The story so far
Openground began in 2004 as a group of educators and health professionals got together under the pioneering leadership of Timothea Goddard to offer the well-researched Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and related offerings throughout Australia - in health, education, workplaces and community development. For close to 20 years we have endeavoured to make our strength-based, non-pathologizing, empowering services accessible to those who cannot afford to pay.
In 2023, we shifted our structure to a not-for-profit to be able to more widely reach and contribute care and support to individuals and communities who are affected by poverty and trauma. We are applying for DGR1 and charity status, so that we can effectively invite donations, sponsorship and fundraising to make our services available as widely as possible. We are committed to making our services available to everyone in need, no matter their financial circumstances. Oftentimes, people who can least afford our life-changing programs are the ones who need them the most.
Openground takes a whole-person and recovery-oriented approach to wellbeing, utilising the latest scientific research in our programs. Our highly trained health professionals and facilitators offer training in resilience and healing practices in rural, regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia.
We have strong professional links with the international community of senior mindfulness practitioners which uphold standards and ethics for the industry.