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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses - Wollongong

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week foundational mindfulness training happening in Wollongong 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?

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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

Uncover the benefits of mindfulness education.
With over four decades of rigorous, research-based evidence supporting it, the mindfulness training provided by this program is known to:

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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can effectively manage chronic pain and improve physical health beyond traditional treatments. Research indicates that MBSR participants experience improved mental health, including reduced anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. Additionally, eight-week mindfulness programs have shown benefits in cognitive functions like sustained attention and emotional outcomes by reducing rumination.


Explore how mindfulness-based stress reduction can benefit you:

  • Shift your focus away from spirals of worry
  • Cultivate a calmer nervous system over time
  • Navigate challenging emotions without over-analyzing or suppressing them
  • Understand how your mind functions and intervene in restrictive patterns
  • Face your fears and take meaningful action in line with your values
  • Embrace the positive aspects of your life
  • Live in the present moment, becoming more mindful of your thought patterns. Calm your nervous system and mind, learning to live with greater intention, reducing reactivity and negative self-talk. Understand the effects of chronic stress, enhancing focus, productivity, and relationships.

What kind of commitment does it require?

To fully benefit from this course, a deep commitment is necessary. Like training in sports or music, achieving mindfulness benefits requires consistent practice and dedication. Enrolling in this course means 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 commitment offers the most reliable 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.

Book early as our Wollongong courses fill up quickly.

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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"Wow, this MBSR course really was a transformative process. I had no idea it would be so profound. I enjoyed every class and sharing and listening with others. I really feel every human being needs to do this mindfulness training course!"

Meet our Wollongong Mindfulness Teacher

Dr Adele Stewart

Dr Adele Stewart - mindfulness (MBSR) teacher, WollongongDr Adele Stewart MBBS FRACGP has been a GP for about 30 years in the Illawarra. Adele is registered to provide focussed psychological strategies and practices in a trauma informed framework. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy under Dr Russ Harris, Internal Family Systems therapy at the IFS institute, Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) under Bruno Cayoun and Explain Pain with NOI. She did her first 10 day silent meditation retreat in 1987 and in the last 15 years or so has done yearly week long silent retreats and has been increasingly absorbed in yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation practices. She offers a down to earth, engaging and compassionate attitude to teaching mindfulness. Adele is a certified MBSR teacher and trained MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) teacher. She finds these mindfulness courses as both a participant and teacher increase the meaning and richness of daily life as well as building a wonderful sense of connection. See her website Mindfulness & Pain Explained with Dr Adele Stewart for loads of free resources on mindfulness, self compassion and chronic pain, especially chronic pelvic pain.

 

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 program

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! Contact Caroline at [email protected] if you would like a discount or to go on a payment plan.

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