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Australian Centre for MINDFULNESS & COMPASSION Courses, practice and retreats

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CHANGE YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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Evidence-based | Tiered pricing | Australia-wide








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Which mindfulness course is right for you?

  • "It has definitely changed relationships in my life. I am a lot less anxious. It helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone."
    Lacee , 2022
  • "Having suffered anxiety & depression since a teenager, without much relief from the meds, I was amazed at what happened in the course. I felt like I found mySELF again. I don’t get so caught up in my upsets and can keep moving forward."
    Karen , 2023
  • "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
  • "I had PTSD, anxiety & depression for five years after the Murrindindi Bushfires. I had resumed smoking & drinking to cope and had really high blood pressure. By the end of the course, I stopped drinking and smoking and and my BP was down to 55!"
    Chris , 2014
  • "I can’t recommend the 8 week mindfulness course enough. It is fantastic to learn the techniques while being with a group, as it felt like a learning journey together. I can already see my reactions to situations have changed as a result."
    Sarah H , 2022
  • "I have learnt a lot about myself through the program. 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 , 2022
  • "Understanding mindfulness has changed my life."
    Lee-Anne M , 2018
  • "The online course was amazing. I learned so much about meditation techniques and about how to keep my mind calm - I am very grateful.  It has provided me with such invaluable tools to manage life stress. I highly recommend the course."
    Ruvani , 2021
  • "With mental health issues I have often felt on the outer. This course was so good to feel part of something & finding out that all our minds work in certain ways that can cause trouble. I feel much less shame & more proactive to take risks in my life"
    Ivan , 2022
  • "I take meds for Bipolar, but the course has worked a treat for me in feeling less anxious about what other people think. I can look after my mental health better now - rest, not drinking so much and calming my mind through the practice."
    Ben , 2021
  • "I am a return student & found myself longing to return to practice, as I had a life changing experience during the first course. Doing the MBSR course a second time gave me new insights & learnings & I have gained so much out of it once more."
    Nicholas , 2023
  • "The MBSR course has helped me to think differently...lighter & with more compassion. I have appreciated the approach, resources, poems, theories, explanations & general wisdom. I won’t hesitate to recommend your MBSR course to anyone with ears."
    Jen W , 2022
  • "This meditation course changes lives. You will gain greater insight into yourself than you ever thought possible. The MBSR course allowed me to pause, to listen with curiosity & compassion rather than pushing my needs aside or casting self-judgment."
    Emerson , 2022
  • "Wow, this MBSR course really was a transformative process. I had no idea it would be so profound. I enjoyed every class and sharing and listening with others. I really feel every human being needs to do this mindfulness training course!"
    Jade N , 2022
  • "I have more energy, I'm more decisive. I feel capable of handling setbacks & have a deeper appreciation of the importance of being kind to myself. I’m less reactive & this has helped reduce my stress levels. I got something out of every MBSR class."
    Christine S , 2022
  • "The course exceeded my expectations. I always have hopes when I do courses, but rarely expect the end product will be as effective as I hope. This course was different. The course enabled me to get on my feet, mindfully, and start my journey."
    JDJ , 2024
  • "The course was very well organised. The teacher was very compassionate and guided the group really well. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in deepening their practice or stepping into the world of awareness."
    Vaskar , 2024
  • "I recommend anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of self, happiness and life to experience this course. This can be truly life-changing."
    Cathy , 2024
  • "I feel completely different after doing this course. I have so much more clarity and feel I have so much more agency."
    Steph , 2024

Begin a journey that starts with 8 weeks.

Reconnect with your inner compass.  

Come and explore this evidence-based training that offers a holistic approach to health and growth - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  It is like a fresh inner journey where you can safely visit all the aspects of being a human in a way that is freeing, empowering and interesting.

Come and see what you can make happen.

                                                                       
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An MBSR course can help you:

  • Calm your nervous system, so you can rest
  • Listen to your emotions without being flooded by them
  • Don't believe everything you think!
  • Develop stronger boundaries and more connection
  • Develop new ways of enjoying ordinary moments in life
  • Let go of habits that no longer serve you
  • Digest the past so you can be more present to this moment
Speak with an experienced MBSR teacher to discuss where you are at, and whether the training could help.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
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What is mindfulness

Mindfulness practice is an invitation for greater balance, choice and participation in life.

 

being mindful

Focus and presence

MBSR helps cultivate more concentration and capacity to be in the moment with what matters to you most, here and now.

emotional mindfulness

Emotional calming

MBSR helps reduce reactivity, learn to befriend your emotions and to express them in ways that set clear and caring boundaries.

mindful actions

Clarity and wisdom

MBSR helps see your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others.

