Mindfulness Practice Groups

Rest and renew in good company


For everyone

Free monthly online talk and meditation practice

Join us for a new series of free online mindfulness talks and practices. Each month a different teacher will present a short talk and then lead an online practice.
Date: Sunday 24th March
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm (AEDT) 
Teacher: Astrid de Ruiter
Topic: Feeling Tone    
More info HERE

For MBSR graduates

Ongoing Practice Groups

Here are links to our ongoing mindfulness practice groups in Sydney and Melbourne

Sydney - Shake the dust - six session mindfulness group
Sydney - Mindfulness Practice Groups
Melbourne - Mindfulness Practice Groups

Day of Mindfulness Events - for Openground MBSR Graduates

Here are Links to Term 1 2019 Day of Mindfulness Events

Day of Mindfulness - Sydney   
Day of Mindfulness - Melbourne    
Day of Mindfulness - Brisbane   
Day of Mindfulness - Perth

Quarterly Day of Mindfulness


The quarterly Day of Mindfulness is an opportunity for people who have done the course, and the teachers of the course, to come together to spend a day practicing meditation. Over the course of the day, we will spend most of the time in silence, and some time sharing our experience. You will be led through various meditations including sitting, walking, and stretching. There will also be time spent in the beautiful surrounds ... light, birds and trees.

This day of meditation training provides time and space for focused practice which can refresh mindfulness skills and strengthen ongoing practice at home.

Openground MBSR Graduates can register for our Day of Mindfulness Events


Openground Practice Groups


At the end of the eight week course most people feel the desire to continue engaging in the practice with some support. Your teacher will be able to let you know what options are available in your area.
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offer ongoing mindfulness meditation practice groups. These are drop in groups so there is no need to register.
Click here for details of Openground Practice Groups in Melbourne and Sydney


Secular Buddhist practice groups


The MBSR program you have been exploring comes directly from the four foundations of mindfulness, from the Western Insight tradition. There are many secular Buddhist groups offering ongoing practice and exploration which would deepen what you have been learning in the MBSR course.

These groups also offer longer retreats. Here are a few leads for you to explore:

Insight meditation

Insight (Vipassana) meditation is the simple and direct practice of moment-to- moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

Australia wide: www.dharma.org.au
Sydney: Sydney Insight Meditators www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org
Melbourne: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Centre www.dhammasukha.org.au
Perth: Perth Insight Meditation Group www.pimg.org
Adelaide: Ashtree Sangha http: www.dharma.org.au
Alice Springs: Desert Budhha Sangha www.dharma.org.au
Hobart: Vipassana meditation www.pabha.dhamma.org
Brisbane: www.dharma.org.au


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