Living with Wisdom and Compassion

An eight-week program for deepening your mindfulness journey

 

This course will revitalise your mindfulness practice, support your confidence in working with your inner life, and build compassion skills and practices that can be transformative – for yourself and in your relationships with others.
We will explore how compassion is a natural and powerful 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 and meet current difficulties with courage and wisdom.
We will draw on the wisdom of the group, Western scientific knowledge, Buddhist psychology and the recent work of pioneers in the cultivation of compassion including Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Fritz Koster, Erik van den Brink and Paul Gilbert and Bob Stahl.

The course involves:

•an individual phone interview, and ongoing support from your teacher
•a 2.5 hour class, over eight weeks, plus one full retreat day
•mindfulness, compassion and body awareness training
•an exploration of your own patterns and how to transform them
•scientific rationale for the practice
•access to Openground audio app for practice and a 100 page course book

 

(Please note: This graduate program is for people who have completed a foundational 8 week mindfulness course already.)

Course Details

Term 2 2019

Camperdown         
The Buddhist Library, 90 Church St, Camperdown    
16 May - 11 July, 2019  
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm  
   
Register -  Term 2 - Bondi Junction - Wisdom & Compassion Course  

 

 

From past participants

"Since doing the course my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant."
(Adele, GP)

"It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone."
(Lisa, 2018)

"Living with Wisdom and Compassion was the balm in the form of self discipline my soul needed. With each week the lessons deepened and I experienced profound experiential awakenings of how strong, courageous loving compassionate, wise, gentle, patient and forgiving this being within inside this envelope of skin I live within is, and always has been. Thank you Eva for holding the space so sacredly and for the gift of your unwavering presence strength and wisdom."
(Annaki, 2018)

 

Who should come to the program?

  • Are you on a first-name basis with your self-critic?
  • Do you have unrealistic expectations of yourself?
  • Would you like to learn to befriend your humanness – realizing that no one is ‘perfect’?
  • Are you interested in learning how to bring a kinder approach towards yourself and the way you relate to others?
  • Do you feel regret about past actions and would like to develop self-forgiveness?
  • Are you interested in knowing more about what drives human beings to act in the ways we do - getting more clear about what Buddhist psychology and evolutionary biology have to offer?
  • Are you interested in growing and deepening empathy — a key emotional intelligence skill and a hallmark strength for leaders?
  • Do you care about the world and want to find more empowering ways of expressing your care and values?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Living with Wisdom and Compassion course can help you make peace with the past and affect the way you relate to yourself and others from here on.

 

What will be covered?

This program is practical and pragmatic as well as grounded in helpful theory. We will draw on Buddhist psychology in the cultivation of ethics and wisdom and work actively with practices of mindfulness and compassion. We will also draw on the theoretical ground from Western traditions of psychology, biology and systems theory including Non Violent Communication, Internal Family Systems, evolutionary biology, ethical decision-making and the transformational work of Joanna Macey.  


 

 

 

 


 


 

About Eva Papdopoulo

Eva Papadopoulo

Eva has been steeped in mindfulness and compassion practices for many years. She is a psychotherapist trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute – Australia-New Zealand. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.

 

About Timothea Goddard

Timothea Goddard

Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing mindfulness interventions to Australia over the past 12 years. She was the first person in Australia to complete the training and be accredited with the world renowned contemporary secular mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (USA) and maintains strong professional links there. She is passionate about pedagogy – the art of teaching and learning - and brings great curiosity and rigour to her teaching. She has broad experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, educator and workplace trainer over the past 30 years.
Regarding other mindfulness based approaches, she is an enthusiast - having trained extensively in MiCBT with Bruno Cayoun as well as in MBCT, ACT, Breathworks, the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training, the .b Mindfulness in Schools training and the Still Quiet Place for kids and recently completed a yoga teacher training. 

She a founding Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia and in this capacity is driving excellence in the training of mindfulness teachers and trainers in the Asia-Pacific region. She is an active member of the global network of teacher training organisations working towards international agreement on pathways, standards and certification protocols. 

 

 

What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.

 

 

Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.

 

 

Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 

 

Roz , 2018