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Mindfulness Courses - Sydney

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week foundational mindfulness training which is evidence-based, practical and empowering.

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 int this MBSR 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

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.

Discounts if you need a hand


See below some payment options. (If you have access to assets, savings, shares, or property, can we ask you pay as much as you can, to support our mission.) Thanks! 

  1. $250 - Financially stretched
    I’ve got serious financial constraints but eager to participate.
  2. $495 – I’m managing but could do with a hand
    I am doing OK but need some support.
  3.  $695 – I can afford to pay the full fee
    I’ve some financial resources and am able to pay the full fee.

Please complete this questionnaire today if you need a serious discount and we will be in touch soon

Where can I do MBSR courses in Sydney?

Bondi 

Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre
Community Room, Waverley Park, Bondi Road, NSW, 2026

Neutral Bay

Elysian Holistic Centre
66 Clark Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2060

Camperdown

The Buddhist Library: 90 Church St, Camperdown
Monday - 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Stanmore

Stanmore House: 97 Cambridge St, Stanmore NSW 2048
Tuesday - 6:30 - 9:00 pm

 

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Meet our Sydney Mindfulness Teachers

Timothea Goddard - Director

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, Yoga teacher (YA500H)

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Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing MBSR to Australia over the past 14 years being the first in Australia to complete the training and be accredited as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center, USA; she maintains strong professional links there. Timothea has worked in private practice for 30 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy. Since 2007, she has been offering MBSR training and supervision for health professionals and others.  She recently has trained in Internal Family Systems and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the Insight tradition. She is the Director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related programs. She is a founding director of MTI and is currently the Director of Training. She swims in the ocean every morning, does yoga and Pilates, and loves cooking, people and straight-talking.

Deb Algar

Certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher, Dip.Hol. Couns; Cert.Hol.Life Coaching; Cert IV Training & Assessment

Deb has been facilitating MBSR courses for the general public since 2011, after completing MBSR Teacher Training with Openground. She also teaches mindfulness workshops in the workplace. She has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice since 2004, after training in Holistic Counselling and then becoming a Certified Hakomi Therapist. Hakomi is a mindfulness-centred somatic psychotherapy. She is also a Certified Hakomi Teacher on the Hakomi Pacifica Training team. Deb has had a long-term interest in yoga and meditation and has an established mindfulness practice which has developed and deepened over many years. She is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and freedom that mindfulness offers.

Elizabeth Granger

BEc, LLB, Dip. Som. Psych. PACFA Reg.

Libba is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney as well as being a long term mindfulness practitioner. She has been teaching MBSR since 2007 through Openground and is also the co-founding Director of Openground for Organisations which has been running mindfulness programs in corporate, health, educational and government sectors for over a decade.  Prior to that Libba worked as a litigation lawyer for 14 years, including at partnership level, and because of this background, has been passionate about bringing mindfulness into organisations and opening people to the best in themselves and their lives. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Mindful Futures Network which looks at new research and applications of mindfulness, empathy and compassion in shaping social change in Australia as well as linking with similar organisations around the world. 



Eva Papadopoulo

Cert.Couns., Grad Dip. Psychotherapy, Mem., A.A.S.P. Member PACFA Register.

Eva Papadopoulo - Mindfulness and IFS Teacher - Sydney, NSWEva is a psychotherapist and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a co-director and mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia. She has also designed and teaches the Living with Compassion workshop. Eva trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations with the Somatic Institute of Australia in 2000 and trained with Openground and the CFM, UMass. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.

 

Why learn with Openground?

Timothea Goddard - Practice mindfulness with an experienced teacher

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.

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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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Join one of our Sydney mindfulness courses in Artarmon, Bondi Junction, Brookvale and Camperdown.

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