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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Thursdays 7-8:30pm, Astoria First)

  • Astoria First Presbyterian Church 23-35 Broadway Astoria, NY, 11106 United States (map)


An 8-Week Course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

Join the Mindful Astoria community on Thursday evenings this summer for an 8-week course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is arising within you or around you from moment to moment so that you can respond skillfully and with awareness. Over the course of eight weeks, we will learn several different forms of mindfulness practices such as mindful breathing, walking meditation, and mindful movement. We will practice bringing mindfulness into daily activities, stressful situations, self-care, work, relationships, communication, and more. This course teaches several forms of mindfulness and meditation practices, emphasizing ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life in order to reduce stress. Led by experienced MBSR teacher Emily Herzlin.


Important dates

Orientation: Thursday June 15 7-9:30pm, required for participation in the course. If you cannot attend orientation you must schedule a makeup orientation with the instructor.

Classes: 8 Thursday nights 7-9:30pm, June 22-Aug 17 1 (skipping July 6), daylong retreat Saturday Jul 29 10am-4:30pm. Last class on Aug 17 will be 7-10pm.



Astoria First Presbyterian Church

23-35 Broadway

Ground Floor

Astoria, NY 11106

Via public transit:

NQ to Broadway, MR to Steinway



Full Class Schedule

Orientation June 15

Class 1 June 22

Class 2 June 29


Class 3 July 13

Class 4 July 20

Class 5 July 27

All-day retreat Sat July 29 10am-4:30pm

Class 6 Aug 3

Class 7 Aug 10

Class 8 Aug 17


Course fee:

Early bird $300 until June 8

$325 after June 8

A limited number of reduced rate spots may be available. If you are in need of financial assistance, please email


8 students minimum, 15 maximum.

In the event that the course sells out prior to orientation, a waitlist will be available.


Frequently asked questions about the MBSR course here. Please be sure to read before signing up.


Refund policy

Notice of cancellation by Friday June 16 (1 day after Orientation): Full refund minus $20 processing fee.

Notice of cancellation by Friday June 23 (1 day after Class 1): 50% of the course fee will be refunded.

No refunds will be granted after Friday June 23.


About the teacher, Emily Herzlin.

Emily Herzlin is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher trained through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She is a Mind-Body Therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a teacher at the Interdependence Project, and founder and lead teacher at Mindful Astoria, a meditation community in her neighborhood in Queens. She teaches mindfulness and meditation courses around New York City, leads meditation sessions in workplaces and universities, and works with private students one-on-one. She is currently participating in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program. She is also a published writer with a particular love for memoir and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2012.

Email with any additional questions.