Applications for our 2018 FALL MBSR Course now open!


Embedded within the context of Mind/Body and Integrative Medicine, the MBSR curriculum focuses on the cultivation of both 'formal and 'informal' mindfulness practices as a foundation  for psychological and emotional resilience that can be utilized across your entire life. A primary objective is to cultivate ways of learning and being that can be utilized far beyond completion of the program.


The 8 week, 9 session MBSR curriculum is based on an intensive training in mindfulness meditation. The curriculum was developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School & Centre For Mindfulness over the course of three decades and is designed to teach participants how to integrate and apply mindfulness in their everyday lives and to the range of challenges arising from life stresses. 

WHy should you attend?

"Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back in touch with our wisdom and vitality. It is a way to take charge of the direction and quality of our own lives, including our relationships with the family, our relationships to work and the larger world and planet, and most fundamentally, our relationship with ourself as a person.” Jon Kabat-Zinn.

This 35 year old course is highly respected in the medical, business and educational community. It has been featured on 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper, on PBS in Bill Moyer's documentary, Healing and the Mind (seen by more than 40 million people), Time Life Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey show, ABC's Evening News with Dan Harris and hundreds of publications. 


  • Wake Up Kate's signature introduction to mindfulness and MBSR orientation (1.5 hours).
  • Eight weekly classes (2.5 hours each).
  • One ALL DAY silent retreat usually on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Dedicated one-on-one weekly email consultation with a Qualified Mindfulness Instructor.
  • On going resources, teaching tips and support with FREE Membership in Wake Up Kate's Private Facebook community.
  • One-on-one guided instruction in mindfulness across all foundational mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, mindful dialogue/communication, body scans and body-mind awareness.
  • Gentle stretching, mindful yoga.
  • Group dialogue, experiential exercises and enquiry aimed at cultivating emotional intelligence and self-awareness in everyday life and work.
  • Daily home assignments.
  • Life time access to Wake Up Kate's guided meditation recordings. 
  • An easy to use home practice manual to keep you on track. 


Full tuition is due to register for the course. If at the end of the mandatory orientation session you decide, or we decide, this course is not for you, your full tuition will be refunded in full, less a $50 non-refundable processing fee! Once you begin the program (after Orientation), your tuition fee is non-refundable.


We encourage you to register early. We open the doors to the public for our MBSR course three times per year and due to space limitations, we have limited seats. Grab a special super-early bird spot and get $100 off. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

an evidence based program

Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete this course experience: 

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improvements with pain, tiredness and headaches
  • Increased awareness and concentration 
  • Increased perception and memory
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations

what else do i need to know?

There's nothing you need to do to prepare for this course in advance - the orientation session will cover everything you need to know. You are provided with a deep, experiential and integrated learning about the many ways you can harness the power of your mind and body to reduce pain, stress, illness and create more happiness, ease and wellbeing. If you're looking for a course which is easy, MBSR may not be for you. This program requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to surrender to the process. This is a life-shifting, intensive program that requires you make an on going commitment to yourself and your health by attending eight 2.5 hour sessions, plus a day long silent retreat as well as practising daily home assignments for 45 minutes per day.

about the mandatory orientation

The first step prior to full enrolment in the 8 week MBSR is a mandatory orientation session. The orientation session is required of all participants before beginning the program. At our orientation session you will learn more about the program, meet the instructor and other participants and explore whether the program is right for you and if it's a good fit. You will be given a flavour of some of the practices, and a short introduction to mindfulness and the science behind it.

winter 2017 evening mbsr course - SOLD OUT

Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday January 31st, 2017 | 6.30pm-8.00pm

Class Dates: 8 Tuesdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28. Class Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm.

All Day Retreat: Saturday March 18, 2017 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

spring 2018 evening mbsr coursE - SOLD OUT

Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday April 18th, 2017 | 6.30pm-8.00pm.

Class Dates: 8 Tuesdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13. Class Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm.

All Day Retreat: Saturday June 3rd, 9am - 4pm.

FALL 2018 evening mbsr coursE  

Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday Oct 9th, 2017 | 6.30pm-8.00pm

Class Dates: 8 Tuesdays: October 16, 23, 39. November 6, 13, 20, 27. December 4 Class Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm

All Day Retreat: Saturday November 17, 9am - 4pm. We understand plans change. If you can't attend our MBSR retreat, Wake Up Kate offers all MBSR students the option to join one of our other 1-day Retreats for free.

For early registration pricing, tuition, dates & venue click the register button.


Kate is a qualified MBSR Instructor (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She has studied mindfulness meditation and interpersonal neurobiology with Dr. Stéphane Treyvaud at the Mindfulness Centre since 2011. She has deepened her practice at numerous 8 day silent retreats with Shinzen Young in Vipassana insight meditation. Kate is formally trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the highly regarded international MBSR Professional Education and Training at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Boston. Most recently Kate completed the intensive Mind Body Medicine Training with Saki Santoreli, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Judson Brewer. Kate thrives on an active daily meditation practice of her own embodying mindfulness as a way of life.


"Kate you are truly a gifted facilitator. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with such empathy and compassion. You are inspirational. So much of what you shared has resonated deeply with me. I’ve experienced adversity many times in my life but in the last few years it has affected my health and happiness and I’ve been searching for how to regain my balance. Your retreat was just what I needed. Thank you for’ waking’ me up and helping me find my way back to me." [CORPORATE]

— Carolyn Simpson Financial Advisor / President, Money Moods Incorporated

"When I attended Kate's workshop training I learned about how being mindful might help me through life’s difficulties.  Kate’s comprehensive understanding of the science and physiology behind meditation and of the various techniques and methods towards enlightenment helps you to build a foundation, but she knows enough to let you get there yourself." [HEALTHCARE]

— William Harper, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, McMaster University. Chief of Medicine, Hamilton General Site of Hamilton Health Sciences.

"Kate Kerr of Wake Up Kate is not only a captivating storyteller, she is an inspirational teacher.  We were very lucky to have Kate deliver her mindfulness and stress reduction session last month for our staff at the Canadian Cancer Society." [NON-PROFIT]

— Deirdre Brough, Associate Director, Corporate Engagement, Canadian Cancer Society, National Office. 

"Kate will 'WakeUp' your interest in mindfulness and motivate you to create healthy change in your life. It is clear from Kate's engaging presentation that she is passionate about this topic-she clearly walks the talk. A quarter of our staff have signed up for her 4 week course to further their learning on mindfulness." [EDUCATION]

— Lisa M. Duranleau, Executive Director, MacLachlan College