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Join our evidence-based, accessible and user-friendly programs to feel more clarity, energy and groundedness

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  • "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
  • "Thank you for allowing me to learn these skills. As someone who suffers from crippling PTSD, I recommend this course to any veteran who suffers ... I can’t recommend this course highly enough."
    Anonymous , 2022
  • "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


Openground takes a whole-person and recovery-oriented approach to mental health. Our work is grounded in an understanding about what humans need to feel safe, responsive and empowered to transform things - inside and out.

With nearly 20 years of experience with clinical mindfulness training, we are confident in meeting you just where you are at, and making good things happen.  


Let's have a conversation

You might be wondering how the evidence about mindfulness can be applied to your specific situation.

You are welcome to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable teacher to:
  • Explore what you are grappling with 
  • Discuss whether doing an evidence-based program could help
  • Which course would be best for you, and
  • How to get a discounted place if needed



Arrange your conversation now

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Why learn with Openground ?

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Personal attention and skilled teaching

Learning mindfulness with an experienced teacher can’t be compared with using an app. We take a genuine, personal approach and our highly trained and dedicated teachers go the extra mile to help you engage with your practice in ways that can bring real transformation.  Our teaching work is overseen by experienced clinicians and we have a collaborative intake process, to make sure the course can work for you.

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Evidence-based program

We offer evidence-based and evidence-informed programs which are grounded in long standing research and based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Unlike many contemporary mindfulness offerings, which have no evidence of benefit, MBSR and MBCT are globally recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field.

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Excellent value

Our immersive, eight-week courses include 28 hours of personal mindfulness training curated for the treatment of stress, burnout, anxiety, depression and the impacts of trauma and led by an experienced and dedicated teacher. Our courses offer significant value. We are a not-for-profit and we can also arrange serious discounts if you need a helping hand to attend. 



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Courses Australia-wide

Check out where you can access an in-person class.  Live online courses are available and work surprisingly well.

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Openground for all

As a not-for-profit, we are committed to making our evidence-based courses available to all who need them. If you need a discount:

  • go to the course you want to do, and
  • click on the DISCOUNT button, and
  • we will be in touch with a discount code for you.

If you can afford it we appreciate you paying the full fee to keep the books balanced.

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Mindfulness Programs

In late 2018, ABC's Catalyst team invited a group of 15 ordinary Australians to take part in a mindfulness experiment to see if undertaking the MBSR course could help treat conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression that effect millions of us.  This course was  taught by Timothea Goddard - the Director of Openground.  Watch their journey here to see how the eight week MBSR course changes people's lives and brains. Or check out these shorts giving an overview of MBSR and an excerpt following Erin's journey with MS and chronic pain.


ABC Science - Erin's story with MS and chronic pain


Understanding mindfulness

Mindfulness practice offers an invitation to move towards greater balance, choice and participation in life.


Focus and presence

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


Emotional calming

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


Clarity and wisdom

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

Through mindfulness training we learn how to bring acceptance and curiosity to all of our experience – sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions, and the situation we are in. 

This way of seeing can free us up to respond with more clarity and wisdom, rather than acting out of habitual patterns. 

It opens up the possibility of working more wisely and compassionately with difficulties in life and to choose what is nourishing for ourselves and others.


Your questions, answered

  • 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 Openground's 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. 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 exploring with a dedicated teacher
    - just using an app, rather than a detailed exploration of your patterns and how to interrupt them
    - using the research about longer, intensive programs like MBSR and MBCT to "sell" more "light-on" programs
    - focussing on "well-being" rather than acknowledging just how tough mental health problems can be.

  • Why is it important to practice?

    Mindfulness is not just a good idea – it’s a practice!

    A 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!

  • Why not just use a mindfulness app or do a short course?

    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 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 have a mental health care plan with my GP. Will I be able to claim a Medicare or other health insurer refund for the course?

    Unfortunately, not all health professionals can be registered to offer a Medicare rebate. Although many of our teachers are among the best trained and most skilled in the country, they are not able to offer a rebate. However, we do offer discounts for people whose circumstances make it impossible to afford the full fee, and we’re happy to discuss this option with you.

  • I can’t afford the full course fee. Do you offer payment plans or discounts?

    We are a not-for-profit committed to making the programs accessible to as many people as possible. So, we offer some heavily discounted places and payment plans for our courses for people who genuinely can't afford the full fee.
    Please click on the DISCOUNTS tab on the course booking page to request a discount. We are proud of the fact that we have never turned anyone away from doing the program just because they couldn’t afford the full fees.


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