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Openground Courses

Join us and develop specific skills and practices to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Foundation course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - from isolation to connection

Live online world-wide and face to face | SERIOUS DISCOUNTS for those in need | Commencing again in early February, 2021

Undertaking this in-depth training will offer you a precious capacity for the rest of your life. We take a genuine, personal approach and our dedicated teachers will go the extra mile to help you engage with each other and your practice, in ways that are immediately satisfying and helpful. You will learn a range of mindfulness practices to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your own internal experiences and how to apply this in a practical way to immediate life challenges. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 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. As seen on ABC Catalyst TV.

Openground is proud to be endorsed by Emeritus Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – who developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 and Professor Mark Williams, co-developer of MBCT, Oxford University, UK.

8 weeks

Graduate course

Cultivating Compassion

Live online graduate course | with Eva Papadopoulo | Starting 2 May, 2022

Following on from MBSR, in this 8 week course we will discover how compassion is a natural and empowering response to stress and distress, and how to make compassionate action our default mode as we move through life. This is a great opportunity to release past hurts, meet current difficulties with courage and wisdom and develop equanimity in the face of uncertainty.

8 weeks

All Parts are Welcome - exploring your inner world

Live online graduate course | for those who have completed MBSR | with Nique Murch | Starting 19 February, 2022

Following on from MBSR, in this 8 week group we will actively cultivate our innate capacities for clarity, curiosity, compassion and courage to work with the inner and outer constraints that shape our lives. We will draw on mindfulness meditation practice as well the Internal Family Systems model to skilfully recognise, investigate and befriend all the different parts of ourselves leading to more authority and wise presence in lives.

8 weeks


Rick Hanson - Neurodharma

Online | 21 - 22 November 2020

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now, thanks to recent science, we’re finding how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system. Join Rick for this experiential deep dive into practice with methods for cultivating and embodying unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. 

8 hours


Day of Mindfulness

Brisbane & Perth | 15 Nov
Online | Sunday 29 Nov

Every three months Openground hosts a Day of Mindfulness, which as well as being an integral part of the MBSR course each term, is also available for past participants.

1 day

Alive. Awake. Present.

Healesville | 20 - 26 January 2022

This seven day silent retreat will focus on the four foundations of mindfulness and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings (Buddhist psychology) underpinning mindfulness meditation practices. The retreat will emphasise sustained practice, opening the heart and developing more trust in your own mind. Lots of movement practice, single rooms and good food too!

7 days

Befriending Your Mind Retreat - February 22

Hartzer Park, Bowral | 12 - 14 November, 2021

In this retreat, the focus will be permission, respect and curiosity for the mind you have, rather than "training" the mind in a certain preferred direction. We will have lots of free time plus structured meditation time where you can offer yourself a big internal paddock to run around in. We will use writing to recollect and explore what has arisen in the practice. Single rooms, good food, attentive teachers and time in nature offer a great space to rest, renew and explore.

2 days

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat

Bowral | 24 - 30 March 2022

This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. The retreat will emphasise quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. This may be especially of interest to those teaching or aspiring to teach mindfulness - but all are welcome.

7 days

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