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Mindfulness Courses - Melbourne

Join us for the eight-week foundational Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training.

What is this mindfulness course about and is it for me?

Developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, the MBSR course is an engaged program in mind and body training equipping you with tools for greater resilience in the face of life’s challenges and stressors. MBSR is for anyone and we welcome people from all walks of life. Specifically, the practices and exercises explored in this course offer tangible methods for interrupting cycles of stress reactivity as well as providing a context for bringing life choices into perspective and reflecting on these in a structured way. If this resonates, MBSR is for you.

Offered in this course:

  • an initial individual session with your teacher
  • 2.5 hour classes once a week for 8 weeks, and one whole day retreat
  • yoga and body awareness practices
  • tools for investigating and transforming engrained habits and patterns of thinking
  • teachings on theory and group discussions
  • specifically tailored individual guidance and support
  • guided audio and practices
  • access to a community of practitioners and the latest in scientific findings on mindfulness and neuroscience
  • The Openground MBSR app and course book. 

What are the advantages of learning mindfulness?

With a backing of over forty years of rigorous evidence-based research, the mindfulness trainings specific to this program are known to:

  • improve mental and emotional functioning
  • support a more balanced nervous system
  • increase focus and attention
  • improve sleep, overall ease and wellbeing
  • decrease symptoms of negative thinking, fatigue, poor concentration, muscle pain, and emotional reactivity
  • clarify goals, priorities and life purpose 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is beneficial for managing chronic pain, offering better results than traditional treatments. Evidence suggests that MBSR helps improve mental health by lowering anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, participating in eight-week mindfulness courses can enhance cognitive functions and mood, leading to better attention (including sustained attention and working memory) and reduced rumination.

What sort of commitment is involved?

In order to get the most out of this course it is necessary to really jump in. Just like undertaking training in a sport or musical instrument, to notice the benefits of mindfulness requires practice and regularity. Enrolling in this course means a commitment to dedicating time for daily homework practice in addition to the weekly classes and day-long retreat. You might ask yourself: am I ready to really give myself to this? To fully dive in is the most reliable approach for discovering new possibilities and creating lasting change right from the centre of your own life.

Pricing and Scholarship places

  • Standard Rate $695
  • 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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"This meditation course changes lives. You will gain greater insight into yourself than you ever thought possible. The MBSR course allowed me to pause, listen with curiosity & compassion, rather than pushing my needs aside or casting self-judgment."

Where can I do MBSR courses in Melbourne?

East Melbourne

The Living Centre: 16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne
Course day: Wednesday 
Course time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thornbury

Prana House: Level 1/885 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Course day: Thursday
Course time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

 Scroll down the page to see course dates and registration details

 

Openground is a registered charity and your donation allows us to provide life-enhancing training to alleviate distress and build resilience, empowering people to access their own strengths, clarity and wisdom.

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Meet our Melbourne Mindfulness (MBSR) teachers

Nique Murch

B.A. Dip.,Adult Education, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Dip. Mime Mask and Movement

Nique has a rich background in adult education teaching movement, improvisation and critical literacies. She has practiced meditation in both Eastern and Western traditions over many years, experiencing first hand how effective ontological approaches can be in the management of stress and pain.  She has trained in Mindfulness-based interventions with Openground, the Centre for Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts) and Breathworks in the UK.  Nique has been facilitating MBSR since 2006, and tutors with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.  She also works with the Humour Foundation - gleefully practicing radical simplicity as an elder clown with people in group residences.

Ingrid Jolley

Ingrid is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of mindfulness, meditation and yoga. She began practising in 2001 which has inspired profound healing, growth and positive change within her life. She has a background in social work within the aged care, homelessness and disability sectors. In 2010 she had a career change and began working privately with individuals and groups using the practice of yoga therapy and meditation to empower them to live healthy and fulfilling lives. To complement her work Ingrid went on to train as an MBSR teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia and New Zealand. She is extremely passionate about teaching MBSR and loves to create a safe and welcoming space for people to connect with themselves, others and learn the wonderful practice of mindfulness.

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