About AMI

The Atlanta Mindfulness Institute is dedicated to bringing mindfulness-based programs to the public. Atlanta Mindfulness offers a wide variety of mindfulness based, meditation, cognitive therapy, and stress training services and courses related to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness based living for health and well-being. AMI also offers specialized CEU courses for Atlanta healthcare professionals in both the practice and the application of mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation as it relates to their profession. In addition, customized mindfulness-based training programs are created and designed to meet the specific needs of groups such as government agencies, academic institutions, hospitals, and businesses.

AMI faculty provide ongoing training and supervision for professionals who have taken a MBSR class or one of our introductory professional training programs, as well as for professionals who already have an established mindfulness practice and want to join with others in enhancing their knowledge. The institute is a place for professionals to meet, share ideas, and network.
Finally, we offer opportunities for partnership with academic institutions and other organizations engaged in research using Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as the research protocol.

It is important to note that our MBSR curriculum was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the staff of the The Center for Mindfulness. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, as taught in our program, has been the subject of hundreds of research studies over the past 35 years. This research has shown that MBSR is an effective intervention for a wide array of many common mental and physical health problems, such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders, family stress, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, coping with cancer, gastro-intestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, heart disease, and addictions. In addition, exciting new findings in neuroscience suggest that participation in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR, can lead to significant brain changes that result in improved concentration and attention, greater emotional regulation, and improved interpersonal relationships. This research is based on a very specific program as taught by teachers trained by the Center for Mindfulness.

Our program includes 8 sessions, an all-day retreat, and comprises 27 hours of class time. The benefits of other courses calling themselves Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, but offered in different formats, have not been well-researched. Therefore, they may not be as effective in improving mental and physical health and well-being.