Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

CFRI’s online ‘Living Mindfully with CF’ class – created and taught by Julie Desch, MD, who herself has cystic fibrosis (CF), draws upon Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques and focuses these practices specifically to living with CF.


  • Open to individuals with CF and their family members (spouses/partners, parents, siblings) from across the United States and beyond
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old
  • Classes include a 10-15 minute movement practice, 20 minute guided meditation, small group breakout period, a 20 minute talk, as well as time for questions and answers
  • The class is online, and is interactive
  • Participants can meet each other, see each other, talk, and learn from each other 

Topics covered

  • Class One (October 11) – What is Mindfulness : Introduction to Body Scan.
  • Class Two (October 18) – Mindfulness of Body and Breath : Introduction to gentle seated movement practice
  • Class Three (October 25) – Mindfulness of Thinking : Introduction to gentle standing movement practice
  • Class Four (November 1) – Mindfulness of Emotion : Introduction to walking meditation
  • Class Five (November 8) – Working with Uncertainty : Introduction to Qigong practice
  • Class Six (November 15) – Self-Compassion and Resilience

There will be a four-hour mini-retreat on Saturday, November 3, which will consist only of meditation, with no didactic period.


Made possible through grants from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Genentech