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Mindfulness Courses - Brisbane

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

What is the MBSR Course?

Openground’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course is a practical and engaging training program equipping you with tools for responding to stress more effectively and cultivating greater balance, wellbeing and ease.

In signing up for the course, you will engage in:

  • a one-on-one phone session with your teacher
  • 8 weekly classes for 2.5 hours, plus a day’s silent retreat
  • yoga, movement and embodiment trainings
  • tools for identifying and changing habits of mind and body
  • presentations on relevant theory and group discussions
  • one-on-one support, feedback and tailored practice options from your teacher
  • scientific research on mindfulness
  • establishing your own daily practice

Is it for me?

This secular program, informed by insights drawn from eastern and western science, psychology and philosophy is open to all and highly accessible. You don’t have to believe in anything to practice mindfulness. Just come and give it a try!

What will I take away from investing in this program?

An investment in this program, both financial and more importantly, in terms of your own time and attention, will equip you with integrated skills for taking a stand in your own life; for living with greater clarity, resilience, integrity and focus.

 When it comes to meditation and mindfulness, The MBSR Course has one of the largest bodies of evidence-based research behind it: over 40 years of studies detailing some of the following outcomes:

  • increased capacity to manage stress and respond to physical, mental or emotional challenges
  • increase in overall wellbeing, steadiness and contentment
  • decrease in actual stress symptoms and in reactivity
  • flexibility in both mind and body
  • emotional healing and regulation
  • increased energy and efficacy in life and in daily tasks
  • health benefits including immune system function, cell repair and digestion
  • improved problem-solving, motivation and concentration

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown to aid in managing chronic pain more effectively compared to conventional treatments. Research indicates that individuals who engage in MBSR programs often experience enhanced mental health, including reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Additionally, eight-week mindfulness programs can positively impact cognition and mood by enhancing attention-related abilities (such as sustained attention and working memory) and emotional outcomes (like reducing rumination).

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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“I was stunned that I got into a new zone of inner peace. Thank you... I've climbed a mountain. I think I can see an outline of the horizon!”

Meet our Brisbane Mindfulness Teacher

Mary McIntyre

B.A. (Bus), Dip. Counselling, Australian Counselling Association, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Mary has practised meditation since 1988, primarily in the Insight tradition and later in other lineages. She came to appreciate firsthand the clinical application of mindfulness meditation for her own stress and chronic pain and has facilitated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups since 2011. She is a certified teacher with MTI, Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia New Zealand . Mary is passionate about how we can heal trauma and achieve optimal well being and freedom through body-mind practices. She works as a somatic psychotherapist in Brisbane and supports teacher trainee mindfulness teachers in honing their craft.


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 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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