About Openground


Having introduced the gold-standard Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to Australia in 2004, Openground is a leader in bringing pragmatic, user-friendly, evidence-based mindfulness training - in the form of courses, workshops and retreats - to a wide range of contexts: health, education, workplace and the public.

Our programs offer an intelligent and accessible approach - grounded in science and the wisdom traditions which inform contemporary mindfulness meditation practice.

People are different. Our teachers have rigorous training and a depth of personal and professional experience and are so able to provide both precision and flexibility in their teaching.They can provide an the responsive personalised care through which you can develop your skills, attitudes and knowledge giving you more choice, connectedness and freedom in life.

Openground maintain close professional links with the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (US)

 Our values

Openground staff provide courses which are safe, engaging, and effective by embodying the following core values:

- respect for each individual's uniqueness
- provision of an empathic, responsive environment in which to learn
- integrity in terms of ethical and professional responsibilities
- rigour and depth of experience, training and supervision in the fields which contribute to excellence in mindfulness-based training

All Openground teachers engage regularly in professional development, silent retreats and ongoing personal practice.



Openground Pty Ltd is directly responsible for the MBSR courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Adelaide and Brisbane and the professional training programs, retreats and most workshops. 

Courses in all other centres are operated by associates of Openground, and the respective teachers of those courses are responsible for all aspects of course delivery, advertising, fee structure and professional and clinical decision-making.

The teachers group of Openground functions as a source of ongoing peer supervision, consultation and support in the service of making the MBSR courses we offer accessible, sustainable and of a high quality for participants.


  Fee Structure

We understand that mindfulness meditation teachings are traditionally offered in a spiritual context on a donation basis. The MBSR program has sprung from this tradition, but is offered by professionals as part of their work. Hence fees are charged for the classes.

We have a commitment to making the MBSR program accessible to as many people as possible, even when people can’t afford the full fee. To this end, we offer strongly discounted places and payment plans. (Since its inception the Sydney - Melbourne - Brisbane arm of Openground has given away 35% of possible income as discounted places.)

In referring to our programs, feel free to refer people who require discounted places. And keep in mind, that in order to continue offering such strong discounts, we also need to have places filled by people who are able to pay the full fee.

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