What we offer

We offer the internationally acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program and the MBSR and Cancer Recovery Program. 

COVID-19 has rapidly changed our lives. Most of us are under a shelter-in-place directive and are feeling the challenges of sustained isolation.  Many people are out of work and struggling with limited resources. Some have contracted the virus already or know someone who has. Even if your situation is relatively okay, there is probably a vein of anxiety running through your life that was not there a short time ago.

For this reason Jeanne Vargas and the Mindfulness Institute of NW Illinois invites you to to join a gathering of people and explore the inner resource of self-compassion to navigate these difficult times.  It's important that we pause to get in contact with the emotional distress we are experiencing so that we can give ourselves the care we need. 

The MBSR Programing we offer  will be a chance to take on the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 experience in our lives and nourish ourselves with the inner resources of self-compassion and mindfulness. 

Self-compassion is a source of unconditional love, connection and presence available to all. Mindfulness is being present in the moment, looking at ourselves without judgment or expectation, sensing all that is present for us, and taking time to ask, "What is here for me now?" and "What is asked of me now?"

The Coronavirus COVID-19 is a crisis and an opportunity. Among other things, sheltering-in-place gives us the chance to cultivate the resource of self-compassion. Participants will come away with important tools that can support you for years to come.  We hope you can join us. Go to the Registration page to register to attend.

MBSR is an eight-week program, that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical, and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living. Research suggests that mindfulness practice can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, academic skills, self-regulation of emotional reactivity, interpersonal skills, general well-being, and happiness. 

The MBSR and Cancer Recovery Program is a nine-week program.  MBSR and cancer Recovery is an online group program that teaches the principles of mindfulness and how to apply them to cope more effectively with stress, illness, treatment and the the challenges of every day living.  You will learn how to access internal resources  and  how to apply techniques and practices to respond more skillfully to life's challenges.

Some reasons people come to the group program include, but are not limited to:

  • Job, school or family stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Hypertension, heart disease
  • Attention deficits
  • Enhancement of quality of life, happiness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Mild or situational depression
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Wellness and self-care
  • Cancer or other illness
  • Anxiety, panic
  • Anger-management, life transitions​

The intentional, present-moment awareness, developed through mindfulness meditation practices, helps us experience whatever is happening in our life as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention, and  compassion for ourselves and others.

Engaging with our life in this manner helps us become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting such as anxiously anticipating the future, chronically focusing on the past, or just going through the motions of living, missing what is actually occurring right now, including when things are pleasant and joyful.

This kind of awareness, cultivated by the practice of mindfulness meditation, enables us to wake up to the pleasures in our lives and enhances our ability to tap into our wisdom and internal resources in difficult times.

The practice of mindfulness is accessible, universal, and can be practically integrated into your everyday life.

The program can be a complement to current medical care as well as promotion of health and well-being. 

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cancer Recovery Program has been offered by Jeanne Ann Vargas, MA,  in NW Illinois and surrounding areas since January 2016. It is sponsored by the Mindfulness Institute Inc. and is modeled after the well-known program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.

​The Mindfulness Institute NW Illinois is founded on the belief that mindfulness, the nonjudgmental and clear awareness of one's experience, enables one to use the wisdom of the body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. The Mindfulness Institute NW Illinois is a mentor and leader in the awakening of individuals and organizations to their true potential and alignment with their highest purpose, that all may live with a deep connection and meaning. We inspire, guide, teach and connect people, ideas, wisdom and resources to help transform lives toward greater awareness. 

Class Duration

     The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program consists of eight (8) weekly sessions, offered  afternoons or evenings .

​Courses and support groups are offered Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. 

What Does This Class Provide You With?

 This highly participatory, supportive, and structured program will provide you with:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness and meditation practices;
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga;
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday living;
  • Individually tailored instruction;
  • Daily home assignments; and
  • Home practice materials include:

                      MBSR and Cancer Recovery Home Practice Manual

  • [OPTIONAL} a copy of Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Handbook including guided mindfulness practice CD.
  • [OPTIONAL] copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn's  book: Full Catastrophe Living; and



Jeanne Vargas and the Mindfulness Institute NW Illinois offer  ONLINE via Zoom Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program and the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery Program in the comfort of your own home via Zoom.

We will show you how to see things clearly when you are faced with the struggle between fear and free your mind by letting go and letting be of the things that obscure your vision and confuse your mind. 

We teach you how when you are confronted with the face of fear, anger and hatred, you can  create a pause for contemplation and action.  Opening your mind to the awareness of the forces of goodness and consciousness, gives you strength to respond with acceptance and commitment. Spread goodness and inspiration. Be contagious! Open your heart and mind to allow the Light through. Become stronger, stress hardy and resilient.

After all, there's no way of knowing how things will turn out.

Go to the Registration page and complete your registration now.

Jeanne Vargas, MA

Mindfulness Institute NW Illinois nfp

P.O. Box 345

804 E. Humphrey Avenue

Rock Falls, Illinois 61071


The Teacher

The Jeanne Ann Vargas is practiced and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. Jeanne will assist you in learning methods, providing group and individualized instruction on how to learn, practice and integrate mindfulness in your everyday life.  The program is challenging and life-affirming.