A mindful nation?


There has been an emergence of understanding how our emotional and mental states shape our relationships, how we work, and how we make decisions.  Research has highlighted the value of mindfulness - and it's cultivation of empathy, open-mindedness and compassion as competencies which can be learned.  

Developing these competencies can reduce stress, improve decision-making, increase creativity and innovation and increase communication skills.   Bringing a systematic training of these competencies into the world of work could have wide-ranging benefits for Australia in the areas of business, education, health and government.

This broader application of mindfulness is already being heralded overseas. In  the UK,  200  parliamentarians took part in an eight week program. This lead to the production of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group report Mindful National UK, which recommended that “UK government departments should encourage the development of mindfulness programmes for staff in the public sector – in particular in health, education, and criminal justice, to combat stress and improve organisational effectiveness”.

Openground is keen to be part of the development of  Australia as a Mindful Nation and is involved in pro-bono work, strategic partnerships and leadership training as a contribution to this worthwhile mission.


While a mindful, empathic and compassionate approach can be valuable for individuals, it also offers wide-ranging benefits for government, business and society.

Dr Lynne Reeder, Director, Australia21



What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016