Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

8-week Course & Retreat Day

Why do this course?

There are lots of offerings available nowadays that promise to make you more mindful – apps, books, online courses, short courses, weekend intensives, etc. Some are great, and some not so much :  mindfulness perhaps sounds simple, but it is actually not that easy to learn properly! 

Becoming more mindful and getting all those wonderful benefits you might have been hearing about is not about doing some meditation every now and then when you feel stressed or can't sleep. It's about systematically retraining your brain and developing a set of skills, attitudes and understandings that, when applied consistently in daily life, can transform your life substantially.

Practicing mindfulness is not a relaxation exercise, or some trick to turn off our thoughts. It is about developing a much more fine tuned in-the-moment awareness of ourselves, and also an okay-ness with ourselves, our internal states and the world around us.

Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 4 decades ago, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is being taught all over the world and has changed the lives of millions of people for the better, sometimes dramatically so. Extensive scientific research into the effectiveness of this course has demonstrated that doing this course leads to a wide range of benefits on mental, emotional and physical levels. 

The structure and approach in the MBSR course really helps people to ‘get’ mindfulness and to experience the many benefits that are possible from living mindfully.


You will have almost 2 months to learn and practice mindfulness with the weekly regular support and guidance of a qualified and very experienced mindfulness teacher, and with the stimulation and fun of being part of a group. This will give you sufficient time to really take in all the different aspects of mindfulness, to learn how to apply mindfulness in your daily life effectively, and to make being mindful a new habit.

What will you learn in this course?
  • What mindfulness ‘is’, and what it is not

  • How to actually bring yourself into the present moment, and why that matters

  • The role our thinking plays in how we feel and behave, and how we can find more freedom from our own thoughts

  • How to cultivate positive mind states

  • Realising how our mind and body interact with each other, and why good body awareness is crucial for our wellbeing

  • Understanding what is meant by the ‘acceptance’ aspect of mindfulness, and how it can transform any kind of difficulty, including chronic health conditions

  • Learning to much better understand, be comfortable with and manage difficult emotions like stress, anxiety, depression and irritability

  • How to transform the influence of negative thought patterns

  • How to be kind to yourself, instead of beating yourself up or feeling you are never ‘good enough’

  • What we know about the neuroscience of mindfulness: how mindfulness changes our brain

  • How to utilize mindfulness to improve our relationships with other people

  • Reflecting on what really matters to you in your life, and how you can live more in alignment with that

  • How to make mindfulness an ongoing part of your life

A full outline of the course can be found here

The next MBSR course

will start on Wed 20th July 2022 at Buderim

Weekly sessions of the 8-week MBSR course are on Wednesday nights, from 6:30 - 9 pm.


Venue: Bloomhill Cancer Care, 58 Ballinger Road, Buderim. 

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MBSR course on ABC Catalyst

ABC Catalyst followed a group of 15 people doing the MBSR course. You can watch their inspiring journey on ABC iView (Click on the image to watch).


What does the course consist of?
  • 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hr 

  • A one day retreat

  • An inspiring and easy to read 100+ pages course book

  • Access to a range of guided mindfulness meditation practices

  • Emails with additional information

  • Individual support where needed

  • And your commitment to creating a happier life for yourself, by practicing mindfulness meditation every day!

Weekly sessions offer a supportive, safe and stimulating environment, and are a combination of guided mindfulness practices, easy to understand theory, group discussions and exercises. 

Participants of an Openground MBSR course were followed in an episode of ABC Catalyst. 

Watch it here

Proven Benefits of Mindfulness:

  1. Reduces Stress

  2. Helps To Ease Anxiety And Depression

  3. Improves Focus And Efficiency

  4. Hardwires Our Brain To Be More Calm And Less Reactive

  5. Improves Your Sleep

  6. Improves The Quality Of Our Relationships

  7. Helps Us Feel Happy And More Fulfilled

  8. Improves Our Physical Health

  9. Reduces chronic pain

  10. Helps Slow Ageing And Extend Life

  11. Makes You More Self-compassionate

  12. Makes You Less Biased And More Objective

Cost: flexible payment options!

You can register now with a deposit of just $50 and trial the first week. At the first session, you will recieve all the course materials. The full fee for the course is $425/ $350 concession. We have very flexible payment arrangements available, and further discounts are possible for those experiencing financial hardship. Feel free to contact me to find out more.