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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 and face to face | SERIOUS DISCOUNTS for those in need | Commencing again in early February, 2021

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

Graduate course

Cultivating Compassion

Live online graduate course | with Eva Papadopoulo | Starting 6 May, 2021

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 release past hurts, meet current difficulties with courage and wisdom and develop equanimity in the face of uncertainty.

8 weeks

All Parts are Welcome - finding safety within

Live online graduate course | with Nique Murch | Starting 20 Feb, 2021

Following on from MBSR, in this 8 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.

8 weeks

Workshop

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

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs

Hepburn Springs, Vic | 19 - 21 February 2021

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

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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