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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 - from isolation to connection, no matter where you live!

Live online world-wide | SERIOUS DISCOUNTS for those in need | Commencing again in late July / early September, 2020

Undertaking this in-depth training will offer you a precious capacity for the rest of your life. We take a genuine, personal approach and our dedicated teachers will go the extra mile to help you engage with each other and your practice, in ways that are immediately satisfying and helpful. You will learn a range of mindfulness practices to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your own internal experiences and how to apply this in a practical way to immediate life challenges. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based, user-friendly program that brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. As seen on ABC Catalyst TV.

Openground is proud to be endorsed by Emeritus Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – who developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 and Professor Mark Williams, co-developer of MBCT, Oxford University, UK.

8 weeks

Distance MBSR - no matter where you live

Live Online | 4 May 2020

We offer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by distance education and we think you will find it radically different to apps or other online options or even live shorter courses. We believe that mindfulness training is best done through a live relationship with a teacher and a group - taking the time to hear about your practice so that that the work can be responsive to your situation and integrated into your life.

8 weeks

Graduate course

All Parts are Welcome - finding safety within

Live online graduate course | with Nique Murch | Starting 24 October, 2020

Following on from MBSR, in this 6 week group we will actively cultivate our innate capacities for clarity, curiosity, compassion and courage to work with the inner and outer constraints that shape our lives. We will draw on mindfulness meditation practice as well the Internal Family Systems model to skilfully recognise, investigate and befriend all the different parts of ourselves leading to more authority and wise presence in lives.

6 weeks

Workshop

Rick Hanson - Neurodharma

Online | 20 - 21 November

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now, thanks to recent science, we’re finding how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system. Join Rick for this experiential deep dive into practice with methods for cultivating and embodying unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. 

8 hours

Retreat

Day of Mindfulness

Brisbane & Perth | 15 Nov
Online | Sunday 29 Nov

Every three months Openground hosts a Day of Mindfulness, which as well as being an integral part of the MBSR course each term, is also available for past participants.

1 day

Befriending Your Mind Retreat

Hartzer Park, Bowral | 6 - 8 November, 2020

In this retreat, the focus will be permission, respect and curiosity for the mind you have, rather than "training" the mind in a certain preferred direction. We will have lots of free time plus structured meditation time where you can offer yourself a big internal paddock to run around in. We will use writing to recollect and explore what has arisen in the practice. Single rooms, good food, attentive teachers and time in nature offer a great space to rest, renew and explore.

2 days

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat

Bowral | 10 - 15 December 2020

This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. The retreat will emphasise quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. This may be especially of interest to those teaching or aspiring to teach mindfulness - but all are welcome.

5 days

Alive. Awake. Present.

Healesville | January 20 - 25

This five day silent retreat will focus on the four foundations of mindfulness and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings (Buddhist psychology) underpinning mindfulness meditation practices. The retreat will emphasise sustained practice, opening the heart and developing more trust in your own mind. Lots of movement practice, single rooms and good food too!

5 days

Befriending Your Mind Retreat - March 21

Hartzer Park, Bowral | 19 - 21 March, 2021

In this retreat, the focus will be permission, respect and curiosity for the mind you have, rather than "training" the mind in a certain preferred direction. We will have lots of free time plus structured meditation time where you can offer yourself a big internal paddock to run around in. We will use writing to recollect and explore what has arisen in the practice. Single rooms, good food, attentive teachers and time in nature offer a great space to rest, renew and explore.

2 days

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