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Mindfulness Courses - Sydney

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

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 courses fill up quickly.

Do be in touch if you need a discount.

Where can I do MBSR courses in Sydney?

Term 1 2022 Sydney MBSR courses
Week commencing 7 February 2022

Bondi Junction

Loft and Earth: First Floor, 70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction 
Tuesday - 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
 

Artarmon

139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Thursday - 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Camperdown

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

Sydney MBSR Courses - Term Dates

Term 1 2022

Sessions      

Camperdown 
(Mondays) 
6.30 - 9pm

Bondi Junction
(Tuesdays)
6.30 - 9pm

Bondi Junction Day 
(Wednesdays)
10 am - 12.30 pm
Artarmon
(Thursdays)
6.30 - 9pm
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  Day of Mindfulness 13 Mar
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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 algarDeb 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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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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Sydney Courses

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

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