Living with Wisdom and Compassion

An eight-week program for deepening your mindfulness journey

It has been said that wisdom and compassion are like two wings of a bird. One without the other leads us to flying around in circles! Mindfulness practice can open us to the wise recognition that we are all in the same boat – living with uncertainty and change, and that trying to control external circumstances or trying to manipulate our inner life, does not lead to satisfaction. Compassion is a natural response to this knowing – inherently present in everyone, but for many reasons, often not fully cultivated.

This program will revitalise your mindfulness practice, stimulate your curiosity about your inner life and build skills and practices which can be transformative within yourself and in relationship with others. We will be growing wisdom and nurturing compassion for oneself and others in the face of difficult emotions and challenging living situations. We will also actively explore how to bring forth our values into caring for the world we live in – which sorely needs our help.

(Please note: This graduate program is for people who have completed a foundational 8 week mindfulness course already.)

Course Details

Term 2 2018

Location:             Bondi Junction             Camperdown
Venue:   Loft & Earth, 1/70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction   Benledi Room, 186 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe  
When:   7 May - 25 June, 2018   10 May - 28 June, 2018
Time:   Mondays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm   Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
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Who should come to the program?

  • Are you on a first-name basis with your self-critic?
  • Do you have unrealistic expectations of yourself?
  • Would you like to learn to befriend your humanness – realizing that no one is ‘perfect’?
  • Are you interested in learning how to bring a kinder approach towards yourself and the way you relate to others?
  • Do you feel regret about past actions and would like to develop self-forgiveness?
  • Are you interested in knowing more about what drives human beings to act in the ways we do - getting more clear about what Buddhist psychology and evolutionary biology have to offer?
  • Are you interested in growing and deepening empathy — a key emotional intelligence skill and a hallmark strength for leaders?
  • Do you care about the world and want to find more empowering ways of expressing your care and values?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Living with Wisdom and Compassion course can help you make peace with the past and affect the way you relate to yourself and others from here on.


What will be covered?

This program is practical and pragmatic as well as grounded in helpful theory. We will draw on Buddhist psychology in the cultivation of ethics and wisdom and work actively with practices of mindfulness and compassion. We will also draw on the theoretical ground from Western traditions of psychology, biology and systems theory including Non Violent Communication, Internal Family Systems, evolutionary biology, ethical decision-making and the transformational work of Joanna Macey.  







About the teacher

Eva Papadopoulo

Eva Papadopoulo
Eva has been steeped in mindfulness and compassion practices for many years. She is a psychotherapist trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute – Australia-New Zealand. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.


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