Positive Neuroplasticity Training 

Melbourne, July 2018


We are delighted to again host the renowned neuro-psychologist and long-time Buddhist practictioner - Dr Rick Hanson to Australia in 2018.

He will be offering his accessible and engaging experiential trainings for the general public and for helping professionals in Melbourne, as well as presenting a the inaugural Australian Meditation conference.

Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT)

This three day program is open to everyone

23rd - 25 July 2018


It consists of the six experiential sessions of the PNT course offered over three intensive days and will be engaging, inspiring and practical.

Like any other mental capability, inner strengths (positive states) are supported by structures in the brain. Resilience, positive emotions, compassion, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression.

You will be learning about and practicing how to transform positive experiences into lasting states and traits. As well as being motivated by succinct and relevant scientific information, you will get tools and processes that you can immediately use. We will engage with the material using experiential exercises, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.

Research has shown that people who completed the PNT course experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly greater self-control, savouring, compassion, love, contentment, joy, gratitude, self-esteem, self-compassion, satisfaction with life, and overall happiness.


Location:                       Melbourne                                                            
Description: PNT 3 day training  
Dates:  23rd - 25th July, 2018                 
Venue: Abbotsford Convent  
Times:   9.30 am - 5 pm (each day)  
Price:  $795  
  PNT Brisbane - 3 days



Here is a link to a PDF containing a list of hotels within a 4km radius of Abbotsford Convent

Professional Course in PNT

This six day program is open to helping professionals

23rd - 28th July 2018


This program is designed specifically for professionals such as counsellors, therapists, psychologists, and coaches, among others who wish to start integrating PNT into their work individual contexts.  The first three days consists of the PNT course (above) and the second three days will consist of professional training using experiential exercises, demonstrations, practice with each other, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.

Learn how to bring this powerful work into your relationships with patients, clients, participants, students and children. The Professional Course teaches you practical applications for using Positive Neuroplasticity with others. It is perfect for therapists, healthcare providers, educators, business consultants, trainers, coaches, mindfulness and yoga teachers – as well as parents. You will learn how to:

  • explain the science
  • teach the methods
  • use practical tools to change habits and build motivation
  • help people with stress, loss, relationship issues, and trauma 

    Location:                       Melbourne                                                          
    Description: PNT Professional 6 day training
    Dates:  23rd - 28th July, 2018               
    Venue: Abbotsford Convent
    Times:   9.30 am - 5 pm (each day)
    Price:  $1590
      PNT Professional - Brisbane - 6 days




    Here is a link to a PDF containing a list of hotels within a 4km radius of Abbotsford Convent

    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