of Research, Dr. Judson Brewer for teaching craving/addiction/anxiety programs. He is a graduate of InsightLA's facilitator training program, teaches regularly at InsightLA and has been a guest facilitator at Against the Stream and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He has taught Art and Computer Graphics at the University of Texas Austin, Texas A&M and the Ohio State University. His film and television career includes artistic production and supervision on computer-animated and special FX feature films at Disney, DreamWorks, and other major studios.

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