Openground 

Openground engages with individuals and organisations to promote the practice of mindfulness as a transformational process in health, education, industry and community development.  Openground maintains close professional links with the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (USA).

Our courses offer depth, safety, continuity and connection with a dedicated, experienced teacher to help you engage with the heart of the matter – so that you can find more resilience, effectiveness and authority in your life.

While a short course, app or workshop may offer a taste of mindfulness, it is unlikely to provide you with the experience, space and time to develop your own practice which is what leads to the outcomes you probably want and are truly possible from this inspiring method.  

 

  Our values

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

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

 

Advisory board

The Openground Advisory Board consists of a group of professionals drawn from the disciplines of medicine, psychology, education, psychotherapy, sociology, philosophy and spiritual practice.

 

  Governance 

Openground

Openground Pty Ltd is directly responsible for the MBSR courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, 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.

Openground for Organisations

Openground for Organisations Pty Ltd is responsible for all organisational work.

 

  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.

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What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.

 

 

Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.

 

 

Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 

 

Roz , 2018