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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

Distance MBSR - no matter where you live

Live Online | 6 February 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

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

Sydney | 1 March 2020
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

Rick Hanson - PNT with Clinical Applications

Sydney | 16 - 19 November
Join NY Times bestselling author and psychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for this experiential 4-day workshop on using modern neuroscience to develop powerful inner resources - hardwired into the nervous system - to increase coping, happiness, and well-being.

4 days

Rick Hanson - Neurodharma

Sydney | 21 - 22 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.

2 days


Befriending Your Mind Retreat

Hartzer Park, Bowral | 6 - 8 March, 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

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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