Frequently asked questions

  • I've tried meditation and can't do it.

    Yes, we know! Everybody has this experience when they first start mindfulness practice, and most people in your class will feel the same way. Don't worry – it won't prevent you from developing more ease and peace in your life through mindfulness training.

    We all need to start with the mind we have, and if that is a busy and preoccupied mind, then that’s the perfect place to begin. Initially, mindfulness practice is about becoming familiar with your own mind and body, and exploring ways to soothe, calm, and simply explore how you tick.

    Step-by-step throughout the course, you’ll be offered different ways of practicing so you can bring more of this way of being to support your mental health. By exploring the science of mindfulness, you’ll also discover why so many of us have such jumpy, 'jack-rabbit' minds and learn what you need to do to cultivate a calmer and clearer mind.

  • What's the difference between evidence-based courses and other mindfulness stuff that is out there?

    Openground has 20 years of experience in helping people with serious mental and physical health challenges. and our programs spring from a long tradition of preventative and behavioural medicine which has been researched over decades. Much of the more recent mindfulness stuff has been watered down:
    - using videos V being supported by a dedicated teacher
    - just using an app, rather than a detailed exploration of your patterns and how to interrupt them
    - focussing on "well-being" rather than acknowledging just how tough mental health problems can be.

  • What does the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course involve?

    Our MBSR and MBCT course is for anyone who wants to reduce work, family or health-related stress, bring a greater sense of balance and meaning to their lives, and learn how to manage challenges more skillfully.

    It involves:
    - an individual phone interview with your teacher
    - a 2.5 hour class, once a week for eight weeks, plus one full retreat day
    - body awareness training
    - an exploration of your own patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
    - brief lectures and discussions
    - individual feedback and support
    - good conversations about things that matter
    - scientific rationale for the practice
    - your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and a course book.

  • Why is it important to practice?

    Mindfulness is not just a good idea – it’s a practice! As with any new skill – like learning to swim, do Pilates or play golf – just hearing or reading about mindfulness can only take you so far. Experience and practice are the two things that will lead to lasting and profound changes.

    For the training to make a real difference to your mental health, ask yourself if you are willing to make a commitment to undertake some formal practice each day over the eight weeks of your course. This will make all the difference to your satisfaction with the course, the benefits you experience, and your life.

    Training in mindfulness will equip you with a very portable set of skills that you can practice anywhere, anytime. Give it a go and let's see what happens!

  • I used a mindfulness app and it didn't do much. How is this different?

    We may not like it, but real change takes time. This is why your training for stress and burnout, anxiety, depression and trauma unfolds over eight weeks plus a whole day retreat – a total of 27 hours of training, as well as your home practice.

    Promises of a quick fix are always tempting. There are many apps and pre-recorded short courses about recently, that don't have the clinical evidence behind them. If you have tried these and only had minimal benefit, that makes sense.
    We encourage you to do some research of your own. If you are quite stressed, or you’re facing some big challenges, you may find greater benefit in an in-depth, evidence-based program.

    Change happens through practice, and evidence suggests that for clinical conditions eight weeks is an optimum time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded. Our experience is that practice develops most effectively and sustainably when there is an ongoing personal relationship with a teacher who really knows their stuff.

  • I am a health professional. How will attending a course help me in my work?

    The eight week mindfulness training can assist with your capacity for listening, empathy, compassion and genuine curiosity. It can also help you see into our own patterns that can get in the way of being truly helpful.
    However these programs are not a professional training program for using mindfulness with clients. We welcome you to join the course as a participant, leave your professional hat at the door, and immerse yourself in mindfulness practice. Our courses present an opportunity to learn about mindfulness from the inside out, by engaging in the group process and learning from your fellow participants.

    There are good ethical and professional reasons to develop an in-depth understanding of your own personal mindfulness practice before teaching others. A sustained mindfulness practice, including completing an MBSR course and a teacher-led silent mindfulness retreat, is a pre-requisite for training to teach

  • What if I need to miss a class or the Day of Mindfulness?

    In some locations, there are a few courses happening simultaneously, so you could arrange to attend one of the other locations for that week. If that is not possible in your area, the course book is quite detailed in terms of covering the material each week, and you will be able to keep practicing and arrange to check in with your teacher by phone or email about your process that week.

    Missing the Day of Mindfulness is also sometimes inevitable. However, this day-long retreat is held every quarter, so you can always attend next time.

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