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About Us

Openground engages with individuals and organisations to promote the practice of mindfulness as a transformational process in health, education, industry and community development.

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Openground works with individuals and organisations to promote the practice of mindfulness as a transformational process. We work across diverse disciplines, including health, education, industry and community development. Openground maintains close professional links with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (USA).

All our courses are led by highly skilled, experienced and dedicated teachers. We offer depth, safety, continuity and connection to help you develop a sustainable mindfulness practice and to live with greater resilience, effectiveness and authority.

Unlike shorter courses or apps, Openground courses provide you with the experience, space and time to develop a personal practice that can bring about the tangible results which we know are truly possible from committing to this inspiring mindfulness method.   

Our values

Our teachers offer courses that are safe, engaging, effective, and which embody Openground’s core values:

  • Respect for each individual's uniqueness.
  • Provision of an empathic, responsive environment in which to learn. 
  • Integrity, in terms of ethical and professional responsibilities.
  • Rigour and depth of experience, training and supervision in the fields that contribute to excellence in mindfulness-based training. 

Every Openground teacher engages regularly in professional development, silent retreats and ongoing personal practice. 

Openground Advisory Board

The Openground Advisory Board draws together a group of professionals from the disciplines of medicine, psychology, education, psychotherapy, sociology, philosophy and spiritual practice:

  • Dr Gillian Deakin, MBBS, MPH, Dip. FP, FRACGP
  • Dr Rick Hanson, PhD
  • Dr Bob Stahl, PhD

Openground Pty Ltd is directly responsible for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane, in addition to our professional training programs, retreats and most workshops. The Openground teachers’ group provides ongoing peer supervision, consultation and support, to ensure our MBSR courses are high quality, accessible, and sustainable.


Openground for Organisations

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


Fee structure

Traditionally, mindfulness meditation was taught in a spiritual context on a donation basis. The Openground MBSR program has sprung from this tradition, but is offered by qualified professional teachers as part of their work. For this reason, we charge course fees for our classes.

We’re committed to making the MBSR program accessible to as many people as possible, including those who genuinely 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 potential income as discounted places.

Please contact us to enquire about 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.

Openground is a not for profit and all profits are in service of offering our programs to people who otherwise would not be able to afford it.


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