MBSR in French:

For a list of all accredited French-speaking trainors, see the Association pour le Développement de la Mindfulness —

MBSR courses in English:

Geneva: Besides Manolita Farolan Doise of Mindfulness Genève, Bianca King also teaches the MBSR approach in English.  See her website for more information:

Lausanne: Pierre Gallaz is an MBSR teacher I recommend.

USA: Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society — to find yourself an 8-week program in various places in the US, in England, Ireland, Wales, or elsewhere in the world; or for professional training to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction yourself.


Sandra Piretti teaches yoga with a good dose of mindfulness.  This is unusual…and pretty rare.  Attentive to your level and capabilities, she prepares the body for each posture by breaking it down into several preparatory movements, moving effortlessly into more engagement.  You don’t have to have done yoga before.  Another interesting aspects: she introduces space into breathing exercises; using language, she transforms the way you lean on your hands and feet; although her course last an hour and a quarter, one has the impression of space and time.  Check out her website at


Her airy studio is located a stone’s throw from the Cantonal Hospital at 24, rue Goetz-Monin (Plainpalais-Hôpital).


POST-MBSR      Where to meditate in Geneva?

Downtown Geneva

If you are looking for a place where there is guided meditation in an environnement that is non-religious, no reservation required, no need to commit in any other way than simply sitting, free of charge, see below:

Programme troubles de l’humeur – Service des Spécialités Psychiatriques (HUG)

18-20, rue de Lausanne (just before rue de Monthoux)

4th floor

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:15-12:45 as well as one Thursday evening a month
Tél: (022) 305 45 11 – to make sure of the schedule
Sandra Bourquin (MBSR trainor) offers a Friday lunchtime meditation.
12, rue du Village-Suisse (ground floor)
1205 Genève
To inform of your participation, leave a message or email Sandra.
Cost 20.- chf
Tél: (077) 465.89.04


Some Reflections on the Origins of MBSR Skillful Means and the Trouble with Maps
J. Kabat-Zinn (Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2011)

Mindfulness: diverse perspectives on its meaning, origins, and multiple applications at the intersection of science and dharma
J. Mark Williams and Jon Kabat-Zinn (Contemporary Buddhism, Vol 12, Issue 1, 2011)