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Openground Courses

Join us and develop specific skills and practices to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Foundation course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Australia-wide | Term 3 | late July

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is the original, evidence-based, user-friendly program that brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices. This learning cultivates mental and physical resilience and helps break cycles of stress, anxiety and unhappiness. Come and see how this inspiring course can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being.

Openground is proud to be endorsed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – who developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979.

Book early as our courses fill up quickly.

8 weeks

Graduate course

MBSR II - Living with Wisdom and Compassion

Sydney | October 24th start

Following on from MBSR, in this 8 week course we will discover how compassion is a natural and empowering response to stress and distress, and how to make compassionate action our default mode as we move through life. This is a great opportunity to digest past hurts, meet current difficulties with courage and wisdom and cultivate peace.

8 weeks

Workshop

All parts are welcome - befriending difficult bits

Sydney | 10 and 11 August
Melbourne | 26 and 27 October

In this workshop, we will draw on Internal Family Systems practice to get to know some habitual parts of ourselves that arise in practice and in life, and to learn how to hear their story, and do some healing so that they do not have to dominate the system any more. This can open up our meditation practice – making it more comprehensible and useful.

2 days

Retreat

Yanada Openground Teachers Weekend

During this residential retreat, we will explore an open awareness meditation practice that is followed by reflection. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive, and present in your life.

3 nights

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs

Hepburn Springs, Vic | 13 - 15 September

So often we have to override our tiredness and “push on,” feeding into what Michael Leunig suggests are pervasive states of anxiety and restlessness. Retreats are a unique opportunity to give ourselves permission to stop, rest and restore the mind, body and heart. Join us for a beautiful weekend of nature, meditation, movement, delicious food and connection.

2 days

Spring Reflective Meditation Retreat

During this residential retreat, we will explore an open awareness meditation practice that is followed by reflection. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive, and present in your life.

3 nights

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Burradoo - NSW - March 2019

During the retreat we will be spending time coming home to the body, the heart and the mind - through the practices of mindfulness. It is an opportunity for the sustained practice of bringing curiosity and compassion to everything that arises, and to notice what happens when we do this. We will be using journaling to explore the unfolding of practice over the weekend. With Timothea Goddard and Eva Papadopoulo

2 days

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