Mindful Eating

Eating is an activity that we all engage in every day.  It is part of our socialising, our work life, and our relationships with our families and friends.  And it has powerful impacts on our health and well-being.   We all eat and drink at times to sooth ourselves.  Mindfulness helps connect the mind and the body, to slow down, connect with ourselves, and move from reactive eating to responding to what we actually need in the moment.  There is a shift towards gradually feeling more at the helm of our lives.

If you want to use the 8 week program to explore your eating habits and to find a new relationship with food, do let your teacher know this, so they can keep you in mind during the program.

We love to give discounts to Health Care Card holders and others in financial difficulty. To keep the books balanced, if you can afford it, we would greatly appreciate it if you could pay the full fee.


Come and explore what this eight week training can offer you.

Course locations

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Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
The Buddhist Library
90 Church Street, Camperdown
Bondi Junction (Night)
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction (Day)
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Thursdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Northern Beaches
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Armadale (Day)
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12:30pm
Chi Flow Yoga  
Suite 3A 727 High St, Armadale
Moonee Ponds (Night)
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Moonee Ponds Mind Body Health
23 Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds
Hawthorn (Night)
Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne
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What will you be learning in the course?

How can the mindfulness program help me with my eating patterns?

Mindfulness helps us to become aware of our body sensations, our emotions and our thoughts - all of which shape our relationship with our food.  It helps us explore our eating habits and the motivations that drive them.

We learn to pay close attention to our physical hunger signals - what are they?  How strong are they?  Am I hungry for food or am I bored or anxious or feeling down?  We train to deliberately be able to tolerate the sensations and emotions that drive reactive eating and to interrupt these urges and watch them pass.    Hard but worthwhile work!

The training can also help us step back to see the whole shape of our day, to be able to choose more wisely what is nourishing to the body and mind.  

Eating with awareness involves:

  • tuning into your own natural physical hunger signals
  • really tasting your food
  • choosing foods wisely, both for satisfaction and for health
  • learning to know when you’ve had enough
  • cultivating some knowledge about what foods are good for your body and mind
  • tolerating when things are challenging and finding ways to soothe that don't involve eating






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