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 course is structured to gently lead you into the practice of mindfulness meditation. We’ll go step by step through the process, and by the end of the course you’ll be able to practice on your own.

During the course, we’ll discuss:

  • Benefits of mindfulness meditation
  • Preparation for meditation: environment, relaxation, posture, attitude
  • Two primary modes of being; stress response, relaxation response
  • Two aspects of mind: thinking and awareness
  • The nature of the thinking mind, excessive thinking and its antidotes
  • Awareness and the contents of awareness
  • Emotions and the ACE factor (attending, connecting, expressing)
  • Two aspects of emotions: cognitive and affective
  • Qualities of awareness
  • Movement and stillness
  • Obstacles to mindfulness and how to deal with them
  • Mindfulness in daily life

We’ll practice mindfulness of sounds, breathing, body, emotions and thinking. This will lead us to the complete practice of mindfulness-based stillness.

Why learn mindfulness meditation?

Because it works! Hundreds of scientific studies show that mindfulness helps:

  • reduce stress and psychological distress
  • decrease anxiety and depression
  • increase emotion regulation and self-control
  • improve general health and ability to deal with illness
  • boost resilience
  • enhance social and relational skills
  • improve a range of cognitive functions.

Materials

  • A handout each week, summarising what we’ve covered
  • Access to download guided meditations.

Time and dates

  • January 29 to March 26 (no class on the March 12 public holiday)
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Cost and registration

  • $50 per person, payable on the first night of the course.
  • Register online