If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Jean-Paul Sartre said: “Hell is other people!”

How often do we feel this during times of challenge, conflict and turmoil in our relationships – with partners, kids, family, friends and co-workers? What can mindfulness practice offer in terms of increasing awareness of unhelpful patterns in ourselves, and also in terms of finding skilful actions in our relating with others?

Mindfulness training increases our self-awareness, helping us make a distinction between our direct, "in the moment" experience and our judgments and interpretations of these emotional and bodily states. This clarity enables us to more easily break the cycles of automatic reactivity and undo the grip of negative stories and rigid beliefs about ourselves and others, based on past negative experiences. We have the potential to disengage from the inner critic and become more self-compassionate, and to see others with more curiosity and compassion too.  We get more comfortable with hearing and seeing with fresh ears and eyes.

Making changes in our relationships often involves being less defensive, more honest and assertive.  Mindfulness training can help us explore and practice these uncomfortable new behaviours with a little more grace and ease.  

Come and explore what an 8 week mindfulness training course can offer you.


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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 MBSR course help me in my relationships?

Over the eight weeks in the MBSR course - through practice, experiential exercises, reflection, discussion, poetry, stories and theory, and sharing in the group - we will be:

  • Developing awareness and insights into our own style of relating
  • Developing healthy emotional regulation strategies
  • Using the body and mind as resources in moments of tension
  • Developing a greater understanding of the origin of one's own suffering in relationships
  • Exploring the kinds of meanings and thinking we bring to everyday exchanges that are perhaps not so helpful
  • Bringing mindfulness principles more consciously into your relationships 
  • Cultivating steady empathy, compassion and positive regard for ourselves and others, especially during difficult times


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