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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 | February 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

Melbourne | 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

Facing Climate Change with Active Hope

Brisbane | 8 December

In this workshop we will look at the scientific facts about climate change, spend time exploring the various difficult emotions the climate crisis brings up for us, find ways to cope better with these feelings and spend time exploring the different ways each of us can contribute towards climate action, leaving the workshop with a sense of active hope.

1 day


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

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

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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