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Mindfulness Courses - Coffs Harbour

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week foundational mindfulness training happening in Coffs Harbour which is evidence-based, practical and empowering. As seen on Catalyst TV.

What is MBSR?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the original evidence-based, user-friendly program that brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Openground is proud to be endorsed by Emeritus Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – who developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 for people suffering chronic and acute stress, chronic pain and illness, and associated anxiety and depression.  As seen on ABC Catalyst TV.

What does it involve?

an individual phone interview, and ongoing support from your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class, over eight weeks, plus one full retreat day 

  • mindfulness meditation 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

Discover the advantages of mindfulness training.
Based on over four decades of rigorous, research-backed evidence, the mindfulness practices offered in this program are designed to:

  • Enhance mental and emotional well-being
  • Support a balanced nervous system
  • Increase focus and attention
  • Improve sleep quality and overall well-being
  • Reduce symptoms such as negative thinking, fatigue, poor concentration, muscle tension, and emotional reactivity
  • Clarify life goals, priorities, and personal purpose

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is proven effective in managing chronic pain and improving physical health beyond standard treatments. Studies show that MBSR participants experience improved mental health, including reduced anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. Additionally, eight-week mindfulness programs improve cognitive functions like sustained attention and emotional outcomes by reducing rumination.

Learn how mindfulness-based stress reduction can help you:

  • Redirect your focus from worry cycles
  • Cultivate a calmer nervous system gradually
  • Explore difficult emotions without analyzing or suppressing them
  • Understand how your mind operates and intervene in restrictive patterns
  • Confront fears and take meaningful action aligned with your values
  • Embrace the positives in your life
  • Live in the present moment, becoming more aware of your thought patterns. Calm your nervous system and mind, learning to live with intention, reducing reactivity and negative self-talk. Understand the impact of chronic stress, enhancing focus, productivity, and relationships.

What level of commitment is required?

To fully benefit from this course, full engagement is essential. Similar to training in sports or music, mindfulness requires consistent practice and dedication. Enrolling in this course involves committing to daily mindfulness meditation practice for 30 to 45 minutes six days a week (in addition to weekly classes and day-long retreats). Wholehearted dedication offers the best path to discovering new possibilities and creating lasting changes from the core of your own life.

Come and see how this inspiring course can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being.

Pricing and Scholarship places

  • Standard Rate $695 - if you can afford to pay the full fee
  • And we are delighted to offer discounted places for those who need  financial support to come along.  

If you have access to some financial security: through income, assets (savings, shares, property) and/or superannuation income we ask you to pay the full fee (or do a payment plan) as we need your support! 

If you are in financial need: unemployed, on a disability, have an illness, or are a student (with no support from parents) or have other financially stressful circumstances please be in touch to get a scholarship place.
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"I feel completely different after doing this course. I have so much more clarity and feel I have so much more agency."

Where can I do MBSR in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

Shala Wellness Studio: 35 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour
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Meet our Coffs Harbour Mindfulness Teacher

Jannelle Geraghty

BA (Hons) Psychology, Registered Psychologist, Postgrad Cert Clinical Psychology; Level 1 IFS, MBSR/MBCT (MTIA), Dip Remedial Massage

Jannelle has many years of experience in women’s health, community mental health, education and in private practice. Jannelle completed her training with MTIA in 2019 and has facilitated MBSR in the community and offered mindfulness courses in the workplace.

Jannelle has a heartfelt passion for the journey to wholeness and the connection to our Selves, each other and this sacred land in which we live. This includes her deep interest in mindfulness and meditation which has provided deep healing and personal growth in her own life. Jannelle is passionate about creating a compassionate, welcoming, and alive space for others to commence or enrich their mindfulness journey.

Why learn with Openground?

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Personal attention and skilled teaching

Learning mindfulness with an experienced teacher can’t be compared with using an app. We take a genuine, personal approach and our highly trained and dedicated teachers go the extra mile to help you engage with your practice in ways that can bring real transformation.

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Evidence-based transformation

MBSR is an authentic, evidence-based program of mindfulness training, grounded in 39 years of research. Unlike many shorter mindfulness courses, which have no evidence of benefit, MBSR is globally recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field.

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Excellent value

Our immersive, eight-week courses include 28 hours of personal mindfulness training. Many short courses only give you a taste of mindfulness, and are actually more expensive than MBSR on an hourly rate basis. Our courses offer significant value, and we can also arrange serious discounts if you need a helping hand.

Mindfulness Course Discounts
Openground for all

We do like to offer discounts to Health Care card holders and others in genuine financial difficulty (eg for those with disability, unemployment, chronic pain, students with very little support from their parents, or other constricting circumstances). To keep the books balanced, we appreciate you paying the full fee if you can afford it! In some locations you can book in early to get a significant early bird rate.

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