Why Openground?


Less hype.  More traction.  

There has been a rapid proliferation of different mindfulness-based offerings in Australia as mindfulness practice emerges as a highly beneficial process for improving well-being, engagement and effectiveness.  

For over a decade, Openground has been offering quality, competitive and flexible mindfulness interventions drawing on an experienced team of teachers across Australia. We can address all levels of training needs in business and government - from frontline workers to executives and leaders. 

Our training programs are renowned for being inspiring, accessible and effective as -

  they are grounded in both the science and the wisdom traditions that underpin this work;

   we empower people to do enough practice to actually make a difference; and

   all our teachers have in-depth training and abide by the International Good Practice standards.  They embody mindfulness practice as a central pillar of teaching, rather than just being able to talk about it.

Openground's work is built around a well-researched core of interventions (springing from the US, UK and Europe) which have developed over the past 30 years and we have strong links to world leaders in the field.  We highly value the science of mindfulness but understand that however exciting and motivating the science can be, it is the practice that makes the difference - to the person and the organisation.  We understand a lot about helping people transform their unhelpful cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns by co-creating the optimal conditions for people to explore, learn and grow.


What we offer

We would be delighted to collaborate with you in designing something that doesn't just tick the boxes but actually meets your needs and are happy to provide a detailed proposal.





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