Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Those who have taken this user-friendly course report feeling more engaged in their work and relationships, with fewer symptoms of stress and also an increased sense of authority in their lives.
This isn't about stress reduction....this is about my whole life!
Come and see how this inspiring eight week course can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being. Book early as our courses fill up quickly.
This evidence- based program leads to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as well as improving the immune response in eight weeks. The MBSR course was first
developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been widely researched over the past 30 years
and is at the cutting edge of integrative and preventative medicine. It is the gold-standard of secular mindfulness based approaches for mental and
physical health. Openground offers MBSR Australia-wide (in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth) - including by Distance education.
We do like to offer 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! In some locations you can book in early to get a significant early bird rate. Courses are offered four times
a year in most locations, roughly in line with the school terms.
Mindfulness can only be understood from the inside out. It is a way of being and a way of seeing that has profound implications for understanding the
nature of our own minds and bodies, and for living life as if it really mattered.
I've tried meditation and I can't do it!
Yes we know! Everybody has this experience when they first start mindfulness practice. It is not a problem and won't stand in your way of developing
more ease and peace in your life through the MBSR training. It is just "grist for the mill". Most people in the class will feel the same
We need to start with the mind we have. If it is busy and preoccupied - that is the perfect place to begin. Initially, mindfulness practice
is really about becoming familiar with your own mind and body and exploring ways to soothe, calm and simply explore how we tick.
Step-by-step throughout the course you will be offered lots of different ways of practicing in order to bring this way of being more into your life. The
science is really motivating as we find out why we have such jumpy, 'jack-rabbit' minds and what they need in order to calm down and become
a little clearer.
Who is it for and what does it involve?
The course is for anyone who wants to reduce work, family or health-related stress and to bring a greater sense of balance and meaning to their lives
and also to manage challenges more skilfully. The MBSR course involves -
- an individual phone interview with your teacher
- a 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full retreat day
- yoga and body awareness training
- exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
- brief lectures and discussions
- individual feedback and support
- scientific rationale for the practice
- your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book
What are the benefits?
Over 35 years of research into the MBSR program has found evidence for these outcomes:
- Greater capacity to deal with stress
- Increased sense of well-being and balance
- Lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms
- Increased energy and productivity, feeling more engaged with life
- Stronger immune system
- Increased levels of attention and concentration
- More creative problem solving and greater focus
- Increased sense of connection, meaning and purpose
In recent years research in neuroscience has made compelling discoveries about the brain’s capacity to grow and change, including evidence that meditation
helps to create new pathways in the brain that increase our ability to be more positive and creative.
Why is it important to practice?
Mindfulness is not a good idea - it is a practice!
Like learning to swim, do Pilates or play golf – it is not so useful to just hear about it or read about it. It is the experience and practice that will
lead to lasting and profound changes for you. Training in mindfulness offers a very portable set of skills so can be practiced anywhere, anytime.
But to benefit fully from the program are you willing to make a commitment to undertake some daily formal practice for the eight weeks? This will make
all the difference to your satisfaction with the course and your life.
Give it a go and let's see what happens!
Why not just an app or a 4 week course?
Most of us busy humans don't like it but change takes time. Therefore MBSR unfolds over 8 weeks and beyond - with 28 hours of training, 2.5 hour
sessions plus a whole day retreat and with quite a bit of home practice. There are lots of promises of a quick fix about lately. You will see many
short courses (four to six weeks long and offering between 4 - 9 hours of training) that claim to be based on 'MBSR' or 'the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn'
and also inaccurately drawing on the MBSR research-base - when this is not evident in the structure of the course or the experience of the teacher.
Mindfulness involves changing habits of mind and body. Change happens through practice and the evidence suggests that eight weeks provides the time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded. Our experience is that practice is most effectively
developed in a sustainable manner when there is an ongoing personal relationship with a teacher who really knows their stuff. We encourage you to do
some research. If you are quite stressed or meeting some big challenges you might be better doing an in-depth, evidence-based program.
Read here about why an app may not be the best way of learning.
I am a health professional. How will it help me in my work?
MBSR is a wonderful program for those in helping professions. It assists with our capacity for listening, empathy, compassion and genuine curiosity.
It can also help us see into our own patterns that get in the way of being truly helpful. MBSR is however not a professional training in using
mindfulness with clients: in this course, we are all in the same boat. We welcome you to experiment with leaving your professional hat at the door
and really immersing yourself in the mindfulness practice. Doing our MBSR course is an opportunity to learn about mindfulness from the inside out
by engaging in the group process and learning from everyone in the group.
There are good ethical and professional reasons to have an in-depth understanding of your own personal mindfulness practice before teaching others.
A sustained mindfulness practice, including doing an MBSR course and a teacher-led silent mindfulness retreat, is a pre-requisite for training
to teach others. For more information about professional mindfulness training in Australia, go to: MTIA