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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 1 2020 | February

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 | May 2020

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


All parts are welcome - befriending difficult bits

Sydney | 21 and 22 March

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

Connecting in this time of climate disruption

Melbourne | 22 March 2020

Openground teachers are feeling moved to respond to the climate crisis by bringing meditators together to honour our emotional responses and find our way of living with these realities. The day will be inspired by practices and perspectives offered by eco-philosopher and Buddhist practitioner Joanna Macy.

1 day


Befriending Your Mind Retreat

Hartzer Park, Bowral | 6 - 8 March, 2020

During the retreat we will be exploring what arises in open awareness meditation - in the body, the heart and the mind. It is an opportunity for the sustained practice of bringing curiosity and permission 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.

2 days

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs

Hepburn Springs, Vic | 28 - 30 August 2020

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

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