Mindfulness Based Parenting

“Calm your farm” and help your kids behave

This eight-week (27 hour) program will help you improve your relationships with your children by understanding and responding wisely to your child's difficult behaviours. It is solidly based on recent research about how kids and parents thrive. You will develop confidence that you can provide your kids with the stable, grounded start that will help them flourish, achieve and connect for the rest of their lives.   

Mindfulness is an integral part of this course and will help you learn the emotional regulation skills to respond to your kids more skilfully. 


  • Feel more competent and joyful as a parent
  • Decrease your stress through mindfulness practice
  • Find confidence to set limits age-appropriately
  • Help your child get to know their feelings and how to calm down
  • Understand your child's emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs
  • Understand and transform your own "ancient history" with your parents so you are free to live more by your own values
  • Start being bigger, stronger, wiser and kinder as a parent

Studies have shown that securely attached children are less disruptive, less aggressive and more mature, and less "needy" and more empathetic during later stages of childhood. As adults, those who are securely attached tend to have more trusting, long-term relationships and higher self-esteem.  This course integrates mindfulness meditation training into the parenting program in a way which helps a great deal with our ability to calm down, reflect and communicate effectively with our children.

As part of our commitment to social equity we are delighted to give discounts to Health Care card holders and others in genuine financial difficulty. To keep the books balanced, we appreciate you paying the full fee if you can afford it!  

Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.

Laura Schlessinger

Parenting Course Details - Sydney - Term 3, 2018

Circle of Security Mindful Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting Program, Sydney
Where: Loft & Earth, Level 1, 70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Teacher: Timothea Goddard
Dates: 30 July - 17 September
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

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Parenting Course Details - Perth - Term 2, 2018

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Circle of Security Parenting Program, Perth
Where: Palmyra Yoga Shala, McKimmie Road Palmyra WA 6157
Teacher: Karen Haddon
Dates: 7 May - 25 June
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

What does the Parenting Program involve?


  • an individual phone interview with your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full retreat day
  • learning a user-friendly map of your child's needs based on attachment theory
  • scientific rationale for this new way of relating in the family
  • hands on exploration of what is happening with your kids and how to bring fresh responses into the relationship
  • exploration of your own patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • mindfulness training
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • individual feedback and support
  • your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book


Is there much mindfulness training in the course?

Yes.  We have integrated the Circle of Security Program with the MBSR program, so that you will be undertaking quite a bit of mindfulness training over the eight weeks.

The first step in being able to help our kids with their "out-of-control" feelings and behaviours is for us as parents to learn how to calm down, reflect and make better choices in the moment.  This involves learning how to bear and manage our own feelings without resorting to yelling, blaming and unreasonable behaviour of our own.   Hard but worthwhile work!  The mindfulness training is a proven method for assisting with this emotional regulation.

It also opens us up to be able to be present and alive in the relationship with our children and to be genuinely curious about their experience. 


Should I come with my partner?

It is a wonderful thing to both get on the same page about how best to respond to children's needs in a family.  So if you can both attend together, it can be really satisfying.  And because the course also involves some reflection on our own development as a person, it can lead a sense of seeing each other in a fresh and more compassionate light leading to more connection and intimacy as a couple.

But if this is impossible, it is not a problem.  Much can be learned and gained if only one parent can attend.


Should I do the MBSR course or the parenting course?

Many parents have this question.  If you are having stressful experiences with your child on a regular basis and are feeling confused and frustrated with your behaviour or your children's behaviour, the parenting course is your best option.

We will be engaging in lots of mindfulness training and home practice which will also be relevant to work, health and relationships more generally, so you won't be missing out on that.

Is this course suitable for parents with older kids?

Yes! Even though we will be using videos of younger children and babies to understand patterns of human attachment, the learning itself can immediately be brought into the relationships you are having with your teenagers. Lots of harried parents of older kids have found relief through the course.

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