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Mindfulness for everyone

For individuals and organisations

Openground offers evidence-based mindfulness programs that create lasting transformation and positive change.

Our mindfulness courses, retreats and workshops are designed for individuals and organisations and are led by our team of highly skilled, experienced and dedicated teachers.

Openground exists to share the practice of mindfulness with everyone. We’ll get you started on your journey of cultivating the lifelong skill of mindfulness, encouraging you to engage with the heart of the matter and discover more resilience, effectiveness and authority in your life, moment-to-moment.

Find out more about Openground, and explore our courses to take your first step towards real and lasting transformation.

Openground is thankful to be endorsed by Emeritus Professors

Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of MBSR) and Mark Williams (co-founder of MBCT)

What is mindfulness

Put simply, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, on purpose, and with open-hearted curiosity, to the present moment – to what is happening in your body, your mind and in the world around you.

Mindfulness is all about living in the present - being aware of what is happening right now, instead of dwelling in the past or focusing on the future. Cultivating this ability to observe, without judgement, can help us to respond to our experiences with clarity and focus, rather than reacting out of old habits and patterns.

Cultivating a regular mindfulness practice can help us move towards greater balance, choice and participation in our lives. It can give us the capacity to feel more curious, to live with greater acceptance, and to accept our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and situation, without judging them as good or bad.

Mindfulness opens up the possibility of living with more authority and working wisely and compassionately with life’s challenges, so we can choose what is most nourishing, for ourselves and others.

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Mindfulness training has changed millions of lives around the world.
How will it change yours?


Focus and presence

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

The practice helps interrupt endless rehearsing the future and rehashing the past and to arrive in the moment, again and again.

Savour your precious life.
Stop procrastinating.
Become present with loved ones and your work


Emotional calming

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

The practice helps to digest difficult emotions and cultivate more positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion

Dissolve anxiety and irritation.
Find more peace and ease.
Understand the process of your own mind


Clarity and wisdom

See your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others

The practice helps to grow confidence in building new habits and more choice in responding to challenges

Be curious.
Recognise your situation.
Act with courage.

Find Your Course, Workshop or Retreat

Explore our Australian locations or learn more about our International retreats in Thailand and Fiji

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