What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is 
developed by purposefully paying attention in an open-hearted way to what is going on in the present moment - in your body, your mind and in the world around you.  We call this moment-to-moment awareness and reflective capacity – mindfulness. 

It is about being awake and aware - living in the present - rather than stuck in dwelling in the past or anticipating the future. This observing, non-judging perspective enables one to consciously respond with clarity and focus, rather than react out of a habitual pattern.

Mindfulness practice offers an invitation to move towards greater balance, choice and participation in life. Through the cultivation of skills, attitudes and knowledge we learn how to bring acceptance and curiosity to all of our experience – sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions, and the situation we are in.  This way of seeing can free us up to respond with more clarity and wisdom, rather than acting out of habitual patterns. It opens up the possibility of more authority in our own lives and ways of working wisely and compassionately with difficulties in life so we can choose what is nourishing for ourselves and others. 



Want a quick fix?

Most of us busy humans don't like it but change takes take time! Therefore MBSR unfolds over 8 weeks and beyond - with 2.5 hour sessions plus a whole day retreat and with quite a bit of home practice.

Mindfulness is not just a good idea or a simple set of cognitive techniques but involves changing habits of mind and body. Change happens through practice and the evidence suggests that eight weeks provides the time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded. Our experience is that practice is most effectively developed in a sustainable manner when there is an ongoing personal relationship with a teacher who really knows their stuff.

Mindfulness is everywhere lately and there are lots of promises about a quick fix. You will see many short courses now that claim to be 'based on MBSR' or 'based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn' and also drawing on the MBSR research-base to support their advertising - when this is not evident in the structure of that course or the experience of the teacher. We encourage you to do some research to find out what will best meet your needs and interest in mindfulness training.

Our day-to-day choices about where and how we place our attention, really matter.

Come and see what an eight week mindfulness course can do for you




What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018