A mindful nation?


There has been an emergence of understanding how our emotional and mental states shape our relationships, how we work, and how we make decisions.  Research has highlighted the value of mindfulness - and it's cultivation of empathy, open-mindedness and compassion as competencies which can be learned.  

Developing these competencies can reduce stress, improve decision-making, increase creativity and innovation and increase communication skills.   Bringing a systematic training of these competencies into the world of work could have wide-ranging benefits for Australia in the areas of business, education, health and government.

This broader application of mindfulness is already being heralded overseas. In  the UK,  200  parliamentarians took part in an eight week program. This lead to the production of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group report Mindful National UK, which recommended that “UK government departments should encourage the development of mindfulness programmes for staff in the public sector – in particular in health, education, and criminal justice, to combat stress and improve organisational effectiveness”.

Openground is keen to be part of the development of  Australia as a Mindful Nation and is involved in pro-bono work, strategic partnerships and leadership training as a contribution to this worthwhile mission.


While a mindful, empathic and compassionate approach can be valuable for individuals, it also offers wide-ranging benefits for government, business and society.

Dr Lynne Reeder, Director, Australia21



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