Meditation courses

Mindfulness-based stillness meditation

“If you truly want to change your life, you must first be willing to change your mind.”

Course outline

This 8-week course, designed by the Gawler Foundation, gently leads you into the practice of mindfulness meditation. We go step by step through the process, providing some theory and an opportunity for guided practice.

During the course, we discuss:

  • preparation for meditation: environment, relaxation, posture, attitude
  • two primary modes of being: stress response, relaxation response
  • two aspects of mind: thinking and awareness
  • awareness: the contents of awareness and the qualities of awareness
  • two aspects of emotions: cognitive and affective
  • movement and stillness
  • obstacles to mindfulness and how to deal with them
  • mindfulness in daily life.

Over the 8 weeks, we’ll practice mindfulness of sounds, breath, body, emotions and thoughts. This will lead us to the complete practice of mindfulness-based stillness.

Facilitator

The course is facilitated by Dey Alexander. Dey has been meditating for 17 years. She trained as a meditation teacher through the Gawler Foundation and is registered to offer this course.

Times, dates, location

All classes are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm. Next course starts in 2019.

The course runs at Kyabram Town Hall. Free parking is available at the rear of the Town Hall in Bradley Street.

Cost, registration, refunds

$77.00 (incl. GST), plus 30c booking fee. Online bookings for the next course will open in late September.

We only offer refunds if you cancel at least 48 hours before the course starts.

Course materials

You’ll receive a printed handout each week, plus access to online materials (meditation instructions, guided meditations and readings).

Re-attending the course

If you’ve attended the course before, you’re welcome to come along again – at no further cost. Just let me know you’ll be coming.

Meditation group

When we sit together, we create a collective energy of mindfulness that is very powerful. When we sit with others, we profit from their quality of being and we profit from everyone’s practice. When we sit together, each one of us contributes to the quality of the whole… The collective energy is very supportive and effective in helping us gain insight and transform difficulties. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Times and dates

  • Sundays: 8.30 to 9.15am
    Next dates: September 23, 30. October 14, 21, 28 (no session October 7)
  • Mondays: 6.00 to 6.30pm
    Next dates: October 1, 15, 22, 29 (no meditation on September 24 or October 8).

What to expect

The meditation is usually guided. Sometimes it’s a silent sit. Beginners are welcome.

No charge to attend. 

How to participate

Call Dey on 5852 3853 or 0419 556470. We need to know how many are coming. And if you haven’t been before, you’ll need to know the address.

What to bring

Seating is provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own meditation seat, stool or cushion if you prefer.

In the cooler months, you might want to bring a shawl or blanket to keep warm. And wear or bring socks because you’ll remove your shoes before you come into the meditation room.

Meditation on Facebook Live

Facebook Live: Online mindfulness meditation. Wednesdays at 6.30am

On Wednesday mornings, I host a meditation via Facebook Live video stream. This allows us to join together to support each other’s meditation practice, even though we’re not in the same physical space.

The meditation is a silent sit, with occasional mindfulness bells (and the random sounds of the morning).

We start the meditation at 6.30am AEST, but the stream starts 10-15 minutes earlier with some music so you can get settled in. You’ll see a view of my meditation room during the live stream.

To join us, go to our Facebook page any time after 6.15am and you should see the live stream (if you don’t, trying scrolling up and down on the page until you see it).

Live streaming days and times

Check here each week or so for changes to this schedule, or follow us on Facebook.

Wednesdays 6.30 to 7am. Next dates:

  • September 26 (from Wollongong)
  • October 3, 17, 24  (no session 10 October)

Contact

If you’d like to come along to one of the meditation group sits or a course, please give me a call. I’ll tell you what to expect and answer any of your initial questions.

Phone: Dey on 5852 3853 or 0419 556470 (Sundays and Mondays are best).

You can also find me online at: