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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 and by Distance - live online | Term 4 | October

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

Shake the Dust

Sydney | 11 November start

Shake the Dust will offer you the opportunity to continue to grow in your mindfulness and compassion practice - by revising some basics and offering new perspectives too. By creating an environment where safety and curiosity can flourish, we will use meditations, exercises, teaching and heart-felt sharing to strengthen our capacity for presence and responsiveness to what matters most in our lives.

6 weeks

Workshop

All parts are welcome - befriending difficult bits

Melbourne | 26 and 27 October
Sydney | 16 and 17 November

In this workshop, we will draw on the Internal Family Systems model and see how it can open up our meditation practice – making it more comprehensible and useful. You will get to know some habitual parts of yourself that arise in practice and in life, and to learn how to hear their story, and do some healing so that you can cultivate more authority and wise presence in life.

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

Spring Reflective Meditation Retreat

Wilton, NSW | 21 - 24 Nov 2019

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

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat

Healesville | January 20 - 25

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

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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